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. truthinrock

    Crazy Ruskies,.....

    December 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Beancrock

    It's odd how such an effeminate sport can invoke such violent hostility.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. zayatz

    70 photos from moscow

    December 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Osho Olalekan

    Surely, this will not sabotage Russia' World Cup. The English should not rejoice. Every nation has its own share of violence. He who has not sinned should cast the first son. I trust that Russia would organise a secure World Cup.

    December 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Osho Olalekan

    Surely, this will not saabotage Russia' World Cup. The English should not rejoice. Every nation has its own share of violence. He who has not sinned should cast the first stone. I trust that Russia would organise a secure World Cup.

    December 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    Мария слишком хороша для Саши. Там вы имеете его

    December 12, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Airwaves44

    Just another example of social disobedience......Give 'em all a bottle of vodka, and they'll go home smiling!!

    December 12, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Inessa

      shut up, stupid sheep.
      The Russian is a great nation. vodka and so on – it is stupid stereotype.

      December 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. student

    Replying to Canadian. You too, you don't know what you're talking about. Caukasians are not only those who came from post-soviet republics. Population of the part of Russia in North Caucasus (that is in Russia after Soviet collapse) is also caucasian. They are Russian citizens (so they live there legally). I'm not talking about Georgia, Armenia, Azerbejdzan. I'm talking about Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetiya, Kabardini-Balkaria, Severnaya Osetiya etc. Now, they are Russian citizens and can reside and work anywhere in Russia, including Moscow. By the way a lot of caucasians from former soviet republics are Russian citizens. Most of armenian population of Russia are legal citizens. A lot of illigal imigrants work in Russia (though most of them from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, they're NOT caucasian), and there is a lot of corruption and bribery in Russia, that is true. ALSO there is a strong nationalism towards caucasians – russian citizens, unwillingness towards solving the problem of integration of caucasians. And this is the TRUE reason of Moscow riots. Killing of the soccer fan was just a convenient moment for russian nationalist organizations (which are, by the way, have ties to so called soccer "hooligans" in Russia) to start those disorders, beating of caucasian people in streats and Moscow subway stations by a crowd guided by them.
    Talking about the independance. Chechnja also strongly demanded independence from Russia. What did they get? They were forced to be in Russia and face a severe nationalism. But now it turns out (by your words) that they invaded Russia. Is there any logics?No. In fact your words "Russia should be for Russians, the same as America should be for Americans" is a tipical statement of nationalists. Moreover it is exactly what russian nationalist organisations preach.
    What are you talking about? America for americans. Do you have a faintest idea who americans are? Who do you mean by americans? English, Irish, Mexicans, Chinese, Koreans, Armenians, Jews, Germans, Italians etc. that are now Americans. America is a counry of immigrants for Christ's sake....what are you talking about?

    December 12, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • yolochka

      It's a little more complicated. A lot of Russians were forced to leave their homes in northern Caucasus by local nationalists. They had to leave everything and relocate to Russia proper. Historically, the Caucasus region lived by selling agricultural goods to Russia proper. They lived really well. After the collapse, they became poor, expect for a few. So many uneducated rural folks came to Russia, mostly to Moscow, to make money. They have no respect for Russian culture and traditions. Many of them behave badly, mistreat local people, and are responsible for a disproportionate share of the crime. That's why the resentment in Russia. There are also many intelligent and educated people from that region in Moscow and they have a lot of friends there. However, it's those people committing crime who get noticed. The current issue is more about the corruption of local police that let criminals from the Caucasus get away with murders. That's what the protests are about. Unfortunately, nationalists are hijacking the agenda and innocent people get hurt.

      December 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Inessa

      Replying to STUDENT
      Beautiful words, my dear friend. But still stupid and still wrong!!! Yes. They are Russian citizens. Yes. BUT their hometown is Groznij, Mahachkala, Magas etc. And Moscow is OUR hometown! And they are visitors in Moscow. I never kill people when visit another city in Russia, I never be rude, never offend anyone, never oppress people on their territory, I follow their traditions BECAUSE I am GUEST! So, they MUST follow our rules. We don’t touch people from any other region, cause they are friendly, but North Caucasians are NOT. We requite like for like. Until they don’t start respect us, we never leave them live calm in our country. I suppose you never see their behavior, it is disgusting. If you saw, you would never say the word like this!
      I am proud of the boys who were there, on Manezh. It is not the end.

      December 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Max

    The problem is that suspect was not in custody – police let him go in the same day! And after that police was try just close this case as they do usually. People just lose patience.

    December 12, 2010 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Arthur

    10000 murderers on the streets chanting "death to not russians" while alpha male Putin was entertaining beau monde with Blueberry Hills.....

    December 12, 2010 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Arthur

    Русские, не хотите чтоб кавказцы танцевали на манежной, выкатывайте вон из Чечни и Дагестана. Вас тоже туда никто не звал

    December 12, 2010 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Natasha

    Boris, look! Is moose and squirrel!

    December 12, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. SERB

    Hello Americans. In Russia, the very hate people from the North Caucasus as well as you hate Black people.

    December 12, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. rus

    остальные народы не осмелятся – их просто танками закатают тогда – просто кавказ танками бесполезно – это абсолютно бесперспективные обезьяны живут племенами – зачем они нам нужны?

    December 12, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Hide the vodka!

    December 12, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
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