Russian nationalists have united to found a new movement, called, simply, “Russians,”
“Our task, at minimum, is the promotion of universal ethno-political Russian solidarity and, at maximum, the establishment in power of a national government and the declaration of a Russian national government,” said Dmitry Demushkin, one of Russia’s best-known nationalists. (By “national” here, he means the ethnic Russian nation.)
The group's creation comes three months after the Movement Against Illegal Immigration (known by its Russian acronym, DPNI) was
The creation of the new movement comes amidst rising nationalist sentiment in Russia, where racism already runs rampant. The feeling was best encapsulated, and strengthened, by the
Russia’s leaders, who have been known to employ mild nationalist rhetoric as a populist ploy, seem at a loss for what to do. Following the Kremlin riot (on a square called Manezhnaya), new
The new organization’s name is significant. The Russian language includes several words to describe those living in Russia. The organization chose “Russkiye,” a word that means ethnic Russians (defined as Slavic, Orthodox Christians), rather than Rossiyane, which means citizens of Russia, regardless of ethnicity (in Russia, religion and ethnicity are inexorably intertwined).