“Otherwise all provocateurs and extremists will use any possibility to get young people onto the barricades,” Kolokoltsev said at a televised meeting.
The clashes were the worst such ethnically fueled unrest since Russian soccer fans and ultra-nationalists went on the rampage on Manezhnaya Square outside the Kremlin walls in December 2010.
In a similar scenario, they were demonstrating against the killing of an ethnic Russian soccer fan in a fight with a group from the Northern Caucasus.
“This format of popular unrest has now become standard for the new Russia,” columnist Dmitry Steshin wrote in Komsomolskaya Pravda.
“A brutal, motive-less murder of an ethnic Russian by migrants, the impotence of the police and the outburst of ‘popular democracy’ in its most destructive form,” he wrote.