Alexander Prokhanov

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Alexander Prokhanov

Alexander Andreyevich Prokhanov (Russian: Александр Андреевич Проханов; born on February 26, 1938 in Tbilisi) is a Soviet and Russian writer. He is a member of the secretariat of the Writers Union of the Russian Federation and the editor-in-chief of Russia's extreme-right[1] newspaper "Завтра" (Zavtra - Tomorrow), that combines ultranationalist and communist views.[2][3]

Journalist and writer[edit]

After graduation from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1960, Prokhanov worked as a forester in Karelia and in the Moscow oblast.

Until 1970, Prokhanov worked as a correspondent for the newspapers Pravda and Literaturnaya Gazeta in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Angola, and Ethiopia. He was the first to report on the March 1969 events on Damansky Island during the Sino-Soviet border conflict. In 1971, he published his first two books: Idu v put moy (I Am Going My Way) and Pisma o derevne (Letters about the Village).

In 1972, Prokhanov was accepted into the Writers Union of the USSR. Since 1986 he has actively participated in Russian nationalist publications, including the magazines Molodaya Gvardiya (The Young Guards), Nash Sovremennik (Our Contemporary) and the newspaper Literaturnaya Rossiya (Literary Russia).

In 1989-1991, Prokhanov served as the editor-in-chief of the journal "Советская литература" (Soviet Literature). After December 1990, he became the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Den (Day).

For many of Prokhanov's novels (600 Years After the Battle, The Red-Brown), polyphony is typical.[citation needed] In 2002, he won the National Bestseller award for his novel, Mr. Hexagen.[4].

Political activism[edit]

In 1991, during the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic presidential election, Prokhanov worked for the campaign of General Albert Makashov. He was one of the signatories of the open letter, "A Word to the People", sometimes considered a program for the August coup makers. During the failed coup, Prokhanov supported the State Emergency Committee.

In the summer of 1992, Prokhanov turned the association of the readers of the anti-semitic newspaper "Day" into a political movement. During the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993, he participated in the defense of the Moscow White House. On October 4, 1993, the Ministry of Justice of Russia ordered a stop to the editorial and publishing activity of the newspaper "Day", but in November of the same year Prokhanov's son-in-law Alexander Khudorozhkov registered the newspaper Zavtra (Tomorrow). Prokhanov became its editor-in-chief.

Reportedly, "Alexander Prokhanov states openly that Jews are the cause of Russia’s misery. Warning that "we will not sit tight with our arms folded idly if the Jews continue to pressure Russian nationalists," Prokhanov threatened to "answer them with a fist." [5].

In the 1996 Russian presidential election, Prokhanov supported the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov.

In 1999, together with Konstantin Kasimovsky, Prokhanov invited former klansman David Duke to visit the Russian Federation.[6]

Since 2004, his newspaper has been tied to the Rodina ("Motherland") party.[citation needed] He commented about the Russian war with Georgia:,[4] that Russia "was not defeated by the West in the Cold War, because the Cold War continues. We lost gigantic territories, but we held Moscow. From here we launched our counterattack."

During the 2014 conflict in Ukraine, Prokhanov praised the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed pro-Russian Donetsk People's Republic as a "true White Russian nationalist".[5]

References[edit]

  • (Russian) Bio