A fascist pro-Russia, Slavo-centric, and anti-Western group maintains extensive international ties, calling on Russians to mobilize to restore "Great Russia" and cast out the "plague" of Western individualism and consumerism. The group's ideology defines Great Russia as "an authoritarian, national- and social-oriented state, with strong military, scientific, and industrial capabilities."
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The movement was created in 2012 in Crimea. In subsequent years, the group participated in the "Russian Spring" and in the battle for Novorossia, opening branches in many Russian regions (as far as Vladivostok in eastern Russia), and in several Slavic countries.
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On February 26, 2022 the movement expressed support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying: "Russia has crossed the Rubicon, showing the West its power and finally embarking on the path of independent national rebirth, i.e. the path of Great Russia."
Ideology And Imagery
The group published a manifesto. Listing its goals, the movement wrote: "The unification and revival of the indigenous state-forming Russian people and other indigenous peoples of Russia; the revival of historical Great Russia; [...] the creation [...] based on the idea of pan-Slavism, first a confederal, and then, if possible, a federal Slavic Union state with Great Russia at its forefront." The group describes its economic ideology as "Slavic socialism." The movement's motto is "The Slavic Sun is rising."
The movement has joined Russian troops in fighting in Ukraine. Members of the movement are fighting on the Izyum front.
International Cooperation And Social Networks
The group maintains extensive international ties with groups in Slavic countries, participating in forums and roundtable discussions. In March the group posted a photo showing members participating in a demonstration in Belgrade, Serbia in support of Russia and the Russian people, organized by its allied Serbian movement.
Members participated in similar rallies in Macedonia and in Montenegro. The movement held a rally supporting Russia's war in Ukraine in Warsaw, Poland.