Moscow diplomats said behind formation of militarized Russian and Cossack groups in US

A Russian paramilitary group in the US wearing uniforms of the Russian Federation airborne troops, some participants have their combat medals (Image: slavicsac.com)

A Russian paramilitary group in the US wearing uniforms of the Russian Federation airborne troops, some participants have their combat medals (Image: slavicsac.com) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Ruslan Gurzhiy, a journalist for a Russian émigré publication in Sacramento, California, says that Russian diplomats and oligarchs linked to them are actively promoting the organization of militarized pro-Moscow youth groups, including “boot camps” and biker organizations in the United States.

In a 3500-word article this week, he writes that “employees of Russian consulates … are involved in the creation of a network of pro-Russian militarized youth detachments on the territory of the United States.”

10th annual Russian paramilitary bootcamp held on the day of Russian airborne troops. Oregon, USA, 2015 (Image: slavicsac.com)

10th annual Russian paramilitary bootcamp held on the day of Russian airborne troops. Oregon, USA, 2015 (Image: slavicsac.com)

On the one hand, of course, the involvement of Russian diplomatic personnel with émigré organizations is a normal part of their work, something the diplomats of other countries routinely do as well in other countries. And thus, it is difficult, perhaps intentionally so, to separate what the Russian diplomats are doing legitimately from what they are doing that isn’t.

A Russian paramilitary group wearing Russian airborne troops uniform at a training camp in Oregon, 2012 (Image: slavicsoc.com)

A Russian paramilitary group wearing Russian airborne troops uniform at a training camp in Oregon, 2012 (Image: slavicsoc.com)

But on the other, some of the stories that Gurzhiy offers suggest that the Russian diplomats on the west coast of the United States and oligarchs living in Florida cross lines that should not be crossed and suggest intentions on the part of Moscow that are worrisome in the extreme.

Many Russian social and youth groups in the US, the émigré journalist writes, “instantly fall under the direct influence and often are created and financed by employees of the Russian Embassy, the consulate generals of the Russian Federation and other diplomatic agencies” that include on at least some occasions visits by Rosmolodezh federal youth affairs agency staffers from Moscow.

Karate demonstration by Russian Cossack paramilitary youth organization at the Community Outreach Academy in Sacramento, CA (Image: slavicsoc.com)

Karate demonstration by Russian Cossack paramilitary youth organization at the Community Outreach Academy in Sacramento, CA (Image: slavicsoc.com)

Many émigré organizations are hostile to the Russian government but some are not, and this often leads to curious developments. In one Russian youth camp near Seattle, Washington, a Russian Orthodox priest delivered his message in front of a red banner with the Soviet symbols of the hammer and sickle.

In other cases, some Russian Cossack groups in California have organized what they call “boot camps” to provide sports and military training for young Russian emigres (slavicsac.com and compatriotsru.uanet.biz).

Russian airborne troopers in the forests of Oregon, 2012 (Image: slavicsoc.com)

Russian airborne troopers in the forests of Oregon, 2012 (Image: slavicsoc.com)

And some emigres who were opposed to Moscow while in Russia now are openly supportive. In one case, Russian Pentecostals who refused to serve in the Russian armed forces and received asylum in the US on the basis of the problems that caused them while in their homeland are engaged in the military training of their children now that they are in the US.

Gurzhiy points as well to the way some Russian groups have created charter schools to promote their ideas, simultaneously getting money from the state government and providing ideological training hostile to the US. Among such institutions in California are the Community Outreach Academy and the Futures High School, whose organizers officials at the Russian consulate general in San Francisco have praised.

The Russian paramilitary bootcamp commemorating the 85th anniversary of the creation of the Soviet airborne troops. Oregon, USA, 2015 (Image: slavicsac.com)

The Russian paramilitary bootcamp commemorating the 85th anniversary of the creation of the Soviet airborne troops. Oregon, USA, 2015 (Image: slavicsac.com)

The Sacramento journalist also points to an odd development in Florida. There Russian oligarchs have put money into a Russian bikers club known as Spetsnaz. This has attracted more attention because some of the oligarchs involved have invested in Trump properties.

The bikers use a symbol resembling that of the FSB [Russian Federal Security Service, descended of the Soviet KGB secret police – Ed.] and have relations with both Putin’s Night Wolves biker club in Russia and some US law enforcement agencies.

A Russian Cossack paramilitary youth group at the Community Outreach Academy in Sacramento, CA (Image: slavicsoc.com)

A Russian Cossack paramilitary youth group at the Community Outreach Academy in Sacramento, CA (Image: slavicsoc.com)

Gurzhiy ends his article with a truly provocative reference. He notes that newly appointed Russian ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, was earlier awarded the Russian medal “For the Return of Crimea” given to those most directly involved in Putin’s Crimean Anschluss in 2014.

And he points out that in the Crimean city of Evpatoria, the Russian occupiers set up a monument which includes a call for future generations of Russians to act elsewhere as their ancestors have in Crimea. “We returned Crimea,” it says, “you must return Alaska!” Gurzhiy provides a picture of this.

A monument installed in Crimean city of Evpatoria after Putin's Anschluss of Crimea says: "We returned Crimea, you must return Alaska!” (Image: slavicsoc.com)

A monument installed in Crimean city of Evpatoria after Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea says: “We returned Crimea, you must return Alaska!” (Image: slavicsoc.com)

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  • Ihor Dawydiak

    There are no Russian cossacks in the Americas nor are there for that matter any Russian cossacks in Russia or anywhere else in the world. In fact, all that we have here are a bunch of brainwashed buffoons who are masquerading as cossacks. However, should anyone of Putin’s male or female bimbos become involved in terrorist activities, the American Government does have an ideal location where they could serve their time in prison: Guantanamo.

    • Микола Данчук

      When a country has no culture, they invent one based in contradiction of an honorable one!
      Like having a Masters Degree or Phd. (for the right price) in a field with no principle!
      Moskva is based in lies and can only offer delusions for its existence!

      • Ihor Dawydiak

        The life of lies that envelope most Russians could also be described as the Potemkin Village Syndrome. However, Russia’s degenerate leaders only hold part of the blame. The fact that the vast majority of Russians allow themselves to be misled could only indicate that they too must take an equal responsibility for their miserable existence.

        • Микола Данчук

          Can it be that they have no self-esteem or could we apply the Stockholm Syndrome?

    • RedSquareMaidan

      This is so like the ruSSo-fascists to SELL Alaska to the USA so they could fight the Tartars…and lose. Now they want their children to ‘return” Alaska. That would be just as illegitimate as “returning” the Crimea.

    • Oknemfrod

      From my view as an American taxpayer, a round of ammo and a hole in the ground is a much more economically efficient solution.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        How about resurrecting Old Sparky at Sing-Sing?

      • Микола Данчук

        As preferable as that may be, it’s unconstitutional and here-with the design of the Kremlin in under-minding the privileges of US residency.
        Only social pressure from the American people can shame them from this delusional anti-American endeavor?
        Or rescinding green-cards and citizenship for unAmerican activity?

        • Oknemfrod

          You last suggestion would work fine, too, provided that it’s followed by deportation.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            There’s a historical precedent for deportation- Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman and 247 other radicals were deported to the USSR in 1919.

          • Oknemfrod

            Ha! I didn’t know. Thanks.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            The Wilson Administration deported Goldman, Berkman and Co as a reaction to the 1919 Red Scare, I believe they were also stripped of their US citizenship where applicable- Berkman and Goldman were born in the Russian Empire. They were initially enthusiastic about developments in Russia, but soon reality set in, not least because of Lenin’s brutal suppression of the Kronshtadt Mutiny and Tambov Rebellion. Goldman and Berkman left the Workers’ and Peasants’ Paradise; in 1923 Goldman published “My Disillusionment in Russia” followed by “My Further Disillusionment in Russia”; Berkman published “The Bolshevik Myth” in 1925. I have pdfs of these works, though I haven’t read them yet.

          • Oknemfrod

            Thanks for elaborating on it with more info. Well, I have to say they – unlike many others of the same delusionist ilk – were lucky to have escaped the “Paradise” unscathed.

          • Tchitcherine

            No. The USSR didn’t exist then. Soviet Russia and Soviet Ukraine did.

          • Ihor Dawydiak

            Not quite. The Civil War in Ukraine saw various competing forces vie for power, especially between the years of 1917-1920. Uncontested Soviet rule did not come about until approximately 1921 with the exception of Western Ukraine where other powers held sway.

  • zorbatheturk

    Lynch Putin.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Pedo Putolini will end up hanging upside down from the Krumblin wall or the Lenin Mausoleum with either his mattress- er, mistress, Alina Kabayeva or his chum Gazprom Gerd Schröder hanging next to him.

  • Dirk Smith

    As with all Putinbots, they live comfortably in the West and most likely have not even visited third-world ruSSia. ie; cowards.

    • Микола Данчук

      Reality would be a hard pill to swallow for those accustomed to the better life.

  • Микола Данчук

    Did anyone look into the support the Kremlin offers the “White Nationalists” in America or the association of Russian/Americans with that group?
    The intellectual relationship is quite similar, fascist in nature?

  • veth

    Why these subhumans prefer America TO LIVE, BUT ADORE RUSSIA?

    • Tchitcherine

      Same reason Plato admired Sparta, but had his academy set up in Athens.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Just expel the diplomats for “activities not in accordance with their diplomatic status.” And make it very clear to Moscow that any other diplomat that tries to do the same will also be kicked out PDQ.

    • veth

      RUSSIAN ARMY READY TO INVADE IMAGINARY COUNTRY…………………..!!!

      http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-41107540

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        The US government has ordered Dwarfstan to close a consulate today:

        https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/us-orders-closure-of-russian-consulate-58823

        • veth

          55 Savushkina Street, the troll factory in Leningrad is closed. New adress: Gipsy bar on Bolotnaya nab. in Moscow. 2e and 3e floor.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            Source?

          • veth

            Trust me, adress is correct.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            So the Savushkina trolls will have to move to Moscow if they want to keep their jobs…… but can they afford to move from St P to Moscow on their measly troll salary of 2 litres of rotgut samogon per 12-hour troll shift, to be cut to 1 litre on 1/10/2017 as an economy measure?????

          • veth

            They don’t work for the money, but for honor for Russia, their nazzi-regime, a good cv (they think), free food from the Gipsy Bar……….but to sleep under the bridge around the corner I think……

          • veth
        • Eolone

          Didn’t read your comment till I posted the same.

      • Murf

        Not to be a buzz kill but we used to do that all the time back in the Good Old Days of the Cold War.
        After the wall came down they changed the enemy to Kraznovia or something.
        It mainly just a a staff planning exercise.
        Got to give the fat spoiled staff weenies something to do.
        What would be instructive is weather they are using a NATO style enemy or a former Soviet.
        You would expect an NATO but if it’s Former Soviet then you know who they are preparing for..

  • veth

    Belarus at ‘war’ with imaginary country of Veyshnoria – BBC A country invented as part of military exercises in Belarus has caught the imagination of locals, who have created a foreign ministry, flag, history and even its own Wikipedia page for the fictional nation, according to BBC.

    Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/world/2109194-belarus-at-war-with-imaginary-country-of-veyshnoria-bbc.html

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      That “imaginary country” is the Ukraine- according to the demented dwarf Ukrainians are not a people, the Ukraine not a country and Ukrainian not a language. So in a perverse way it makes perfect sense.

      • Harald Oslo Norway

        As eminent historian Timothy Snyder points out, talking about the absence of logic in Muscovy propaganda:
        “there is no Ukrainian nation but all Ukrainians are nationalists; there is no Ukrainian state but its organs are oppressive; there is no Ukrainian language but Russians are being forced to speak it.”
        (T.S. in “When Stalin was Hitler’s ally”, Eurozine 8 May 2015.)

        And this one:
        “you tell some people that Ukrainians are all anti-Semitic, and then you tell other people that Ukraine is part of the international Jewish conspiracy.
        (In Euromaidanpress 2015/03/18: “Timothy Snyder: Ukraine is but one aspect of a much larger strategy that threatens European order.”)

  • Eolone

    до свидания (adios) Ruski consulate in San Francisco. Closing Saturday.

  • veth
    • Dagwood Bumstead

      The demented dwarf must have been smoking, snorting, swallowing or injecting some pretty powerful stuff prior to that interview. Perhaps even a combination of drugs……. whatever it was, he was clearly way up into he stratosphere.

  • Murf

    These creeps piz me off but lets put them in perspective;
    They are just a bunch of amateur Want-A-Bees.
    Compared to the The Bloods, the Crips. MS13, Neo Nazis, Hell’s Angles, or your average Red Neck Good Ol’ Boys the Russians are a bunch of Candy Azes.
    They may impress unarmed civilians who have never confronted real fear before, but that ain’t going to cut it in the Merica.
    We have twice the population of Russia and 10x the firearms in civilian hands. 30% of the adult male population has served in the military at some point in their lives.
    If they think their cute little “Hybrid War” tactics will work here they are full of crap.
    As long as they behave the selves they can enjoy them selves.
    If they start causing trouble they will get on people’s radar and they is not a place you want to be.

    PS: As for getting Alaska back:watch the documentary shows “Deadliest Catch”, “Bering Sea Gold” and “Alaskan Bush People” and tell me how you think they will react to a change of flags?

    • 159357

      you also lose against monkeys with weapons in afghanistan and iraq 😀

      • Murf

        Gee and here all this time i thought we were fighting the Taliban not playing out a Planet of the Apes movie.
        And nothing has been lost yet.
        Unlike the USSR/Russia how ran with their tails between their legs.

        • 159357

          Of course u lost. u cant win. like vietnam and other wars. you just can’t admit it. u will go down there like the sowjetunion.
          dont know the russian where in afghansistan?
          but hey, even the taliban said the sowjets where better fighters. sad enough that we helped you there in afghanistan. 50 german soldiers died for that shit.

          • Murf

            So your German huh?
            Tell me how come Germans sense of guilt for the bloody massacres you inflicted
            during WWII only seems to extend to Russia?
            And we will admit we are beaten when we are in fact beaten. You may not have the stones to fight for more than five minuets but we are made of sterner stuff.
            As for your 50 soldiers, they died supporting an Alliance that shielded Germany for 40 years. Support that cost EVERYBODY in Europe AND North America billions and thousands of lives.
            So consider them a late payment for services rendered.

          • 159357

            1. *Sowjetunion. learn more about history
            2. Billions? is that what your propaganda tells you? can i get some source?
            3. i dont know. let’s ask a few countries that you have attacked with lies. 90% of your wars were started with lies.
            4. stop talking bullshit. you give a shit about the interests of other countries. Sells weapons to the terrorist Gulf states Saudi-Barbaria and Co.
            Destabilises the whole of the Middle East and and leave us alone with the refugees. you’ve killed more people since the end of the cold war than china and russia put together. war criminals like you have no right to judge others. and please. don’t tell me,” we wanted to bring them democracy and save people’s lives.” You give a shit about human life.

          • 159357

            see, truth hurts :)

          • Murf

            You wants some painful truth?
            The Truth is Germany used to be a an important military power. Now you don’t even have the intestinal fortitude to field an competent military to defend against a well motivated boy scout troop.
            You are to busy su*king up to the same people who raped and pillaged Berlin in 45.
            UNDER STALIN’S ORDERS.
            Just be glad you have the US to make the hard choices for you.
            Christ what happened you?
            At least you have the Polish Army to hide behind.

  • Tony

    A reminder: California secession movement based in russia
    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/us/yes-california-calexit-marinelli-russia.html

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Time to start sponsoring Siberian, Kuban and other Dwarfstanian secession movements in retaliation, methinks………

  • zorbatheturk

    Feed them to the alligators.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Can’t do that- it’s cruelty to animals!

  • Tchitcherine

    Crack down on them. Crack down hard and quick.

  • Kruton

    Happy to hear Russian consulates being shut down,now I know why. Death to the Bolshevik baby killers!