Stavropol has made the news as of late with its rise in traditional Russian nationalism that has put its crosshairs on the minority Muslim population in the area. Although the area is determined to be approximately 80% ethnic Russian and muslims taking up roughly 10% of the population there have been two major movements against the minority groups. Recently there has been a rise in the implementation of Russian Cossack's becoming "deputized" to patrol the streets, and through brands of borderline hooliganism and physical intimidation, keep the minorities in line. The idea of an ethnic Russian in itself is a difficult concept to grasp in the first place. Being one of the oldest countries in world history, as well as the largest, Russia has historically been one of the most ethnically diverse cultures in the world. To claim someone ethnically Russian then runs into a grey area that I believe is decided through language and the individuals religion. Throughout the world people are discerned between one group or the other by dialect of a common language spoken, or a different common language all together. What is happening most commonly in Russia is that Religion is being used to determine what is "un-Russian". Even though Islam has a very deep history in Russia leading up to the earliest of tsarist Russian history, because of conflicts in the Caucasus from Peter the Great's reign and climaxing during Catherine the Great's the relationship has been strained. That is why I believe the local government of Stavropol has condoned and glorified this Russian nationalist movement. The relationship between these two groups of common Russians runs very deep and books have, and will continue to be written on it. I only hope to shed some light in a short post on the relationship between these two groups. Russian nationalism posts a danger much greater than what has been documented so far. Russia being the multi-ethnic country that it is, if divided by linguistic, cultural, or religious ideology would literally be torn apart from its borders to the inner city.