Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Spartak Yeghiazaryan
The chilled participants in the Nov 4 "Russian march" in Moscow wanted to drink Armenian brandy.
"It is a Russian march, but we want Armenian brandy", uttered one of the National-Democrats, who had got chilled in the procession. ArmInfo's correspondent reports that Konstantin Krylov, Leader of the National Democratic Party, immediately dispersed the ideological doubts of his chilled teammates by saying: "It is Russians that have taken brandy to Armenia".
Judging by the relatively small number of "pure-blood Russians" (no more that 8,000 people according to the Police), the Russian nationalism has entered the period of sustainable stagnation. The xenophobes against Caucasians and Asians used to attract a lot more supporters in the past. It is rather strange that the anti-migration hysteria instigated by the Biryulovo incident and the authorities' efforts has not increased the number of those who are called fascists in the civilized world.
It is noteworthy that the Caucasians and Asians did not fear the marching "patriots". One could see darkolivegreen-faced people with a specific eye shape in the streets from time to time. One could also see Orthodox church banner-bearers, Cossacks with icons, sailors, people in Whiteguard uniforms, Russian- style caftans, as well as students and pensioners. It should be noted that skinheads were seen very rarely and were crowded out by the youth in trainers and gym suits, who resembled football fans. However, the "skeleton" of the procession was the law-enforcers, who struck the eye most of all.
All this patchy crowd cried out "who does not jump, he is a khach!" and "Sieg Heil - Rudolf Hess - Hitlerjugend - SS!" The participants also demanded "introducing a visa regime for the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus", "removing the Jewish yoke" and even "reducing the tariffs of housing services and utilities". Finally, the marching people attacked some Caucasian salesmen near the Lyublino metro station and broke the glasses of some cars parked near the metro.