Russians rally over ethnic violence

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People rally in Moscow to protest against ethnic clashes (AP)

Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest against ethnic clashes that have rocked Russia in the past weeks.

Protesters held posters reading “Fascists disgrace Russia” and chanted “No to Fascism”.

The rally in central Moscow was organised by civil groups in a reaction to rioting on December 11 when thousands of nationalists and football fans poured into the streets chanting “Russia for Russians”.

They clashed with police and beat members of ethnic groups from the Caucasus region. The violence just outside the Kremlin raised doubts about the government’s ability to stem a rising tide of xenophobia.

Police prevented more clashes in the following days in Moscow and St Petersburg.

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