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Ukrainian Liveblog Day 194
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
'Novorossiya' Conference In Yalta This Weekend With European Neo-Nazi Speakers
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The Interpreter in Kiev

A conference is being held this weekend in Yalta, Russian-occupied Crimea, titled "Russia, Ukraine, Novorossia: Global Problems and Challenges."

The conference is due to be attended by numerous separatist leaders, including Aleksandr Boroday.

It had been reported that Igor Girkin, aka Strelkov, had been due to speak. However Anatoly El Murid, a Russian political theorist, posted a photo of himself in Russia with Girkin today on his blog, saying that the Russian separatist leader had only found out that his name had been connected to the event today. He says that Strelkov's name had been used by the organisers for their own purposes.


Interestingly, according to Anton Shekhovstov, an expert on Europe's extreme right, the conference is due to be attended by a number of prominent European far right figures.

He lists them thus:

Frank Creyelman (far right Vlaams Belang, Belgium)

Luc Michel (neo-Nazi Parti Communautaire National-Européen, Belgium)

Pavel Chernev (far right Ataka, Bulgaria)

Angel Djambazki (far right Bulgarsko Natsionalno Dvizhenie, Bulgaria)

Erkki Johan Bäckman (neo-Stalinist, Finland) 

Márton Gyöngyösi (fascist Jobbik, Hungary)

Giovanni Maria Camillacci (far right Lega Nord, Italy)

Roberto Fiore (fascist Forza Nuova, Italy)

Mateusz Piskorski (far right Samooborona, Poland) 

Konrad Rękas (far right Samooborona, Poland)

Bartosz Bekier (neo-Nazi Falanga, Poland)

Nick Griffin (fascist British National Party, UK)

Earlier today, the Russian state-owned ITAR-TASS news agency reported that the hotel where the conference was being hosted had been evacuated following a phoned-in bomb threat.

No explosives were found and the conference was due to continue.