Anti-migrant anger & racial tensions arise in Yakutsk following abduction and rape of local woman

Angry residents held sporadic rallies and trashed migrant-operated shops in Siberia after a man from Central Asia allegedly raped a local woman. The high-profile case prompted authorities to vow crack down on illegal immigration.

Over the past few days, residents of Yakutsk in eastern Russia attacked and harassed migrants from Central Asia. They also targeted migrant-owned businesses.

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The Siberian city crumbling due to climate change

In Russia’s Siberian city of Yakutsk, one of the coldest on Earth, climate change is causing dangerous melting of the permanently frozen ground, or permafrost on which the buildings stand. Average temperatures in Yakutsk have risen by 2.5 degrees Celsius over the past decade, say scientists at the Russian Permafrost Institute located here, the only such research centre in the world.

Temperature is just a number: Yakutsk kids send message to DiCaprio

Children from Yakutia filmed a video addressing Oscar-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, who had expressed concerns regarding the extremely cold weather in the Republic of Sakha on his Instagram. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8zot

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