“The Slavic Union” was established by Dmitry Demushkin in 1999 in Saint Petersburg. He believes the ideology of Hitler to be fair and says that the only proper way for Russia of today is setting people’s dictatorship of the national-socialistic type. He looks like an ordinary guy and you’ll never tell, looking at him, that he’s a leader of such organization.
There are 80 active members of “the Slavic Union” in St. Petersburg, and about 1000 members in Moscow. Most of them are former skinheads who are just tired to beat up black people without any ideology.Â Officially the union doesn’t demand any attacks from its members, but they do it anyway.Â Their main target – activists of anti-fascist movement.
These are some photos of Guillaume Herbaut taken some years ago in St. Petersburg.
Vladimir, aged 20, holding a portrait of Hitler in the office of the organization. (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
Meeting of the union’s members. Newcomers have to take an oath on their knees at the portrait of Hitler and a Nazi flag.Â (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
Anna, aged 18, one of the newcomers. (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
A member of the movement nicknamed Il and aged 22 with a bandage of the union on his arm. The scars on the arm he made himself.Â (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
Alina, aged 19, has been participating in various extreme movements since 12 years old. A member of “the Slavic Union” since 2007. (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
Konstantin, 22, a student of a medical institute and Roman, 22, a student of a military college. Roman lost his eye during a fight. (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
Il, 20 (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
Anatoly, 23, nicknamed Himmler (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
Mairu Mkamu, 24, was attacked by four in 2007. He was knifed 7 times and lost a kidney. The only reason of the attack – he’s a mongrel. There were 200 racist attacks registered in 2007, 60 people killed. (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
Dmitry Mikhailov, 20, a leader of the movement “Slavic Union” posing with Himmler and Vladimir. (photo by: Guillaume Herbaut)
27 April 2010 – the movement “Slavic Union” was acknowledged to be extreme by the Moscow court. Its activity was prohibited on the whole territory of Russia.
29 June 2010 – Dmitry Demushkin declared voluntary dissolution of the organization.
All photos by Guillaume Herbaut