Fled to Moscow after January 6th Insurrection
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Hatewatch team released a new investigative report today detailing how far-right propogandist Charles Bausman involved himself in Pennsylvania-based Stop the Steal activism; attended the fateful January 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C.; and then disappeared to Moscow, leaving the Christmas lights still hanging from his home.
Bausman, the American founder of the pro-Kremlin propaganda site Russia Insider, moved to the U.S. from Russia in 2018, settling in Lancaster, PA. For two years, Bausman pushed a mix of extreme far-right causes locally and nationally before abruptly vanishing, leaving his neighbors feeling mystified and suspicious.
“Our reporting found that Russia Insider founder Charles Bausman arrived in Lancaster with lots of money and no apparent job, outside of churning out a variety pack of extreme far-right propaganda, including neo-Nazi material. Then he went to DC on January 6, returned to Moscow and never came back,” said Michael Edison Hayden, SPLC Intelligence Project senior investigative reporter. “It’s easily the most bizarre detail I’ve found while looking into what happened on January 6.”
Since relocating to Moscow with his family, Bausman has made at least three Russian media appearances encouraging an alliance between America’s far-right and Russia. He also continues to perpetuate the lie of the stolen election while presenting himself to Russian viewers as an expert on U.S. affairs.
Read full report here.