Nationalism in suits?

The Russian xenophobic group, Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI), wishes to move towards “respectable nationalism,” according to its leader, Alexander Potkin (Belov). He said there is no European-style nationalism in Russia. This he characterised as “nationalism in suits, tie, and velvet gloves.”

The DPNI decided at its congress to increase its political presence in Russia. The movement ratified the so-called Pact of 8 June, signed by three nationalist organisations: DPNI, Greater Russia, and NAROD. The pact aims at the merger of nationalist forces in Russia, NEWSru.com reports.

http://txt.newsru.com/russia/12jul2008/hj2.html

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  1. There is plenty of “nationalism in suits” in Europe: Italian parliament speaker Gianfranco Fini’s “post-fascist” Alleanza Nazionale, minister Umberto Bossi’s openly xenophobic Lega Nord, and rabid far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen’s Front National.

    Moving along the path set forth by these gentlemen and their ilk will hardly help in the quest to find a way toward healthy Russian nationalism, which is something that not only ethnic Russians, but all of the peoples of the Russian Federation sorely need.

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