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Finland | Far-right, Nordic Extremism, Nordic Resistance Movement, Norwegian Far-Right, Rusich, Russia, Russian far-right, Soldiers of Odin, Ukraine | 08/31/2023

Rusich Fighter Yan Petrovsky’s Escape From Russia

An alleged key fighter, founding member and leader of Russia’s best-known neo-Nazi unit Rusich, Yan Petrovsky, has been detained in Finland. Kyiv has sent an official request to Finnish authorities asking for the extradition of the 36-year-old Russian neo-Nazi. Our investigation explores the many ties of Petrovsky to the Nordic and Russian neo-Nazi community.

Russia | 06/24/2023

How the far-right reacted to Prigozhin’s mutiny has collected the far-right’s reaction to the news of Prigozhin’s military mutiny. On the night of 24 June, Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner PMC, issued a statement accusing the Russian Defence Ministry of missile attacks on the camp of his mercenaries and announced a “march of justice to Rostov”. On the morning of …

Russia | EUROPOL, Far-right, Russia, Ukraine | 06/15/2023

EUROPOL Report Covers the European Right’s Stance on Ukraine

Europol has published a report on terrorism. It mentions the far-right and the war in Ukraine There has been a significant split among the European far-right on the issue of the war in Ukraine. This is based on Europol’s European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend report 2023 (TE-SAT). A majority of the European far-right supported …

Russia | RDK, Russian Volunteer Corps | 05/29/2023

The whole truth about the fighters of the RDC: Some of them are neo-nazis

The Russian-language editorial board of the German state media company Deutsche Welle published a video report about the Russian Volunteer Corps (RDC), which did not mention that neo-Nazis were serving in the unit. The relevant video was published on May 24 on the official YouTube channel “DW – in Russian.” The exclusive report titled “The …

Ukrainian flag in the wind
Russia | Far-right, Russian far-right, Ukraine, War | 04/27/2023

The Russian far-right splits over Ukraine

The original publication under the headline “Die Ukrainefrage spaltet” was published in the German antifascist magazine Der Rechte Rand, November/December 2021, pages 46-47. Translated by the Antifascist Europe team with the consent of the magazine’s editors. The author of the text is Alexander Tushkin, a Russian antifascist, and journalist who is a visiting researcher at …

Russia | 04/03/2023

Russian war correspondent killed in blast in St. Petersburg

Military reporter Vladlen Tatarsky (real name Maxim Fomin) was killed on Sunday in a bomb blast at a cafe in St Petersburg. This was reported by the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS 23 people were injured in the attack, and four were hospitalized in serious condition. Law enforcement authorities have opened a criminal case under …

Russia | 01/26/2023

Making Russia Great Again? How the Kremlin suppressed Russian nationalists, but ended up pursuing their greatest ambition

Written by Alexander Tushkin. He is a Russian anti-fascist journalist and visiting researcher at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Currently, he is a fellow of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies. When Russia’s long-running conflict with Ukraine escalated into a full-blown invasion on 24 February 2022, Russian nationalists …

Russia | 09/30/2022

Russian Volunteer Corps: Denis “WhiteRex” Kapustin is Back in Business

A new unit consisting of Russian volunteers has appeared on the Ukrainian side. It calls itself the Russian Volunteer Corps. Antifascist Europe has concluded that the group is made up of neo-Nazis from Russia, who were organized by the well-known far-right entrepreneur Denis “WhiteRex” Kapustin. A short overview of the Russian Volunteer Corps (RDK) The …

Russia | 09/27/2022

Putinisher Beobachter – Documenting How Nazis and far-right journalists in Russia Engage in War Propaganda

Originally published on 06/08/2022 via The Left Berlin written by Antifacist Europe New Research from Russia shows the extent of Nazi Influence on State Media President of Russia Vladimir Putin declared denazification was the aim of the war in Ukraine – or, the liberation of Ukraine “from Nazi-minded people and Nazi ideology“. Many Nazis and far-right media work …

Russia | 03/16/2022

Russian anti-fascists oppose the war in Ukraine

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine and a few days later adopted a law establishing criminal liability for spreading information about the use of Russian Federation Armed Forces or their discrediting. In fact, the law is used to suppress the freedom of speech and press, to terminate the activities of many media, to block …

Russia | 01/19/2022

A Brief History of Far-Right Movements in Russia

The first far-right groups, and specifically the neo-Nazis, appeared in the USSR back in the 1950s. Schoolchildren and kids from the families of party officials became involved in neo-Nazi groups, as they were attracted to the aesthetics of Nazism with its parades, the cult of the beautiful body and neoclassical architecture. For this, they were called “stilyagi”. Researchers also distinguish a group of “politicians” – adult far-right dissidents who were attracted specifically to the cult of Adolf Hitler.

Russia | 01/18/2022

Nazi Exodus: How Russian Nazis Ended Up In Ukraine

Russian Nazis play a significant role in the Ukrainian far-right movement, even though Ukraine is at war with Russia. The Marker has talked to experts in the field of far-right extremism—journalists, researchers and activists of the anti-fascist movement—and found out which of the Russian Nazis have fled to Ukraine and why.