[Marxism] Fwd: Anton Shekhovtsov's blog: What does the fascist conference in St. Petersburg tell us about contemporary Russia?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Apr 2 06:10:46 MDT 2015

Confused elements of the left-wing movement in the West take well the 
use of the term “anti-fascism” by the Kremlin and the Russian 
state-controlled mass media. However, the Kremlin and its supporters 
cannot constantly call ultranationalists and anti-Semites “anti-fascists”.

The widespread word to describe right-wing extremists in the Russian 
context is “conservatives”. When the Motherland party first planned to 
hold the IRCF in March 2014, it was called the “Russian National Forum 
against Tolerance”. They later dropped the last part and kept only 
“Russian National Forum”. With the rise of Moscow’s media narrative 
about Ukrainian nationalism and Russia as a bastion of family and 
conservative values, the “National” in the name of the forum was 
replaced by “Conservative”. The dangerously multifaceted meaning of 
“conservatism” in Russia is also reflected, in particular, by Vkontakte, 
the most popular social networking website in Russia. In the “political 
views” drop-down menu, one cannot find “far right” or “fascist”, so 
people who actually hold these views select the “ultraconservative” option.


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