Does Russia Advance Toward Legalized Nazism? - 16 October, 2002 - News

The law on counteraction of extremism isn’t working
An open letter to Russia President Vladimir Putin from Mikhail Chlenov, the president of Vaad (Russia’s Federation of Jewish organizations and communities), and secretary general of the Eurasian Jewish Congress.

Dear President Putin,

As the mass media has reported, the Russian Ministry of Justice officially registered the National Sovereign Party of Russia. It is perfectly clear that the registration was officially done on the basis of an impeccably developed charter of the organization. We think this is the utter cynicism, because when you read the documents of the party (its objectives and statements of the party’s organizational committee), which are available on the Internet, you see its true objectives and aims. Here are some quotations from the documents I’ve mentioned.

“According to norms of international law, Russia is considered a mono-national country of the Russian people, as Russians make up majority of the population here”;

“It is necessary to revise the Russian Constitution in force, which ignores the rights and interests of the Russian people; amendments should be introduced into the document, or a completely new constitution is to be adopted”;

“The governmental structures and mass media should be completely cleared of people spreading anti-Russian attitudes”;

“A law is to be passed to bring people into account for Russophobia”;

“National proportionality is to be introduced on all levels of the authority”;

“People of non-Russian nationalities and those having relatives of non-Russian nationalities must not be given top governmental posts”;

“Masonry, totalitarian sects, Judaism, and Zionism must be outlawed as teachings popularizing national oneness, superiority of Jews, and the deficiency of other nationalities”;

“Special attention should be paid to the extermination of crime, organized criminal activity, larceny, financial machinations, and the murky dealings of the Jewish and Caucasian mafias”;

“A program is to be developed to move Jews, whose activity isn’t compatible with the national benefit of Russia, to Israel”;

“Labor immigration should be prohibited for all nationalities except for Russians”;

“A requirement is to be introduced into Russian legislation that all candidates to all kinds of elections should declared their nationality, including the three previous generations”;

“Banks cheating people and companies out of their money and those dealing with financial machinations, Zionist and masonic capital, the capital of Caucasian and Chechnyan mafias, and of the capital of the conciliatory bourgeoisie are to be expropriated”;

“An active policy, including propaganda, is to be developed against marriages of mixed races and nationalities, although we don’t mean that a law is to be adopted prohibiting such marriages”;

“It is necessary to admit that the USA, the West, Zionism-fascism, masons, oligarchs, and “democrats” pose the greatest danger to the country.”

One of the party leaders, Boris Mironov, spoke at a closed constituent session of the party in February and said: “Jews are our common enemy, and our common objective is replacement of their authority.”

So, the ideological purposes and appeals of the new party’s leadership are evident. They contradict the Constitution, incite national discord, and humiliate Russia’s national minorities.

It is strange that, despite frequent statements of top governmental officials saying that political extremism and xenophobia should be finished with, such a party was officially registered at all. The law on counteraction of extremism isn’t working; the number of mass media openly urging to inter-national violence is increasing in the country. Violence of racists against those whose appearance is different from theirs is gaining force in Russia; people are attacked in the streets and at the markets; religious Jews are beaten in Moscow streets; attacks at synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, and assassinations of people representing national minorities have become frequent.

Does Russian society advance towards legalized fascism and nazism? Mr. President, we ask you to give a political estimate to the newly-registered party and put an end to all attempts of racists and xenophobes to legalize their activity and come to power.

Translated by Maria Gousseva

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