Nearly half of young people (48 percent), those between 18 and 24, say that those speaking out in defense of gay rights in Russia “are not pursuing destructive goals.” But unfortunately, those holding the opposite position are a majority.
Oleg Chernozub, head of the research center at the Presidential Academy for the Sociology of Administration, tells Russkaya liniya that “it is quite obvious” that groups pursuing those goals do exist and that the Russian state must take steps to block these destructive efforts ().
At present, as the poll suggests, Russians who believe in a conspiracy are focusing on sexual minorities; but there is a long tradition in Russia of viewing such conspiracies as ultimately being organized and conducted by Jewish groups. And it is not difficult to imagine that those who see gays as the problem now may see the Jews again as problem in the future.
Perhaps the most notorious of Russian groups supporting such anti-Semitic notions was the Union of the Russian People which organized pogroms at the end of imperial times. One of its most important figures was Nikolay Markov or “Markov II” (because he was the second Markov in the Duma.
After the revolution, he went into emigration where he published the still-notorious and since 1991 republished diatribe, The Wars of Dark Forces (in Russian; Paris: Doloy Zlo, 1928) which blamed the Jews for all of Russia’s problems. He ultimately cooperated with the Nazis and sought to mobilize ethnic Russian emigres against the Soviet Union.
That similar horrific ideas could be the default outcome of those in Russia today who hold such conspiracy thinking is suggesting by the plethora of articles in recent weeks about a supposed Rothschild conspiracy against Russia (e.g., tsargrad.tv/articles/civilizacija-zhertva-vojny-amerikanskih-jelit_153356).