On March 22, American white supremacists Jared Taylor and Sam Dickson addressed the International Russian Conservative Forum in St. Petersburg, which featured Russian nationalists and representatives from extreme-right parties in Europe. The extreme-right parties included Greece’s Golden Dawn, Germany’s National Democratic Party and Italy’s Forza Nuova. The visit to Russia is another example of American white supremacists trying to build ties with their European counterparts.
Taylor heads American Renaissance (AR), an online journal that hosts yearly conferences. He often speaks to audiences in Europe about white nationalism in America. Over the past three years, he has attended nationalist gatherings in France, England, Turkey and Hungary. The conference in Hungary in October 2014 was hosted by the National Policy, Institute, an American white supremacist think tank that also has close ties to nationalists in Europe.
Dickson is a regular speaker at conferences sponsored by AR and the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. At the conference in Russia, Taylor and Dickson both talked about preserving the white race and battling “Third-World immigration” in the United States. Apparently, both men also lauded Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, who is seen as a promoter of traditionalist values in the West.
Other white supremacists in the U.S. have embraced Putin for encouraging nationalism and Orthodox Christianity in Russia. These extremists believe that Putin and Russia represent the antithesis of the global, multicultural, modern society represented by America and Western Europe.
In February, William Johnson of the American Freedom Party (AFP) posted an interview he gave to Nicholas Truschalov of the nationalist Russian Imperial Party, who reportedly attended the conference in St. Petersburg. Like Taylor and Dickson, Johnson talked about preserving the white race in America. When Truschalov asked Johnson about who was defending national identity and traditional values in the U.S. Johnson named Taylor and Dickson as two significant thinkers in the white nationalist movement. Johnson also declared that the AFP supports nationalists worldwide when Truschalov asked what Johnson would like to tell Russian nationalists.
Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Youth Network has also promoted Russia. In a February article entitled, “The New Shining City on the Hill: Mother Russia,” Heimbach praised Russia as the “true defender of Traditionalism.” He added that Putin is “doing the exact opposite of what the Bush and Obama administrations are doing and that is why Traditionalists should look to Russia for inspiration.”