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Posts Tagged: Far-Right

October 21, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

How to Mainstream Neo-Nazis: A Lesson from Ukraine’s New Government

On October 13, photographs started circulating across social media showing a man resembling Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk on stage at the “Veterans Strong” concert event in Kyiv. This was, however, no ordinary concert — it was organized by a far-right figure accused of murder, and headlined by a neo-Nazi band.  As later posts throughout…

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September 4, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

The “Hardcore” Russian Neo-Nazi Group That Calls Ukraine Home

Written by Michael Colborne with contributions from Oleksiy Kuzmenko They’re devoted to a brand of neo-Nazism so blatant, including openly glorifying Hitler, that even its leader admits is too “hardcore” for the public space.  Wotanjugend, which its founder described in 2016 as an online “mini-university for supporters of right-wing ideology,” has praised far-right terrorists like…

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September 3, 2019

By Christo Grozev

Lega Nord’s Bedfellows: Russians Offering Illicit Funding to Italian Far-Right Party Identified

In a previous joint investigation with BuzzFeed News and the Insider, Bellingcat disclosed the inordinately frequent travel of two Italian politicians from the close circle of the head of Italy’s far-right party Lega Nord, and self-styled “Italian Trump” Matteo Salvini. As previously reported by Italian media and BuzzFeed, one of the frequent travelers and advisers…

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August 8, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

How to Mainstream Neo-Nazis: A lesson from Ukraine’s C14 and an Estonian think tank

Ukraine’s Education Assembly (Освітня асамблея) is officially registered (archived copy) as a “community organization” in Ukraine. On its face, nothing about how they describe themselves sounds particularly worrisome, as seen in the group’s description of itself on their website: “Education Assembly is a project whose goal is comprehensive youth development (…) The project takes the…

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July 16, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

Ukrainian Far-Right Extremists Receive State Funds to Teach “Patriotism”

Authored and researched by Oleksiy Kuzmenko, Michael Colborne  Ahead of Ukrainian parliamentary elections on July 21, it is clear from polling data that Ukraine’s far-right groups and their ideas enjoy little popular support among its citizens. Despite this, Ukraine’s government continues to provide funds to notorious far-right extremist groups and their affiliates — including two…

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June 21, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

Calls To “Fight” LGBT People By Ukrainian Cleric Emblematic Of Church’s Proximity To Far Right

Yaroslav Kulyk is a fixture at anti-LGBT protests in Kyiv, and has called for “patriots” to “fight”, “crush” participants of Kyiv Pride. Kulyk addressed crowds next to far-right figures, calling one far-right organizer his “leader”.  Kulyk is also a priest in the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), regularly conducting services in some of Ukraine’s most…

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May 17, 2019

By Borderline Watch

Self-Appointed Defenders Of “Fortress Europe”: Analyzing Bulgarian Border Patrols

The peak of the migration crisis in Europe might be over, but it has provided lasting excuses for paramilitary proto-militias to continue to mobilize support in Bulgaria. Via their “defense of the European fortress” from a new “Islamic conquest,” they provide a platform for both overt and covert international cooperation between leading figures of the…

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