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Zombie Nazi Invasion: Russian Video Warns That Racism Resurrects Fascism

​​Russia has the second largest number of immigrants in the world, many of them from Central Asia. (file photo)
​​Russia has the second largest number of immigrants in the world, many of them from Central Asia. (file photo)

The Russian rights group Civic Assistance has released a new video warning about the dangers of casual racism and xenophobia.

In the short clip, a father, mother, and their young daughter are relaxing by a bucolic lake when a few young Central Asians come and sit near them on the beach.

The father's mood changes and he starts start muttering disparaging comments laced with ethnic stereotypes.

"They turned the city into a Central Asian village."

"A nation of street-sweepers."

"They should go back to their village."

His wife then chimes in: "It's ok. Let them work. As long as they live behind a fence."

As they speak, armed zombies in Nazi uniforms rise from below the sand behind them.

The video's text reads: "By humiliating people of another nationality, you are resurrecting fascism."

WATCH: Fascist Zombies Video By The Civic Assistance NGO

 

Russia has the second largest number of immigrants in the world, after the United States, according to the United Nations. And public opinion polls show increasingly negative attitudes toward them.

A 2013 poll by the independent Levada Center found that 47 percent of Russians have negative attitudes towards immigrants. Some 71 percent said immigrants increased the crime rate and 77 percent said they took jobs from Russians.

The video, produced with the help of the Chicago-based advertising firm Leo Burnett, comes as Russia's state-run media has been regularly calling Ukraine's pro-Western leaders "fascists." It suggests that in fact, fascism starts at home with everyday racism.

Civic Assistance was established in 1990 to assist immigrants in Russia.

-- Luke Johnson

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by: Sey from: World
October 22, 2014 18:09
Despite the spread of globalization and the opening of the world market...there is something within the human spirit that will never change: the distinction between US and THEM.

Humans need to feel part of a group that looks similar to us, talks similar to us, feels and thinks in a similar fashion to us. If you take that away from people and tell them to accept others who do not fall within our group (and sometimes don't even try to), there will undoubtedly be problems.

Because no matter how liberal (or libertine for that matter), open-minded, multicultural, modern and globalized a society is, whenever people feel their identity (be it ethnic, religious, etc.) threatened, it is US versus THEM. We're living in a world where the clash of civilizations is intensifying.

I think recent developments of today are proof of this. Despite how much fascism and similar ideologies have been demonized for decades, I am certain that in the not-so-distant future they will rise to prominence once again. Because, you know, it's already happening...
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by: Kelly from: Saint louis
October 25, 2014 19:14
What is wrong with people wanting to live with and be with their own kind? Why are we White people supposed to enjoy being ethnically cleansed from the cultures and civilizations we have created? Why are we the bad guys when we only want to keep what is ours?
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by: Bunny from: Brooklyn
October 26, 2014 08:29
Kelly, you are everything wrong with "white people" and exactly the aim of of this public service video. I think you might be trolling for kicks, but be that as it may, I'm game. You are a moron and not fit for our world. Go away.
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by: Kelly from: Saint louis
October 27, 2014 21:59
Poor Bunny. Can not answer a single question I pose. Goes for the typical name calling and hate filled attacks. Why do you hate,Bunny? I am not sure which chosen tribe you might be from but if displacement and ethnic cleansing were happening to your people you would be singing a very different tune,but since it is happening to the "other" you are quite pleased with it. I want to let you know one thing Bunny. I and the millions of others like me are not going away. We are the future. We will keep that which we have created.If you do not like the truth Bunny perhaps YOU should go away. I think there is a country just for your type. Perhaps you would be happy there, thus making the rest of us happy.In the meantime have a nice day and please lay off of the hatred.

by: Ray Finch from: Lawrence, KS
October 22, 2014 18:36
Nice article and thanks for the video. I wonder if it will get any exposure at all in Russia's national media. Indeed, I fear that NTV Rossiya 1 and ORT will adopt the format and instead of German nazis rising from the dead to warn of fascism, they will portray Ukrainian fascist-zombies attacking the pure and innocent in Russia.
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by: Bob
October 24, 2014 13:24
Pretty rich coming from someone who is mute on a matter like Ukrainian nationalist bigotry.

by: M from: Bishkek
October 24, 2014 04:02
Really good video depicting the true face of Russia and Russians, since they are avid chauvinists. if there will be more clips and videos probably they will help to stop racisim or facism in Russia. Personally I think it may help people of Russia to think about littile bit of other people too that ther are not nitwits indeed, on the contrary they are more tolerant and peaceful rather than whoever.....
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by: Bob
October 24, 2014 13:26
The bigger chauvinists are the ones who make such a collectively negative and inaccurate comment about Russians.
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by: Ingush from: Gelia
October 26, 2014 22:17
M you are absolutely right. I live in Russia and 99.9% of them which is the majority are Nazis. Disregard the Russian "bob" comment. Russians are like Americans - chauvinist pigs.
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by: Bob
October 27, 2014 10:19
"Ingush"

Part of me can respect your comment in that it acknowledges a global intolerance problems, as opposed to the hypocritical nit picks.

That said, most Russians and Americnas aren't such bad people.

by: Rick
October 26, 2014 06:25
Great, now Russia has to go multi-cult-ural. The elites do love to divide the masses!
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by: Bob
October 26, 2014 19:44
Russia has been multi-cultural. Key positions throughout the Russian government indicate such.

by: Terry from: Orlando
October 26, 2014 13:18
I agree with Kelly 100%! What is wrong with people wanting to preserve their identity? Especially in view of the fact that only WHITE countries are bombarded by demands to accept and embrace their own dispossession. If everyone is equal, why does anyone have to immigrate to a white country for a better life? Can't all the "benefits" that Asians, Africans and others bring to White countries be utilized in their own? We know that we are being deliberately targeted for extinction, so why shouldn't we resist by any means necessary? I think it is very telling that any White resistance to multiculturalism is met with references to the Nazis. That is so worn out and juvenile that it's comical. Live and let live...even us terribly racist White people that have the audacity to want to preserve our species.

by: Ingush from: Gelia
October 26, 2014 22:17
Russians are Nazis. Period.
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by: Bob
October 27, 2014 10:19
"Nazis" who've accepted many others into their fold.

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