Xenophobes Attack Their Own

Source: hro.org (author: Galina Kozhevnikova), 29/03/10

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“Terribly interesting things have been happening recently in the radical right-wing anthills,” writes Galina Kozhevnikova. “There are probably not enough fingers on both hands to list them. Nevertheless there is one aspect of these creatures’ existence that I would like to talk about. Their ideology has evolved in a direction that, both in a cultural and religious sense, is deeply simplistic. Not in the sense of on-going religious searchings, but in the sense that cults of ‘white heroes’, created with varying degrees of success, are multiplying very rapidly.

The cult of the dead ‘hero’ is, of course, ideal because the living could blurt out something that no amount of effort could put right. And indeed it is unsurprising that no-one is going to see Korolev (who was behind the explosion at Cherkizovsky market) beyond the Arctic Circle (and you wouldn’t be allowed to meet him anyway), while people are flooding to the grave of Borovikov, the leader of the St-Petersburg Nazi underground killed while being detained. It would be best of all if, until his death, the hero had been known to only a very narrow circle of admirers, if not unknown altogether. Then the fantasy is not limited by anything except its own possibilities.

Obscurity is most likely the main virtue. Look at Bazylev, alias Adolf. He died theatrically and a ‘Day of Anger’ was declared in revenge, but no cult has formed. It doesn’t fit. But Roma-Radio, on the other hand, little known while alive, is now mentioned in nearly every other sentence.

But there is a flip side to every cult. Defectors, or those who appear to be so, are quickly dealt with brutally and without a second thought. The prominent (and dare I say talented) publicist and ‘White Patriot’ had only to publicly express his doubts about the cult of Roma-Radio to have his arms broken.

Look at Dmitry Demushkin, leader of the Slavic Union, and what he’s been doing recently. He is all but asking the government to put him away. He makes aggressive statements, he interferes – Heaven help us! – in social conflicts, heroically depicting the almost armed confrontation between his own organisation and court bailiffs over the Rechnik dacha settlement, but still he has not been charged with any offences. But then he never used to behave like this. So what has changed? The answer is very simple – he is afraid of the new young ones coming up. He is no longer radical enough for them, and the usual allegations about collaboration with the intelligence services, which two or three years ago were normal figures of speech in the polemic between competing anthills, can now cost lives.

These new, young, far-right extremists could not have appeared in the 90s. They could not even have appeared in the first decade after 2000. For such seeds to be nurtured, several generations of selective breeding were needed: the Russian National Unity, the Slavic Union, the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, the National Socialist Community. Now the time has come. The seedlings have come through. We are no longer horrified but are used to the fact that there are gangs responsible for 10, 20 or 30 murders. And they are repeatedly claiming new exploits. They attract, let’s say, new soldier ants by their example.

There is one problem. In contrast to ants, the vitally important system of recognition as ‘friend or foe’ in this environment is becoming increasingly simplified, at the same time as this is happening to their ideology. That is, they will accept you as a ‘friend’ if you are covered in tattoos and carrying a bloody knife as proof. But this is no guarantee that the identification will be long-lived. Far from it.

Just look at the latest victim of the Molotkov-Tamamshev group (activists of the National Socialist Community accused of dozens of murders and the preparation of an act of terrorism). He was one of their own, but came from outside. And not really from the outside, even, but from a neighbouring region. And before you know it he’s being carved up in the bath to the singing of ‘Orange Sky.’

Or take the latest arrest in the environs of St. Petersburg. They murdered and dismembered ‘one of their own’. And not just ‘one of their own,’ but someone who several months before had himself accused another ‘one of their own’ of treachery. It is clear that the boy had to leave Moscow, because Moscow is no more comfortable for Nazis than anywhere else in Russia, but why did he go to St. Petersburg, a city which on the whole is also not easy for them? Not to Vladimir. Or to Nizhny Novgorod where things are still good for them. And he didn’t actually go to St. Petersburg. He went to Nevograd, a little closer to Borovikov’s heroic grave. And, forgive me the black humour, but in a literal sense he lost his head as a result of being so close to the ‘hero’.

Because there, where the cult is working, heads are unnecessary: you don’t need to think. Any doubt expressed about you or about someone else can become a death sentence. And, what’s more, it could be a sentence for either the accuser or the accused. There is no way of knowing.

It seems to me that in the middle of the first decade after 2000 several extreme far-right ‘leaders’ dreamt about such unthinking, blindingly faithful, unconditionally submissive soldier ants. Boredom was evident in the ideological battles of those years: there were too many disagreements and competing strategies. The ants grew up. And it turned out that faith and submission were directed where they shouldn’t have been. The broken arms of the ‘White Patriot’ already seem to be nothing extraordinary at all. And the ants are always crawling and crawling, not thinking about the fact that the anthill could once again at any minute devour a new arrival to the tune of ‘Orange Sky’... It is unlikely that this is the exact result that the ‘führers’ of the past decade wanted. And are the prospective ants ready for it?

P.S. And Demushkin got his own way. On Friday (26 March 2010) it became known that the activities of his organisation have been suspended by the General Prosecutor’s Office as a result of its activities being classified as extremist.”

About the author: Galina Kozhevnikova is deputy director of the Sova Information and Analytical Centre.

Source: Grani.ru
Rights in Russia,
19 Apr 2010, 13:51