It would not be the first time Western funded think tanks try to white wash Naziism in Ukraine..
You see the West has a little bit of a problem. In 2014, the West supported a violent coup d’état by the hands of radical nationalists. The new regime in Ukraine employed literal Neonazis to repress the pro-Russian segment of the Ukrainian society. The war in Eastern Ukraine attracted people from around the World, who belong to the Neonazi international. Ukraine has become a bit of an Afghanistan of Neonaziism, and from time to time, the West suffers a blowback in the form of far right terrorism.
At the end of the day, the Western elites don’t bother about few “aroused hotheads”. The Neonazis in Ukraine perform a valuable function of driving underground whatever pro-Russian sentiment there is.
Hence, we see articles such as this one. On the pages of the Atlantic Council, Anton Shekhovtsov tries to say that the battalion Azov is not really Neonazi because they are an official military unit and have more recently formed a civilian wing.
Shekhovtsov bills himself as an expert on far right movements and last I heard, he was residing in Norway. Nevertheless, he has some interesting past. Turns out he was an Eurasianist:
Back in the mid-2000s, he was involved with the International Eurasian Movement’s youth wing in Crimea, when it was part of Ukraine. Known as the “Eurasian Youth Union” (ECM in Russian), it’s a right-wing organization which believes in a “Greater Russia” and largely follows the teachings of the aforementioned Dugin.From RT
It would seem Anton has followed the path of many far right Ukrainians from the Eastern regions. There was clearly more money in being a Western NGO employee, and working for the West and the Ukrainian powers that be. Remember, the leader of Azov, Biletsky once called for the creation of a union with Russia. And then he was bought by Avakov and now is singing a different tune.
Well, this Shekhovtsov character appears to have an even darker side. In 2014 he was among those that cheered the death of people, who were burned alive in Odessa on 2 May. He called them vermin…
Here is a closeup:
He calls the RT article about him “a slander”…
This Shekhovtsov guy is a sleaze, who can’t own up to his past, cheers the deaths of people killed in Odessa on 2 May 2014, and makes apologetics for Neonaziism…