Nationalists hold flags and shout slogans during a march in Moscow

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC+0)
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Nationalists hold flags and shout slogans during a march in Moscow October 1, 2011. Moscow has become a focal point for racist violence in recent years, given its combustible mix of disenchanted ethnic Russian youth and labour migrants from the Russian Caucasus and impoverished former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Ethnic tension continues to simmer in the Russian capital since a violent demonstration in December last year that was provoked by the death of football fans in an unrelated but similarly motivated incident. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SPORT SOCCER)

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James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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