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*JR*
Apr 19th, 2007, 11:44 PM
POSTED: 1415 GMT April 19, 2007

MOSCOW, Russia (AP) -- A leading Moscow university ordered its foreign students on Thursday to remain in their dormitories for the next three days because of fears of ethnic violence before Adolf Hitler's birthday, students said.

Hundreds of students at the prestigious Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy were told to stock up on food and warned they would not be let out of the dormitories through Saturday in an attempt to protect them amid a marked rise in hate crimes.

Ethnically motivated violence tends to increase in the days leading up to and after Hitler's birthday on April 20, when some members of ultra nationalist organizations appear in groups, shout slogans and stage attacks on dark-skinned foreign and other non-Slavic looking people.

"It is nice that the university is taking care of us, but on the other hand it's absurd that our freedom is being limited because of some militant groups," said Liah Ganeline, a second-year medical student from Israel.

"In a normal, democratic country the authorities don't obey the interests of these groups, but on the contrary protect people from them," she told The Associated Press by telephone.

Only practicing physicians in training were allowed to leave the building, she said, along with students who had signed a statement saying they were responsible for their own safety and had received approval from university officials. Others were given permission to miss classes.

Ganeline said authorities have locked down her dormitory in southern Moscow-- which houses about 500 students from Asia, Central Asia and the Caucasus -- every April 20 for the past several years.

She said officials call it a fire safety drill. Ganeline said, however, that all students were aware of the real reason, and noted that someone had scrawled the word "skinheads" over an announcement of the lockdown posted on a dormitory wall.

Last year, she said, a group of skinheads threw firebombs at the dormitory building after shouting offensive slogans and giving the Nazi salute.

Sergei Baranov, acting dean of the university's foreign students department, said the school was conducting emergency drills through Saturday. Asked why only foreign students were involved in the exercise, Baranov said the university was at the same time trying to protect students from possible violence.

"We are trying to kill two birds with one stone -- these days the danger of some incidents is higher," he said.

Ganeline bought two cartons of milk, four containers of yogurt, apples, corn and rolls of toilet paper and prepared to spend the next three days isolated in the dorm with fellow students.

"It's horrible that this is happening," she said, referring to the rising xenophobic sentiments in Russia. She added that another university dormitory housing several hundred students in central Moscow was subject to similar restrictions.

"I feel disgusted by these things," Alex, a 22-year-old student from Azerbaijan, said by telephone from the medical academy, adding that he would not set foot outside the dormitory for the next three days. "They are restricting our freedom."

He declined to give his last name out of fear of angering university officials.

In the past, Moscow authorities have closed down some outdoor markets, where many traders are dark-skinned foreigners, for several days before the anniversary of Hitler's birthday to avoid violence.

Russia has seen a marked rise in racism and xenophobia over the past several years, with nonwhite or dark-skinned residents, foreigners and Jews bearing the brunt of the violence.

According to the human rights center Sova, which monitors xenophobia, 53 people were killed in 2006 and 460 others were injured in apparent hate crimes. Activists say authorities do little or nothing to combat the problem and that obvious hate crimes are regularly classified as mere hooliganism.

Alexander Brod, head of the Moscow Bureau for Human rights, said authorities should do more to prosecute hate groups and protect foreign students rather than subject them to restrictions.

"The activity of radicals is significantly increasing," he said. "But the decisions of the university officials ... must not violate the freedom of movement of foreigners."

Monica_Rules
Apr 19th, 2007, 11:50 PM
:eek:

Can't believe something like this is allowed to occur.

JackWalker
Apr 20th, 2007, 01:34 AM
ok

meyerpl
Apr 20th, 2007, 01:45 AM
The more I learn about Hitler the clearer it becomes to me that he was a real trouble maker.

Apoleb
Apr 20th, 2007, 01:55 AM
The more I learn about Hitler the clearer it becomes to me that he was a real trouble maker.

:rolls:

JackWalker
Apr 20th, 2007, 02:04 AM
what people should worry about is that this is actually going on in the world, not the actions the university took.

miffedmax
Apr 20th, 2007, 02:36 AM
How fucking ignorant of their own history does a Russian have to be to celebrate Hitler?

Did they all miss out on that bit where, oh, you know, HE WANTED TO KILL EVERY SINGLE FUCKING ONE OF THEM?

Apoleb
Apr 20th, 2007, 02:37 AM
How fucking ignorant of their own history does a Russian have to be to celebrate Hitler?

Did they all miss out on that bit where, oh, you know, HE WANTED TO KILL EVERY SINGLE FUCKING ONE OF THEM?

Unfortunately, that's quite a common feature of so many neo-Nazi groups. There are so many ones in the places you least expect them. I think it's just their inferiority complexes kicking in.

*JR*
Apr 20th, 2007, 01:16 PM
How fucking ignorant of their own history does a Russian have to be to celebrate Hitler?

Did they all miss out on that bit where, oh, you know, HE WANTED TO KILL EVERY SINGLE FUCKING ONE OF THEM?
Actually he wanted to enslave them for forced labor, and only kill the "troublemakers".

meyerpl
Apr 20th, 2007, 01:26 PM
Actually he wanted to enslave them for forced labor, and only kill the "troublemakers".
Damn. I'm glad you cleared that up. I wouldn't want to see Hitler's legacy tainted.

Marshmallow
Apr 20th, 2007, 01:35 PM
According to the human rights center Sova, which monitors xenophobia, 53 people were killed in 2006 and 460 others were injured in apparent hate crimes. Activists say authorities do little or nothing to combat the problem and that obvious hate crimes are regularly classified as mere hooliganism.

Alexander Brod, head of the Moscow Bureau for Human rights, said authorities should do more to prosecute hate groups and protect foreign students rather than subject them to restrictions.

"The activity of radicals is significantly increasing," he said. "But the decisions of the university officials ... must not violate the freedom of movement of foreigners."

53 people killed in one year? It is too much not to do anything. It's disgusting that is seems something so WRONG is basically allowed. Telling the victims to HIDE... as opposed to tackling offenders, at the very least denouncing. This is just a huge joke.

Infiniti2001
Apr 20th, 2007, 02:05 PM
Why don't they better police these hate groups and their activities rather than lock down the innocent students? And if these hate groups are firebombing the dorms anyway, how does it help them be safe to be locked in their dorms? Sheesh :fiery:

Lord Nelson
Apr 20th, 2007, 02:39 PM
Hitler was into lebenstraum which was enslave the slavic race and have extra land where Germanic people could breed. It sounds racist and it may wel be so but many other people do it too as in Darfur, Balkans etc...