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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shaimiyev Says Violence Unchecked

LONDON -- Russia is failing to tackle a resurgence of militant nationalism that has caused a wave of violence against ethnic and religious minorities, Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiyev said Thursday.

Shaimiyev said violent crimes by nationalists were going unpunished and could undermine Russian democracy in coming years. "Unfortunately Russia is facing this problem. Extreme forms of nationalism are manifesting themselves. Russian chauvinism is very dangerous in a multinational, multicultural country like ours," he told a news conference in London.

"Even the tiniest manifestation of chauvinism should be severely punished under law. Unfortunately this was not done from the start," Shaimiyev said.

Racially-motivated attacks against dark-skinned foreigners, Jews and nationals from poorer ex-Soviet states have become common in recent years. Human rights groups say Russia is failing to punish those responsible.