Staunton, April 28 – Russism, a term first used by Chechen President Jokhar Dudayev in 1995 to designate a special form of fascism, more vicious and cruel, schizophrenic, and inclined to the falsification of history than other kinds of fascist movements, has become ever more widely used since Putin launched his broadscale invasion of Ukraine in February.
It is now used by commentators, scholars, and ordinary people speaking some 25 different languages and has its own Wikipedia page, albeit not one in the Russian language. (For the page, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashism; for its spread since February, see nv.ua/world/countries/chto-takoe-rashizm-v-vikipedii-poyavilas-bolshaya-statya-o-russkoy-ideologii-50235184.html and nv.ua/world/countries/rashizm-sinonim-chudovishchnyh-zverstv-rossii-ideologii-ee-vlasti-i-obshchestva-novosti-ukrainy-50237549.html
gordonua.com/blogs/arseniy-yacenyuk/rashizm-ndash-kopija-natsistskoj-ideologii-i-eta-ideologija-sozdannaja-putinym-uzhe-stala-osnovoj-ego-strany-1606852.html). And it is likely to spread further now that former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has spoken of something he calls “Ukrainianism.”