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Nationalist Riots In Moscow Send Fear Through Muslim Migrant Communities

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Moscow's migrant workers have seen this story before and they believe they have reason to be afraid.

When an unidentified man -- believed to be from the Caucasus -- stabbed and killed a young ethnic Russian on October 10, triggering the capital's worst ethnic riots in three years, police made hundreds of arrests. By late on October 13, they had wrested the southern district of Biryulyovo from Russian nationalists, who had overturned cars, smashed windows and stormed a vegetable warehouse looking for migrants.

But by October 14, nearly all the rioters had been released from custody. And now, the authorities have apparently turned their sights on the migrants.

In one raid, Moscow law enforcement officials arrested 1,200 migrant workers at a vegetable warehouse that was overrun by nationalists the previous day. Another 450 were detained in northeastern Moscow, also near a vegetable market employing migrant workers.

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RFE/RL's Uzbek Service contributed to this report.

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Nationalist Riots In Moscow Send Fear Through Muslim Migrant Communities

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