Full name:
Sagal Dmitrii Alekseevich

Date of Birth:
28 May 1973



Professional field/official position/biography:

Secretary of the All-Russian public movement “Russian World”, candidate of pedagogical sciences.

Born in 1973 in Novosibirsk. In 1999 he graduated from graduate school at the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sports, Youth and Tourism. He is an expert in the field of martial arts and military combat sports.

In 2000 he created the Moscow Federation of Russian Hand-to-Hand Combat. Member of the Patriarchal Commission for Physical Culture and Sports of the Russian Orthodox Church.

From 2006 to 2010 - member of the Presidium of the Professional Union of Workers of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, chairman of the trade union committee of the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sports, Youth and Tourism
Since 2010, he has been involved in the development project of the Alexandrov tourist cluster “Alexandrov - the capital of all Rus'”.

In 2017 he created the sports organization “Heroic Rus'”. Sports activities in general have a large place in Sagal’s life, even in his attacks on the policies of Western countries, he repeatedly raises the topic of sports, for example, seeing in the exclusion of Russian athletes from competitions due to a doping scandal, a conspiracy of the West against Russia.

Member of the Council for Nationalities under the Moscow Government. Member of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Cooperation Organization (EECO) on interethnic relations and economic cooperation of national and cultural associations.

Regular author of the “Russian People's Line”, active participant in the public organization “Russian Assembly” and “Kalyazin Club”. Member of the Russian Dream movement, created by Alexander Prokhanov.

Accused of:

- Participation in pro-Putin organizations that incite hatred towards Ukraine and Western countries. So, since 2017, Dmitry Sagal has been a member of the so-called “Izborsk Club”. Since November 2018, he has headed the Vladimir regional branch of this organization. “Izborsk Club” unites a number of specific publicists and public figures. The formal purpose of the club is to study Russian domestic and foreign policy. In fact, this club, as well as its members individually, work to form a certain ideology among their audience, namely the idea of Putin as the legitimate president of Russia, the hostile intentions of the West towards Russia, and the denial of the legitimacy of the existence of Ukrainian statehood. After the start of Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, members of the organization began to consistently justify the aggression. The Izborsk Club is criticized not only from anti-war and anti-Putin positions, but also from the point of view of the Orthodox community, which calls the organization a sect, in particular for its attempts to achieve the canonization of Stalin.
Sagal also hosts his own program on the Den TV channel, which has an anti-Western and anti-Ukrainian orientation.

Direct support for Putin’s aggression against Ukraine. Thus, Dmitry Sagal was one of 150 cultural figures who signed a letter to Putin supporting the war against Ukraine. The letter notes that Russia allegedly had no choice but to start a war. The letter repeats the usual narratives of Putin’s propaganda, taken from Orwell’s book “1984”, namely “War is Peace”:

“Peace-loving Russia has always been against wars, never started them, but always ended them.” - reads the text of the appeal.

In the appeal, the signatories create the image of Putin as a legitimate ruler, allegedly elected by the people. In addition, the signatories, including Sagal, combine, on the one hand, justification for the start of the war, which entailed the death of thousands of Ukrainians, and on the other hand, they ask to “preserve the fraternal people of Little Rus' (Ukraine),” without hesitating to mention God for this double-minded concept.

After the death of Kremlin propagandist Daria Dugina, Dmitry Sagal took the initiative to create an award in honor of the deceased warmonger. At the same time, Sagal insisted that the prize be international and that young people around the world have the right to it if they speak Russian and share Dugina’s ideas. The award, according to Sagal, should have been established “so that the memory of Dugina would live in our society, live in the Russian world.”

Links and materials

“War and Sanctions” – Dmitry Alekseevich Sagal

Over 150 cultural figures supported the president and the special operation in Ukraine

Famous public and sports figure Dmitry Sagal turned 50 years old

The Kremlin supported the idea of establishing an international youth award named after Daria Dugina

Dmitry Sagal: Sport at the epicenter of world geopolitics

Stalin and the Church. Another journalistic campaign

Analysis: New right-wing extremist intellectual circles in Putin’s Russia: Anti-Orange Committee, Izborsk Club and Florian Geyer Club

Elena Chudinova: Why is the Izborsk Club sect dangerous for us?

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