A Street Murder Inflames Misplaced Racism

Amid a murder in the street, Russians are directing their ire at immigrants, instead of the politicians who tolerate or encourage corruption.

The pattern was familiar: A man believed to be a native of the Caucasus region stabs a Russian to death in an argument over a girl, and neighborhood Russians take to the streets to demand justice. This sequence has repeated itself numerous times in small Russian towns. Last weekend, however, race riots came to Moscow, with thousands taking part and hundreds detained.

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