Russian defender of Hitler no longer to ‘defend’ human rights in US

One of the many victims of Putin's ideology of hatred, Andrew Nasonov, a gay human rights activist who fled anti-LGBT violence in Russia staging a protest action in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. to inform Americans about the plight of the Russian LGBT community. (Image: The Bilerico Project)

One of the many victims of Putin's ideology of hatred, Andrew Nasonov, a gay human rights activist who fled anti-LGBT violence in Russia staging a protest action in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. to inform Americans about the plight of the Russian LGBT community. Andranik Migranyan's institute provided ideological justifications in the US for Putin's policies at home and abroad. (Image: Igor Bazilevsky, The Bilerico Project) 

2015/06/29 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

Andranik Migranyan, Putin's departing chief ideologist for the US

Andranik Migranyan, Putin’s now departing chief ideologist for the US

Andranik Migranyan, who became infamous for his suggestion that Hitler would have been a second Bismarck if the Nazi leader had stopped before invading Poland, is going back to Moscow because his Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in New York, which Vladimir Putin created in 2007, is closing down.

According to Migranyan, the institute is closing and he is leaving because thanks to his efforts, the situation with regard to human rights in the United States has become better. But according to others, this is happening because Moscow has run out of money for such things.

Natalya Narodnichkaya, who heads the Russian office in Paris analogous to the one Migranyan led in New York, admitted as much given that she says she is trying to “optimize” her operation by cutting salaries and other costs in order to continue to function as she has in the French capital.

Despite his defense of Hitler, which appeared in “Izvestiya” in April 2014, Migranyan often appeared in public and testified before Congress. (The author of these lines spoke at a hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on International Affairs where Migranyan appeared and was praised by that body’s chairman.)

A pro-marriage equality LGBT demonstration in the US (Image: Hack and Tor World)

A pro-marriage equality LGBT demonstration in the US (Image: Hack and Tor World)

One curious feature of Migranyan’s departure, Ilya Milshteyn of Grani.ru says, is that it coincides with the US Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriages. Given Moscow’s attitudes on homosexuality, he implies, Migranyan once in Moscow may have to defend his statement that the situation in the US has improved.

Edited by: A. N.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • Turtler

    Interesting logic there; the propaganda mouthpiece’s “official story” is a compliment to the US (even if a backhanded one). Go figure. I hope he rots back in Putin’s hellhole. Lord knows he isn’t doing any good otherwise.

    Regarding the question in the poster above, “Ask why in Russia they want to kill me!” is sadly mundane. It probably isn’t anything too personal. Doubtless, LGBT activists (ugh, what a euphemism that often is) are not the flavor of the month for Russia’s thugs. But the simple fact is that I wouldn’t read too much into it because they’d be happy trying to kill you for being Asiatic, Ukrainian, Jewish, Roma, Western, Rich, or simply existing. Because absolute corruption does not need an excuse.

    Finally, I will note that the idiot actually got it kind of right. Hitler was a second (Or third or fourth, depending on how you count in WWI and the interbellum) Bismark, in oh so many ways. They were both totalitarian, nationalist, racist, warmongering, and brutal, using faked or staged incidents to justify war and ethnic persecution.

    The difference is a matter of competence, ambition, political slant, and bloodthirstiness. Bismark at least knew when to stop waging war and to not commit economic suicide waging genocide against “undesirables.”

    Ironically enough, Putin is following out of their handbook. Like Putin cribbed from Glenwitz, Hitler cribbed from the French Telegram forgery. Apparently, evil does not change.