I had a silly collection of photos planned for this weekend. But then the news has been reporting bursts of violence not only in the Caucasus, from which such stories have become almost routine, but also in Kazan’, the capital of the republic of Tatarstan.
As the NY Times notes, this lovely city has in the past been looked to as an example of a place where Muslims and others live peaceably side-by-side.
It’s a place government officials could invoke when they try to show that their fight in the Caucasus isn’t against Islam, but against radicalism. It’s a place researchers could use as a case study for examining which policies or social factors might help lead to or prevent violence between ethnic groups. It looks like the situation may be changing.
I’m not enough of an expert on these subjects to add anything to the coverage. I just wanted to share some photos of Kazan’ from a trip I took there in 2010. I hope the situation improves.