Putin and the Nazis

When you’ve maneuvered yourself into a position where the Nazis are leading the opposition, you know you’ve done a great job wrecking your countries political system. Congratulations, Prime Minister Putin.

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The protests:

Vladimir Putin faces more protests over economy – Telegraph

Capitalising on growing popular discontent, the organisers are planning to keep the pressure on the Kremlin, presenting the strongest challenge yet to the once untouchable Putin government.

The moves come after a weekend of protests in Moscow and Vladivostok that saw thousands of Russians take to the streets to call for the dismissal of the Russian prime minister and President Dmitry Medvedev.

The groups believe that the country’s worsening economic situation, as well as the easing of freezing winter temperatures, will bring people to the streets in ever greater numbers in the weeks to come.

The Kremlin has taken note of the protests, organising a competing demonstration of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party on Saturday.

Coverage on state-run television gave overwhelming attention to those protests, making no note of a violent opposition rally held the same day.

Protestors from Other Russia, an umbrella group that joins Mr Kasparov’s United Civil Front with the banned National Bolshevik party, were left bloody and beaten after holding an unsanctioned rally in the capital on Saturday afternoon.

The protest themselves are intended to show that the Nazis

  • Are a coherent, organized movement
  • Play a leading role in the “Other Russia” anti-Putin movement
  • Are able to organize in spite of constant police harrasment
  • Are able to sustain the injury that comes to them as a result of the protests
  • Are in favor of closer economic integration with China

More specifically, the National Bolsehviks / Nazis are part of the Third Position constellation of movements inspired by Otto “Let’s put the Socialism back into National-Socialism‘ Strasser. Just as the broken systems of Egypt and Saudi Arabia generated Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al Qaeda, because no legitimate opposition was possible, the broken system of Russia generated the National Bolshevik Party.

Of course, the difference in the analogy is that the NBP hasn’t engaged in terrorism (yet) and, in opposing the cronyism of the Putin regime, is actually pushing for more international trade.

6 thoughts on “Putin and the Nazis”

  1. According to Wikipedia, NBP’s love of Stalin decreased remarkably after Putin started interning their members in gulags [1].

    On the national arena, the party is highly critical of the government of Vladimir Putin and considers state institutions such as the bureaucracy, the police and the courts to be corrupt and authoritarian. In return the Russian authorities often employ repressive methods against the NBP, although they have not officially proclaimed it to be an extremist organization. The party sees Vladimir Putin as Russia’s main enemy and in order to seek alliances with all anti-Putin forces, including once despised liberal parties like Yabloko or former prime minister Kasyanov, is ready to set aside its traditional extremist social and national stances. Aggressive eurasianist and imperialist nationalism has been replaced by a Russian territorial nationalism, combined with support for Russian minorities abroad

    Putin has banned the NBP [2], helped a ring-wing splinter group (the even scarier NBF [3]), and also created Nashi [4] as an alternative to NBP. Nashi and NBP tussled for control of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, with NBP coming out on top. [5]

    At MAIN possess “‘mobile fighting groups’, composed of cell networks of five persons each, whose members would have access to automobiles and legal weapons,” Putin has to wonder who may be showing up to future protests…

    [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bolshevik_Party#Political_programme
    [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bolshevik_Party#NBP_banned
    [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bolshevik_Front
    [4] http://catholicgauze.blogspot.com/2008/11/nashi-putin-youth-go-off-deep-end.html
    [5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movement_Against_Illegal_Immigration

  2. As an alternative to NBP? Is that saying the NBP is mostly a youth movement?

    BTW, doesn’t the Night of the Long Knives say something about Hitler’s Nazi party and its stance on socialism? Not saying that they were capitalist ideologs by any means, but my historical understanding suggests that Nazi economics can be best described as…dare I say…quantitative.

  3. Jeffrey,

    Thanks for the comment.

    As an alternative to NBP? Is that saying the NBP is mostly a youth movement?

    No (though I assume the popularity of NBP skews young). Rather, the NBP has proven resilient to Putins’ attempts to crush it, so Putin seems Nashi as part of the solution, in creating more competition in the angry-activist space.

    BTW, doesn’t the Night of the Long Knives say something about Hitler’s Nazi party and its stance on socialism?

    Hitler purged both left- and right- elements of the NSDAP. He wanted people loyal to him, not some ideology apart from him.

    Gregor Strasser, one of the founders of the broader National-Bolshevik / Third Force movement, was a political rival to Hitler. He was killed in the Night of Long Knives. [1]

    Not saying that they were capitalist ideologs by any means, but my historical understanding suggests that Nazi economics can be best described as…dare I say…quantitative.

    Quantitative economic planning & control is typical of socialist governments, not capitalist ones. [2]

    The German economy was notoriously inefficient. Producitivity improved during the years of Allied bombarment because of the fat and waste that had grown up around Hitler. [3]

    [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregor_Strasser
    [2] http://www.amazon.com/Road-Serfdom-Fiftieth-Anniversary/dp/0226320618
    [3] http://zenpundit.com/?p=2747

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