Moreover, Eidman continues, Russian nationalism is promoted by “participants of criminal groups of various ethnic groups, and Orthodoxy by Chekists and Komsomol activists.” None of what is on offer is genuine. Instead, it is invented by those who do not even believe in what they are saying and promoted by others who do not understand what they are doing.
The Putinists, he says, go into hysterics “about the attack of migrants in Europe but act so that there are more illegal immigrants in Moscow than in any other European capital. They condemn Islamists but themselves crawl on their bellies before Kadyrov; and they tell horrific stories about financial oligarchic regimes (of various Rothschilds and Rockefellers) bu themselves shamelessly serve the Russian oligarchs.”
According to Eidman, “only one thing in this ideology is genuine: its anti-liberalism behind which is concealed anti-humanism, a deep contempt of the human personality, his worth, rights and freedoms. This is of course fascism all the same, but it is at the same time completely fake.”
It is real in that it has many of the same consequences of genuine fascism even though its authors believe in none of the causes that fascists do, only in the ends that fascists both real and fake inevitably contribute to.