May 15, 2008

From Russia With Hate


ro.ber.lin said...

There's quite a good book by Paul Hockenos on the topic of skinheads and the far-right in post-communist countries. "Free to Hate: The Rise of the Right in Post-Communist Eastern Europe." It does not have a chapter on Russia, but it does cover Poland, Germany, Hungary, Romania, and the Czech Republic, with a closing chapter focusing on the ideology of these movements, titled "Anti-Semitism without Jews". The book is a bit old (1993), but it does a good job of outlining the rise of these movements after the break-up of the Soviet Union and european Socialist states.

Also, there's an article in the New York Times about the role of the Russian state in pushing anti-migrant policy (of both documented and undocumented migrants alike).

From the article, Russia Purges its Markets of Immigrants: "Since April 1, the police have raided the markets with buses to round up people and send them back to former Soviet states like Azerbaijan or Uzbekistan or Georgia. Notices on market doors advertise space now for “farmers from the Fatherland.”"