2014

WCF’s choice of location, speakers and promotion of anti-gay and fundamentalist rhetoric reveals a budding relationship between Russia’s autocratic government and sympathetic American allies on the Christian right.

medium.com/war-is-boring/…
Late 2000s: “The WCF ... increased its cooperation with Russia. In 2012, Konstantin Malofeev co-founded what later became the Charitable Foundation of St. Basil the Great with a budget of $42 million—an official partner of the WCF.”
2013:

“Now Christian Russia can help liberate the West from the new liberal anti-Christian totalitarianism of political correctness, gender ideology, mass-media censorship and neo-Marxist dogma,” #Malofeev said.
“The Russians might be the Christian saviors to the world; at the U.N. they really are the ones standing up for these traditional values of family and faith,” — Lawrence Jacobs, WCF’s vice president, said.
“Yelena Mizulina—a Russian politician & a major adherent of the hard right agenda in Russia—chaired the Committee for Family, Women & Children Issues in the Russian parliament, to which she invited a number of Western “experts” to endorse social conservative policies in Russia.”
Thread, investigation by Hatewatch
(Bausman, Komov, Malofeev, & Former State Dept official & outed white nationalist, Matthew Gerbert)
Alexey Komov — shown in the photo to the right — has worked for years to ingratiate himself with the US far right, from partnering with US homeschool organizations to working with Christian fundamentalist groups & more
The photo is from Twitter account of Larry Jacobs (L), former managing director of the World Congress of Families. He sees Russia as the “hope for the world,” adding in 2015 that “the Russians might be the Christian saviors of the world.”

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