Another consideration is that ideological change in Russia could mean Moscow
will reach out to radical groups that the KGB traditionally did not deal with.
While many KGB officers didn’t completely buy in to communist ideology, the
Communist credo did serve as both a point of attraction and a limiting factor in
terms of whom the Soviets dealt with. Since the Russian state is no longer bound
by Soviet ideology — it is really all about power and profit these days — that
constraint is gone. The Russians are now free to deal with a lot of people and
do a lot of things they could not do in Soviet times.
For example, former Ku
Klux Klan leader David Duke is very popular in Moscow and very well-connected
there, as are a number of other American white nationalists. There are also
close contacts between various neo-Nazi, skinhead and nationalist groups in
Europe and their Russian counterparts. These contacts could be a very easy way
for the Russians to make contact with and support radical elements of the
far-right in places like the United States, Ukraine, the Baltic states and
During Cold War I, left wing groups were the most common collaborators with the USSR for obvious ideological reasons, and were reasonably the most frequently targeted by FBI for investigation and infiltration. If Communists were embedded in Right Wing groups it was as infiltrators or agents provocateur. Right Wing groups, even Racial Nationalist groups, were generally immune from suspicion at least as far as being Communist collaborators.
This is no longer true. Duke's documented activities in Russia along with Russia's new found freedom from Communist ideological restraints will provide a pretext for increased Federal monitoring, surveillance, and/or targeting of overtly anti-communist right wing Racial/Nationalist groups within the USA. Especially as the situation heats up... and the situation is going to heat up.
Now is the time to be very aware of where your publicly professed loyalties fall, and to be aware of where your name and address turn up on the membership rosters and subscription lists of various organizations and publications.
This is today's public service announcement.