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"Little Moscow". Russian tourists caught in a scandal in Sri Lanka over a racist party

Kateryna MalayNews
Russians offended Sri Lankans

Russians are caught in a racist scandal abroad. Residents of Unawatuna in Sri Lanka, an area unofficially called "Little Moscow," managed to offend all the country's indigenous people with just one word.

Tourists and expatriates decided to throw a party, but only for "their own". According to the organizers, Russians were supposed to meet at the club to have fun during the war in Ukraine and discuss their emigration. In order to exclude local people from participating in the event, they planned to introduce face control and let only "whites" in, The Mirror writes.

Russians who fled the fighting and mobilization wrote in the announcement of the party: "face control: white", which means that it is intended only for non-locals.

''Little Moscow''. Russian tourists caught in a scandal in Sri Lanka over a racist party

It should be explained that Sri Lanka is a resort country in Asia where the skin color of the indigenous population is very dark. It is not surprising that the Russian immigrants' announcement of a color-coded segregation seemed outrageous to them, to put it mildly.

When the owners of the Sarayka Lounge club read how they had been set up by the organizers, they canceled the event and apologized to all residents of the country.

"We immediately canceled the event. In addition, we broke off relations with the organizers who planned to hold this party in our establishment. We have never supported and will never support any racist statements or organizations," the bar said in an uncompromising statement in two languages.

''Little Moscow''. Russian tourists caught in a scandal in Sri Lanka over a racist party

The Russian organizer, who lived in Little Moscow, barely pleaded guilty, calling the celebration of "white" immigrants a "bad idea." However, principled residents did not forgive him and threatened to expel him from the country.

"We wanted to meet with expats who have lived here for a long time and love Sri Lanka. The team supported me and we made a joint decision to quickly organize a party. I didn't expect it to be such a sensitive moment for so many people," he said, adding that he has since had to leave the country after a flurry of insults.

The publication notes that a lot of Russians fled to Unawatuna during the two years of full-scale war, and a total of 288 thousand carriers of the "Russian world" have settled in the country during this time, although after the incident with the racist party, there was one less of them.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA wrote that a Russian family planned to vacation in Sri Lanka, but alcoholism got in the way. The rowdies had to be detained on the plane, and their crying children witnessed the scene.

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