Moreover, the authors mention that neo-Nazi thugs were "also put through fitness sessions by trainers from Russian neo-Nazi group White Rex". Since there is not much information on White Rex available in English language, I decided to "introduce" the Anglophone audience to this movement. (I am grateful to the Moscow-based Sova Centre for Information and Analysis, the most important Russian NGO that conducts research on ultranationalism, racism and political radicalism in Russia, for the information they have provided).
|Denis Nikitin, founder and head of White Rex|
White Rex is many things. First of all, it is a clothing brand established by Denis Nikitin that produces t-shirts, hoodies and accessories with (sometimes disguised) fascist symbols.
|Mens "Zero Tolerance" t-shirt. Note the image that represents a combination of a swastika and a black sun|
|Ladies "Bombs 88" t-shirt. "88" stands for "Heil Hitler"|
|One of White Rex's MMA tournaments was called "The Birth of a Nation", a reference to the title of D.W. Griffith's racist film (originally called The Clansman) that was released in 1915|
Nikitin's presentation at the Iona London Forum meeting was titled "White Rex: The Warrior Spirit of Russia's Street Activists". His talk was described by the organisers of the meeting as follows:
Denis Rus is a Nationalist for all Nations and a Patriot for all Patrias. He realizes that if 'The War For The Survival of The White Race' is to be successfully fought, then it is vital that we create leaders capable of leading us to Victory.
To that end he has dedicated himself to improving the skills, knowledge, understanding, self-confidence and self-awareness of Nationalists in Russia and throughout the World. Training in Martial Arts, fitness, adventure pursuits, survival skills, team-building and the organizing of competitions are some of the ways he does this.
(It is interesting to note that the Traditional Britain Group invited Russian fascist Aleksandr Dugin to speak at one of their conferences in October 2013. As I wrote earlier, Dugin's organisation Eurasian Youth Union provided training - at least since 2006 - to pro-Russian extremists who would be engaged in separatist activities in Eastern Ukraine in 2014.)
As it becomes clear now, White Rex is also a movement that propagates neo-Nazi and racist ideas. According to the doctrine of White Rex -
White peoples of Europe, falling to onslaught of propaganda of alien values, lost the spirit of a path-breaker, the spirit of a fighter, the Spirit of a Warrior! One of the main objectives of White Rex is to revive this spirit. Modern society brings up philistines and consumers; yet we want to see WARRIORS - people who are strong morally and physically.White Rex also promotes, and (co-)organises gigs of, White Power bands such as Moshpit, Brainwash, Prezumptsiya nevinovnosti (Assumption of Innocence), and, especially You Must Murder.
|You Must Murder t-shirts designed by White Rex|
Among activists who popularise White Rex in Russia and elsewhere one can name Roman Zentsov, the leader of the extreme right Soprotivlenie (Resistance) group. White Rex is also closely cooperating with Sergey Badyuk, a former KGB/FSB operative who became a businessman in the 1990s, but still provides training to the special forces of Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate.
British anti-terror police and the Home Office may want to keep a close watch on White Rex and Russian citizens mentioned in this article.
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