African migrants in Russia describe “hell on Earth”

First they spat angry words at Remy Bazie. Then they struck him in the face with an iron bar, knocking him unconscious.

The men who jumped the Ivory Coast migrant at a crowded Moscow train station last November did not rob him. But they damaged his jaw to the degree that doctors had to install a metal plate to hold it in place. It took Bazie four months to raise the $3, 600 to undergo surgery

For the Record

Africans in Russia: In the Nov. 2 Section A, an article about hostility against African blacks in Russia said there had been 177 reported acts of violence against blacks in Russia since 2010, according to the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis. There were actually 177 reported violent acts against blacks since 2008, SOVA officials say, six of which ended in death.


“Most of the time I’m harassed, but this was the worst experience, ” Bazie, 28, said recently as he sat at a parish community center in Moscow where African migrants often seek refuge.

Svetlana Gannushkina: Playing with the Law

Svetlana Gannushkina, member of the board of the International Memorial Society, director of the Migration and Law network, chair of Civic Assistance committee, member of the governmental Commission on Migration Policy: “Parliament is not a place for discussion. The Duma is not a place for thinking. And laws are not written to be implemented.”

The Dublin Convention in the light of the expansion of the European Union to the East

Svetlana Gannushkina, Head of the “Migration Rights” network, Human Rights Centre Memorial, Chairperson of the “Civic Assistance Committee”

“The Dublin Convention of 1990 determines which state is responsible for examining an asylum claim submitted in one of the member countries of the European Community”. This Convention was adopted when the European Union was still in its infancy.