What the author of these words, Imran Ahmed, does not quite realise is that the Ukrainian segment of Facebook is moderated by people rather sympathetic to the Azov battalion and other neo-nazi groups in Ukraine. Pro-Russian activists get regularly blocked on that website for no reason by these people. Azov and other nazis are under control of the Ministry of Interior, and those are allies of the United Kingdom. This is a spillover from British foreign policy. Perhaps Imran Ahmed should send his report to the Foreign Office.
Apart from Ruslan Shavetdinnov, whose case has been widely reported by the likes of the Washington funded RFE/RL, the rest of the individuals I have covered are low level activists really. This time, I discovered the brother and husband of Lyubov Sobol, the Moscow resident activist, and close Navalny comrade.
The information is now relatively dated, it actually comes from 2016 but it has resurfaced recently, and it is worth reposing here because it adds to the series I was running.
It turns out, the brother of Lyubov Sobol, Grigory Musatov took active part in the Euromaidan.
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.
Out of the endless necrologues of Ukraine. 36 year old Maksim Trikoza aka “Voidan” was found with knife wounds near the place he lived in Vinnytsia. He was a Russian citizen, who considered himself ethnic Ukrainian, and joined the ranks of Azov after the war broke out in the Donbass.
The Hong Kong rioters tried to claim that these are not really neonazi but rather Slavic pagans, or whatever. And claims of Naziism in Ukraine are all but Kremlin propaganda, which is a talking point learned from their American handlers…