Police arrest hundreds in Moscow
Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:13:06 GMT
More than 1,000 youths have been arrested in Moscow in a security sweep aimed at preventing another ethnic riot in the Russian capital.
Racism has been rising in the Russian capital and elsewhere over the growing presence of people from the southern Caucasus region, the home of various ethnic groups, most of them Muslims.
On Wednesday, police arrested dozens of young boys and girls at the central Moscow Kievsky train station where a big clash was reportedly being scheduled through the internet.
Kievsky train station is a popular location with street merchants from the Caucasus region.
The arrests carried on deep into the night throughout the Russian capital as the rioters, mainly soccer fans, chanted "Russia for Russians" and raised the right arms in fascist Nazi salutes.
Russian media have been buzzing with rumors that some people from the Caucasus region could try to take revenge for Saturday's riots even as community leaders have repeatedly called for calm since the incident took place.
Earlier this month, a member of the Spartak Moscow soccer team's fan club was shot dead with rubber bullets during clashes with Caucasus natives at a bus stop.
The weekend clashes resulted as Spartak fans alleged that corrupt police detained one suspected killer following the fight, but released others because they had powerful backers in the Caucasus.
Radical racist far-right groups have mushroomed in Russia after the 1991 Soviet collapse.