The Oligarch, World Congress of Families, and MH17

Konstantin Malofeev

The deeply unsavoury background of the backers of the upcoming extremist ‘Christian’ conference in Melbourne makes on wonder why the likes of Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews and Victorian Attorney General Robert Clark would want to be associated with this bunch.

The World Congress of Families Conference scheduled for Melbourne next month replaces a planned gathering in Kiev. WCF had to abandon the Ukrainian capital as it would be difficult to meet there at present. The conference was being bankrolled by one of WCFs main Russian supporters, who also happens to be the ex-employer of the men who are thought to have blown MH17 out of the sky.

The man is question is Russian billionaire Konstantin Malofeev, a strongly Orthodox Christian, often referred to as the ‘modern Rasputin’ to Putins Tsar. The Financial Times reports:

Alexander Borodai, the prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, is a friend who worked as [Malofeev’s] public relations consultant before leaving to serve as the political adviser of Crimea’s new pro-Russia premier, Sergei Aksyonov. Igor Girkin – nom de guerre Strelkov – who has been leading the separatists’ military operations in the east, is another former employee. [He is said to have ordered the firing of the missile that brought down MH17]


Mr Malofeev – an avowed monarchist and creationist – has …  moved to the centre of a group of conservative ideologues that includes Vladimir Yakunin, the head of Russian Railways and a longtime Putin ally, and Igor Shchegolev, a university classmate who served as Russia’s telecommunications minister and is now a top aide to the president.

In June, in the Austrian capital Vienna, while Eurovision drag diva Conchita Wurst was on stage two doors away, Malofeev hosted another conference, this time a gathering of far-right luminaries. Tages Anzeiter reports ‘Putins Fifth Column’ aims to rescue Europe from liberalism and the ‘satanic gay lobby. In it’s place, they want to bring back the ‘old order’ of aristocrats and autocrats:

Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeew and his Basil the Great Foundation [which also sponsors WCF events in Russia] hosted the conference. Malofeez also moderated the event. Other guests from Russia were the chief ideologue of the Eurasian Movement, Alexander Dugin, as well as the well-known nationalist painter Ilya Glazunov. 


From France, the deputies of the National Front, Marion Marechal-Le Pen (granddaughter of the party’s founder and niece of Marine Le Pen) and the historian Aymeric Chauprade. From Spain, Prince Sixtus Henry of Bourbon-Parma, leader of the Catholic-monarchist Carlist movement, from Switzerland Serge de PAHLEN, director of the Geneva financial company and husband of the heiress Margherita Agnelli de Fiat PAHLEN. 


From Austria, the chairman of the right-wing populist Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, his deputy John Gudenus and the Vienna FPÖ politician Johann Herzog participated, from Bulgaria, the chairman and founder of the far-right Ataka party, Volen Siderov. Plus right-wing extremists from Croatia, noblemen from Georgia and Russia, and a Catholic priest.[trans. Google]

Murky waters indeed. Do we really want our politicians associating with these people? If you don’t please sign this petition 

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)