Germany, Anti-Islam, and Vladimir Putin

Writing for Bloomberg View on December 17, Leonid Bershidsky spelled out a disturbing context for the Dresden turmoil. He pointed out that the anti-immigrant National Front in France “has loudly bucked Europe’s ongoing policy of ostracizing the Russian president, and has received millions of euros from Russia in return.” Given the PEGIDA mix of anti-Islam and pro-Russian slogans, he stated, “Putin’s strategy seems to be to build up a ‘fifth column’ of far-right parties in Europe willing to cooperate with the Kremlin.”

Bershidsky, citing the authoritative German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, noted that a seemingly bizarre slogan displayed at the PEGIDA turnout on December 15 was “Putin, hilfe uns!(“Putin, help us!”).

  • Pete_Brewster

    So that’s all right then. Islamophobia and nationalism are all Kremlin plots. Got it. Brilliant.

    Pity the MSM weren’t so good at uncovering Kremlin plots during the cold war when it might have done some good.

    Yes, I know Russian banks lend money to the Front national. That’s because no French bank will for fear Marine Le Pen will start enforcing French law against rich people.

    • Justin

      Down with islamo-fascism! Down with Liberal secular Fascism!
      Long live Putin! Glory to Russia!

      • ☭ Vladimir Putin ☭

        Down with Ukraine!

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      Europe and people in Europe are going in that nationalist and anti-mainstream direction. It is good since that will mean Europeans can be free from the ECB and the austerity agenda which has crippled Europe since 2008 thanks to the directives market, the big banks and the mortgage backed securities crisis. All these coupled together have allowed for a Ponzi scheme and have allowed for a worsening of conditions of Europe. The US helped usher in all the financial problems.

      Hopefully the nationalism from the left and the right will mean more nation- state freedom and calls for more monetary freedom.

      Change is coming. The mainstream caused these messes.

  • simus1

    The usual Huff-puff garbage flowing from the usual sewer.

  • John

    The author of that article is confused. fighting against a sharia driven agenda can’t be Far right because that crown is worn by the adepts of islamism. Combating theocratic fascism is more properly left-wing than anything else

    • ntt1

      thats where it gets confusing, Todays cultural marxists embrace islam as an allie due to islams common goal of destroying western civilization.

  • oldguy

    The only world leader who can save the western world from itself is V. Putin.

    • Frau Katze

      I wish had your confidence. He seems to be destroying Russia

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        In Russia the main parties are the Communists and the United Russia party aka the one Putin is a part of. If the West wants regime change, they are cheering for the Communists to come back!

  • Frau Katze


    • ntt1

      I doubt the shirtless thing will gain much traction .

  • Alain

    Oh my first they were neo-nazis, then hooligans and now pawns of Russia. I do wish they would make up their mind.