The roots of racism in Russia run pretty deep. Whether it was the Czars or later Stalin’s pogroms against Jews and ethnic minorities which resulted in a genocide dwarfing Hitler’s “Final Solution” – or the emergence since the former Soviet Union lost their wars in Afghanistan and Angola of racist para-military groups attacking, and sometime murdering people of color on Moscow’s streets…
The hyper-Nationalist groups got real momentum after the Afghan war. Russian Special Forces, including their equivalent to our SEALS, the Spetnaz were made up almost exclusively of ethnic Russians. Choice jobs, whether in industry, or the military were restricted to white Russians. Look at the faces on the USSR Olympic Teams. Until nearly the end of communist rule, you’d be hard pressed to find a brown or Asiatic face.
Post War – a number of veterans from the Special Forces graduated to Nationalist, and neo-Nazi groups – forming a professional military core to the violent organizations.
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