An Alabama branch of the white supremacist League of the South has launched a Russian-language webpage inviting Russians to become allies and promote “Southern nationalism.”
Classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the neo-confederate organization’s website spoke of natural similarities between Russian culture and the conservative southerners, according to a letter from league president Michael Hill posted to the group’s website.
“As fellow Whites of northern European extraction, we come from the same general gene pool. As inheritors of the European cultural tradition, we share similar values, customs, and ways of life. And as Christians, we worship the same Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and our common faith binds us as brothers and sisters,” Hill wrote.
Hill added that the site’s Russian-language page would be the “first step” toward building “[a] firm and resolute understanding and commitment to cooperation between the Russian people and the people of the South [that] could indeed be the foundation for a better world in which our peoples thrive and prosper far into the future.”
The group’s move to create the website comes just days after President Trump held a bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Trump appeared to agree with Putin’s dismissal of Russia’s election interference efforts.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) researchers have recorded chapters of the League of the South group in 16 states, first appearing in 1994 after Hill, a former professor at Stillman College, a historically black school, founded the group.
ADL describes the group as “espouse[ing] white supremacist ideology and southern nationalism, advocating for an independent southern nation devoid of Jews and other minorities.”