Thousands of Russian Nationalists Rally in Anti-Immigrant Protests

Thomas Grove and Jason Bush, Reuters, November 4, 2013

Thousands of Russian nationalists rallied across the country on National Unity Day on Monday, in a sign of the growing strength of far-right political forces galvanized by an anti-immigrant agenda.

Hard-line nationalists have adopted the holiday, which commemorates the liberation of Moscow from Polish invaders in 1612, as an occasion to hold annual “Russian Marches”.

This year’s rallies were larger and more numerous than in previous years, in a headache for Russian authorities who worry that rising ethnic tensions pose a threat to public order.

At the largest rally, around 8,000 people assembled in an working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Moscow, police said. Organizers’ requests to hold the rally closer to the city center have repeatedly been denied.

“Moscow has only just woken up, and Russians have only just started to recognize their identity,” said Alexander Belov, a nationalist leader and an organizer of the march. “With every day Russian nationalists are gaining more and more support across the country.”


Smaller demonstrations, attracting hundreds or dozens of participants, were held in towns and cities across Russia.


Many ordinary Russians are deeply hostile to immigrants from the largely Muslim regions of Central Asia and the Caucasus, blaming them for problems such as crime and unemployment.

A recent survey by the Levada Center polling agency, taken on the eve of Moscow’s mayoral election in September, showed that immigration topped voters’ concerns. More than half of respondents said it worried them more than any other problem.


President Vladimir Putin first established National Unity Day in 2005 to replace the Soviet-era commemoration of the Bolshevik revolution and boost national pride with a reminder of a glorious event in Russian history.


This year’s marches come at a particularly sensitive time, less than a month after thousands of youths rioted in a working-class Moscow suburb, Biryulyovo, following the killing of a young ethnic Russian man.

Police later arrested a citizen from the mostly Muslim country of Azerbaijan for the murder.

Maria, a 15-year-old schoolgirl with dyed red hair, said that she attended Monday’s Moscow march–her first–because of the incident.

“After what happened in Biryulyovo I couldn’t not take part. I want to live in a country where immigrants act like guests, not where they own the place,” she said, declining to give her last name.

Many of those marching in Moscow waved black, yellow and white flags, the old monarchist flag of the Romanov dynasty that has in recent years been adopted as a nationalist symbol.

Others carried religious icons, or pictures of the last Romanov Tsar Nicholas II and his family, executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918. Many marchers carried banners with slogans like “White Power” and “Russia for the Russians”.

“We should stop immigrants from coming into Moscow. Give them land so that they live like monkeys, like the Americans did with the Indians,” said demonstrator Alexei Shukin, 49, wearing camouflage fatigues.


However, in a bid to head off the nationalists’ rising appeal and mobilize public support behind the government, Russian authorities have at the same time adopted elements of the nationalist agenda.

For example, the federal and regional governments have recently cracked down on the use of illegal immigrant labour, notably in construction and outdoor markets.


“The only way the current authorities, who make money off illegal immigrants, will listen to us is if we move onto the streets,” said demonstrator Shukin.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    Keep dreaming because you Russians haven’t woken up yet.
    I needs to see loads and loads of third world refugees fleeing Russia before I start believing in you.
    Pictures: Vladimir with his wife, and with his mistress. They both wear red, but can you blame Putin for the upgrade half his age?
    Bill Clinton looks on in jealousy.

    • Spartacus

      His wife wouldn’t look bad if she’d lose 7-8 kilograms or so .

      • D.B. Cooper

        His wife doesn’t have a chance against THIS…

        • Spartacus

          Yeah… I dated a gymnast once too. She could do things that… WOW !

        • Sensitivity Training

          I had a girlfriend once who could…

    • dd121

      I don’t know where she’s from but there are an awful lot of beautiful Ukrainian women.

    • Mike Lau

      Interestingly Alina Kabaeva is half Tatar, born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR. Her father is a Muslim Tatar, the mother Russian.

      Most Russian nationalist probably would not like her too much.

      • LolKatzen

        Depends if she’s a Muslim or not. Doesn’t look to be. Rudolph Nureyev, the dancer, was a Tatar but not a believer.

        • M.

          Still, the Tatars are not a Caucasian ethnicity. They’re about 40% Mongoloid.

        • Mike Lau

          Nureyev was brought up a Muslim. His father was some sort of left-wing or communist Muslim. He also ended up a raving homosexual, I believe.

          • LolKatzen

            Yes, he did.

    • evilsandmich

      Gotta sober up before you can wake up. Alcohol consumption over there is no joke and may well lead to the (further) ruin of the place.

  • Spartacus

    “We should stop immigrants from coming into Moscow. Give them land so that they live like monkeys,”


    Comparing monkeys to chechens, uighurs and the such is very inappropriate . I met a nice monkey once, but I never met a nice dark-skin .

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    This is what we’re seeking to prevent, xenophobia, nativism, nationalism and intolerance.

    Comprehensive immigration reform will make Russia stronger, more diverse, more fair, more vibrant, more strong.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

      But that isn’t going to happen. Nativism has been just fine for any but whites, now Russians are leading the way for whites to reclaim the right to be and have their own cultures. I disagree with the basic notion or claim the increasing diversity makes a nation stronger. That is a popular and unproven political myth. History shows that diversity always brought down empires. It brought down the Soviet Union, too. Now that’s fair.

      • robinbishop34

        He’s just a troll.

        • Spartacus

          I think he’s being sarcastic, going by the name and posts.

          • Kenner

            Yeah, well, it’s beginning to feel like too much of a good thing.

          • MekongDelta69

            That’s why I ALWAYS put “/sarc” at the end of every post which could conceivably be taken the wrong way – ESPECIALLY on sites where nobody knows me.

            Plenty of other people do that as well. Since this guy has made 23 comments with 20 ‘upvotes,’ I’m going with – this guy’s a troll.

          • RebelliousTreecko

            Pointing out that your comment is sarcastic ruins the point of being sarcastic, though…

          • MekongDelta69

            In real life – yes, b/c you can hear the person’s voice and see their facial expressions.

            On the Net – no, b/c you can’t.

          • Jesse James

            I am going to endeavor to give up on sarcasm, irony and parody. It only seems to confuse about half the other commentators and distracts from the intended message.

        • Marc Zuckurburg


          How much are you worth?

          I bet it’s only something like 10% of that.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          No doubt, but many more people read here than post here, so I look at such posts as an opportunity to put the basic ideas out again. I can imagine that a certain amount of readers are first time visitors. So if they happen upon a good, basic idea that one of us long time posters keep repeating, their first mental response might be something like, “Oh yeah, that makes sense.”

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        You are right, diversity does bring down empires. And that’s what it’s supposed to do. Wreck empires, nations, countries, and once and for all, wreck the very concept of those things.

        One world, one people, one social networking service.

      • Erasmus

        Of course diversity doesn’t make a nation stronger. The people pushing it know that, and it’s why they’re pushing it.

    • libertarian1234

      Integration has been a total disaster for this country.

      Multiculturalism has failed throughout history, usually splitting apart in bloody warfare. It’s in the process of doing that right now throughout the Western World.

      Diversity is a disaster and a proven weakness everywhere it now exists or has existed.

      People prefer their own kind, their own history, heroes, language, culture, and it is only homogeneity that creates true unity.

      Nature too instills in each of us a desire to be around our own kind.

      Liberalism is a serious mental disorder.

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        Integration has been a total disaster for this country. Because there should be no countries.

        Multiculturalism is in the process of splitting apart the Western world. Good.

        People prefer their own kind, etc. And that’s so wrong, so very very wrong. That’s what me and my buds are trying to get rid of.

        • You do realize, don’t you, that if your precious project of “one world, one people,” all of them have that same dull tan-brown slop look about them, conveniently, all of them on Facebook, ever comes to pass, that there will still be plenty of violence and fighting, don’t you?

      • dave

        dude,dont argue with this fool. the real guy spells his name zuckerberg,not “burg”. he’s a troll or a wanna be.

      • Terra Magnum Imperium

        Agreed, Liberals have turned the USA into an Idiots paradise…

      • Raydonn

        ‘Never again’ comes to mind for some reason………….hmmmmmm…………

  • Pelagian

    “Moscow has only just woken up, and Russians have only just started to recognize their identity.”

    Boy, I hope so. If we can keep Russians off the bottle*, they will rule the world. “An empire of common sense”. And to think if they hadn’t had the “preservative” of Soviet communism, they would probably be as liberal as Sweden today.

    *See Amren article from about 20 years ago about folks with Viking genes having an immunity to necessary- levels of alcohol poisoning.

  • RebelliousTreecko

    I feel pretty proud of Russia right now.

    “We should stop immigrants from coming into Moscow. Give them land so
    that they live like monkeys, like the Americans did with the Indians,”
    said demonstrator Alexei Shukin, 49, wearing camouflage fatigues.

    I think the Russians, along with the Brits, Swedes, and others, should BECOME the Amerindians, in a sense.

    As in, fight and try to ward off the foreign invaders like the Indians tried to do to my ancestors.
    I don’t see why nativism is a bad thing.

    • Svigor

      I don’t really see the problem with the “the Amerinds were here first” thing. Or the point. It’s like saying some bum was squatting on a piece of land, then you tamed the land and in the process drove him away because he was stealing and committing the gamut of violent crimes, and by the time you were done building your house, he was elsewhere, but…he was there first. So what? Where’s the problem? He was just some bum criminal squatting on the land. He built nothing. He was not civilized, just some savage prone to drunkenness, rape, theft, and murder.

  • dave

    while russian citizens protest the illegal immigrants in they’re country,we in the US do nothing. our govt is behind the illegal invaders,its means votes to both parties. we have become to complacent.

  • libertarian1234

    “The only way the current authorities, who make money off illegal immigrants, will listen to us is if we move onto the streets,” said demonstrator Shukin.”

    Right you are, my friend.

    The only people the self-appointed elites fear and respect are those who have the ability to carry out vicious attacks and are not shy about tearing things up and cracking heads.

    It’s the same way in this country.

    The pink elitist piggies in the Trayvon berg, Sanford, fired a perfectly good police chief and installed a black, because they’re so fearful of black violence and rioting it is their way of trying to placate the black mobs, thinking that will assure their elitist power and money will not be endangered.

    They disrespect whites, because they know they won’t resort to fighting in the streets.

    Good for the Russians. I hope they…and Golden Dawn….gain many supporters every day.

  • MekongDelta69

    About time

  • Sensitivity Training

    Russia will not be allowed to continue these “unacceptable and heinous assaults on civil rights, human dignity, collective salvation, the common good, and St. MLK.”

    “They represent reactionary Whiteness, and we must take urgent action to change their attitudes and correct their behaviors. National borders must not be used to justify prejudice and intolerance.”

    • Romulus

      If your comment is implied sarcasm, then good.
      If not…..,then…, well you know the answer to that.

  • mobilebay

    Maria, we have the same problem here. The invaders think they deserve all the rights of citizens. I can’t really think of them as guests, however, because guests eventually go home. This is the most ironic situation I’ve ever witnessed in my long life. We turned away every enemy who attacked this nation until recent times. Now, we wave the white flag as our leaders say, “They’re here and there’s nothing we can do about it.” The story is still being written of how this once-great nation is becoming the next third world country.

  • Truthseeker

    Good for the Russians. It’s their country, and only their people are entitled to it.

    • Mike Lau

      Problem is there are a lot of Russians living in the ex-Soviet Republics – Kazahkstan for instance is 1/3 to 1/2 Russian?

      So it could be argued that it is not all one way.

      • Sick of it

        Ex-Soviet Republics which were a part of the Russian Empire for centuries.

      • LolKatzen

        A large number have returned to Russia.

      • Garrett Brown

        Kazakhs are Russian…

        • M.

          Ethnically, no. Kazakhs and Russians are two distinct peoples. Kazakhs are Mongoloids of Turkic descent, whereas Russians are Caucasians of Slavic descent.
          They live close to each other, but that’s it.

          • Garrett Brown

            I guess I’m thinking of the Slavs that live there. The pictures of Kazakhs I’ve seen are white Slavs.

          • M.

            They may be Kazakhs of Russian nationality, or vice-versa, or maybe they’re mixed. But the real Kazakhs are easily distinguishible from ethnic Russians.

        • Massif1

          So Borat is Russian?

          • Garrett Brown

            He has the accent.

      • M.

        Yeah, about that, ethnic Russians should be encouraged to go back to Russia.

  • Mike Lau

    I wonder how this all sits with Putin’s dream of a ‘Eurasian Union’

  • Jkjljmt_Pqprpstt

    …on National Unity Day on Monday, in a sign of the growing strength of far-right political forces galvanized by an anti-immigrant agenda.

    Hard-line nationalists have adopted the holiday, which commemorates the liberation of Moscow from Polish invaders in 1612, as an occasion to hold annual “Russian Marches”.


    In the U.S., we should do this to mobilize against the Mexican invaders. Does anyone remember Pancho Villa?


  • Erasmus

    Russia will survive. The United States will not. Our real enemies are not from without; they are from within.

  • Massif1

    The Russian government is inviting millions of skilled and unskilled immigrants to work in factories and jobs that pay little and Russians won’t take. The generation of working Russians is slowly dying and the new breed is not looking for $17,000 a year salary.

  • Svigor

    No, it’s a nightmare ideal. The idea of the world descending into a population of all-the-same mocha people and mutts sounds a lot like Hell.

  • The Final Solution

    Russia looks better and better every day.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    We need comprehensive immigration reform.

    Comprehensive immigration reform will raise wages and salaries, strengthen national security, prevent terrorism, enhance our domestic crime-fighting ability, ensure that we continue to encourage the best and brightest to partake of the American dream, enhance our competitiveness and our ability to innovate, and make America more prosperous.

    Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

  • M.

    Racially, yes, they’re halfway between Mongolians and Caucasians.
    But ethnically, as a people, Kazakhs can be easily recognizable.