In a country where nationalism and racism is rampant, it is difficult to imagine that one ethnic minority might suffer more than the rest. But in Russia there is one ethnic minority that is abused more than most – the Meskhetian Turks.
Imagine the worst possible confrontation with Russian bureaucracy… then multiply it by 200 … 1000 per cent. You are shouted at several times a day, told that your child should not stay at school until Year 11 (18-years-old), but should leave after Year 9 (16-years-old), as the teachers consider he will probably spoil the school’s results in the Single State Exam.
If you imagine the worst possible confrontation with Russian bureaucracy, then multiply it by 200 … 1000 per cent.
Or you apply for a job. At the interview you are rudely told that, although you have the right qualifications, you are not going to be taken on because there is an unwritten agreement that Turks are not to be employed. Or, you are in the street at 10pm and someone tells you that you shouldn’t be out, because you’re not Russian and you should ‘know your place.’