League of the South, an Alabama-based organization, has launched a Russian-language section that is meant to promote “Southern nationalism.”
The group, according to AL.com, has been featured squarely in the sights of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) because of its ties to neo-confederate ideologies. The organization announced the Russian-language section just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin met for a secret meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
SPLC writes: “The ‘godly’ nation envisioned by the League should be run by an ‘Anglo-Celtic’ (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities.”
League president Michael Hill posted the following message on the group’s website:
“As fellow Whites of northern European extraction, we come from the same general gene pool. As inheritors of the European cultural tradition, we share similar values, customs, and ways of life. And as Christians, we worship the same Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and our common faith binds us as brothers and sisters.
“A firm and resolute understanding and commitment to cooperation between the Russian people and the people of the South could indeed be the foundation for a better world in which our peoples thrive and prosper far into the future.”
While the organization is headquartered in Alabama, it has chapters in 16 states.
It’s still unclear how the organization will use the Russian-language page to promote its own form of hateful neo-nazi rhetoric and actions but it’s certainly concerning.