Memorials for slain soccer fan turn violent in Russia
December 11th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

Memorials for slain soccer fan turn violent in Russia

Rioting broke out in Russia's two largest cities Saturday as soccer fans protested the death of a man in ethnically charged clashes earlier in the week.

Yegor Sviridov, 28, was killed during a huge brawl in northern Moscow between football fans and migrants from the North Caucasus region. A suspect is in custody, RIA Novosti reported.

Thousands of fans - commonly called "football hooligans" in the Russian media - turned out for a memorial Saturday at Moscow's Red Square. Violence and fires soon erupted again, and hundreds of riot police used shields, truncheons and gas to try to disperse the crowd. Video on the Russia 24 network showed helmeted police clubbing protesters and dragging them away.

Similar clashes broke out in St. Petersburg, RIA Novosti reported. Nationalists and members of the outlawed National Bolshevik Party were reportedly involved, but media said most of those present are "ordinary fans," according to the news agency.

A police spokesperson denied that any serious incidents had occurred in St. Petersburg.

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  1. Sergey

    what about Football world championship in Russia? :)))

    December 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      A Canadian who is preaching "America for Americans". Hmmm....Okay, maybe we should start with renegotiating the NAFTA agreement as we the US Americans got a short end of the stick. Any objections?

      December 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • rubber bullet

      The guys who got killed got hit by a supposedly non-lethal rubber bullet fired during a brawl.

      December 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Revolutionary

      Ignore the America bashing, and the fake Americans bashing others. They are Chinese propagandists. Go away China, get out of our Internet forums. We aren't hateful people and you aren't helping yourselves by posting here. The nations you try to divide, will only resent you for it!

      December 12, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • American Revolutionary

      Looks kinda like my Christmas tree but much bigger.

      December 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali Jahanfard


      Ali Jahanfard
      Ali Jahanfard

      December 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • who cares

      Who cares about Russia and soccer or "football"? They had an interesting run in the last EURO's, but fail to be important in that sport in anyway possible. Their three best players play in England for a reason... (Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko, and Zhirkov) < sorry if i spelled their sophisticated names wrong. These people are not hooligans because they don't have credibility to be into soccer that much.. I mean this news is not interesting one bit because no one trusts Russia anyway and they have been the misfit of the world for a very long time now. China has a booming economy atleast and Cuba no one gives a flying 'F' about so Putin should take a hike because he's embarrassing the human race every day he's in office, if it is even a real job for that matter...

      December 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    These crybabies are still crying that the US didn't get the World Cup. Grow Up!

    December 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Revolutionary

      Nope "Mark", or your American sounding name. No one's crying about Russia getting the world cup. Rather it is a jealous china, that is making its living lie a presence on the Internet and trying to speak for us. China sucks! The West rules! You lost the cold war, get over it already! Russia is going Western. Eff China!

      December 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Karabin

    I from Russia. Our police is corrupted. Caucasians pay in it money and pay off for murders against Russian. Russia forward! We won't allow to kill Russian on the earth. We won't allow to dictate to visitors as to us to live.

    December 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      I'm from the US. Our police aren't corrupt but our government is. Which situation is worse?

      December 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alchemist

      Karabin, where those visitors who committed the murder from a different country, not Russia? And if not, how are they visitors in their own country? Can you explain that?
      Also, do you hold responsible everyone for the actions of a few individuals? If so, I could by that logic stereotype and call you personally a drunk stupid loser. Would that be fair? Think, don't be a sheep.

      December 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karabin

      To conoclast:

      Your government for one killed American will carry Afghanistan and Iraq, and our government has allowed police to receive bribes from visitors of Caucasians. Our government to be milked to reject pressure as it does your government. In your country there is a Freedom of speech, and in ours even on the TV don't show murder of Russian

      December 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doogie

      Our police aren't corrupt??? Where exactly is your cave?

      December 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexey D.

      Don't be stupid. There is no freedom of speech in american mass-media.

      December 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      A question to you as a Russian citizen if I may: is global warming an important issue among the people there? Do Russians believe there is a solution?

      December 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Revolutionary

      Don't feel bad, on Russia's worst day it is a saint compared to China's corruption.

      December 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      I`m from Russia too. It`s shame. Shame for our society. For our country. I am ashamed that so many nationalists have the right to vote, we have. It`s a dumb redneck.

      December 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kolya's mom

      Your police aren't the only ones who are corrupt. How about the members of the Duma? The MOE? Judges?

      Our driver was pulled by the police in Moscow on our way to the airport. He handed him a few Rubels and off we went. I'd be arrested if I tried to pay off a cop for speeding in our city in the US.

      December 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      I left Russia years ago, and have very limited communication with those I know there. I visit Brooklyn once a year to refresh my language and get a taste and feel of Russia, and what I see is not very impressive. It is hard to describe it for most Americans since they are living in completely different environment. Let's see... Your windshield wiper or your headlight may break on your way to work, so you head to K-Mart in the evening to buy a new one, and police stops you. In Russia, there is no "I am on my way to replace it", it's "Pay now, or find yourself behind bars". I once thought that government was corrupt, or whoever was in charge was corrupt, but it is really not the case. Ordinary people want to be in control (anything new?) or get more more money no matter what (anything different?). There are a lot of amazingly intelligent people there, a lot of knowledge... but very little respect for each other. As for Caucasians, the problem existed 20 years ago (when I witnessed it) and long before that ( when my grandfather talked about it), and it is not American "illegal immigrant" problem. Russians feel that they are being taken over by them. I don't take sides here, I thank God I don't have to.

      December 13, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. conoclast

    Oooo, I forgot. Remember the "fumble-rooski"? Now there's a term that's ripe for redefining, hmm? Ah, I can see it now, the "IDFL": Internationa Drunken Football League. I WANT it!

    December 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chalie

    I wonder if Palin could see this fight from her house?

    December 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stin

    Once you would have lived there, and got beaten up few times, maybe most of you would have made it to the "man" status.

    December 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrew

    Actually Yegor Sviridov was killed by gun during robbery made by four or five сaucasians. One of these Caucasians was arrested. He had already been convicted once for stealing. But other participants were released from detention that has provoked resentment among Yegor's friends and their sympathizers. They consider that other suspects were released illegally by giving a bribe to police. Therefore, these protests are directed not only against Caucasians as against corruption in the Russian police.

    But it is worth noting that there were many people who have only ethnic motives.

    December 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      It was a domestic conflict after leaving the bar. As usual with us drunk. And only those who would benefit from this fanned ethnic conflict.

      December 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      Seems like Ivan was there and saw everything with his own eyes. Otherwise why would he be so sure as to what has really happened? Talk or no talk, it's just a struggle for survival that goes on in nature.

      December 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Karabin

    December 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Russian

    White world dies. North Caucasusians in Russia, latinos and blacks in USA, muslims in Europe are the same. Fighting useless. Poor, poor white world...There is no future with that wild people. Regression of human civilization coming...

    December 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • teachus

      You win 1st prize for the stupidest post today. Congratulations!

      December 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      teachus :)))

      December 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      That was stupid!!!!

      December 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johan S

      The only good thing about your post is that it would cause Hitler's brain to explode. Caucasians being considered inferior to Slavs and Russians. LOL.

      December 11, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eagles Fans?

    I thought the only "football hooligans" reside in Philadelphia?? At least Eagles fans have a global sister city in terms of the type of animals who show up for sports events...

    December 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Karabin

    Один за всех и все за одного!
    One for all and all for one!

    December 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      It is not difficult to understand feelings of ordinary people from streets of Moscow. Caucasians are bullying, it is fact.Because they hate Russians...Why?.Because their country was occupied by Russians .More than hundred years ago,long lasted and very bloody Russian invasion(especially in northwest Caucasus it turned to genocide)destroyed social progress of this proud mountaineers.Tsarist Russia was colonialist and bloody empire.Today's Russia is sitting on this heritage...So what do you expect.?
      If today's Russia is not colonialist empire, Russians should learn to share Moscow with other nations. If You expel them from Moscow, they will look for freedom. Very simple logic.

      December 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anna

    I'm Russian. Well done, boys! I'm proud of what you've done today. In Moscow we're REALLY REALLY REALLY sick and tired of all these criminals from the Caucasus and Asia. We don't want them here! And it's not the matter of being white or black or latino. Many Caucasians are white, fair- haired, blue-eyed, and still we don't want them here !

    December 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johan S

      Since you have said race has nothing to do with it, why can't you teach them to be good? If they go back to where they came from they will get to kill more people there and then get more powerful and will be a problem many years from now when they try another invasion.

      December 11, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • pavel

      To Joan
      Oh really? So if so smart why don't you teach to be good mexicans and black people in your country?

      December 12, 2010 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • pavel

      To Joan
      Oh really? So if you so smart why don't you teach to be good mexicans and black people in your country?

      December 12, 2010 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel

      If you are suggesting to get rid of all non-Russians including all Siberians in Moscow, then you have to lobby Russian Government with the request to separate all Siberian republics, actually, all Siberia, i.e. Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Altai, Tuva, Yakutia, Chukotka, Kalmykia, Kamchatka which are ethnically non-Russian republics and their native population are Asiatic, from Russia so that none of these people enter Moscow. Can you imagine if they separate, nothing will be left in Moscow as all natural and mineral resources that feed Federal Centre will simply dissappear, but moreover, these republics will only flourish as none of their wealth will land in Moscow corrupt banks? I bet you'll regret saying that Russia is only for Russians and Moscow for Moscowites

      December 12, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • rus

      russia shoud separate against caucasians only – other ethnics tatar bashkir are ok, they are not as argessive and stupid as caucasian.

      December 12, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Mera

      Anna, russians must go home from Siberia to Moscow, Ryazan, Vladimir.. Siberia – land of Yakut's, Chukchya's, Booryat's and other Siberian peoples...
      In Moscow many people of that above nations are killed russians nazis....

      December 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      Mera, you liar! No one buryat or yakut kill "russian nazi"! You only use fact, that simple European don't know real situation in Russia.

      December 14, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Christmas Tree?

    Love the Christmas Tree in the picture. Looks like such a fesitive and peaceful assembly.

    Your Truly,

    December 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yukon Cornelius

      Too funny.

      December 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Free the Leaf

    December 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lisababy

    @Conoclast well said

    December 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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