Nationalist youths storm through city, shouting racist slogans and calling for death of immigrants
Russian riot police officers on the streets of Moscow today. About 30 people were hurt during protests by nationalist youths. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA
Up to 1,000 people were arrested in Moscow today as nationalist youths rampaged throughout the city for the second time this week, shouting racist slogans and calling for the death of immigrants.
The unrest, four days after 5,000 rioters wrought carnage outside the Kremlin walls, upended the city as night descended. Riot police rode through Moscow in army trucks and took up positions at key railway stations and public squares, hoping to prevent the ethnic clashes that left dozens of men from the Caucasus and central Asia injured at the weekend.
About 30 people were reportedly injured, with five taken to hospital. Police confiscated airguns, knives and at least one samurai sword.
Nationalist blogs had called for Russians to gather at Kievsky railway station in central Moscow to continue protests over the death by shooting on 6 December of a Spartak supporter during a fight with men from the Caucasus.
Hundreds of nationalist youths, including many young women, gathered at the station while hundreds more spread across the city. A smaller number of men from the Caucasus met with the aim of fighting back. Several clashes were reported.