Tech blog The Verge reported on Wednesday that Russia is now hosting The Daily Stormer, giving the domain a .ru address rather than a .com address. Following a post on The Daily Stormer ridiculing Heather Heyer — the counter-protester killed in Charlottesville by a speeding car — GoDaddy confirmed in a tweet from its verified account that it was no longer carrying The Daily Stormer’s domain:
The domain is no longer at GoDaddy & we don’t host the site. We recommend contacting their hosting provider (Cloudflare) and law enforcement
— GoDaddy (@GoDaddy) August 14, 2017
Russia hosting The Daily Stormer is not unusual, given the numerous connections between American fascists and Russians, not to mention 45 and his family members’ dubious connections to the Kremlin that are currently under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
One example is Nazi shitlord Richard Spencer’s estranged marriage to Nina Kouprianova (the two have been separated since October), a Kremlin apologist who spends her time translating the works of Russian neo-fascist philosopher Aleksandr Dugin for Western audiences. Dugin’s work is so influential in the Putin regime that his screed Foundations of Geopolitics is required reading for every member of the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia (think West Point’s Russian counterpart), according to Foreign Policy magazine. Putin and Dugin have known one another since the fall of 2000, when Putin first became President of Russia.
A Business Insider article from 2016 painstakingly details the affinity that the so-called “alt-right” movement of American white supremacists, Confederate apologists and neo-Nazis has for Vladimir Putin’s regime, which Spencer has previously referred to as “the sole white power in the world.”
“Putin is supporting nationalists around the world and building an anti-globalist alliance, while promoting traditional values and self-determination,” self-described white nationalist Matthew Heimbach told Business Insider.
Indeed, as Heimbach notes, the Putin regime has shown open support for white nationalist movements in Eastern Europe, with the GRU (Russia’s military intelligence arm) clandestinely arming and funding fascist activities in Hungary and Germany. According to a New York Observer article by veteran National Security Agency analyst John Schindler, a police officer in Hungary was murdered last fall by neo-Nazi István Győrkös, who ran paramilitary training camps for other European neo-Nazis with help from Kremlin officials.
Russia’s apparent endorsement of The Daily Stormer’s extremist viewpoints falls right in line with the Putin regime’s soft support for fascist movements around the world. While all evidence remains circumstantial, it’s possible that Robert Mueller’s exhaustive investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia may even reveal a possible Kremlin plot to foment a fascist uprising in the United States.
Scott Alden covers national politics, education, and environmental issues for Grit Post. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in Inkster, Michigan.