A few days ago, new information has emerged that further corroborates this argument. On 5-6 September 2015, representatives of the RID visited Sweden and took part in a meeting of the Swedish fascist organisation Nordic Resistance (Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen), which was invited to join the WNCM earlier. During his talk, the RID's leader Stanislav Vorobyov, warned about "a full-scale war against the traditional values of Western civilisation" and explained that the uniform in which he showed up at the meeting was a symbol of their fight against "the Jewish oligarchs in Ukraine" on the side of pro-Russian extremists in Eastern Ukraine. Furthermore, he claimed that "the Zionist strategy in the Middle East would be used int he future to divide and rule the nations of Europe".
|Stanlislav Vorobyov, the leader of the Russian Imperial Movement, speaking at the meeting of the "Nordic Resistance", 5/6 September 2015|
The RID is not an ordinary far right organisation, but a fascist paramilitary movement that poses a potential terrorist threat to democratic societies. To understand the nature of this movement, as well as getting more insight into the WNCM that was co-founded by the RID, it seems appropriate to consider the current activities of the movement.
The RID was established in 2002 in St. Petersburg by Stanislav Vorobyov. Its major political goals are the revival of the Russian Empire (and regaining the "lost" territories) and the restoration of the Russian monarchy.
Since 2014, the RID was actively involved in the Russian war on Ukraine. Curiously, Vorobyov arrived in Ukraine right after the start of the occupation of Crimea by the Russian "little green men". The building of the Crimean parliament was seized by the Russian special ops forces on 27 February 2014, and Vorobyov arrived in Crimea the next day.
|The arrival of the "delegation" of the Russian Imperial Movement in Simferopol, Crimea, 28 February 2014. Stanislav Vorobyov is on the far right|
I accompanied an airplane to Crimea that carried Russian military instructors who were to organise the local resistance movement. I remember one night the SBU guys [Ukrainian security officers] burned documents in their yard - then I understood that we were going to annex [Crimea].On 14 March 2014, yet another groups of the RID members headed by Nikolay Trushchalov went to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine. In Donetsk, they met with the representatives of a number of pro-Russian right-wing extremist organisations, in particular with the members of the "Donetsk Republic" that had long-standing relations with the Eurasianist movement headed by Russian fascist Alexander Dugin.
|The "delegation" of the Russian Imperial Movement with the activists of the "Donetsk Republic", Donetsk, Ukraine, 14 March 2014. Nikolay Trushchalov is on the far right|
|(left to right) Nikolay Trushchalov, a leading member of the Russian Imperial Movement, and Nick Griffin, ex-leader of the fascist British National Party, St. Petersburg, Russia, 22 March 2015|
The first key player is Denis Gariev, a member of the RID and the head of its paramilitary club "Imperial Legion" that holds "Partisan" military courses.
|Participants of the "Partisan" military courses, Russia, September 2015|
|Fighters of the "Imperial Legion" in Eastern Ukraine|
|Stanislav Vorobyov (centre) decorates the fighters of the "Imperial Legion" who returned from Eastern Ukraine, St. Petersburg, Russia, 25 April 2015|
The second key player, is Alexander Zhuchkovsky, a member of the RID who became a coordinator of the "humanitarian help" sent from Russia to East Ukrainian territories occupied by the pro-Russian extremists and Russian troops. Zhuchkovsky collects money, acquires military equipment and accessories, and sends them to Ukraine. As he claimed, by autumn 2014 the RID managed to collect 30 million Russian rubles (€630.000).
|Alexander Zhuchkovsky (right) and his "humanitarian help"|
It is important to note that the RID positions themselves as opponents of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, but according their interviews and other materials, they have no problem with either holding military training courses in Russia, nor sending military equipment or volunteers to Eastern Ukraine to kill Ukrainians. There seems to be a tacit agreement between the RID and the authorities. The fact that the RID seems to have cooperated with the former commander of the pro-Russian extremists Igor Strelkov-Girkin (whose activities were sponsored by the Russian "Orthodox oligarch" Konstantin Malofeev), the movement likely has an understanding with the Russian authorities.
|Igor Strelkov-Girkin (centre), Alexander Zhuchkovsky (right) in Eastern Ukraine|
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