Alexander Prokhanov

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Alexander Prokhanov

Alexander Andreyevich Prokhanov (Russian: Александр Андреевич Проханов; born on February 26, 1938 in Tbilisi) is a Soviet and Russian writer. He is a member of the secretariat of the Writers Union of the Russian Federation and the editor-in-chief of ultra-nationalist newspaper "Завтра" (Zavtra - Tomorrow).

In the nationalist press, he has been referred to as the "leader of the patriotic opposition"[citation needed].


Journalist and writer

After graduation from Moscow Aviation Institute in 1960, Prokhanov worked as a forester in Karelia and in the Moscow oblast.

Until 1970 he worked as a correspondent for the newspapers Pravda and Literaturnaya Gazeta in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Angola and Ethiopia. He was the first to report on the March 1969 events on Damansky Island during the Sino-Soviet border conflict. In 1971 he published his first polemical books: "Иду в путь мой" (I Am Going on My Way) and "Письма о деревне" (The Letters about the Village).

In 1972 Prokhanov was accepted into the Writers Union of the USSR. Since 1986 he has actively participated in Russian nationalist publications: the magazines "Молодая гвардия" (The Young Guards), "Наш современник" (Our Contemporary) and the newspaper "Литературная Россия" (Literary Russia).

In 1989-1991 he served as the editor-in-chief of the journal "Советская литература" (Soviet Literature). After December 1990, he became the editor-in-chief of the newspaper "День" (Day).

For many of Prokhanov's novels (600 Years After the Battle, The Red-Brown), polyphony is typical. In 2002, he won the National Bestseller award for his novel Mr. Hexagen.[1].

Political activism

In 1991, during the Presidential elections of the RSFSR, Prokhanov worked for the campaign of General Albert Makashov. He was one of the signatories of the open letter A Word to the People, sometimes considered a program of the August coup makers. During the failed August Coup of 1991, Prokhanov supported the State Emergency Committee.

In the summer of 1992, Prokhanov turned the association of the readers of the anti-semitic newspaper "Day" into a political movement. During the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993, he participated in the defense of the White House, Moscow. On October 4, 1993, the Ministry of Justice of the RF ordered a stop to the editorial and publishing activity of the newspaper "Day", but in November of the same year Prokhanov's son-in-law Alexander Khudorozhkov registered the newspaper "Tomorrow" ("Zavtra"). Prokhanov became its editor-in-chief.

Reportedly, "Alexander Prokhanov states openly that Jews are the cause of Russia’s misery. Warning that "we will not sit tight with our arms folded idly if the Jews continue to pressure Russian nationalists," Prokhanov threatened to "answer them with a fist." [2].

In the interviews [3] and articles [4], Prokhanov himself states, that split exists between thieves and their victims, not between Jews and Russians, sometimes attacking Zionism [5] and sometimes speaking of possible co-operation with it [6].

In the Russian presidential election, 1996 he supported the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov. In 1997 Prokhanov co-founded the Agency of Patriotic Information.

In 1999, Alexander Prokhanov together with Konstantin Kasimovsky invited former klansman David Duke to visit the Russian Federation.[7]

Since 2004, his newspaper is close to the party Rodina ("Motherland"). He commented about the recent Russian war with Georgia:[1]

"We were not defeated by the West in the Cold War, because the Cold War continues. We lost gigantic territories, but we held Moscow. From here we launched our counterattack."

See also


  1. ^ Beware the rise of Russia's new imperialism, by Robert Horvath, August 21, 2008