President Vladimir Putin attended a meeting with members of Russia’s Security Council and other top government officials on Monday, discussing a wide range of topics, including the war in the Middle East and a recent anti-Semitic riot in Russia’s Muslim-majority region of Dagestan.
On Sunday night, an angry pro-Palestinian crowd ran onto the tarmac of the international airport in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s largest city, after false rumors circulated online that a plane was bringing in “refugees” from Israel. Some rioters clashed with police.
More than 80 people were arrested, officials said. Russian Muslim leaders and regional authorities have condemned the rioters, many of whom were chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Anti-Jewish riot incited from abroad
“Yesterday’s events in Makhachkala were inspired through social media, including from the territory of Ukraine, by the agents of Western services,” Putin said. He stressed that legitimate concerns for the Palestinians must not lead to outbreaks of violence.