MOSCOW – In Russia, 2010 ended with an unprecedented upsurge of ultra-nationalist violence. Images of rioting, fascist-minded thugs have dominated TV broadcasts.
The violence began following an ordinary conflict between two small groups of young people over a taxi. One group consisted of young people from the Northern Caucasus, the other of fans of a Moscow football (soccer) club. One of the leaders of the Moscow fans, Yegor Sviridov, was murdered.