Russia Reaches Out to Europe’s Far-Right Parties

George Jahn and Elaine Ganley, My Way, December 13, 2014

A Russian loan to France’s National Front. Invitations to Moscow for leaders of Austria’s Freedom Party. Praise for Vladimir Putin from the head of Britain’s anti-European Union party.

As the diplomatic chill over Ukraine deepens, the Kremlin seems keener than ever to enlist Europe’s far-right parties in its campaign for influence in the West, seeking new relationships based largely on shared concern over the growing clout of the EU.

Russia fears that the EU and NATO could spread to countries it considers part of its sphere of influence. And it has repeatedly served notice that it will not tolerate that scenario, most recently with its Ukraine campaign.

Europe’s right-wing and populist parties, meanwhile, see a robust EU as contrary to their vision of Europe as a loose union of strong national states. And some regard the EU as a toady to America.

The fact that many of Moscow’s allies are right to far-right reflects the Kremlin’s full turn. Under communism, xenophobic nationalist parties were shunned.

Now they are embraced as partners who can help further Russia’s interests and who share key views–advocacy of traditional family values, belief in authoritarian leadership, a distrust of the U.S. and support for strong law-and-order measures.

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Russia offers friendship with a world power. Le Pen and other party officials visit Moscow repeatedly, and Russian guests at the party’s congress this month included Andrei Isayev, a deputy speaker of the Russian parliament’s lower house.

Among other Moscow regulars from euroskeptic parties across Europe are members of Hungary’s anti-Semitic Jobbik and Austria’s Freedom Party.

Jobbik parliamentarian Bela Kovacs–his detractors call him “KGBela”–is under investigation in Hungary for allegedly spying for Russia. While in Moscow recently, Freedom Party firebrand Johann Gudenus accused the European Union of kowtowing to “NATO and America” and denounced the spreading influence of the “homosexual lobby” in Europe.

Shunned at home by the establishment, many on the political fringes are eager for the chance to hobnob with Russian powerbrokers, gain air time on RT television, Russia’s international answer to CNN, or to act as monitors when Moscow seeks a fig leaf to legitimize elections in recently annexed Crimea.

For them, “the benefit is that they can receive diplomatic support from a very high level from a superpower,” says Peter Kreko of Hungary’s Political Capital research institute.

Financial rewards are also incentives. Orban just signed a nuclear-reactor deal with Moscow. France is abuzz over the National Front’s recent 9 million euro loan from a Russian bank owned by a reputed Putin confidant.

Marine Le Pen describes it as “a perfectly legal loan that we will reimburse perfectly legally,” saying the party turned to Russia after being rejected by Western banks. But the transaction has galvanized fears among the National Front’s opponents of increased Kremlin influence, with the Socialists calling for an inquiry.

Links between Russia and the right predate the Ukraine conflict. A 2005 U.S. diplomatic cable made public by Wikileaks noted close ties between Bulgaria’s extreme-right Ataka party and the Russian Embassy in Sofia. And Joerg Haider, the late leader of Austria’s Freedom Party, helped powerful Russian businessmen with residency permits more than a decade ago in exchange for what Austrian authorities now suspect were close to 1 million euros worth of bribes.

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Of the 24 right-wing populist parties that took about a quarter of the European Parliament’s seats in May elections, Political Capital lists 15 as “committed” to Russia.

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  • IstvanIN

    I see nothing wrong with making peace with Russia.

    • anony

      I have been a Putin fan for quite awhile. He is truly a leader. And he gets it, demography that is.

      • Urbane Neanderthal

        I’m not a fan of Putin, but I do admire his fortitude.

        The fact that he does not hate the majority demographic of his country makes him appear preferable to an effeminate leader who hates the majority of his countrymen such as 0shipdit.

        Putin is a hardcore authoritarian leftist, but certainly not of the kumbuya American Marxists you are used to.

        • ShermanTMcCoy

          Define “leftist” and please provide links to documented “leftist” actions taken by Putin. Thanks!

        • Garrett Brown

          He’s taking measures to keep Russia Russian. How can you not support that?

          • lloydsauvante

            How about keeping Moldova Moldovan, Georgia Georgian, Estonia Estonian, and Ukraine Ukrainian? I endorse Putin’s “family values” stands, however insincere and politically expedient they may be. I absolutely do not endorse reestablishing the Russian Empire. It was a disaster for the subject peoples under the Tsar, again under the Communists, and is again so under Putin.

          • Garrett Brown

            We don’t know that, it could lead to prosperity. We would have to see. I would like to keep the borders where they are at now for Slavic nations however, so in a way I don’t think we should experiment.

            I think it is ignorant to think Putin will treat Slavs like the USSR did. Again, we won’t know until it happens.

          • johningermany

            He treats Obama like the punk that he is. That’s enough to make me like him.

        • anony

          Among many other actions he has taken to re-establish Russia after the bolshevik destruction, the revival of the Russian Orthodox Church has won the hearts and minds of the Russian people.

          He is a Russian patriot. He is trying to push the Russian people to have more babies so that Russians will not be overwhelmed by non-Russians.

          Those are just two examples of his defiance of Western debauchery, the denigration of Western religious tradition and the ascendance of pornography worship.

          Do you recall that he arrested the female “rock band” Pussy Riot for trying to perform in a Church? That doesn’t sound “leftist” to me. I think they are now in a Siberian work camp.

          • lloydsauvante

            Prosecuting Pussy Riot was a good piece of work. I don’t believe they are in Siberia, but I also doubt they will be desecrating churches again soon. The Russian law against advocating homosexuality also is only common sense.

            The Russian Orthodox Church is an arm of the government, and has been, more or less, since being coopted by Peter the Great three centuries ago. Great that the people are religious. As for the church, I’ll go with John Heywood, who said five centuries ago “The nearer to the church, the further from God.’

          • anony

            I agree with you and Heywood.

      • Garrett Brown

        He doesn’t like the US nor the Jewish elite that rule the west. I admire and support him because of that.

    • DaveMed

      To “liberals”, this makes you a “conservative.”

      To “conservatives”, this makes you a “liberal.”

      To intelligent people, this makes you rational.

      • Sick of it

        Neo-cons want war with the world. The rest of us are getting tired of it.

        • Reynardine

          but…but…but… we have to spread democracy to the world!

          Because look how well that’s worked out for us… oh wait nevermind.

          • David Feeney

            We have to spread American values – whether they want them or not.

        • TruthBeTold

          I take advantage of my time with Wolfowitz to learn more about Cheney. Wolfowitz had worked for Cheney in the Defense Department back under Bush 41. And unlike Cheney, “Wolfie,” as he’s affectionately known, is comfortable having conversations on the dreaded worldview question. So I ask him: Is Cheney a neocon?

          It’s a question that’s debated in Washington, as the war in Iraq is seen as a brainchild of the neocons. Wolfowitz thinks for a minute. “No,” he says. “Cheney can’t be a neocon. He isn’t Jewish.”

          Esquire. Oct 2004

          • Sick of it

            That is a truth which must be told. It amazes me that some libertarian types can be 100% against the Federal Reserve, but don’t want to think about who started it and who runs the show.

        • MikeofAges

          But anti-Russian push is not a neo-Con idea. Liberal neo-WIlsonianism is the force behind it. See my other post here.

        • Realist

          Fox News and Fox Business News are the worst at denigrating Russia and promoting war and hegemony. It would be comical if not so dangerous. They lie through their teeth and spew government propaganda with absolutely no fact checking. They are sick bastards.

    • David Feeney

      Here, here.

    • David Feeney

      Here, here.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Russia represents not a rise of the histrionically other-defined “far right” but rather something the world has not seen for some time, a form of real conservatism.

      Contrary to detractors this is not inherently autocratic, though I’d argue it is anti-“democratic”, the word “democracy” having come to mean some form of radical economic mob rule of entitlement. A self consuming snake of a system. Putin’s Russia is a conservative form of nationalist representative governance. It may not be a form of perfection even of its own goals, it may sometimes be oppressive or blown by the winds of an unfair few, but how is this really so different from our own system?

      Novo-national conservatism, Folk falangism, resistance to effete self immolation in the name of progress…

      Putin and what he represents are more of an existential threat to the current messianic democratic totalitarian order than is the World Caliphate, and the United States as currently run, is antithetical to Putin, Putinism, the right of Folk to order their societies as they see fit. Putin is a face of the future of Europe and that future may not involve the United States, except as a source of good immigrants returning home…

      • anony

        Excellent summation. Putin is a strong leader of his people. that’s exactly what we need.

  • anony

    Europe’s Whites are way ahead of their American brethren. We need to catch up.

    • Guest

      Were there , were just under the occupation of the Mongoloid hordes

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        Mongoloid hordes?? Try Negroid hordes. Mongoloid hordes do not belong in White lands, but they are not quite as violent and sociopathic as the Negroid hordes. We here in the states have Africa in our Midst. They should have been sent back during Lincoln’s Liberia Project, which was unfortunately not completed. Anything is better than the Negroid hordes. The Latino Bronze Race, which should not be allowed to demographically inundate our land, is not as violent or stupid as the Negroid hordes.

        • Bill Moore

          Hello OHDeutscheKlexmerRebel,

          Abraham Lincoln’s quote, “A nation divided cannot stand” was a remark about the African and Caucasian divide.

          Lincoln was right,
          Bill Moore

          • anony

            It also applies to the progressives and conservatives.

  • Vladimir Putin: Leader of the free white world.

    • Oil Can Harry

      No wonder neocons loathe him.

  • Russians are sneeky!

    • Bill Moore

      Huh?

      Bill Moore

    • Alucard_the_last

      The worse Russians are better than Obama and his Satanic allies (regardless of race).

  • 4321realist

    Right now Russia is the only hope of the white world.

    I’m hoping there will be a similar gesture of friendship to many groups in this country on the right, and I hope they’re wise enough to accept it and not be swayed by the radical disinformation put out be the leftist press.

    • HJ11

      I wouldn’t say the only hope, but they are a hope for Whites.

    • MikeofAges

      Only hope? Isn’t that the reason then for the Wilsonian-universalist push against Russia?

  • DaveMed

    What are Putin’s views on Europe’s Muslim menace?

    • Brady

      Ask the Chechens.

      He’s not going to do Europe’s work for them though.

    • Tarczan

      Two things I’d really like to see are the CIA’s evaluation of Putin, and the KGB’s evaluation of Obama.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        There is no KGB anymore, but if there were, its evaluation of Obama would consist of two words: “Useful Idiot”…

        • Tarczan

          OK, the current version of the secret police or whatever they call themselves.

          I bet there would be a lot more than two words. You can bet they know his citizenship, and they also know any other issues that are rumored. Such as drug use, Reggie Love, and the Chicago bath house scene.

          The Israelis would also have an interesting report.

          • Reynardine

            Israeli report: “Agent Obama has accomplished nearly all of his objectives…”

        • lloydsauvante

          It exists under the name of the FSB, Федеральная
          Служба Безопасности. (benignly translates as Federal Safety Service). Since the time of the tsars Russia has always had a strong system of spies. Read the Marquis of Custiine, “Letters from Russia,” ca 1839. Under the Communists it permuted from the NKVD to the KGB. Now called the FSB, but it is the same folks.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            Thanks.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      They don’t appear to be nearly as strongly anti as they should be. But he is a politician.

    • Putin despises muslims…

    • Garrett Brown

      He most certainly does not like it. His defense has been something that wont cause a ruckus such as reinvigorating the Orthodox church and encouraging whites to have children through financial support.

      If he tried any more “extreme” (normal) measures the UN would be even more down his throat than they are now.

    • lloydsauvante

      Mixed. He has whipped the Chechyans, but Moscow has become 25% Muslim on his watch (see Wikipedia). He is sending Chechyan mercenaries to do his dirty work in Ukraine. Ukrainians find it unsettling to be fighting, on their own soil, Russians who charge with cries of Allah Akbar.

      He would be better off staying home and dealing with domestic issues, relations with Muslims as the top of the list. They are a significant minority in the Russian Federation. With a Total Fertility Rate topping 2.0, vs. 1.4 for Slavs, they represent the same long-term demographic threat to Russia as to Europe.

  • HJ11

    U.S. Neocons (you know who they are), are trying to ramp up hated for Russia. Aware Whites should resist this. Russia is not the enemy of Whites.

    • Robert Smith

      Haha, maybe we should sport “Putin for President” t-shirts.

      • Guest

        They exist…

  • Tarczan

    It seems like Putin takes sides on matters for the effect it will have. A year ago he said the reason the west was having problems was because “they got away from God”. Sounds good, but I don’t think he believes it.

    Other than not trusting him, I don’t know what to think about him.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      He is right about that. Both Catholic and mainline Protestant Churches, at least here in the states, are tending to push the Leftist Die-Versity agenda. Too many pastors want their congregations to support third world immigration, and encourage mission trips and prayers for the slime coming from these lands instead of supporfing closed borders, and loyalties to kith and kin first and foremost. I bet that the Russian Orthodox church focuses first on kith and kin, and appropriately sees non-White, non-Christian immigrants as a menace and threat.

      • Robert Smith

        Charity begins at home. There are so many of our people lost right in our own towns. Those of us who claim to be Christians should be doing outreach to them. I saw two white young ladies about 15 years old in a grocery store near Ferguson last week. They were somewhat tattered looking and as they passed me they were speaking “fluent” ebonics. Had my eyes been closed I would’ve thought it was Funeisha and the gang. My heart was heavy as the full reality of our situation was right before me. Where were the parents? How could they let them grow up like this? I was heart broken. These could’ve been beautiful young white women. Instead their hair was died clownish colors and their speech was so disgusting on them. How is this not considered child abuse?

  • MartelsGhost

    I guess Putin got my letter…………………..

    • Reynardine

      If only he’d respond to mine:

      “Dear Putin,

      Would you please conquer the US and purge the barbarians from our midst?

      Love, Reynardine”

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        I wish he would do that as well. An American right wing populist, White racial realist party should ally themselves with all such European parties.

      • MartelsGhost

        Don’t need him to conquer. Just to be the first to recognize the rebellion. We can do the purging on our own.

        • John Jackson

          Yeah I agree, I like some of what Putin is doing, but people need to look into a bit more, I definitely would not want to live under his rule.

  • LeonNJ

    I like Europe’s far right parties, but I’m not a fan of Putin. Any man that enjoys being photographed riding a horse shirtless and being snapped doing other masculine things thinks too much of himself. Especially knowing that he’s past 60 years old.

    • Xerxes22

      Well, you must have hated the late Jack LaLanne who did all those fantastic masculine stunts. Jack died at age 96.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      I wish I looked that good.

      But Russians have always appreciated having a “Strong Man” as leader. His approval ratings in Russia would indicate that he is doing something right.

    • MannyR

      Yes indeed he should touring a bath house and getting in touch with his constituents like American politicians.

    • Bill Moore

      Hello LeonNJ,

      You’re afraid of a man who does masculine things.

      I suppose you like Obama, who is a sissy who has been reported to have had sexual relations with other men.

      By the way, I’m 75 years old, and I do masculine things. So, please stay away from me. If you would see me, you would be very afraid.

      Bill Moore

    • anony

      You’ve been eating too much metro-sexual soup.

  • Frank Pucillo

    I read some where that having a king is not always a bad idea.When he dies he would have a decent nation to leave his heirs.Looks like the republicans and democrats cannot see past their next election.Apparently the homophobic russian federation is more of threat than ISIS.Thank god so many immigrants are coming here from russia.But no one is saying we like russians since they have family values.

    • George Costanza

      It’s not “homophobic” to support traditional family values

      • John Smith

        People should be “homophobic,” as opposed to tolerating society-destroying degeneracy.

      • anony

        The homosexuals don’t support traditional family values.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      I definitely like that Putin is speaking about family values and morals. I also like that he is against homosexuality. Homosexuality is sodomy. I am sick of moral permissiveness here in the states.

    • John Jackson

      Saying “homophobic” is as ignorant as saying “racist” or “sexist”. Grow up.

      • anony

        Not for me since I can define “homophobic”.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Homophobia is healthy and moral.

  • dd121

    It’s hard to see what I can’t support here.

  • Evette Coutier

    Putin is loyal to his country. Our president is not. Case closed.

    • Zimriel

      … to HIS country. Not convinced he’s loyal to the Hungarians’ country, nor to the Austrians’.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        Nor should he be. But he can certainly take common cause with European nationalists who also oppose the NWO.

  • Zimriel

    I don’t much enjoy watching European nationalist groups bow to Putin’s Kremlin, but I also don’t see anyone else stepping up as an alternative.

    True, some Austrian guy tried that once, and for various reasons this didn’t work out so well…

    My advice is to stay friendly with Putin but be VERY careful of KGB moles.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      I assume you mean the “FSB” since there is no “KGB” any longer.

      It’s OK, it’s a common mistake, especially since there are so many people who can’t seem to accept the fact that the Cold War is over, and are doing everything in their power to start it up again.

    • Garrett Brown

      What;s wrong with nationalists siding with Russia?

  • benvad

    Putin is for Russians and that’s what really counts.

    • Bill Moore

      Hello benvad,

      Right on!

      Bill Moore

  • MannyR

    I don’t care if it’s it Greece, Russia, Germany or France, if white nationalism rising again on the European continent and the mongrel US tries to stifle it, I don’t care if I’m 70 years old I’ll by a plane ticket and give my life for the cause. It’s time.

    • Earl Turner

      And I don’t care if I have to sell every last belonging to buy my own ticket. I’ll be right there beside you!

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    While in the US Army in the 1960, I worked with/against the Russian Army, and I found the Russian soldiers to be respectable men.

    Putin has the best interests of the Russian people at heart.

    I wish the government in Washington DC had the best interests of the USA people at heart.

    Thank you for letting me post my thoughts,
    Bill Moore

  • John Smith

    At least Russians are committed to not abandoning their culture to left-wing degenerates and Islam.

  • rightrightright

    While Washington/Brussels employed, funded and armed Ukrainian Nazis to bring down the democratically elected Kiev government. It’s different when they do it, presumably.

  • LHathaway

    Everything is politicized. I had no idea what side to take in Ukraine vs Russia, but my liberal friend who pays attention knew right away. Ukraine was in the right; Russia was behaving badly. Freedom, self-determination, and independence have limits, if you’re white, I guess.

    • So the anti-Russian Ukrainians wanted self-determination and independence, and to do so they run right into the loving embrace of the EU/US brotherhood, which has done more to fracture and destroy the Western world than a thousand Putin’s could ever dream of doing. That makes sense to you?

      • LHathaway

        I’m not up to speed on this issue, so I can’t respond to your comment. Thank you for commenting on my post, though.

  • Garrett Brown

    There is a coalition forming against the NWO. Soon we will fight back.

  • MikeofAges

    What do we do? We let Arab interests buy our media chains and let foreign interests buy our congress, and then we complain about Russia? The neo-Wilsonian liberals today are a bigger menace than the neo-cons ever were. All the neo-cons ever wanted to do was knock over a bunch of tinpot dictators. The neo-Wilsonians have set up the goal of surrounding Russia up to its borders with neo-globalist states backed by NATO. Somebody ought to tell these people that the Helsinki Accords still stands as a legal agreement and the post-World War II strategic settlement even though the Soviet Union no longer exists.

    Somewhere, we went off on a dangerous, adventurous course. Now we don’t know how to get back or know what our policy beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union ought to be. Wilsonianism was one of the most dangerous adventure a major power ever embarked on, because, for one thing, there are no postulated borders or limits to its reach and influence. The Soviet Union respected NATO for one thing because Soviet doctrine was willing to recognize NATO as an alliance representing the cultural community of the North Atlantic nations. NATO, and ultimately, the Helsinki process represented our only formal pullback from the universal reach of Wilsonianism and the investment of our treasure and being in Wilsonianism’s universal reach, at the expense of the development of our own country. Is not the incessant social disruption we experience a consequence of our endless, restless adventurism under the aegis of the Wilsonian impulse?

    Whatever we have done, it is going to take some effort to pull back from it and a U.S. president with great diplomatic skill to lead the effort. Anybody have a candidate in mind?

    • Garrett Brown

      “Arab interests”

      Hmmmm, I like that.

    • John Jackson

      I thought NeoCons were just the NeoLiberals who switched over because of Nixon and Reagan?

      • MikeofAges

        More complex. Neo Cons are former liberals. The defining type is the Jewish intellectual who became a free market advocate and hawk on defense. Other types exist. I consider myself a neo conservative, but support a nationalist, labor oriented agenda of outreach in education and other aspects of individual development. That’s something contemporary liberalism does not embrace. Contemporary liberalism supports Popular Frontist politics, liberationist ideology and coercive outreach.

  • I know his shortcomings(at least from my perspective) and I know he’s not a true racial nationalist, but I’m for Putin all the way.

  • Alucard_the_last

    The west NEEDS to have a Putin in every nation. He isn’t afraid of the words ‘racism’ or ‘islamophobic’. If I was president, I would ally with Russia which seems to be the only white nation dedicated to survival.

    • Robert Smith

      Is he afraid of the other word?

  • David Feeney

    A sympathetic Russia, making loans and offering ‘assistance’ to various European nationalist parties could be seen as an investment in Russia’s future. At any rate, it’s an opportunity Euro nationalists shouldn’t pass up.

  • Yves Vannes

    This is the great realignment. The -ism period within the European world is dead (Europe: Russia to San Francisco and Sydney). Now we realign by culture – traditional culture. Russia is now seen as the standard bearer of traditional Western Civilization ( even though it’s only in part Western). The USA is seen at the abyss that demands multiculti suicide – even the French see us that way. Until we change, if we change, we will end up the head of the 3rd world block: Western Block, Asian Block, Turd World Block.

    The R party is only slightly less multi culti than are the D party.

  • David Ashton

    Just be cautious about Duginism.