By Brandon Martinez
In his interview with Red Ice, C. J. Bjerknes highlighted the intense paradox of fascist support for Putin, a former KGB communist who portrays himself as the new St. George fighting the Nazis in Ukraine.
Many self-identified “fascists” across the West, such as Matt Heimbach of the Traditional Workers’ Party, are fanatic supporters of Putin and Russia generally. Heimbach pays homage to Russia on the basis of its Christian heritage and entertains the pseudo-philosophizing of deranged cannibal-apologist Alexander Dugin, a sworn enemy of the West who has called for our destruction. Heimbach is closely connected to Matthew Raphael Johnson, a Western-based self-described “Russian Orthodox Medievalist” who is a professional apologist for Putin and propagandist for Russian expansionism. I believe Johnson served as an editor for the Barnes Review at one point, successfully degrading that journal into a pro-Putin tabloid.
These “fascists” are either being paid by Putin directly to support Russia or are brainwashed by Russian propaganda to see that regime as closer to fascism than any government in the West. As ideologues, they’ll gladly sell out their countries of birth to foreign interests if the foreign power implements any policy domestically that some fascists like. In that way they’re just like communists who will gleefully commit treason to support the intrigues of a foreign communist regime.
But there are disturbing trends that lead me to believe these “fascists” like Heimbach are being paid to support Russia. One glaring example is that during the 2014 Russia-Ukraine standoff over Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, they came out full force in support of the Russian side even though the Kremlin framed its militaristic efforts in Ukraine as a crusade against fascism. These Western fascists outright condemned the Ukrainian nationalists of Svoboda and Right Sector who the Russians were demonizing and seeking to discredit in their press as “far-right radicals” and “neo-Nazis.” You would think that “fascists” would have some sympathy for Ukrainian nationalists, but no. These Western fascists denounced the Ukrainians and sided with the Russian-backed rebels who are openly communist. Around this time Putin banned Holocaust denial and the glorification of Nazism in Russia itself. Despite the fact that Putin hates them and has outlawed their ideology in Russia, fascists like Heimbach have doubled down on their Putin worship. This is so absurd and illogical and only makes sense if there has been a payoff from Russia.
What we are witnessing is a broad infiltration of nationalist/patriot circles in the West by Russians and Bolsheviks, which explains why we’re now seeing Stalin apologism creep into the discourse of Western “fascists” and alt-right personas like Richard Spencer – himself married to a Russian who writes comical propaganda for Putin online.