To my right, hundreds of people herd together behind a barricade, sprawling across the right flank of Red Square. Men and women, mostly young, mostly white, fashionable and collegiate. Aside from the placards and ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball caps, they’re indistinguishable at a glance from shoppers at any of this great nation’s great upscale shopping malls. A more urbane set than one imagines as the audience for one of the country’s most infamous misogynistic, islamophobic ethno-nationalists. Yet more chic, right-wing journalist and self-professed internet ‘supervillain’ Milo Yiannopoulos will later appear to this eager public with bleached hair, aviator sunglasses and a gaudy mohair cardigan – giving new resonance to the phrase ‘hipster racism’. But then, white nationalism itself is back in vogue this year.
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