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Movement Against Illegal Immigration

The Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) (Russian: Движение против нелегальной иммиграции — ДПНИ) is a Russian nationalist and anti-Illegal immigration organization. The organization is led by Aleksandr Belov (Potkin) a former member of ultra-nationalist Pamyat. Belov was a press spokesman for Pamyat's leader, Dmitry Vasilyev. The DPNI was declared extremist by the High Court of Russian Federation and banned in 2011.[1]

Movement Against Illegal Immigration

Движение против нелегальной иммиграции
LeaderVladimir Ermolaev
FoundedJuly 10, 2002
BannedApril 18, 2011
IdeologyRussian nationalism
Ethnic nationalism
Political positionFar-right



The Movement Against Illegal Immigration was created on July 10, 2002, in reaction to ethnic violence between residents of a Moscow's suburb and immigrants from the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The Movement Against Illegal Immigration have organized a number of rallies against illegal immigration throughout Russia. It also takes part in carrying out the annual Russian March, a Russian ethnic pride display and protest event. Aside from mass protests the movement is active in organizing public pressure to support ethnic Russians in number of high-profile court cases involving crimes committed by the immigrants.

The Movement Against Illegal Immigration is one of the more active political organizations in Russia with about 5000 members in 30 different regions.



Some liberal rights activists have filed complaints with the Russian authorities and tried to ban the DPNI because they believe it is "pursuing a fascist agenda", exemplified by slogans such as "Russia is for Russians!".[2]

Political activityEdit

In April 2007, former Rodina legislator Dmitry Rogozin announced the creation of a political party, the Great Russia Party, from the membership of the Congress of Russian Communities and the DPNI.

The DPNI has said it would like to see Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko become President of Russia in 2008. This is not possible under the Russian constitution, as Lukashenko is not a citizen of Russia. Regardless, Lukashenko rejected the offer in early 2007.[3]

Street protest and militia activityEdit

During ethnic riots in the northern Russian city of Kondopoga, in August–September 2006, the DPNI provided an up to the minute online coverage of the unfolding situation in response to what it saw as the media's politically correct silence about what was happening there.[4] DPNI representatives arrived in the town shortly after riots had commenced, and were able to largely control the flow of news and events in the absence of any reaction from local authorities or police. The DPNI, led by their leader Aleksandr Belov (Potkin), organized an "assembly" and advocated the deportation of Chechen and other migrants within 24 hours. Belov was later indicted for disturbing the peace.[5]

On 22 June, few DPNI members took part in inter-ethnic fighting in the center of Moscow, near the Kremlin, according to Moscow city authorities, resulting in 42 arrests. DPNI leader Belov defended the action as having been provoked by ethnic groups from the Caucasus region (Chechens, etc.) who were dancing and conducting themselves loudly when prayers were to be conducted at the Monument to the Heroes of Plevna.[6] Estimates of participants in the fighting range from 50 to 200; other groups participating included the Slavic Union, the Russian Public National Union (RONS), and the "St. George" youth group ("георгиевцы").[7]

On 26 June 2007, the DPNI announced the formation of armed "People's Self-Defense" groups to defend "indigenous citizens" against "the aggressive actions of criminal migrants." The groups will be trained in hand-to-hand fighting and are required to obtain "legal hunting weapons and handguns."[8] In April 2005, the DPNI had announced creation of "mobile fighting groups", composed of cell networks of five persons each, whose members would have access to automobiles and legal weapons. The 2005 announcement cited a "possible worsening of the internal political situation in the Russian Federation and the likelihood of mass disorders and aggressive actions by foreign states."[9][10]


The Movement Against Illegal Immigration was banned by the Moscow City Court on April 18, 2011. According to prosecutors, DPNI leaders had repeatedly taken part in events aimed at igniting interethnic hatred.[11] However, it did not enter into force across Russia because it was appealed. At the same time, the 18 February 2011 decree of Moscow Chief Prosecutor about the suspension of the activities of the organization is in force.[12] In August 2011, the High Court of Russian Federation has issued a federal ban of the organization.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Верховный суд подтвердил запрет ДПНИ (High court confirmed MAII ban)". 9 August 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08.
  2. ^ "Politruk / PressPATROL / Media Monitoring Agency WPS". Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  3. ^ Staff writer (2007-02-28). "Rightist Group Promote Belarus Dictator Lukashenko as Russian Presidential Candidate". MosNews. Archived from the original on 2007-02-28. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
  4. ^ Migrants flee town after racial violence
  5. ^ "Кондопога: кому это нужно?". Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Власти Москвы: массовую драку в центре города спровоцировали националисты". Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  7. ^ SOVA Center website,
  8. ^ DPNI website,
  9. ^ SOVA Center website,
  10. ^ DPNI website,, accessed via Google cache
  11. ^ "Court bans Russian anti-illegal immigration movement". Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  12. ^ "ДПНИ Лента новостей. Последние новости экономики, криминала, политики". Retrieved 4 July 2016.

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