Monday, April 03, 2006



Zaur Tutov, culture minister of Kabardino-Balkaria, was picking up his daughter from a dance class Saturday night - and was severely beaten by Moscow skinheads. Before the press got involved, the law enforcement people weren't too eager to look at the attack as one inspired by nationalism, ethnic hatred, etc. - even though there were several witnesses who heard the attackers yell about 'Russia for Russians' and 'Moscow for the Muscovites.'

Elkhan Mirzoev, an NTV correspondent of Azeri descent, was on a subway train Sunday night when a group of drunk skinheads entered the car at Park Kultury station. One of them sat down next to Mirzoev and began explaining why he - a non-Russian, a Caucasus native, etc. - shouldn't be living in Moscow. Then he poured beer on Mirzoev's head. Mirzoev hit him once and received a severe beating by the whole group in return. He was thrown out of the train at Okhotnyi Ryad station, right underneath Kremlin.

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Now the general prosecutor's office is involved, but I doubt much can be changed for the better at this point, even if they jail a few worthless, brainless, murderous jerks. There'll always be many more.

I don't even think that subsidizing sports schools, etc., to keep all those hyperactive, poor kids off the streets, would change anything now. Maybe in the long run - but is anyone really bothering about it?

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I was watching Kusturica's Life Is A Miracle the other day: the dreamy guy in the movie - the main character - said there wouldn't be a war in Yugoslavia because the majority were normal people. And suddenly I understood how it works: something terrible is done to a normal person or his/her family member, and the normal person gets mad and takes revenge. Multiply this by a few thousand and you get a minor civil war.

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I'm still getting over the murder of that 9-year-old Tajik girl that took place in our neighborhood in St. Petersburg in early 2004. I don't think I ever will. I couldn't make myself go outside for something like a week then - because I felt sick at the thought that one of those murderous shitheads would pass me in the street. Or their dumb-cow mothers.

Quite a bunch of foreign students - Asian, African - have been killed or beaten since then in St. Pete and elsewhere in Russia. I never really write anything about it here - but it doesn't mean I do not notice what's going on. It's more like I don't want to touch shit and make the stench even worse. What's the use?

7 comments:

  1. http://www.circassianworld.com/Zaur_Tutov.html

    (also some mp3's)

    Considering Zaur Tutov, actually did great things for Russian Culture, if the individuals who did this call themselves nationalists, they are very very ignorant nationalists and know very little of their own nation's culture.

    From the conversations i had with Russians, the individuals who perform these acts have little do with nationalism, just a bunch of cowardly criminals who attack children and old people indiscriminatly. I hardly think these mentally ill individuals represent Russian society.

    When i read this article, aparently Mr. Tutov was attempting to defend some kids who were coming out of a dance class (where aparently his daughter also went)

    on a lighter note, some skinheads attacked some caucasians (Armenians/Azeris not sure) on the Metro, and even though there were only 2 of them (caucasians), the skinheads got their asses kicked, so that militsya had to defend them.

    Guess they prefer to pick on little children and old people, can't handle a real fight. fucking pricks!

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  2. Re Kusturica... Yes, belive it or not, none of us (normal people) thought there could be a war in Yugoslavia. And since I live in Sarajevo, I must say I never ever dreamt that Sarajevo could become the center of the war in Bosnia. But, obviously you can do whatever you want with normal people at one point or the other!

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  3. Yes. And after all this, we are still force-fed the notion that Yushchenko is a Nazi whose main support base is the "skinheads in Lvov."

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  4. Neeka, These are not real men. You don't have to worry about one or two of them. They run in packs and only fight when they have their backs covered. Alone they are cowards and real candy asses.

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  5. I would suppose taking revenge can be considered normal not when something terrible happens to their close ones, but because there is no accountability.

    Watching Life is A Miracle made me miss Black Cat, White Cat and Underground. The reason I like them a whole lot more is that in them the characters play a hand in creating the hysteria that surrounds them, whereas in the former it just kind of happens to them and their reactions are not as adequately convincing or absurdly inspiring.

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  7. http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,6119,2-10-1462_1910551,00.html

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