Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Immigrants Must be Ready to Assimilate to Russian Nation Or They Shouldn’t Be Allowed In, Moscow Commentator Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Jan. 20 – In the course of a discussion of the controversy about the statements of Usman Baratov, the head of the Uzbek community in Moscow, Aleksandr Shustov makes it clear that as far as he and presumably many other Russians are concerned, adaptation and integration are insufficient goals for immigrants.

            The Rhythm of Eurasia commentator sharply criticizes Baratov for saying that he supports the adaptation and integration of the immigrant communities now in the Russian Federation but is very much opposed to any of their members being assimilated (ritmeurasia.ru/news--2024-01-19--naskolko-lojalny-rossii-novye-diaspory-71023).

            According to Shustov, “such a position in fact is completely identical to the Western model of multiculturalism” and thus is doomed to fail as one can see in the countries of the West which have adopted in and thus not only is completely alien to the Russian position which seeks assimilation as the best way forward.

            Indeed, he says, to the extent that Baratov reflects the interests of the immigrant population, “we can conclude that the interests of the indigenous population of Russia and ‘the new diasporas formed primarily after the collapse of the Soviet Union are increasingly at odds with one another.”

            The chance that some compromise will be found between these two positions is “low,” Shustov continues; and as a result, “the continuing influx of immigrants … at a time of the special military operation have the result of making the situation inside the Russian Federation increasingly explosive.”

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