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The aftermath of mass riots near the Biryulyovo-Tovarnaya train station

Moscow authorities have closed a vegetable warehouse and detained 1,200 people after a violent Sunday protest in Moscow’s residential area of Biryulyovo.

A car with money and weapons has been found as Moscow police raided a warehouse which locals call the main attraction for migrants. On Sunday it turned into the scene of a mass anti-migrant protest, which ended with nearly 400 arrests.

A mixed crowd of nationalists and locals took to the streets in response for the fatal stabbing of a local, which is now being blamed on a migrant. They now say the killing of a 25-year-old Russian was merely the last straw.

It appeared that locals have been calling on Moscow authorities to check the warehouse and relocate it to the outside of the city. As it is just 1km from the living area, people mainly complained about late hour work activity, noise from trucks, high levels of criminality and numerous migrants who rent apartments in the area. Dozens live in each apartment at the same time. Residents say to meet a Slavic-looking man after midnight is nearly impossible.

But authorities’ reply was diplomatic and short: “[Pokrovskaya] warehouse is a strategic object of food supplies for Moscow and, hence, the transfer is impossible.”

Now there are informally three main demands. First of all people want the young man’s killer to be found and prosecuted. Next, for the warehouse to be closed and heads of regional administration and police department to be sacked. They suspect the latter of running a protection racket involving the migrants.

Another hot spot in Sunday’s rally was a shopping mall. Protesters destroyed it first, after unsuccessful attempts to try reaching authorities.

Some now say the reason why a crowd of 300 people decided to attack it is that the mall is an “enclave” of migrants, where they not only trade, but also hide from authorities.

For the last few years, people say, the situation in the area has remained tense because migrants are not polite to local residents.

“Are they guests? We are guests here and they are locals,” a woman from one of the apartment buildings in the area told the media.

Police conducts mass detention during a raid at a vegetable warehouse in Zapadnoye Biryulyovo.

Aftermath of disturbances in Moscow’s Biryulevo district.

Police conducts mass detention during a raid at a vegetable warehouse in Zapadnoye Biryulyovo.

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