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. Cesar

    We need more women beautiful women from Russia. American women are too spoiled and very difficult to control.

    December 12, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Panda

    There is a lot of racism in Russian football – they shout derogatory terms at coloured players and coloured fans are too frightened to attend matches because they fear being attacked. They better improve this before they get the world cup, I'm all for bringing football to every corner of the world but if they have no respect then they don't deserve the honour.

    December 12, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. mr. president

    The real problem in Russia – fools. Well, and China of course...

    December 12, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. mr. president

    The real problem in Russia – a fools. Well, and China of course...

    December 12, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. noone

    the worlds coming to a end hahahaha

    December 12, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gala

    Why does everyone speak about 'drunk Russians'? Relax, we know how to drink. but there is another point. There was a lot of young people who don't understand that fighting is defeat a priori. it's a pity that they don't know the world history and the history of their country. i think it's a problem of education. Every nation has aggressive people and it's not the reason to destroy the other

    December 12, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. KAVKAZ ZDES'

    MY VAS V ROT VSEH POIMEMEM....
    Rasskazuvaut huihu tyt inistrancam stukachi ebychie... Mame poplachtes'

    December 12, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Andrew

    Russia is doomed. It's just a matter of time...

    December 12, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. KAVKAZ ZDES'

    Russian are animals, pigs, you are well aware that there are Russian tourists ))))) It's like a pig for them, we Caucasus never wanted to live with them in one country, Chechnya, Kabarda, Dagestan, and we have always been against the Russian, we do not want to be Russian citizens, let us give our land, what we're feeding the whole of Russia, Our oil in Chechnya, our resort areas, we are the foundation of Russia, and the Olympic Games 2014 will take place in the Caucasus, not Sebire, Kamchatka, or somewhere else why in Moscow if they are steep, they came to beat the Caucasians in the room for wrestling or Sambo ..
    I will say one thing we Caucasus, we have the whole of Russia and all of you stand on your knees

    December 12, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • yolochka

      Unfortunately, it's very typical to hear this kind of talk from a Caucasus guy on Moscow streets. Americans, do you think you would tolerate a Mexican speaking similarly about you?

      December 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Capo

      wait , wait , wait this is the third time i see the word Mexican in this Dirty Forum , first I respect Russians , they go the money and we got the weed , Americans they got no brain but we still got the weed , China ?? they just too many is not even worth it to talk abut it , so i dont know Viva Russia !!!! love and respect from the Mexico , we got your back @@@@@@@@

      December 13, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Inessa

      ахахахах, умник убогий нашелся тут. мы в сочи делаем олимпиаду потому что город в конец не развитый, спасибо нам скажите что его выбрали. ты не задавал себе вопрос почему именно в сочи устраивать ЗИМНЮЮ олимпиаду решили? не только потому что там горы, потому что в москве не надо ниче развивать, уже все итак путем. А сочи надо всем показать, чтобы его запомнили как рекреационный город, как город курорт, чтобы хоть как то помочь ему выйти на мировой уровень, экономику так сказать развить, поток финансов направить туда, привлечь иностранных инвесторов и так далее.
      Раз у вас все так офигенно, живите себе на своей земле дальше и все, зачем набиваться к нам то? мне еще ни один нерусский не ответил внятно на этот вопрос. Тот кто работать приезжает , они работают себе тихонько и не выпендриваются, ради Бога, добро пожаловать. что у нас забыли такие куда деваться гордые и любящие свои земли уроды? объясни мне, пожалуйста?
      нефти у вас много? ахахахах что по памяти прекрасно помню, что сейчас вот открыла карту месторождений и всяких мест добыч нефти и газа – лидеры это Западная и Восточная равнина – все за уралом короче. У вас там на карте земель то – малюсенький кусочек. че вас не отсоединят никак, вот этого я понять если честно не могу...уже давно нужно было бы. вот тут косяк..да..себе дороже выходит.

      December 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jay

    Russia is fast-forwarding to become an ultra-nationalist country and this is disgusting. Russia IS and always has been a multi-ethnic country! Shouting 'Moscow is a Russian city' is just plain stupid, it is a multimillion city where people of different nationalities reside, if Russia wants to become a developed country and not a barbarian one, the government should punish racist incidents from BOTH sides!

    December 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sergio

    wonder why Americans think that the Russian always drank. Yes, they drink less than you. Americans would be worth to finally get a normal education, and not look stupid Hollywood movies

    December 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Karabin

    My God Spartak store, give it forces that he has won all clubs of the country
    My God Spartak store, give it forces that he has won for the sake of Moscow

    December 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pav

    I am russian.. People.. you don't understand.. what happened is just awfull. millions of nazis in Russia.. Government lost control.. This is the end of our country.. These "fans" killed people.. they beat even children and women.. God.. they are just animals.. I blame government for this.. and today all nazis were rejected from police!!! This is horrible

    December 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pav

    UN should enterfire in this conflict.. there will be war.. civic war in Russia.. Now all the nationalities of RF hate rusians.. and they have right to this..

    December 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pav

    I am scared.. my friends of gifferent nationalities are sitting home.. they can not go out.. cuase in subway thousands of nazis.. they beat and kill people.. This is HORRIBLE.. its like Germany in Hitlers times.. PLEASE HELP! Do something!

    December 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
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