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Different strikes: Russia may criminalize multi-ethnic fights between individuals

Published time: December 05, 2013 11:47
Police officers detain participants in "people's gathering" in Moscow's Biryulyovo district. Local residents urge the authorities to find the murderers of Yegor Shcherbakov.(RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev)

Police officers detain participants in "people's gathering" in Moscow's Biryulyovo district. Local residents urge the authorities to find the murderers of Yegor Shcherbakov.(RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev)

Russia’s populist nationalist party LDPR suggests amending the criminal code making different ethnicities of participants of any insignificant brawl an aggravating condition, much like bodily harm, allowing criminal prosecution.

MP Vladimir Taskayev proposed the move to the State Duma on Thursday.

If we use simple language the crimes listed in this chapter of the Criminal Code are brawls between representatives of different ethnic groups,” the legislator said.

The main motivation is to prevent the conflict from spreading and becoming mass riots, Taskayev noted. He recalled two recent examples of large-scale ethnic conflicts in the Russian Federation. These included events in the North Russian town of Kondopoga sparked by the murder of two local residents by people from the North Caucasus, and the conflict in the Sagra village in the Urals, where locals clashed with a gang of criminals headed by an Azerbaijan national.

Another such example was the recent events in the Moscow’s suburb of Biryulevo, in which residents took to the streets after an Azeri migrant stabbed a local man to death after a brief quarrel.

The preventative measures, such as the criminalization of such ethnic conflicts, would help the authorities to eliminate issues in their early phases, before they turn into something bigger, Taskayev added.

Instigation of racial, ethnic or religious hatred is already a criminal offense in Russia. The law applies to public statements before large groups of people and to the mass media, but not to individual conflicts.

The criminal code contains no punishment for a brawl per se, but technically the actions can be qualified as hooliganism or inflicting a battering and these are punishable crimes. Additionally, if one of the participants of a conflict is injured the other can be prosecuted for premeditated infliction of bodily harm.

Comments (18)


Derek Maher 31.03.2014 21:38

Well killing someone because you don't like the colour of their skin is wrong.
On the other hand one has to be careful that violence instigated by someone of a different race does not play the race card in an effort to escape conviction or falsely accuses someone of a racist remark.
One can take the PC route to far when passing laws.


Илья Чураков 31.03.2014 10:33

Ally Hauptmann-Gurski 19.12.2013 04:12

International ly it's called 'race hate crimes' and it should be taken into account only as aggrevated circumstances when sentencing, but should not be a separate crime.


true equality is possible if we stop using race/sexuality/relig ion related reasons for conflict as aggravating circumstances.


pj 17.03.2014 14:48

Very encouraging to see white Russians not to take the racist behaviour from the real racists of this World...blacks, browns, turkic, Muslims.

We Whites have extremely low levels of ethnocentrism, this is our strengh but also our mortal weakness. The Globalists knows this and act accordingly in order to destroy us.

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