Tuesday, November 12, 2013
reporting for the Financial Times traces the growing anger about how immigration from former Soviet states poses a dilemma for Vladimir Putin. It appears that nationalism and xenophobia is moving from the extremisits to the mainstream:
"Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Russia has become a magnet for migrants second only to the US, with more than 13m arriving in the country for permanent residence since 1993. Its oil-fuelled boom over much of the past decade created a demand for workers that the shrinking Russian population could no longer meet and attracted millions from the newly independent republics in Central Asia whose economies have been struggling.Russians across the social spectrum complain that the outsiders are changing their cities."