Tajiks Note that “Moscow Has Changed”

As Russians try to make sense of ethnic riots rocking Moscow, these developments are also carefully watched in Tajikistan where more than half of the population depends on money that their relatives working in Russia send home. Halil Qayumzod who lived in Moscow in the 1990s suggests [tj] that over the past decade the Russian capital has grown extremely hostile to the nationals of former Soviet countries:

Moscow has changed. Everyday our fellow-nationals face problems and lack of legal protection there. Is the Moscow I loved gone? Where are you, the Moscow I used to love? I do not recognize the present-day Moscow…

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