After Anti-Migrant Riot, Russia Cops Arrest ... Migrants?

Mob chanting 'White power' attacks mall
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2013 1:58 AM CDT
Updated Oct 14, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
Huge Anti-Migrant Riot Shakes Moscow
Demonstrators shout nationalist slogans during a protest in Moscow yesterday.   (AP Photo/Mikhail Listopadov)

(Newser) – Russian police today raided a vegetable warehouse, just a day after that warehouse became the target of the biggest anti-migrant unrest to hit the country in years. A riot broke out yesterday after the killing of a young man was blamed on a migrant from Russia's North Caucasus region, the BBC reports. Around 400 people were arrested after a crowd of thousands chanting "White power" and "Russia for the Russians" attacked a shopping center popular with migrant workers. The mob later attacked the vegetable warehouse that employs many workers from the Caucasus, believing the killer to be among those employees.

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Police arrested more than 1,200 of the warehouse's employees, in what it called a "preemptive raid," the AP reports. Police said they suspected some of the detainees of having criminal connections, and said they'd found a car full of cash and unlicensed guns on the premises. Anti-migrant sentiment has long been stewing in Moscow. "It's simply impossible to live here. There are fights all the time," one resident tells Reuters. "The people working in this warehouse are no good—I'm sure there are criminals hiding among them." (Read more Moscow stories.)

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