A research project that reconstructs White Russians’ place within the transnational history of the far right and tracks influence of White ideology in today’s Russia
White Russians and the International Far Right
What links White Russian émigrés, Nazi Germany, Western intelligence agencies, Prussian aristocratic families, some clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? This international research project hopes to answer this seemingly eccentric question by rebuilding the history of a key theme of 20th-century history: the fight against the Soviet Union.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the anti-Communist struggle of the White émigrés has both been deeply renewed and transformed. In an incredible example of historical continuity—evidenced by the ideological continuation of certain family trees—some children and grandchildren of White émigrés have carried forth the torch of monarchism and the conservative (if not reactionary) values agenda. They now thrive in Russia, stand behind the war on Ukraine, and have revitalized connections with the European far right in the hope of creating a new conservative International.
WHAT WE DO
We conduct international research and create media projects
Alexei von Lampe (1885–1967) played a critical role in White Russian history as a link between the old White guard and the Nazi regime, as well as with the collaborationist Russian Liberation Army led by General Vlasov.
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