A white supremacist website that was banned by both of its US-based web hosts earlier this week has found a new home for its server — Russia.
The Daily Stormer was dropped by both GoDaddy and Google after its founder, white supremacist Andrew Anglin, published an article attacking the 32-year-old counterprotester who was run over by an alleged neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.
Anglin wrote on Wednesday that his site was shut down “by the greasy Jews” who said that he had incited terrorism by “making fun of a fat skank who had been run over by a car.”
He wrote, mockingly, that Trump “called his true friend,” Russian President Vladimir Putin, to convince him to host The Daily Stormer on Russian servers.
Anglin has long espoused views sympathetic to the Kremlin, including support for pro-Russia Ukrainian separatists. But white supremacists’ draw to Putin’s Russia, and vice versa, is neither new nor unique to Anglin.
Self-described white nationalist Matthew Heimbach, who said he identifies as a member of the alt-right, has praised Putin’s Russia as “the axis for nationalists.”
White nationalist Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right,” has called Russia the “sole white power in the world.”
Russia, meanwhile, has long offered safe spaces for fringe thinkers, including white supremacists and anti-Semites, that are not limited to the internet.
At a right-wing conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2015 — organised by Russia’s nationalist Rodina, or Motherland, party — American “race realist” Jared Taylor called the US “the greatest enemy of tradition everywhere.” Klu Klux Klan attorney Sam Dickson also attended, and he joined Taylor in calling for the preservation of “[the white] race and civilisation.”
David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, has travelled to Russia several times to promote his book “The Ultimate Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question.” The book has been sold openly in the main lobby of the State Duma (Congress) for the equivalent of about $US2, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Preston Wiginton, a white supremacist from Texas who sublets Duke’s Moscow apartment when he travels to Russia, has written that his “best friends” in Russia — “the only nation that understands RAHOWA [Racial Holy War]” — are “leading skinheads.”
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