Russian anthropologists condemn racism (fwd)

Robert Johnson (johnsorl@COLORADO.EDU)
Sun, 16 Jul 1995 18:25:52 -0600

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Date: Sun, 16 Jul 1995 19:32:27 -0400 (EDT)
From: Steve Rosenthal <>
To: Racial-Religious-EthnoNationalist Violence Studies
Subject: Russian anthropologists condemn racism

The current (7/7/95) issue of Science reports that at the first national
congress of the Association of Russian Ethnologists and
Anthropologists in Ryazan last month, delegates unanimously
adopted a resolution condemning the growth of racial intolerance and
xenophobia. The resolution called on their colleagues "resolutely to
oppose in their daily academic, practical, and teaching work any
attempt to sow ethnic and racial hatred. (p. 27)
The article goes on to explain that the resolution was in part a
response to the neo-Nazi views and apologetics of Viktor Kozlov and
Viktor Bezverkhy. The former has been defending the latter, who has
argued that Jews, gypsies, and people of mixed race are inferior and
have no place in a socially organized society. The struggle has been
carried into the pages of Izvestiya and Moscow News, and Russian
anthropologists have urged their colleagues in the West to join in
condemning racist and fascist Russian anthropologists and their
If there are any Russian social scientists or friends of Russian
anthropologists on this network, perhaps they can further investigate
this struggle and report on it.
Steve Rosenthal