The Slavic Union (Russian: Славянский Союз) (SS) is a Russian national socialist movement, which aims at the creation of a Slavic national state. The Slavic Union is the most active ultranationalist political association in Russia, and is alleged to have around 70,000 members throughout Russia, according to various police sources.
The group's website, in Russian, links to extensive material on Holocaust denial and to works by Adolf Hitler. Its organizational logo is a stylized swastika and the group's initials, "SS" in Russian, are the same as those used by the German Schutzstaffel and its secret intelligence service, the Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei, Secret Policeforce), during World War II.
2010 prohibition ruling
The Slavic Union was banned by the Moscow City Court on April 27, 2010 following charges by prosecutors that the group promoted a national supremacist ideology similar to that of Nazi Germany. Responding to the ban on April 27, Dyomushkin noted that the Slavic Union had been "banned all across Russia" and indicated that an appeal to higher legal authority of the organization's prohibition would "definitely" be forthcoming. Since then, the group has remained active underground.
In September 2010 information surfaced that the organization allegedly has opened offices in Norway. This was reported when Viacheslav Datsik showed up at Norwegian immigration authorities requesting political asylum. Datsik had shortly before escaped from a mental institution near Saint Petersburg and was believed to have reached Norway on board an arms-trafficking vessel. Together with two other persons he was arrested by Norwegian police on suspicion of having possible links to organized crime.
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- "Revizionizm kholokosta" (Holocaust Revisionism)," www.demushkin.com Retrieved May 16, 2010.
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- "Mentally ill Russian cagefighter arrested in Norway after hospital break-out". RIA Novosti. September 23, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- Semyon Charny, "Racism, xenophobia, ethnic discrimination and anti-Semitism in Russia (January-June 2005)," Summarized review. Moscow Bureau for Human Rights.
- Slavic Union's official website (Russian)