Russia Uses Comics To Target Migrants For Looking At Women, Eating On The Street Or Talking Loudly


Russian authorities are using comic books to explain to migrants how they should behave in Moscow. The universality of comic books when it comes to talking to many people has now been used in a 100-page guide intended to "maintain a positive image" of the city and could help reduce "tensions".

But some see migrants or Russians of another ethnic background painted as the bad guys, reviving the idea of conflict between Russia's heroes and non-Russian invading hordes.

Moscow attracts thousands, especially from ex-Soviet republics in Central Asia and the Caucasus, and Russia's North Caucasus, many of whom work in Russia illegally.



The comic books urge migrants not to look at women, eat in the street or talk loudly, and tell them to comply with police asking to see their documents – which they are told to expect to happen a lot.

The comic uses the Bogatyri, the three warriors of Russian folk law to represent the police, while historical character Prince Yuri Dolgorukyshows off the city's highlights. While Vasilisa the Wise and Snegurochkaclamp down on knowledge and history and language skills. And then pointed out migrants could be deported for simply not fastening a seat belt…

Why do I feel that another big fan of Russian policies is taking notes? Say, if only the new US administration had a comic book executive to hand…





About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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