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Aggressive nationalism endangers Russia

Statement of the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO
November 4, 2009

The 4th of November is officially announced the Day of National Unity in Russia. However, it is this day when the streets of Russian cities turn into arena for skin-heads, Nazis and racists provoking ethnic hatred. “Russian Marches” conducted on permission of local authorities and multiple unsanctioned nationalists’ actions will take place in 16 Russian cities.

According to the analytical centre SOVA, 50 people died and 280 people were wounded due to xenophobia since January 2009.

The YABLOKO party states that provoking of ethnic hatred, as well as assistance in the organisation of nationalists’ actions, is prone of very serious consequences, including shedding of blood and disintegration of the country.

Friendship of the nations is a basis of Russia as a multinational country. Stability and sustainable development of our country can be ensured only by observing of the principles of interethnic tolerance and internationalism.

The YABLOKO party demands that the President of the Russian Federation should

1) give a clear assessment of any actions and statements targeted at raising of ethnic hatred;
2) take under special control investigation of crimes motivated by ethnic hatred;
3) develop and propagate via the system of education and state mass media the values of internationalism and friendship between nations.



See also:
Human Rights

YABLOKO Against Extremism

Statement of the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO

November 4, 2009