For all the crude xenophobic placards and slogans at this week’s Russian March, one stood out for its—dare I say—cleverness.
“The good half of the population already hates the regime. Soon you will get to know the bad half,” read a sign carried by a marcher.
Not only was it clever, but it also rang true. In a recent editorial, Gazeta.ru wrote that “for the first time, nationalist marches are taking on an oppositionist character.”
After years of successfully manipulating nationalists for their own purposes and cultivating xenophobia among the population, the Kremlin is now standing face-to-face with the monster it helped create. “Those nationalists who did not join up with the authorities in time attached themselves to the protest movement—you have to avoid your own marginalization somehow,” political analyst Andrei Kolesnikov wrote in arecent commentary.
In addition to the predictable chants of “Russia for Russians,” “Stop Feeding the Caucasus,” and various anti-migrant diatribes at this year’s Russian March, there were plenty of calls for the end of Vladimir Putin’s “Chekist regime.”
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A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists in the Philippines on Tuesday killing at least 93 people, some while praying in a centuries-old church, officials said.
The earthquake was centered 34 miles below Carmen town on Bohol Island, about 250 miles southeast of the capital, Manila, and was felt across the region. The Philippine seismology agency reported at least 110 aftershocks.
Local radio stations also reported fatalities in nearby Cebu province, across a strait from Bohol. Bohol has 1.2 million people and is popular among foreigners because of its beach and island resorts.
Philippine radio reports quoted an official from the national disaster agency as saying four people died on Bohol when buildings collapsed during the quake.
Joseph Emilio Abaya, Philippine transportation secretary, said in a radio interview that parts of the Tagbilaran port had cracked and collapsed.