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Neo-Nazi Terrorism in Russia Today

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Nazi terrorism. This is exactly how we should call the problem facing our society today. For many people, ultra-rightist terrorism is a relatively unfamiliar, new and to a great extent incomprehensible phenomenon. That is why bureaucrats, politicians, the media, the security forces, and the expert community mostly prefer to ignore the real problem, presenting it instead as a series of isolated, unrelated excesses.

For those who monitor the situation attentively, however, it is obvious that, over the past few years, neo-Nazis have made the qualitative shift from street violence to the tactics of terrorist groups supported by a well-developed infrastructure of extreme rightists. It suffices to analyze ultra-rightist internet resources and the statistics of nearly daily crimes to understand the scale and nature of the problem.

Repressive methods are powerless to tackle complex phenomena of this sort: the Nazi milieu, which has been actively growing in recent years, is capable of successfully reproducing itself. In order to really combat the ultra-rightist underground we need to destroy this movement’s well-developed infrastructure, in particular the convergence between Nazi terrorists and state officials.


1 Comment

  1. Kerkko Paananen says:

    Unlikely alliance of violence in Russia

    While most Russian observers regard Muslim militants from the North Caucasus as the major source of terrorism, a new threat is emerging: Russian extremist nationalists, who are carrying out an increasing number of attacks.

    The predominant role of Muslim extremists in terrorist activities does not diminish the potential danger of Russian extremists, especially if they begin to cooperate with Islamists. Indeed, this process might already have started.

    The Nevsky Express blast, for which both jihadis and Russian extremist nationalists claimed responsibility, is a warning of the possibility of the most unexpected alliances. And not just in Russia, but the world over.



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