Adopted by the Regional Council meeting on December 14,
The regional branch of the YABLOKO party in Moscow states
that large-scale nationalist clashes in the capital be a serious
threat to the country's existence.
We consider the authorities' actions against the organisers
and the participants of the clashes be inadequate to threat
If the police knew of the impending action at the Manege
Square, why did they allow then to fascist thugs to outrage
by the Kremlin walls and close to the Tomb of the Unknown
An explanation lies either in extremely low professionalism
of the police heads or their sympathy for the nationalists
and their slogans, or even in both the reasons. If the authorities
do not file criminal cases on "inciting of ethnic hatred"
and "organisation of mass disorders", then there
are grounds to speak about the collusion of the authorities
and the nationalists.
The authorities often see the nationalists as their allies.
We are confident that among those who were engaged in the
clashes in the center of Moscow there were representatives
of nationalistically minded groups of football fans who attacked
the defenders of Khimki forest. We know about the connection
between these groups with pro-Kremlin youth movements, their
creators and tutors.
An attempt to translate growing public discontent with the
situation in the country into the nationalist mainstream is
beneficial to the authoritarian government, corrupt officials
and security officers, the notorious УVIPsФ who in the recent
years have increasingly become targets of public criticism.
The fact that thousands of people came to the square under
xenophobic slogans is the result of governmental policies,
the artificial division between "ours" and УstrangersФ,
"the local" and Уthe restФ, creation of pocket nationalistic
projects under short-term goals, use of the E-centres and
other law enforcement agencies that oppose civilized public
activity and support of corrupt and semi-bandit regimes in
The state which fails to adequately respond to the threat
of nationalism is incompetent. We think that nationalism is
a direct threat to the security of our country and its very
existence in its present borders.
We are calling the citizens not to succumb to nationalistic
temptation. People coming to actions under chauvinistic slogans
should be aware of their responsibility for murders on the
The real problems of the country which the nationalists are
trying to connect with people of other nationalities are rooted
in the inefficient governing and corruption. The problem of
ethnic gangs, like all other problems, is a problem of corrupt
officials and the law enforcement sheltering them.
It is only possible to resolve the problems such as unprecedented
differentiation of the population as of income and property,
inequality of citizens before the law, stop growth of crime
and aggression in the society, change for the better its psychological
condition by means of public agreement, internationalism and
We, the citizens, must not allow to the government to divide
us and incite hatred via creation of false targets distracting
public attention from the crimes of the nomenclature-oligarchic
regime before the multinational people of Russia.
Nationalism will not work!
Chair of the regional branch of YABLOKO