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In Rostov-on-Don the conference Southern Russia without Intolerance and Hatred: Negotiation of the Problems of Xenophobia and Extremism was held


In Rostov-on-Don the conference Southern Russia without Intolerance and Hatred: Negotiation of the Problems of Xenophobia and Extremism was held. More then 80 public organizations participated in the conference. It was carried out with the support of the organs of the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation of the Southern Federal Region.

Opening of the plenary conference, the chief of the Moscow office for Human Rights Alexander Brod established that the subject of international relations in Russia are very sharp. According to the Center for All-Russian Studies of Public Opinion, 58% of the citizens of the country estimate that Russia should exist only for Russians. He said that the number of murders based on national conflicts has doubled since 2003. Brod gave same examples of the use of slogans in the pre-electoral campaign of political parties like the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia, and Fatherland.

The chief of the Caucasus Institute Nikolaj Avdulov didnt agree with these statistics, bringing in numbers of Russian public opinion from another study, he made an appeal to think about the origin of hate and hostility. He proposed to add to the project Recommendations of the conference the position of the exposure and the exchange of positive experiences of international relations. Victor Chernous, the director of the Center for the Study of Regional Systems and Prognoses of the Institute of the Instructors of the Social and Humanitarian Sciences and of the Institute of Socio-Political Research, said that the problems appear different in the big cities and in Southern Russia. He proposed to think about the fact that in the Northern Caucasus they are beginning to understand the meaning that the Russian population is the stronger stratum among the numerous nations and nationalities of the Caucasus and they are doing everything they can so that the Russian-speaking specialists will come back.

Doctor of Politic Sciences, Larisa Choperskaja observed a change in the form of extremism in Southern Russia from 1989. She said that the predominant form of extremism is racism. The municipal authorities are always late with their reactions on the changing forms of aggression, working only in the range of an answer. The events of the 2nd of July in Karachaevo-Cherkesia compel one to think about a new strand of Ethno-Nationalism. Ms. Choperskaja strongly warned about the complication of relations between ethnic groups in relation to reform of local self-determination (such as the source of municipal formation, and where the ethnic homogeneous populations and others will reside). It is striking that law-enforcement organs did not make this public. Whats more, senior officers of the local militia tell journalists that there are no extremist nationalist youth groups in the Vladimir region.

[13.07.2005]

Source: AEH

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