Ukrainian law enforcement officers exposed and shut down a neo-Nazi radical group headed by a Russian citizen. Investigative actions were carried out simultaneously in Kyiv and Kharkiv.

According to the Security Service of Ukraine, the group members are the followers of the Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant’s ideology, that promotes ethnic and cultural genocide, calls for terrorist attacks and mass killings.

For these views promotion, criminals have been producing and distributing extremist literature and Nazi symbols since 2019. The prohibited materials were printed in their own underground printing house in Kyiv and Kharkiv. Some of the materials were received by neo-Nazis from Russia.

Law enforcement officers carried out the operational purchase of such literature copies and established the fact of its sale through Telegram channel and closed communities in social media.

During the searches of the detainee’s residence, security forces confiscated more than 300 copies of Nazi and extremist works, documents about the banned literature delivery from abroad, Third Reich flags, and computers which were used to administer communities on social networks (with the total audience of more than 3 thousand subscribers).

Besides, during the searches, the pieces of an improvised explosive device were withdrawn.

The man was informed about the suspicion under several articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Some experts claim this case to be another confirmation that neo-Nazi ideas in Ukraine are supported by Russia. After all, it is Russian propaganda that presents all the Ukrainian volunteers and servicemen of the Armed Forces as the Nazi ideas and neo-Nazi views followers.

Bohdan Marusyak

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