Russia | 10/31/2021

Russia 2021 October

Key Developments


In general, far-right and nazi activity in Russia during October 2021 was small.

”¬†Male state” ban

On October 18, 2021, the Nizhny Novgorod regional court declared “Male state,” created by Vladislav Pozdnyakov in 2016, an extremist organization. It promotes the ideology of national patriarchy, advocates “racial purity,” and insists that women’s behavior should be dictated by ultra-conservative values. Supporters of the Men’s State have repeatedly harassed and threatened journalists and activists on the Internet. In August and September 2021, the MS attacked online restaurants for advertising with black young men.

Pozndyakov’s Telegram channel was also banned by the platform despite its popularity.

Tesak case

Investigators actually completed an investigation into a high-profile criminal case against a nazi gang of the main Russian nazi Maxim “Tesak” Martsinkevich, who is accused of a series of murders on the grounds of ethnic hatred. It is interesting that the investigation has learned about the crimes committed, in particular, 17 years ago, and their participants from Tesak himself, who has executed nine confessions. They were confirmed by the defendants themselves, one of whom even voluntarily handed over the shotgun used in the murder.

Local activity

On October 1 and 16, 2021 “Movement of nationalists” held agitation raids under the slogan “For Russia without Putin and replacement migration” in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don.

On October 2, 2021, right-wing activists organized in several Russian cities a “day of memory of ethnocriminal victims”. There were few actions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Blagoveshchensk, Vologda, Kurgan, and Krasnodar reduced to the installation of portraits of “ethnocriminal victims”, laying flowers and lighting candles.

On October 17 nazi commemorated the birthday of NSO terrorist Maxim “Adolf” Bazylev in Astrakhan and Novosibirsk as action “in memory of victims of political repressions”.

Legal cases

According to the SOVA center, at least five people were convicted because of hate crimes in St. Petersburg, Volgograd, and Omsk. The most notable event of the month was the verdict in the murder case of 17-year-old medical university student from Azerbaijan Timur Gavrilov. A murderer, nazi activist 22-year old Vitaly Vasilyev was sentenced to 19 years sentence.

The federal list of extremist materials (FSEM) was updated three times in October (October 6, 15, and 28), xenophobic songs of groups popular among neo-Nazis “Seitar”, “Siberian fist”, “Give the way”, “Forbidden tales”; SS brochure published in Nazi Germany in 1942; anti-Semitic materials of the community of “citizens of USSR” who denied dissolution of Soviet Union and insisted on the necessity of execution of Soviet laws were added to it.

In October at least 11 people were fined under Article 20.29 of the Administrative Code (production and distribution of prohibited materials) for publication of materials from FSEM in social networks, including the song “Skinhead” of the group “Metal Corrosion” and “Skinhead Muscovites” of the group “Bumblebees”.

Twelve people were punished under Article 20.3 of the Administrative Code (propaganda and public demonstration of Nazi symbols and symbols of banned organizations). Three (two of them prisoners of colonies) demonstrated their own tattoos with Nazi symbols, while the rest posted Nazi symbols and symbols of banned organizations in social networks.

At least 16 people were fined under Article 20.3.1 of the Administrative Code (incitement to hatred); the corresponding one under Article 282 part 1 of the Criminal Code. 15 of them were punished for making online (in social networks) statements – insults and calls to attack natives of Central Asia, the Caucasus, Tatars, Yakuts and other ethnic strangers, as well as police officers and Gazprom employees. One woman was fined for xenophobic shouting “during a conflict with her housemates.