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US Secession Group Seeks Ties With Russia

The League of the South sees a future with Russia
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2018 4:00 PM CDT
A Confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Stone Mountain, Ga.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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(Newser) – Not everyone is hating the Russia thing: Certain neo-confederates are promising to post a Russian-language page to share ideas with Russians about "Southern nationalism," reports AL.com. Called League of the South, the Alabama-based group made its announcement only days after President Trump and Vladimir Putin met to discuss issues off the record in Helsinki. A letter from league president Michael Hill argues that Southerners and Russians have a lot in common. "As fellow Whites of northern European extraction, we come from the same general gene pool," writes Hill. "As inheritors of the European cultural tradition, we share similar values, customs, and ways of life."

Hill goes on to argue that "as Christians, we worship the same Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," and says cooperation between the two peoples "could indeed be the foundation for a better world." Labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the League of the South has chapters in 16 states and advocates for a second Southern secession. As of this writing, their website has mysteriously gone down. Regardless, analysts are seeing a fresh alliance between Trump boosters, Russia, and white nationalists, Newsweek reports. "The current Russian government ... cites figures who are unambiguously fascist and Nazi," says historian Timothy Snyder. "There's been a kind of renaissance of the 1930s which has crept up on us." (Read more Russia stories.)

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