Putin and the Extreme right
Given Putin’s style of aggression against Ukraine, it is not surprising that he has long been backing extreme right wing parties (see also We know Russia funds Europe’s far-Right. But what does it get in return?).
He supports, for example: France’s National Rally, who used to be known as the National Front; Germany’s neo-Nazi National Democratic Party, whose early leaders were mostly former Nazi Party members, and whose 1940’s Nazi forerunners killed tens of millions of mostly Russian Soviet citizens, most of them civilians, and deliberately starved to death millions of mostly Russian Soviet prisoners of war; the Alternative for Germany; and the Austrian Freedom Party, whose leaders have included former members of the Waffen SS, who were of course heavily involved in killing tens of millions of mostly Russian Soviet citizens.
Ilyin also supported Mussolini.
You can read about other Alternative for Germany and National Democratic Party collaboration with the Putin regime in this German news magazine article. One particularly despicable example of Alternative for Germany collusion, was members of its Young Alternative youth wing attending a conference called “Donbass: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, at which attendees would no doubt have been presented with Putin’s justifications for violently stealing part of Ukraine.
These conferences are organised by Rodina (Motherland in English), an extreme right party which, according to the prominent Russian journalist and Putin critic Anna Politkovskaya, who was later assassinated, was set up by Kremlin spin doctors to draw voters away from the National Bolsheviks, who were a syncretic, extreme right-extreme left ideology party.
The last party on the WNCP list, under Rodina, the Russian Imperial Movement, reveals what this new “conservative” group is really about.
Italy’s League party is, again, clearly not extreme enough for Putin, but its former deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is another of his admirers.
Just before the Freedom Party became part of Austria’s government in 2017, its 51 MP’s, including Strache, stopped wearing their usual blue cornflowers, which are a symbol of the 1930’s Austrian Nazi movement (in that decade, they were worn as a secret sign of support for the Austrian Nazis after they were banned).
The apartment block bombings led directly to him becoming president, because the war that they created a pretext for, massively increased his popularity. As the chosen successor to Boris Yeltsin, who had a 2% public approval rating when Putin became prime minister, it had seemed impossible for Putin to be elected president, but the bombings and the war changed all that.
For example, the Nazis stole more war loot (gold, art treasures, etc.) than any regime in history, which is why the western democratic Allies had to create a special unit to try to return the huge numbers of artworks that the Nazis had stolen from museums, art galleries, churches, and wealthy Jews to their owners; Mussolini abolished the last vestiges of Italian democracy, and seized dictatoral power when it appeared that he was about to be arrested or impeached for corruption; Franco printed money so he could steal large amounts of it; and Pinochet became very wealthy from his army and secret police selling cocaine to the US and Europe.
Former Guardian Moscow correspondent Luke Harding’s “Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia” (Guardian Books, London, 2012) shows how under Putin, his regime and Russian organised crime have become twoIan sides of the same coin, which would explain why some of Putin’s FSB officers were so corrupt, that they appear to have murdered 293 Russians to create Russian public support for a war. That book is also important to read if you want to understand Putin’s influence over another leader of the terrorist-infested extreme right, Donald Trump, who allegedly has extensive ties to Russian organised crime.