Washington entered Monday for the first time a group supremacist white on his black list for international terrorism in order to show his determination in the face of this “threat” is particularly vibrant in the United States, despite the ambiguity often attributed to Donald Trump.
The measure is intended a group called the imperial Movement of Russian and three of its leaders, Stanislav Vorobiev, Denis Gariev and Nikolai Trouchtchalov.
“This is the first time that the United States put on the black list of terrorist white supremacist, which demonstrates the extent to which this government takes this threat seriously,” said the coordinator of counter-terrorism at the us State department, Nathan Sales.
If a former website of this group was banned in Russia for extremism, the movement itself is not considered as “terrorist” by Moscow.
Washington accuses him, however, “provide a training paramilitary with neo-nazi and white-supremacist” in two centers in St. Petersburg, and thus have formed from the Swedes, who then carried out attacks in their countries by the end of 2016-beginning of 2017.
This movement monarchist claims to be able to train in knife fight and martial arts, and considers it a ” weakness criminal for a modern man in Russia not to be a warrior.”
“We want to ensure that it is not able to do the same thing here in the United States,” said Nathan Sales during a conference call with journalists.
United states “not immune”
The administration Trump think that this group plays an important role in trying to rally the Europeans and the Americans in a common front against those they perceive as their enemies, ” explained the diplomat.
“Generally, any group, foreign terrorist who is trying to make common cause with Americans is a big concern for us,” insisted Nathan Sales.
“This is ridiculous,” responded Denis Gariev, questioned in St-Petersburg by the AFP, which had met in 2015, when he formed the “volunteers” to fight in Ukraine alongside the separatists prorusses. “So many years have passed. Then they would have been able to accuse him of terrorism tens of thousands of volunteers, ” he added, denying any racist ideology or supremacist.
“This is all politics,” he still believed.
Beyond its concrete aspect – the organization and its leaders will no longer have access to the u.s. financial system, ” the american decision is, in fact, symbolic. This is to show the action of the administration to Trump in the face of this ” terror white “, also active on american soil.
“The United States are not immune to this threat” of ” terrorism-related suprémacisme white “, which stretches across the world for 2015, recognized the diplomat.
He referred to recent attacks ” targeting people for their race or religion “, against synagogues in Pittsburgh, where 11 people had died in October 2018, or to Poway, California, where a white supremacist of 19-year-old had killed a woman and injured three people in the jewish Passover a year ago.
But also the mass shooting last summer in El Paso, including the author, before killing 22 customers of a supermarket, had written a manifesto denouncing ” an invasion of hispanic Texas “.
Since these attacks in Pittsburgh and El Paso, the FBI multiplies the operations in the circles of the extreme right-wing white radical.
For years, the us authorities have been accused by many observers to neglect cases of domestic terrorism, which have killed more in the United States since 2002 that the jihadism.
For several analysts, the ambiguity long maintained by Donald Trump in the white nationalistic and neo-nazis, in the wake of shootings and other violent events, had pushed the FBI to not attack frontally this threat.
But the american federal police, in fact, now clearly a priority. Its director, Christopher Wray, had assured in July that 850 investigations of “domestic terrorism” had been opened and that its officials had conducted a hundred arrests.
These recent shots of net mark a change, which is now seen in the action of american diplomacy.