By Brandon Martinez
Altright.com published an article decrying hate speech laws and prosecutions in Britain. I, of course, agree with that critique. But this is the same website that openly exalts Putin and the Russian dictatorship which has been suppressing free speech in that country on a more routine and severe scale than in the West. Russia’s hate speech and extremism laws have been used to silence critics of Putin, opposition leaders and radical nationalists.
In 2012 Putin banned Nazi ideology and symbols and in 2014 he outlawed Holocaust denial and criticism of the Red Army. Russian bloggers and social media users have been fined and jailed for posting government-critical content. A Ukrainian library was shut down and its owner arrested and charged for carrying “Russophobic” literature. That’s not to mention the dozens of assassinations of dissidents over Putin’s reign, the latest being the drive-by shooting of oppositionist Boris Nemtsov. The alt-right is not only completely silent about this tyrannizing over the Russian people, but actively supports it and demonizes anyone critical of Putin’s oppression as “liberals,” “leftists” or “globalists.” Meanwhile they whine about free speech suppression in the West. Seems to me that they support curtailing the speech of people they disagree with, but then cry foul when their own speech is scuttled by authoritarians on the political left.
A report in USA Today revealed that rabid alt-right Putin-worshipper, Andrew Anglin of the Daily Stormer, mailed in his vote in the 2016 US election from Krasnodar, Russia:
Anglin likely hasn’t lived in Ohio for months. He has voted as an Ohio resident only once – in the 2016 presidential election. (He registered as a Republican.) He sent in his ballot from Krasnodar in western Russia, according to records from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Richard Spencer and Matt Heimbach also have deep connections to Russia and the Dugin cult. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that certain elements of the alt-right are being directly sponsored by the Russians to only criticize the West for things that are much worse in Russia, whilst falsely fronting as “pro-Western” white nationalists.
In a recent screed laying out his war strategy against the West, Dugin spoke of Russia’s “agents of influence” in the West who would be “entrusted to criticize the West…with predictable results.” Could Anglin, Spencer and Heimbach be some of these “agents of influence”?