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Russian top official calls Islamic State’s ideology and policy type of fascism

November 02, 2015, 16:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Ideological, religious and cultural intolerance, striving to establish global dominance and relying on violent methods" serve as evidence of IS’ fascist tendencies, Valentina Matviyenko believes
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Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko

Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko

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MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. The activities of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization banned in Russia is a different type of fascism, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Monday.

"I am confident that ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — former name of IS], its ideology and policy are nothing else but a different kind of fascism," Matviyenko told News.am information portal ahead of her official visit to Yerevan. According to the lawmaker, "ideological, religious and cultural intolerance, striving to establish global dominance and relying on violent methods, totalitarian rule and enslaving peoples" serve as evidence of IS’ fascist tendencies. "Thus I do not rule out that the international community will have to consider setting up a tribunal similar to the Nuremberg trials," she added.

Federation Council’s Committee on Social Policy deputy head Igor Chernyshev earlier proposed to internationally recognize IS as a fascist organization. "Destruction of cultural values, mass extermination of people on the basis of their nationality - this already falls under the definition of a fascist organization," Chernyshev told a plenary session on October 28. The lawmaker said that recognizing IS as a fascist organization at the global level "may facilitate forming a closer coalition and involving Europe that suffered from fascism."

Islamic State extremist organization

The Islamic State is an extremist organization banned in Russia. In 2013-2014, it called itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In June 2014, IS announce the establishment of the "Islamic caliphate" on the territories seized in Iraq and Syria. According to US’ Central Intelligence Agency, the extremist group includes around 30,000 people, while Iraqi authorities claim there are around 200,000 in IS. Among members of the group are citizens of 80 countries, including France, Great Britain, Germany, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, US, Canada, as well as Russia and other CIS countries. According to reports, militants now control around 40% of the Iraqi territory and 50% of the Syrian territory.

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