From 17 March till 25 March the Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance, Movement "Young Europe" with the support of the network UNITED www.unitedagainstracism.org conducted the annual activity "Stop racism!" www.stopracism.anti-fa.ru. This initiative has been taking place in Russia and the CIS countries since 2004 and traditionally passes under the slogan "It is a Shame to Be a Racist!”

   This year the organizers have emphasized the problem of using the "Language of Enmity": "Throughout the last few months in Russia the splash of racist, homophobic and other statements in public places was observed which was caused by the anti-Georgian campaign, discussion regarding the forthcoming Gay Pride march in Moscow, and the growth in the information activity of nationalist movements. It is a tendency to which it is not only necessary to pay attention to, but also actively influence".

Naberezhnye Chelny (the Republic of Tatarstan)

   The youth center "Zaman" with support from the Naberezhnye Chelny Department for Youth Affairs lead a number of activities from 19 March till 24 March 2007 under the general title "A Week of Activities against Racism in Naberezhnye Chelny" that included: film-showings, training "To Live in a World with Yourselves and Others", flash-mobs and a concert "We are for Tolerance".

   During the week questioning was done to gain some understanding of the approximate level of intolerance among youth in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny. Grade school students, high school students and working youth (21 - 33 year olds) took part in the research, totaling 200 persons of different nationalities and creeds. The questionnaires contained the following statements: "Yes, the problem exists because the city is Multinational"; "Yes, the problem exists, though it is not in such an aggravated form, as it is in other cities (Moscow, St.-Petersburg)"; "There is intolerance towards persons of Caucasian nationality". Regarding the question "How do you usually relate to people of other nationalities living in your house/city?" Positive answers were received from eighty nine per cent of the grade school pupils, ninety two of high school students and ninety six per cent working citizens. A more aggressive attitude is characteristic for the grade school students to representatives of other nationality or religions, than for high school students and working youth. 48% of the working townspeople, 35% of grade school students and 43% of high school students were witnesses to acts of humiliation against a person merely because of their nationality, while they themselves were victims of these types of insults by 14 % of grade school students, 19 % of high school students and 22 % of the working youth.


   On 19 March activists from the charitable foundation "Youth Human Rights Group" held a lesson "MY WORLD WITHOUT ENMITY" in high school в„– 57.

   The basic purpose of this lesson consisted in opposing the propogation, multiplication and taking root of the language of enmity and intolerance in the Rostov Association of the Language of Peace and Tolerance.

   The lesson was divided into two parts. During the first part historical data of displays of intolerance, enmity and discrimination in the world were considered. Pupils voiced their opinions on the motives that have generated these phenomena. Every senior pupil talked about their personal feelings which they experienced while reading newspapers, listening to the radio, TV or from friends the expressions which excite national, religious or social enmity. The second part of the lesson was devoted to the creation of the CLOTH of PEACE. To do this the entire class was divided into three groups, each of which had to create the images symbolizing the world and friendship between people of different nationalities.


   Within the limits of the "Weeks Against Racism" the Youth Group for Tolerance "ETnIKA" conducted a series of consecutive activities directed to the preventive maintenance of intolerance and xenophobia in Krasnodar.

   On 18 March in a session of a cinema debate club took place during which the viewing film "Schindler's List" took place.

   Many of the spectators were so touched by the film that to speak about something immediately after watching the film was blasphemous. Therefore the organizers suggested that participants "pour out" their feelings on a paper in the form of a drawing or text. After the "Gallery of Emotions" the leaders showed the participants the short fims which are posted, in huge quantity, on the Internet in which neo-Nazis beat those whom they consider unworthy to live in multinational Russia.

   Among the questions, the answers to which the group searched for during the discussion are: How many steps from such attacks in the transport against the "different looking people" to Auschwitz? Where is Russia going today? What displays of fascism and attributes of intolerance are already visible to the unaided sight? Which of them were in the film?

   On 25 March a "PARCEL FOR THE MAYOR" was sent which contained over 100 fresh photos of fascist and Nazi graffiti, collected by the forces of activists from the YGT "Р­РўРЅР?РљРђ" and participants of the film-viewing that took place on 18 March.

   These photos of the streets and houses of the city of Krasnodar, which were only taken in the beginning of 2007, evidently show that intolerance in the city exists and is acquiring a more threatening character. In appealing to the mayor activists emphasized that the number of signs of enmity, since the beginning of year, has not only grown, they became much more malicious". Participants of the Youth Group ascertained that the scale of street nationalist vandalism is so high, that it is already impossible to cope with it by the forces of noncommercial organizations alone.


   On 18 March members of the Youth Human Rights Groups-Voronezh a public showing of Dennis Ganzel’s film "Academy of Death" was organized in the museum "Diarama". After the film a conversation took place with spectators-pupils from 9-10th classes of six schools from the city of Voronezh. The leaders of the conversations spoke about the national patriotic schools in Nazi Germany, and the history of training these young men, which was illustrated in the film. During the course of the conversation the secondary issues were touched upon: a question of the border between the discipline in any movement, school, camp - and their totalitarian structure; a question on the necessity of schools and movements at the national level; a question regarding, to what consequences as a whole they give nationalist and fascist ideas… The participants independently built assumptions; the Komsomol movement in the USSR was remembered, and the fact of the occurrence of such modern movements of this type was reflected upon.

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