April 9, 2014
Some lovely posters for the “Great Russia” party have shown up in the Moscow Metro. They appear to be modelled after an NSDAP propaganda poster, with the Reich eagle having been replaced with the double-headed eagle of Byzantium.
The poster reads “Empire is life,” something which is known to be a fact.
Great Russia is an unregistered Nationalist party.
Great Russia (Russian: Великая Россия) is a Russian political party established in April 2007 by former Rodina leader and legislator Dmitry Rogozin in conjunction with the nationalist Movement Against Illegal Immigration, the Congress of Russian Communities and former members of the Rodina party which won 9% of the vote at the 2003 Russian Parliamentary elections. The current Chairman of the party is Andrei Saveliyev.
The colours of the party are the orange and yellow of the Amur Tiger. According to Dmitry Rogozin, he came up with the idea of using the tiger as the party’s logo upon learning that the animal’s population had increased in 2006 for the first time in recorded history. Rogozin has stated “I believe that the Amur tiger will become a competitor to the blue bear”, referring to the symbol of United Russia, a white bear on a blue background.
Great Russia has initially stated it supports Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s candidacy for President of Russia in 2008, a candidacy which is impossible as Lukashenko is not a Russian citizen. Rogozin has also stated that the party will contest seats in the December elections to the State Duma. Rogozin estimated that the party would obtain twenty five percent of the vote in the election, and opinion polls suggested the party had a good chance of crossing the seven percent threshold for representation in the Duma.
It’s a good idea to run a standing President of one country for the Presidential office of another country. If he’s good in one place, there is no reason he wouldn’t be good in two places.
Alexander Lukashenko is called the “last dictator in Europe” which is quite an endearing title. We don’t hear much out of Belarus, but I imagine he is pretty great.
Lukashenko opposed Western-backed “shock therapy” during the post-Soviet transition. Belarus is labelled as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ by much of the West. Western governments have long criticized Lukashenko’s authoritarian style of government. Lukashenko responds that his policies are the only alternative to instability, and have spared Belarus from the poverty seen elsewhere in the former Soviet Union and from powerful networks of organized crime known as the “Russian mafia.”
Lukashenko and other Belarusian officials are also the subject of sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States for alleged human rights violations off and on since 2006. Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, under Lukashenko’s leadership, Belarus has largely maintained government control over key industries and eschewed the large-scale privatizations seen in other former Soviet republics.
Note: “Russian Mafia”=Jews, privatization=Jews.
In 1995, Lukashenko was accused of making a remark which praised Adolf Hitler: “the history of Germany is a copy of the history of Belarus. Germany was raised from ruins thanks to firm authority and not everything connected with that well-known figure Hitler was bad. German order evolved over the centuries and attained its peak under Hitler.”
In October 2007, Lukashenko was accused of making anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments; addressing the “miserable state of the city of Babruysk” on a live broadcast on state radio, he stated: “This is a Jewish city, and the Jews are not concerned for the place they live in. They have turned Babruysk into a pigsty. Look at Israel — I was there and saw it myself … I call on Jews who have money to come back to Babruysk.” Members of the US House of Representatives sent a letter to the Belarusian ambassador to the US, Mikhail Khvostov, addressing Lukashenko’s comments with a strong request to retract them, and the comments also caused a negative reaction from Israel.
On 4 March 2012, two days after EEU leaders (including openly gay German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle) had called for new measures to pressure Lukashenko over alleged human rights abuses in Belarus at a summit in Brussels, Lukashenko provoked diplomatic rebuke from Germany after commenting that it was “better to be a dictator than gay” in response to Westerwelle having referred to him as “Europe’s last dictator” during the meeting.
I might go ahead and move to Belarus.