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. Nick

    What about UK soccer funs???

    December 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edson

      Yes you're right, U.K. soccer is fun.

      December 11, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chuck

    Why does any one care anyway? Soccer sucks. What a bunch of nonsense. Cry babies running around in circles then falling over in agony when ever they get touched.

    December 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • pavel

      Soccer sucks?
      Millions of fans around the world, Southern America, Europe and even Asia? The conclusions are: something is wrong with you or withe the soccer? Which option are you gonna choose?

      December 12, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. PS

    In Russia, World Cup hosts you

    December 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GoR2

    Video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlY7_Z81GEw

    December 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Russian- Ready to take your questions

    It's all very serious stuff, and I hope you guys in the West take it seriously.
    This is not about football or such trifles.
    The underlining reason for the conflict is that f**ng Putin has made friends with Chechen gangsters from N.Caucasus (read Wikileaks about Kadyrov), pumping there enormous sums of money, and in reward allowing them to terrorize ethnic Russians and other law-abiding groups of population. THIS IS HIS MAIN RESOURCE OF POWER.
    The police are corrupt and/or receive strong instructions to be "gentle" to the gangs from Caucasus. Basically it's slow genocide.
    You might say "why should we care", but think, do you really want that Russia plunges into chaos and falls into hands of mad extremists?

    Thanks for reading this, have a good one.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ready to get your Answer

      Which supporters were involved? CSKA? Spartak? Lokomotiv? Dynamo?

      So they weren't fighting each other but against the Police?
      Why would Putin align himself with gangs from Caucasus against ethnic Russians?

      December 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • answering: + BLOOD BATH NOW EXPECTED!!!!

      It is not about football anymore, on Manezhnaya all fans were together against the police, but also lots of ordinary people including young girls who are tired of being constantly insecure b/o ethnic criminality.

      But now the new development is more serious.
      Today there were rumours there are many Caucasus people arriving to Moscow, many are from mafias with "proper" skills and firearms. They fear they lose control of the city, where they were beginning to install rule of crime gangs. Now the fights can start any day basically, and it could easily be 1000s and 1000s of deaths !!!!
      GO AND POST THIS SOMEWHERE ON THE BLOGS, that's damn serious.

      As to Putin, he's a criminal who robbed the country, so he aligned himself with those gangs to protect his power. He cannot rely on ethnic Russians anymore, people hate him.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lilyjumper

    The World Cup going to Russia is good despite what this news event shows. I spent months there as an American and what I saw would bring tourists from around the world to enjoy. The Cup will help Russia build up, be more visible to the world and help overall. For one thing it will rid all these ignorant views of Russia and Russians. They have problems just like American, China or anywhere else. I'm still buying my ticket to attend.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrew

    "Russia Is a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigma" – Winston Churchill . Oct 1939

    Guess what? This description is still valid. I think it comes from the internal confusion of a typical Russian person.

    Look, the Russians look European, think like Asians, govern like Mexicans, study American cilture and traditions (at the same time hating the Americans). And on top of that still dream of a rightful place as a world superpower.

    Who are you people? If you want respect, be yourself and respect others.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abel

      Good advise! very wizdom! Why we didnt know it in 1941. My hranfather didnt pay his respect german nazi
      and Europe became free. It is pity you couldn give your advise him, because he was killed european civilian people in german uniform

      December 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • kolya's mom

      I completely agree with Churchill's quote about Russia. It is still valid today!

      December 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hullinmulli

    Well, whos going to go to the FIFA world cup in Russia?

    December 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. romanmyth

    You think american football is scary... Russian football, as evident right here.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. spb

    GOOD WORk, RUSSIANS!!
    GOOD WORK, EUROPE LOOK TO RUSSIA AND TO THE SAME!!

    December 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Abel

    That was not about sport or immigrants attack., people who were there are not all fans. They are just citizens who try to ask their government why
    they supporting etnic Kaucasus criminal gangs. Yes in every crowd you can meet
    and nationalists and communists and martian, but they are only small part of this riot. It was riot against government corruption.
    Our media are liars and you spreed the lie around the world.

    December 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maria

    Ridiculous.
    This is the country, which once gave 30 million lives to fight fascism.
    I am russian and i feel incredibly sorry for what's going on in our country.

    December 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vadim

      тыж нихрена не знаешь о России, за что тебе стыдно, поживи здесь немного. Я думаю тебе быстро перестанет хотеться писать всякую херню.

      December 15, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. kolya's mom

    Russia could riot all day and night for the next decade or more over corruption. It's deeply ingrained and an automatic in their culture.

    Completed two separate adoptions in Russia, traveled there several times, and experienced their system first hand. I can personally attest that corruption is everywhere. It's how everything was done and was mind blowing. I also agree that Russia has monumental problems. I'm so glad my awesome kids are out of there. 700,000+ orphans remain in Russia's orphanages.

    December 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. the californian

    what?

    December 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. shoes5

    Well, then why Russian Slavic Nazis kill all the time people from other countries, who are students from Asian and African countries and came to Moscow or Russia to study? I know a lot of examples when students from overseas were severely beaten by Russian Slavic gangs, some even killed. What about that little girl from Tajikistan that was killed by a group of Russian Slavic teenagers? And I have never seen any protests of Russian ethnic minorities on Manezh square. Russian Slavic are supermajority ehtnic group in Russia and you claim you cannot control your police and government, how pathetic then your ethnic group should be.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • a pathetic russkie

      >how pathetic then your ethnic group should be.

      Disorganized, disoriented, poor, terrorized
      Lots of those who try to change the situation end up in prison or murdered.
      But we'll see, we'll see...
      Pity we don't get any help from anywhere abroad, but never expected it anyway.

      December 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
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