Next in Moscow: The Imperial March in Kommersant Moscow, 20 maart 2007.
Alexander Dugin's “Orthodox Christian national patriotic” Eurasian Movement issued a statement yesterday on its intentions of holding a march in Moscow on April 8 to be called the Imperial March. The march is to protest the opposition Other Russia's March of Those Who Disagree, the next one of which is scheduled for April 14. According to Pavel Zarifullin, leader of the Eurasian Youth Union and one of the organizers of the march, 1500 participants are expected including writers Alexander Prokhanov and Maxim Kalashnikov, television host Mikhail Leontyev, members of the National Bolshevik Front (a breakaway group from Eduard Limonov's organization), the Ukrainian party Russian Bloc and the Ukrainian Labor Conference.
“Among the people, there is great disappointment with the Orange, but the Orange are now raising their heads, as the recent March of Those Who Disagree in St. Petersburg showed,” Zarifullin said. “We need an imperial project that supports Putin. We don't want a Maidan in this country.”
Zarifullin made it clear that he considers pro-Kremlin groups such as Our, the Youth Guardian of a United Russia, Young Russia and the Local allies.
“We are also fighting the Orange revolutions,” Youth Guardian organizer for the Central Federal District Alexey Shaposhnikov said, “but they can be fought differently.”
“They, of course, will receive a permit to march,” observed Yulia Malysheva, leader of Mikhail Kasyanov's People's Democratic Union of Youth. “They are a completely Kremlin project, Putin-Jugend. I hope they have the brains not to dress up like Santa Claus this time,” she added, referring to an action by government supporters the day after the first March of Those Who Disagree.
National Bolshevik leader Eduard Limonov asked rhetorically “Who needs them? They are corrupt and disgraceful. Three strange men with beards will show up and march together.”