National Bolsheviks: Russia’s Generation-X ‘revolutionaries’
Kirill Ananyev stands in a musty, dimly-lit cellar under a building on the outskirts of Moscow and introduces himself as the “Bunker-Fuhrer.”
Welcome to the underground world of the National Bolshevik Party, a radical nationalist youth movement founded by incendiary writer Eduard Limonov, whose revolutionary message and flair for spectacular publicity stunts is making Russia’s ruling classes sit up and pay attention.
“Our youngest members come in and they want to go out and kill the bourgeois with rifles straight away,” Olga Shalina, 22, another “NatsBol” devotee and leader of the movement’s Moscow cell, said in a recent conversation.
“We have to calm them down.”