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International Russian Conservative Forum at St Petersburg: Far Right to ‘Unite’ Nationalist Forces.

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Parties represented at International Russian Conservative Forum.

ST. PETERSBURG — High-ranking members of some of Europe’s most controversial parties descended on St. Petersburg on Sunday to participate in the first International Russian Conservative Forum, an ultranationalist convention glorifying Russia as a refuge for the world’s most marginalized far-right political forces.

The forum’s speakers collectively ticked off all the boxes of intolerance and anti-Western sentiment, egged on by the enthusiasm of the audience filling a conference room at the St. Petersburg Holiday Inn. Through the course of the day, U.S. President Barack Obama was called a Nazi, white Christians were urged to reproduce, gays were referred to as perverts and murdered Russian opposition activists were said to be resting in hell.

Reports the Moscow Times (March 22nd).

United in their contempt for all things EU and their yearning for a socially conservative society, Russia and the extremes of the European political spectrum have forged a tacit alliance. Far-right leaders’ periodic visits to Moscow, combined with Russian banks’ magnanimity toward political entities that European creditors have shunned, have suggested that these parties’ gains in popularity could shift EU policy in Russia’s favor and undermine the union’s stance on the crisis in Ukraine.

Ties between Europe’s far-right and Russia became a little more concrete on Sunday, when radical right-wing party Rodina (“Motherland”), the organizer of the forum, adopted a resolution on the creation of a permanent committee to coordinate Russia’s and Europe’s conservative political forces.

The resolution was the culmination of a full day of 10-minute speeches by more than 30 ultranationalist commentators and the leaders of radical right-wing parties from seven European Union countries, including Greece, Italy, Germany and Britain. They blamed the United States for the Ukraine crisis, deplored the erosion of traditional values in the West and praised President Vladimir Putin’s peacemaking skills.

“The American way of life is not at the center of our politics, nor are gays and lesbians,” said Udo Voigt, a member of the European Parliament and the former head of Germany’s far-right National Democratic Party. “Our focus is on our families and our children.”

The parties rushed to sign the resolution after the Holiday Inn received a bomb threat some 20 minutes before the scheduled end of the speeches. Organizers, who announced the evacuation order, claimed that their “enemies” had called police to sabotage the event. The origin of the bomb threat remains unknown.

A police van stood idle in the hotel’s front parking lot throughout the course of the International Russian Conservative Forum. Security personnel and bodyguards with dangling earpieces scrutinized participants. A handful of Cossacks equipped with leather whips, members of a quasi-militant group presented as guardians of traditional values, secured the entrance to the conference room.

The event’s organizers — members of the St. Petersburg branch of far-right party Rodina, a party founded in the early 2000s by current Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin — claimed that it represented the “first forum of the national-oriented political forces of Europe and Russia in world history.”

Organizers were up-front about the objectives of the event, claiming it was meant to unite European and Russian conservative forces “in the context of European sanctions against Russia and the United States’ pressure on European countries and Russia.”

The Kremlin has neither formally endorsed the event, nor spoken out against it. In an apparent bid to draw parallels between their own views and those of the federal authorities, forum organizers included in their press kit and on their website an excerpt of Putin’s speech at the 2013 Valdai International Discussion Club.

“We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilization.” Putin said at the time. “I am convinced that this opens a direct path to degradation and primitivism, resulting in a profound demographic and moral crisis.”

There were no Russian lawmakers or high-ranking officials among the speakers, though State Duma Deputy Alexei Zhuravlyov, who also heads Rodina, was present. Russian Senator Igor Morozov did not speak, despite initially having been scheduled to do so.

The forum’s speakers echoed the Russian state narrative on the pervasiveness of an ill-defined “fascism” in Europe.

More on Moscow Times site.

Ex-BNP leader Nick Griffin tells right-wing conference Russia will save Europe

Undeterred by his waning power over the extremist right-wing in the UK, Nick Griffin has kept with his cause by declaring that Russia will save “Christendom”.

The former BNP leader was expelled from the organisation last year, after members accused him of attempting to “destabilise” it and of “harassing” its membership.

Griffin responded by accusing the party leadership of playing “plastic gangster games”.

At the International Russian Conservative Forum in St Petersbury over the weekend, which was organised by a pro-Kremlin ultranationalist party, Griffin warned the audience that Christendom would succumb to “a terrible civil war”, become and Islamist caliphate “or perhaps both”, BuzzFeed reported.

He added that “the survival of Christendom” is “absolutely impossible without the rise of the Third Rome: Moscow.”

Roberto Fiore of Italy’s Forza Nuova, mirrored Griffin’s comments at the event, and claimed that Moscow is currently the only nation guarding what he regards to be Western values in the way Rome once did.

“It’s not me saying this—it’s God saying it,” he said, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In an interview with the US newspaper, Griffin said Russia is “more free” than the West as a similar event would be banned in the US or the UK.

 

More: Independent.

International Russian Conservative  Forum.

We – community of political and public organizations, not indifferent to destiny of our Homeland – Russia, and all civilized mankind. We urge to unite for the sake of continuation of life on Earth, for the sake of conscientious and good-neighbourhood partnership between the nations of Europe. We decided to hold the first in world history Forum of the national focused political forces of Europe and Russia and to lay the foundation of sensible partnership in fight for preservation of traditional values of modern society: families, for spirituality and moral also we wait from each political and public organization of constructive proposals. We – Organizing committee of the International congress “International Russian Conservative Forum”:

“The Russian national cultural center – People’s House” – public organization which purpose is revival of traditional values and development of the Russian culture. “The Russian national cultural center – People’s House” combines efforts of people of all nationalities concerned by destiny of the Russian culture. It involves writers, musicians, artists, journalists, publishers, theater-goers, public figures in participation in business for return to the Russian culture of its worthy place in souls of people.

“People’s house” has to become a home for creators of the Russian culture. It helps all creators of the Russian World, irrespective of their ethnic, religious and civil origin. “… Our advance isn’t not impossible without spiritual, cultural, national self-determination, differently we will be able to resist to external and internal calls, we will be able to achieve success in conditions of the global competition” V. Putin’s performance at a meeting of the international debating club “Valdai”, the Novgorod region, 19.09.2013

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  1. I wonder if Seumas Milne, that tireless apologist for proto-fascist Putin, will be able to attend. Perhaps Stop the War can send a delegation, and there are more than a few ‘progressive’ Islamists who will find most of the views expressed extremely congenial. Nick Griffin, Alex Calinicos and Haitham Al Haddad could split the taxi fare to the venue.

    Lamia

    March 24, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  2. Reblogged this on .

    aboriginalpress

    March 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm

  3. as with ‘left’ and ‘right’ it seems the word ‘fascist’ has too many meanings for it to be useful anymore. if both islamicism and zionism are regarded as fascist, as are the russians and the ukrainians sides, the whole meaning of the word becomes degraded. everybody is a fascist! indian BJP is called fascist, as well. it seems fascists are everywhere!

    this meeting is worrying though. i guess there is simply a resurgence of nationalisms and identity politics, which taken to its extreme is fascism, or at least very nasty.

    Callincos is not a fascist, he’s a useful idiot or a complete opportunist.

    kimchee

    March 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm

  4. Lamina, there is this:

    “Stop the War’s trotskyite ‘leaders’ attempted to prevent the audience at their public meeting from reading the CPGB-ML’s latest leaflet last night, with what can only be described as a crass and cowardly act of base thuggery. It marks, even for them, a new low in their attempts to destroy any semblance of a broad and unified anti-imperialist, anti-war movement in Britain.

    Apparently threatened by the distribution of the CPGB-ML’s latest leaflet on the Ukraine, “Britain out of Nato; Nato out of the Donbass”, and no doubt aware of our party’s excellent anti-imperialist analysis and staunch defence of the progressive anti-fascist forces defending the people’s republics of Eastern Ukraine, a Stop the War ‘steward’ was sent to eject a communist activist distributing leaflets at StW’s public meeting yesterday evening, at Bloomsbury Baptist Central Church, in Shaftsbury Avenue, Central London.

    It is possible that they were still Irked by our systematic and thorough exposure of the trotskyite and revisionist’s disgraceful dereliction of duty and failure to defend the people of Libya and Syria from the imperial jackboot and their fundamentalist proxies, which led to the leadership faction of StW refusing to renew the affiliation of the CPGB-ML by a cowardly bureaucratic manoeuvre in 2011.”

    “Political differences underlying the Sectarian attack:

    There is nothing obviously wrong with the introductory blurb that StW put out to promote the meeting: “NATO has created and is exploiting the crisis in Ukraine in order to extend its military and geopolitical reach to the very borders of Russia. Instead of authentically supporting the cessation of hostilities and the peaceful resolution of the conflict, Western powers are pouring fuel on the flames of a brutal civil war in Ukraine and lurching towards a new, increasingly intense Cold War with Russia.”

    But as the catholic church has been known to affirm: there are sins of commission, and sins of omission. The StW, and their revisionist and trotskyite ‘leadership’ faction, have failed singularly to explain the reasons that British Imperialism is compelled to fight these brutal wars, raise any movement to seriously defend Libya, Syria or the Ukrainian anti-fascist forces from the predatory onslaught of the US/UK/EU NATO warmongers.”

    https://redyouthuk.wordpress.com/

    Andrew Coates

    March 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm

  5. Lyubomirsky, the organiser of this event, seems an exotic character – of a red-brown background with an additional American-style gun-nut twist to his biography. He’s still rather young – it’ll be intriguing to see where he ends up. My hunch would be: real-estate.

    Francis

    March 24, 2015 at 6:26 pm

  6. According to Anton Shekhovtsov the SNP considered taking part then backed out > http://www.interpretermag.com/the-far-right-international-russian-conservative-forum-to-take-place-in-russia/

  7. Try again, comment seems to have disappeared …

    Anton Shekhovtsov says that the SNP considered going but then backed out > http://www.interpretermag.com/the-far-right-international-russian-conservative-forum-to-take-place-in-russia/

    Paul Canning

    March 24, 2015 at 6:33 pm

  8. Sorry if this is duplicate.

    The American socialist writer Jim Kovpak, who has lived in Moscow for many years, has a great backgrounder on the “international fascist shindig” > http://nobsrussia.com/2015/03/24/irreconcilable-differences/

    Quote:

    “Most European and American far-rightists see their countries as under occupation by corrupt governments doing the bidding of mysterious cabals of conspirators. Therefore whatever their government and “mainstream” media appears to be supporting should be opposed from their point of view. This is what leads them to listen to Russia’s propaganda in the first place. They have been duped into believing that Russia is preserving those views and ideals which they believe their own countries have forgotten. As such, victory for the EU and US in Ukraine had to be opposed at all costs, no matter how many Lenin statues got toppled.

    One can see a similar parallel situation on the lazy left. Many leftists looked at what side the US was supporting, and then without having any background knowledge about Ukraine or Russia, they spun a tale about how Yanukovych was overthrown because he stood up to NATO, the EU, the IMF, neo-liberal privatization schemes, and yes, even Monsanto. Leftists in Ukraine who oppose Russia and its schemes were and still are totally ignored. To the far right, Yanukovych, like Russia, is standing up to the Zionists, the international bankers, and the liberals. Those nationalists who supported Euromaidan are either ignored, or they are written off as being useful dupes of the grand conspirators.”

    Kovpak has an optimistic conclusion:

    “The nationalists have drunk from Russia’s chalice, not realizing that it is tainted with the very same poison that is killing Russia. However morally wrong they may be, fascists and their fellow travelers on the far right are people who deeply want to believe in something. Now they are in a marriage with the government that believes in nothing. It won’t last.”

    LeftEast is calling for protests to Holiday Inn, who are hosting it > http://www.criticatac.ro/lefteast/stop-the-international-russian-conservative-forum/

    I have mentioned before how the voices of Ukrainian socialists and anarchists are not being amplified (and how they should be to counter STWuk idiocy). People like this guy: ‘Hromadske speaks with a member of the Aidar Battalion, Maksym Osadchuk, who was a history teacher and left-activist in Simferopol, Crimea before he fled the peninsula after it was annexed by Russia.’ < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Shuw_UxpE&index=99&list=PLPnX89fQLdsnTsiDOpYtxvMJZobCjqBC-

    Paul Canning

    March 24, 2015 at 6:34 pm

  9. ah … delete as applicable :#

    Paul Canning

    March 24, 2015 at 6:38 pm

  10. Given that the site of the International Russian Conservative Forum Home Page seems to flit between their own stuff and an add for a ‘Global Rating Agency’ that seems a fair bet Francis.

    Andrew Coates

    March 24, 2015 at 6:42 pm

  11. I think Paul that you’re right (hope I have sorted out comments, yours are very useful points to think about).

    These people are not thinking: they are reacting, overwhelmed by a whole range of conflicting emotions.

    Andrew Coates

    March 24, 2015 at 6:51 pm

  12. Interpreter has some pictures of the heroic Russians who tried to picked the Nazi gathering > http://www.interpretermag.com/russia-update-march-23-2015/#7622

    Paul Canning

    March 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

  13. Andrew, thanks. Jim also points out that – of course! – money is involved. The Kremlin’s ‘loan’ to the FN may be spurring on others. Shekhovtsov points out that the Austrian Freedom Party almost attended, only pulling out at the last minute, he thinks drawn by possible ‘loans’. Nick Griffin has actually been quoted saying that Kremlin money is a pull factor.

    I cannot recommend Jim Kovpak’s blog enough btw, for anyone wanting an English language, socialist take on Russia.

    Paul Canning

    March 24, 2015 at 7:07 pm

  14. hey,

    i thought the cpgb ml were a bunch of stalinists, who are all out for gaddafi, Assad, Mugabe or whoever is anti western. they are not pro isis tho, and defended assad against US backed IS (at that time).

    the stwc are led by opportunists, its true, but there is no other party in town, so to speak. Counterfire control the stwc in effect, altho not completely.

    the stwc did not condemn the invasion of Libya and others because at bottom because it didn’t want to get on the wrong side of their Islamicist allies? I’m sure thats not the case. the left itself was confused about Libya and Syria due to misunderstand the arab spring, and imagining revolutions that were somehow leftist when in reality they were not.

    the only party that has a real plan as well as a program for Britain is the Weekly Worker CPGB. Jack Conrad is one of the greatest Marxists of our time, and Hillel Ticktin has a most thorough analysis of the USSR and what happnened. The CPGB are also right about the need for a real communist party, based on marxism and rejecting all forms of stalinism, as well as opportunist alliances with islamicists and others.
    i am sure you all read the weekly worker, as it is the only left newspaper which allows genuine debate. if we believe in free speech, then there needs a space to debate various positions. the stwc and other left organisations do not allow it.

    I often think that Jack Conrad is the closest thing we have to a British Lenin, he is intellectually heads and shoulders over callinicos, rees, taafe, matgamna, brar etc.

    kimchee

    March 25, 2015 at 12:08 am

  15. watch and learn:

    jackson

    March 25, 2015 at 1:42 am

  16. because the russian orthodox church is now even more fascist than the last time anyone checked?

    redkorat☭ (@red_korat)

    March 25, 2015 at 4:25 am

  17. redkorat: the rebel ‘republics’ STWuk back are explicitly Russian Orthodox theocracies. Catholics and protestants are regarded as American spies. See this new Vice News report and check the Russian Orthodox church response to repression of other Christians at the end:

    The rebel ‘republics’ STWuk back have also banned independent trade unions, made homosexuality illegal and stopped socialists from running in their fake elections.

    Paul Canning

    March 25, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  18. jackson: Wow! That guy makes Gilad Atzmon look sane. Here’s a ‘Jew for Jesus’ apparently > http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Nathanael_Kapner

    Why he’s looking yo Putin for action against the Jewish menace is very odd. Quite a few in Putin’s inner circle are Jewish and the Kremlin is very careful to expunge antisemitism from Russian media. Even in DNR/LNR they’re very careful regarding Jews.

    This doesn’t mean that antisemiticism isn’t common or that the sort of fascism on display in St Petersberg isn’t allowed to operate freely though.

    Paul Canning

    March 25, 2015 at 1:23 pm

  19. “The rebel ‘republics’ STWuk back have also banned independent trade unions, made homosexuality illegal and stopped socialists from running in their fake elections.”

    Sounds like they should team up with John Tummon’s ‘progressive’ ISIS Caliphate.

    Lamia

    March 26, 2015 at 1:04 am

  20. Paul, you do know that Metapedia a a lunar-right hate site yeah? Just checking.

    Finally bit and watched half of Brother Nathanael’s delusional, away with the mixers warblings. Anyone who thinks this muppet’s ravings are worth anything is best ignored.

  21. Disappointing that the Morning Star has not covered this important conference: I’d be especially interested to read what their correspondent Alex Gordon might have to say: https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-c375-Natos-Ukraine-war-rhetoric-is-promoting-fascism#.VRUgd_5ybct

    Jim Denham

    March 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

  22. Before this gets lost to the mists …

    “[Russia’s] Interior Ministry’s Anti-Extremism Center, known as “E Center” did not find anything actionable about the neo-Nazis, ultranationalists and far-right party leaders who gathered in St. Petersburg March 22.

    Instead, police rounded up several picketers who protested the fascist groups.

    But meanwhile in Kaluga, Anti-Extremism Center police raided an independent trade union meeting where activists had gathered to discuss the latest lay-offs at local auto plants, Yod News and Gazeta.ru reported.”
    http://www.interpretermag.com/russia-update-april-4-2015/#7795

    The ‘Novorussians’ also have issues with independent trade unions.

  23. Jim

    80% of that piece could be lifted from RT or Sputnik or Russian MFA PR. The giveaway is the Baltics stuff and ignoring Jobbik and Golden Dawn.He did miss out on mentioning how the Maidan was funded by Monsanto, and a few other popular Kremlin source memes.

    Russia says all opposition to them is fascist and russophobic. Even when they’re patently not. When lefties repeat that let’s call it chaff sorting?

  24. There’s more about Marine Le Pen’s ‘loan’ from Putin, in case you haven’t seen it.

    Russia ‘bought’ Marine Le Pen’s support over Crimea
    France’s far-Right Front National accused of taking millions of pounds in loans from Russian bank as “reward” for backing Vladimir Putin on Crimea

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11515835/Russia-bought-Marine-Le-Pens-support-over-Crimea.html

    Andrew Coates

    April 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm

  25. I doubt that the loan was any sort of payback over Crimea, as the Tele suggests. She already supported Putin. The Meduza report pointed out that most of the fascists in St Petersberg hoping for a handout will likely be disappointed, the Kremlin doesn’t always need to overtly fund their ‘friends’. John Schindler also notes that Russian efforts in France go beyond the FN (and note that the Kremlin’s biggest ‘friends’ in the UK are Tories), whilst saying that Le Pen is key to their main goal of undermining the EU and NATO http://20committee.com/2014/09/09/putins-secret-friends-in-paris/

    It is only out of Russia that we hear talk of the use of strategic nuclear weapons, see Putin’s casual talk of their use in the Crimea anniversary TV extravaganza. This should terrify people, yet it doesn’t. It is like parts of the left have a ‘three wise monkeys’ attitude to how Russia is actually behaving
    https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRATD_Dxrm3YzRW4_AUeqHlrafqgtfeFc7Y2KtqHVRvcaiP_5f3

    Paul Canning

    April 6, 2015 at 3:45 pm

  26. This sort of scenario, set out by Thomas Theiner as “Gotland – the Danzig of our time”, describing how Russia could win a war in the Baltic, would be thought irrational, unthinkable even deranged by most I would suspect. Even though it draws on known Russian strategy and positions, including on nuclear weapons. But when most ignore, dismiss or distort the ties to actual fascists how can we get anyone to even consider the possibility? Makes me despair.

    > http://euromaidanpress.com/2015/03/22/gotland-the-danzig-of-our-time/

    Paul Canning

    April 6, 2015 at 4:03 pm

  27. “Makes me despair.”

    It shouldn’t. This is standard Guardianista stuff, and is what you get when the western left allies with the far right in promoting just about any anti-western bigoted fascist it can lay its hands on. The western left loves Putin because he is an authoritarian Russian who is also a vicious homophobe. The western left detests gay people, Jews and women in other countries, and again and again keeps managing to make alliances with or excuses for other people who just happen to share its creepy and increasingly obvious antipathy to those groups. It’s something I certainly bear in mind whenever I read of a left winger bleating about solidarity. Most of them are full of shit.

    Lamia

    April 6, 2015 at 5:35 pm


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