The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has stopped the activity of a neo-Nazi terrorist group in Kyiv, followers of Australian neo-Nazi white supremacist Brenton Tarrant. In March 2019, he killed 51 people and injured 40 Muslims in mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, live-streaming the execution of peaceful believers. Prior to that, he had posted on the Internet the so-called “Great Replacement manifesto” calling for terrorist attacks on people of other races and religions.

During the pre-trial investigation, the Security Service of Ukraine established that the group was led by an attacker nicknamed “Hitler.” He organised a secret network using electronic means of communication and messengers for the mass distribution of articles, including Tarrant’s “manifesto” with calls and instructions to commit acts of terrorism on racial and religious grounds.

The “manifesto” was also translated into Ukrainian and Russian and distributed as a printed publication, repeatedly raising sharp criticism from the foreign ministries of Australia and New Zealand.

Based on the results of a set of investigative actions, including relevant examinations and searches, law enforcement officers obtained evidence of “Hitler’s” involvement in criminal activity. They also confiscated printed publications of the “manifesto,” means of communication and office equipment used to distribute terrorist informational materials, as well as neo-Nazi symbols.

It was previously established that several people from the neo-Nazi circles were fully engaged in the activities of this group, one of the leaders who was a citizen of the Russian Federation detained by the SBU in Kyiv in the summer of 2020. In addition, the neo-Nazis received some destructive materials from the Russian Federation.

Natalia Tolub

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