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The threat from extreme nationalism


The past year has seen a spate of racist violence in Russia. Traditional xenophobia is now fuelled by economic hardship and increasing non-white immigration - a ripe mix for political exploitation. Official policies have not helped. Only recently, after a previous period of apparent tolerance, even connivance, have the authorities started reacting to this danger - with President Putin summoning political party leaders to a meeting on the subject on 6 December. And some of the...

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