Russia may see a rise in ethnic hatred following the deadly blasts in Moscow's subway, the ombudsman for Human Rights in Chechnya warned on Tuesday.
"The fears of people with Chechen backgrounds are not groundless. They have bitter experience of being considered criminals and abused because of their ethnic group," Nurdi Nuhazhiyev said.
"We have received calls from people of different Russian regions and Moscow who are frightened from possible illegal actions against them," he said. "Some Chechen people... have already felt a shift in the attitude towards them."
Russian media reported on Monday that there had been assaults on "Muslim-looking" people, but Ramazan Abdulatipov, the head of the assembly of the Russian peoples, said on Tuesday that Caucasus diasporas in Moscow had not complained of acts of xenophobia.
Ekho Moskvy radio said two Muslim women were beaten on a subway train between the Avtozavodskaya and Paveletskaya stations in south Moscow.
The Russian tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets reported that two men of "Caucasian appearance" were assaulted " at Kuntsevskaya station in the west of the capital when they refused to show their bags to "a group of vigilantes."
At least 39 people died in Monday's twin suicide bombings, which the Federal Security Service said were most likely carried out by terrorists from Russia's volatile North Caucasus.
Nuhazhiyev said he has already asked Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov to call on police to refrain from treating everyone from the North Caucasus as potential terrorists.
He emphasized that Russian politicians have spoken about how the possible link between the terrorist attacks and people of certain nationalities could provoke a rise of Russian nationalism.
MOSCOW, March 30 (RIA Novosti)
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.
Users can initiate the recovery of their account / unlock access by contacting the moderators at email@example.com
The letter must contain:
If the moderators deem it possible to restore the account / unlock access, it will be done.
In the case of repeated violations of the rules above resulting in a second block of a user’s account, access cannot be restored.
To contact the team of moderators, write to firstname.lastname@example.org