Tribune. “Isn’t he on the extreme right, this one?” “ We often hear this little phrase these days. The question is old. In 2015, Jean-Luc Mélenchon even treated Alexeï Navalny “Xenophobic extremist” and “Anti-Semite”. While ideological presuppositions and polemical intentions are sometimes – as here – transparent, the question of Navalny’s nationalism cannot be dismissed out of hand. It is also raised in Russia.
In 2013, the writer Boris Akounine, one of the figures of the democratic opposition, questions Navalny about his taste “For nationalist rhetoric”, expressing his doubts about his ability to one day rule the country. Today, even if they salute his courage, some opponents of the Kremlin are still suspicious of him.
What is it? Nationalism occupied an important place in Navalny’s political career, from the end of the 2000s to the beginning of the 2010s. In 2007, he participated in the creation of the movement “The People” (Narod), with the national-Bolshevik writer Zakhar Prilepine. At this time, nationalism was on the rise. The attacks of skinheads are increasing, especially against Caucasians.
The authorities’ reaction to racist attacks is ambiguous, at times, complacent. But many nationalists are rabid opponents of Vladimir Putin. It is the time when the followers of the writer Edouard Limonov, founder of the National-Bolshevik party, often more anars than fascists, demonstrate alongside the liberal opposition. They are repressed without mercy.
Alexeï Navalny, at the same time, wants at all costs to decompartmentalize the liberal opposition, to open it up to other circles than the cultivated classes of the big cities. He thus decides to address the angry youth. To seduce her, he makes the fight against illegal immigration one of his battle horses. He shoots a clip in which he implicitly compares Chechen fighters to flies and cockroaches, and calls for legalizing the use of firearms to defend themselves against them.
From anti-immigration to anti-corruption
From 2007, he participated in the “Russian marches”, which each year bring together various nationalist organizations, including the most radical far right. For his part, he claims to defend a democratic nationalism and, he says, “normal”, not radical. This political offensive is criticized in his camp. He is excluded from the liberal Yabloko party, in which he was active.
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