Russia: Ferguson Violence Shows 'Systematic Defects' in U.S. Democracy

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman says blacks remain deprived in the United States and are regularly subjected to violence and persecution by law enforcement agencies.

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The violent crackdown on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, shows systemic defects in U.S. democracy, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

The criticism was leveled as relations between Moscow and Washington have plummeted to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine.

"The massive outbreak of popular furor and law enforcement agencies' disproportionate reaction to it confirm again that this is not an isolated incident but a systemic defect of U.S. democracy," ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

He added that blacks remain deprived in the United States and are regularly subjected to violence and persecution by law enforcement agencies.

"We will naturally continue to carefully follow events in Ferguson and other U.S. cities and will remind the US that it needs to rigorously carry out its obligations to meet democratic standards and citizens' rights," Lukashevich said.

State media and pro-Kremlin activists in Russia have eagerly taken up the protests in the St Louis suburb, which have spread to other U.S. cities, linking them to the pro-Western revolution in Ukraine early this year, which in Moscow's narrative was sponsored by the West.

"Why has the Russian ambassador not handed out cookies in Ferguson? Russia must support the Ferguson Maidan!" prominent pro-government commentator Israel Shamir wrote on Twitter, referring to an incident in December when U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland distributed food to protesters on Kiev's Independent Square, known in Ukrainian as Maidan.

Russia's Tvoi Den tabloid on Wednesday titled a report on Ferguson "Afromaidan."

The violence stems from a decision Monday by a grand jury that there is not enough evidence to indict police officer Darren Wilson, a white man, for the fatal August 9 shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.