25 November 2006

Anti-Muslim riot in Russia

This happened early in September in the small northwestern city of Kondopoga. After Muslims killed two non-Muslim Russians during a brawl, a mob took matters into its own hands. Dramatic photos here, more detail (with a somewhat Muslim-sympathetic slant) here. Tension and blunt hostility toward Muslims -- who, as in western Europe, include a disproportionately-large violent criminal element -- are pervasive in Russia; some representative comments from the Russian blogosphere here.

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