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    categorized as neo-Nazis.  Funny/sad that a Nazi movement could gain so much traction in a country that knew firsthand what Nazi oppression looked like.

    I think what I'm finding hard to understand is their popularity both with the general public and with enough of the government to be severely worried.  Martsinkevich was technically convicted for "inciting racial violence", spent next to no time in prison (sentenced twice, time knocked off for good behavior both times), and currently lives on donations.  He actually organizes "safaris" for fellow pedophile-hunters.  He has a group called Occupy Pedophilia, which is sort of unintentionally hilarious, in a grim sort of way.

    In that Vanguard documentary, there's a chilling interview with a member of the Duma who openly supports their work.

    Something I get into below, about the propensity of Russian fanatics to look for extreme ways to show their devotion to the Cause (church, nation, communism, race) is what's really eating away at me.  There's something of Nechaev in it.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 06:34:38 PM PDT

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