Inside the violent marriage of Richard Spencer – the 'dapper' face of the

Inside the violent marriage of Richard Spencer – the ‘dapper’ face of the white supremacist movement – and his estranged Russian wife

  • Richard Spencer married his Russian wife Nina Kouprianova in August 2010
  • The mother-of-two filed for divorce in Whitefish, Montana last year 
  • She has claimed that her white nationalist husband was physically, verbally and emotionally abusive to her through their eight year marriage
  • Kouprianova claims he dragged her down stairs by her hair in 2011 and held her by the neck and jaw when she was four months pregnant in 2014 
  • She alleges to have hours worth of recordings of Spencer screaming at her and telling her to kill herself 
  • In a series of text messages Kouprianova says were exchanged with Spencer in 2016, he tells her: ‘F**k you. Please kill yourself’ and ‘You’re a disgusting c**t’ 
  • Spencer denies physically abusing his wife but has admitted to yelling at her 
  • Spencer’s ‘controversial public life’ was cited as a reason for the divorce proceedings as it had led ‘his entire family to be targets of violence’ 

The estranged Russian wife of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer has detailed allegations of their violent and abusive marriage as their bitter divorce continues to plays out in court. 

Nina Kouprianova, who married Spencer in 2010 and is the mother of his two young children, filed for divorce in Whitefish, Montana last year. 

She has previously claimed in interviews and in court documents that her 40-year-old estranged husband physically, verbally and emotionally abused her throughout their eight year marriage. 

In an interview with HuffPost, Kouprianova detailed specific allegations of abuse she suffered at the hands of Spencer dating back to the early days of their relationship.

Nina Kouprianova, who married Richard Spencer in 2010 and is the mother of his two young children, filed for divorce in Whitefish, Montana last year

Nina Kouprianova, who married Richard Spencer in 2010 and is the mother of his two young children, filed for divorce in Whitefish, Montana last year

The couple married in Niagra Falls back in August 2010 but had planned a larger ceremony in Whitefish where they lived for January 2011.

Kouprianova said she was in bed with a stomach bug just days before the 2011 ceremony when Spencer asked her to watch a James Bond movie with him in the basement.

When she said no, Kouprianova claims Spencer dragged her down the stairs by her legs and hair.

They went ahead with the ceremony days later and Kouprianova said she was hopeful the incident wouldn’t happen again.

Kouprianova claims he also held her by the neck and jaw when she was four months pregnant in July 2014 and pushed her into a stove on another occasion when she was also pregnant.

She alleges to have hours worth of recordings of Spencer screaming at her and telling her to kill herself.

Spencer, who has been dubbed the 'dapper' white nationalist and is a figurehead for far-right groups, married his Russian-born wife in 2010

Spencer, who has been dubbed the ‘dapper’ white nationalist and is a figurehead for far-right groups, married his Russian-born wife in 2010

She has previously claimed in interviews and in court documents that her 40-year-old estranged husband physically, verbally and emotionally abused her throughout their eight year marriage

In a series of text messages Kouprianova says were exchanged with Spencer in 2016, he tells her: ‘F**k you. Please kill yourself’.

‘I hope you kill yourself. I would actually respect you,’ another message read.

She allegedly responded: ‘I apologize for getting into an argument with you. I was hurt by your lack of simple five-minute attention’.

Spencer wrote back: ‘You are a disgusting c**t’.

He also told her: ‘The fact that you’re in your mid-30s and you’re still this pathetic means you’ll never change… so again, suicide seems to be your best option.’

Spencer denies physically abusing his wife but did admit to yelling at her.

‘I get frustrated. She makes me frustrated,’ he told the HuffPost.

‘It’s tough talk, words said in anger. There is a red line between actually doing something.’

Kouprianova currently lives in Whitefish in an apartment with the couple’s two children and her dog. 

She said Spencer took their car when they split and she only receives $550 in child support a month and no alimony.

Currently, Spencer is only allowed supervised visits with their two children. He will soon be allowed unsupervised visits at his mother’s home.

She claims she fears for her children with the change to supervision as their divorce proceedings continue to play out in court.  

Their divorce proceedings continue to play out in court as Kouprianova alleges a violent and abusive marriage. Emails and text messages between the pair have been included in previous court documents (pictured above)

Their divorce proceedings continue to play out in court as Kouprianova alleges a violent and abusive marriage. Emails and text messages between the pair have been included in previous court documents (pictured above)

Spencer was one of the organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman protesting against white supremacy was killed when a car ran her over and he claims to have invented the term 'alt-right'

Spencer was one of the organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman protesting against white supremacy was killed when a car ran her over and he claims to have invented the term ‘alt-right’

The pair, who initially met on Facebook in 2009 and started exchanging messages, separated in 2016.

Her lawyers said in court papers that Kouprianova was ‘reluctant to call police or seek an order of protection for fear of further reprisal by Spencer’. 

Spencer, who has been dubbed the ‘dapper’ white nationalist and is a figurehead for far-right groups, popularized the term ‘alternative right’ to describe a fringe movement mixing white nationalism, anti-Semitism and other far-right extremist views.

He is the president of white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute. 

Spencer has previously said he rejects the label of white supremacist and considers himself a white nationalist or ‘white identitarian’. 

He was one of the organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman protesting against white supremacy was killed when a car ran her over and he claims to have invented the term ‘alt-right’. 

Spencer’s ‘controversial public life’ was cited as a reason for the divorce proceedings as it had led ‘his entire family to be targets of violence’. 

In an affidavit filed by Kouprianova, she said: ‘despite the risk to his family, (Spencer) continues to engage in extremely polarizing public speech advocating ‘peaceful ethnic cleansing’ and a white-only ‘ethno-state’ which tends to invite passions and violence.

‘Most, if not all, of (Spencer’s) public speaking events result in violence.’