Anti-Chechen measures in Moscow
Re-Registration in Moscow and Emerging Racism in Russia's
Report from UCSJ Moscow Bureau Director, Tanya
(September 16, 1999)
The following report comes from UCSJ Moscow
Bureau Director, Tanya Lokshina regarding the emerging racist sentiments after
the rising conflicts in the Southern regions of Russia and recent bombings
September 15, 1999
Tanya Lokshina writes:
or no emergency, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov declared compulsory re-registration
of all non-residents. Those who do not manage to re-register before this Friday
(imagine those queues in the militia departments!) will blow their one and only
chance and can be righteously kicked out of the lovely city of Moscow.
I am one of those unfortunates, and so I will spend the whole day tomorrow on
the doorstep of my district militia department, shivering under the rain and
waiting for the under-colonel to examine my face for signs of Chechen
nationality and my passport and proof of employment -- for authenticity. The
secretary of the department warned me over the phone to come as early as
possible (preferably several hours before they open which is at 10am), because
today the line was incredibly long, and tomorrow it is expexted to be even
longer and 8 hours may not be enough to make it.
Tanya Lokshina writes:
Surprisingly enough, I managed to re-register.
It took me the whole day, and I am a bit dehumanized having listened to
militiamen cussing and screaming and women crying and what not. The whole
procedure is unbelievably humiliating. Literally tons of people (mostly,
Caucasus nationals) were refused re-registration and told point-blank to "crawl
back to the shitholes" from where they had come. Only those with close relatives
(siblings, parents, grandparents and children) can re-register without
significant problems. For others -- it is sheer hell.
ALso, a popular Russian
TV political-analytical program entitled "Vremyachko" (Channel !) ran a survey a
couple of days ago, asking the Muscovites whom they wanted to kick out of the
city in light of the present situation. The Muscovites were give three
1. Kick out all the Chechens
2. Kick out all the people of
3. Kick out all the bandits
And the results were
that out of approximately 2000 people who called the studio throughout the
program's duration, practically 80% chose the second option. "We want all the
Caucasus nationals out!" This is apparently the Moscow slogan of our time.
Forget about the bandits -- we can live with them. And to expulse Chechens only
would never be enough.