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Unity Day Marked By Rallies in Moscow

4. November 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Pro-Kremlin groups and ultranationalist groups both rallied in the streets of Moscow today, spreading very different messages on National Unity Day.


The pro-Kremlin youth movement known as “Nashi” (Ours) staged a rally of approximately 15,000 people to show support for Russia and to protest individuals who “shame” the nation.


In the so-called “Russian March,” Nashi activists waved signs reading “Russia’s Pride” and held portraits of World War II veterans, soldiers, and other Russian heroes. Another group of Nashi activists displayed portraits of Russian villains – drug dealers, pimps, corrupt businessmen, owners of illegal casinos, etc. – and implored the mayor of Moscow to clean up the city. After the rally, Nashi youth videotaped individuals and business owners committing illegal acts and turned the footage over to Moscow authorities.


“Our Russian March is a march in support of Russia,” said Nashi leader, Maria Kislitsyna. “Tens of thousands of young people have united to make their contribution to forming an attractive image of the capital. It is our country and we will live here. Therefore, we are going to fight against the disregard of law which we witness almost every day.”


Ultranationalist groups also rallied in Moscow on Unity Day, waving flags with nationalist symbols and chanting “Russia is for Russians, Moscow is for Muscovites.” Groups like “Movement Against Illegal Immigration” (DPNI) and “Slavic Force” want the Russian government to stop the massive influx of foreign migrant workers who are moving to Russia to seek a better life. Similar nationalist marches also took place in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk.



Source: RT.com

Photos: RIA Novosti