Death of ethnic Russian in Moscow triggers large-scale migrant roundup
By Gabriela Baczynska, ReutersMOSCOW -- Russian police rounded up more than 1,000 migrants on Monday in a Moscow neighborhood where rioting erupted a day earlier over a fatal stabbing of a Russian that many residents blame on a man from the Caucasus region.
October 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
An advocacy group warned migrants from the mainly Muslim Caucasus and Central Asia of an increased risk of attacks after the worst ethnic disturbance in the Russian capital in three years.
About 1,200 people were detained at a wholesale vegetable market that had been stormed on Sunday night by rioters after a protest over the stabbing death of an ethnic Russian man, police spokesman Alexei Shapkin said.
The detainees were taken to police stations and police will seek to determine whether they were involved in any crimes, he said. Televised footage showed detainees standing against walls or lined up in front of camouflage-clad police.
Trying to Appease Residents?
By rounding up migrants, authorities seemed to be trying to appease residents who had rallied in the Biryulyovo district to demand police find the killer of Yegor Shcherbakov, 25, and take more action to prevent crimes by migrants.
Shapkin said police found a car at the warehouse with three pneumatic pistols, two knives and a baseball bat inside.
On Sunday, a mob in the southern neighborhood smashed shop and vending stalls, fought with police and stormed the vegetable market in the biggest outbreak of anti-migrant violence in Moscow in three years.
380 Rioters Arrested
Police arrested at least 380 people as they struggled to quell the violence, which injured several police and others and shone a spotlight on persistent tension between ethnic Russians and people from the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Migrant labor has played a significant role in Russia's transformation during a oil-fuelled economic boom that took off around the same time President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000.