Russia’s Upcoming International Anti-Fascist Congress: An Important Soft Power Move
It’s of urgent importance that the Western public realizes that the self-proclaimed ‘Antifa’ networks all across their civilizational ‘sphere of influence’ are actually faux-antifascists in that many of their tactics amount to the imposition of fascist policies under the Orwellian label of supposedly being ‘anti-fascist’. Those cells don’t have an exclusive monopoly on what constitutes genuine anti-fascism even though many have been misled into wrongly thinking that they do.
Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu announced on Tuesday that his country will host its first International Anti-Fascist Congress in August to coincide with the Army-22 international military technology forum in Moscow. This is an important soft power move since it’ll help more to more convincingly convey one of the primary motivations of the Eurasian Great Power’s special operation in Ukraine. President Putin earlier declared that one of its goals is to denazify the country after US-backed fascist forces captured control of the state in early 2014 following the spree of urban terrorism popularly glorified in the West as “EuroMaidan” or the so-called “Revolution of Dignity”.
This stated mission has become among the top targets of the US-led West’s ongoing information warfare campaign against that operation and Russia itself more broadly. The Mainstream Media is actively trying to gaslight the public into thinking that it’s actually President Putin who’s the real fascist and not Ukraine’s post-coup authorities. They’ve even gone as far as to introduce the weaponized narrative claiming that even speaking about the revival of fascism in that former Soviet Republic is akin to “anti-Semitism”. Czechia’s chief prosecutor took the unprecedented step of warning citizens that publicly expressing support for Russia’s position might violate the law and result in three years in jail.
The immense pressure being put upon the Western populace to tow their governments’ line on this conflict, including through the EU’s banning of Russia’s publicly financed international media flagships RT and Sputnik, suggests that few Europeans will show up to this summer’s congress in Moscow due to concerns about their own legal and perhaps even physical safety upon returning home afterwards. It’s for these reasons that the Eurasian Great Power should seriously consider facilitating the expedited migration of such dissidents to Russia through the extension of generous incentive packages for those who are sincerely committed to dedicating their lives to this noble cause in the New Cold War.
Even if that doesn’t unfold right away, or at least to the extent that’s needed for such figures to establish themselves in Russia and subsequently contribute to its long-term strategic communications policy in this respect, that country must still find a way to ensure that its important messages reach those audiences. The European population must somehow or another become more aware of the dangerous fascist tendencies in their society that are increasingly manifesting themselves through vicious xenophobia, including Islamophobia and most recently Russophobia. They must also learn how some of their governments’ policies worryingly emulate former fascist ones from the interwar period.
Considering the limitations in who’ll likely show up to Russia’s upcoming congress in half a year’s time, it might end up being the case that this inaugural event will mostly consist of non-Western experts, officials, and activists. That’s because their governments haven’t all moved against Moscow like the Western ones have, partly because they realize the strategic importance of attempting to balance between various powers in what can most accurately be described as the present period of bi-multipolarity. As a result, Europeans might learn more about modern-day fascist threats from Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans than from their own people, though that’s definitely not a bad thing.
It would just go to show that Russia’s International Anti-Fascist Congress would have truly attracted global attention since the world obviously isn’t Western-centric anymore but is finally experiencing the rise of multipolar non-Western centres of influence and power. The participation of Chinese delegates for example could lead to their country’s renowned international media outlets like CGTN ensuring that the rest of the world becomes aware of this pivotal event in spite of heavy Western censorship efforts. That would powerfully counteract some of their information warfare operations and help gradually awaken the Western masses with time.
It’s of urgent importance that the Western public realizes that the self-proclaimed “Antifa” networks all across their civilizational “sphere of influence” are actually faux-antifascists in that many of their tactics amount to the imposition of fascist policies under the Orwellian label of supposedly being “anti-fascist”. Those cells don’t have an exclusive monopoly on what constitutes genuine anti-fascism even though many have been misled into wrongly thinking that they do. Therefore, one of the first objectives that Russia must accomplish through its forthcoming congress is to raise awareness of this fact in order to facilitate the rest of its long-term strategic communication policy in this respect.
The run-up to its planned congress will likely see Russia hosting an unprecedentedly large March of the Immortal Regiment, which refers to the new tradition of its citizens marching through their streets after the 9 May Victory Day parade while holding placards of their relatives who fought in the Great Patriotic War (Russia’s official description of World War II). This genuinely grassroots anti-fascist tradition is very emotionally moving to observe, let alone participate in, so Russia is expected to amplify coverage of these nationwide events on that special day to prepare the global public for its upcoming International Anti-Fascist Congress later that summer.
With time, Russia hopes to denazify the entire Western psyche that’s become corrupted by World War II revisionism such as comparing the former USSR to Nazi Germany, which wrongly suggests a moral equivalence between the genocidal initiator of that global conflict and the country that sacrificed the most to liberate the continent. The problem has spiralled completely out of control in recent years but Russia’s special operation in Ukraine can be interpreted as the first practical step towards challenging this disturbing trend. These new ideological dividing lines between openly anti-fascist Russia and the openly though undeclared pro-fascist West will shape the narrative contours of the New Cold War.
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