Kyrgyzstan: President Bashes Russian Migrant-Phobia
Russian politicians are sowing hatred for the people of Kyrgyzstan.
Not the words of a minority rights activist, but those of devoted Kremlin ally and president of Kyrgyzstan, President Almazbek Atamabayev.
“With deep regret we see that in recent years in Russia, we hear ever louder voices inciting xenophobia and enmity between our brother nations,” he said at an event to mark Victory Day on May 9.
In his speech, Atambayev recalled an old interview in which Russian writer Mikhail Veller is said to have described skinheads as the unwitting defenders of Russian statehood.
“In other words, by killing hundreds of defenseless people, including children, skinheads are, it turns out, protecting Russia’s interests,” the president remarked sarcastically.
Migrant groups have voiced concerns that the St. Petersburg metro bombing in April, which Russian authorities have pinned on a conspiracy of religious fanatics from Central Asia, has given rise to a fresh surge of foreigner-bashing.
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