This Week – Graham’s Special Donbass Event

By Graham Phillips

This event has quite a history – the first incarnation was cancelled after intervention from pro-Ukraine activists.

That’s why this time, I’ve had to be a bit more discreet with details. But, here they are – 94n0Ju1427719161

The venue is near Finsbury Park tube station, starting 6.45pm, April 2nd – 

There will be a special guest!

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Auctionmy 20 best photos, as selected by you, up for auction to raise funds for Donbass – the town of Pervomaisk, with living conditions there truly desperate, hospitals in Donetsk.

Pervomaisk here –

There will be Catering – kindly arranged by a kind firm, provided for free.

Entertainment – looking like we’re going to have some special singing put on, as well as an MC!

An open mic – for you to get up on stage to say what you want

And a chance for you to give money for Donbass via a fundraiser, and send humanitarian items there (clothes, medical supplies etc), such as I can take by car.

The page for the Donbass Event, in London on April 2nd is here.

 

It should be a great evening – see you there! 

Dove Sono Andati a Finire Tutti i Nazisti Ucraini?

Di Graham Phillips

Ricordate i neo-nazi ucraini? Erano ovunque. Sky lanciò l’allarme: Euro 2012 Minaccia Neo-nazi per i tifosi inglesi –

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Il Mail lasciò passare l’idea che i tifosi inglesi stessero andando incontro ad una vera imboscata: Banda di nazi in agguato dei tifosi inglesi

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Fullscreen capture 28032015 190100.bmpAnche giornali più rinomati rimarcarono le gesta dei neonazi, Il Telegraph riportò : “Lunedi sera il documentario della BBC ha ampiamente mostrato cori razzisti durante le partite, saluti nazisti di routine, attacchi violenti a spettatori asiatici durante un incontro con l’Ucraina” Ed è riferendosi a quel documenatario BBC cosi scioccante che Sol Campbell, ex giocatore inglese, paventò il rischio per i tifosi inglesi che avessero intrapreso il viaggio per Euro 2012 ‘di tornare a casa in una bara‘.

3 anni più tardi c’è una guerra reale che viene combattuta nel Donbass, un tempo parte dell’Ucraina, con molte delle formazioni ucraine vergognosamente reclutate proprio tra quei gruppi nazisti dell’Ucraina dell’ovest messi alla gogna dalla stampa occidentale nel 2012.

Qui palesi esponenti del Nazismo del famoso battaglione Azov

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Tuttavia, la stessa stampa occidentale che correva a condannare il neonazismo nel 2012, nel 2015 si trovò in uno stato d’animo più indulgente. Questo dal Daily Mail (testo in realtà ripreso da Reuters)- Ho sottolineato alcune frasi –

URZUF, Ukraine, March 25 (Reuters) Il battaglione Azov di estrema destra, il quale simbolo ricorda una svastica nera su campo giallo, si prepara a difendere la città portuale di Mariupol nel sudest ucraino da un attacco imminente dei separatisti pro russi.

La militia ultranazionalista, forte di un migliaio di appartenenti, si è fatta la reputazione di essere una fiera forza di opposizione durante il conflitto che dura da quasi un anno contro i ribelli dell’ est Ucraina sostenuti dalla Russia, e disprezza gli sforzi di pace.

Ma le opinioni radicali dei comandanti di un gruppo affiliato alla guardia nazionale ucraina ,la quale opera a stretto contatto con l’esercito, e l’uso di simboli che evocano gli emblemi nazisti ha causato allarme ad Ovest e in Russia, e potrebbe tornare a tormentare la leaderschip pro occidentale di Kiev quando i combattimenti finiranno.

Azov HitlerNel 2012 dei tifosi di calcio che facevano il saluto nazista erano dei “criminali”, ora un battaglione che entra in battaglia indossando svastiche, i cui membri difficilmente potrebbero essere più franchi nella loro venerazione per il nazismo (foto a sinistra) semplicemente “assomiglia” e “evoca” il nazismo. Naturalmente non più di quanto si adatti difficilmente a loro la definizione di ” fieri combattenti”, “difensori” contro l’eterno male, quei separatisti pro-russi, lo spauracchio preferito dei media occidentali.

ll desiderio di Azov di esaltare il nazismo è così estremo che adesso falsificano le foto. Falsificano le foto per includerci le svastiche. Una scansione mostra che la svastica è stata inserita con photoshop in questa foto, per essere poi mostrata orgogliosamente sul sito di social networking di Oleg Penya membro di Azov.

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VitaBasti pensare che se i neonazisti ucraini fossero cattivi quanto i tifosi che salutavano col braccio teso nel 2012 improvvisamente i “separatisti pro russi” avrebbero ragione… in verità, naturalmente, sono infinitamente peggio. Cosa succede quando sguinzagli dei neonazisti in una zona di guerra, li infiammi con l’odio verso la Russia, lasci credere che chiunque nel Donbass è un separatista pro-russo, gli dai pieno supporto dei media occidentali… che fanno cose come queste. Vita Zaverukha, membro neonazista del battaglione Aidar imbraccia un lanciarazzi, colpisce un villaggio, dei civili, nel Donbass.

Avete avuto la fortuna di trovarlo su qualche media occidentale? Difficile, ma potete trovare facilmente Vita Zaverukha, lei è la pagina centrale di Elle in Francia, descritta come un “tipo speciale di combattente” in un articolo che non avrebbe potuto essere più splendente se l’avesse scritto la stessa mamma di Vita.

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Qui qun paio di foto in più della “combattente speciale” –

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Naturalmente la stampa occidentale deve in qualche modo,
riconoscere il neo-nazismo dilagante tra le forze ucraine. Ma
come possono farlo senza ridefinirli come “i cattivi”?
Semplice- li intervistano per poi pubblicare le più
attenuanti fra le loro auto-assoluzioni.

Fullscreen capture 28032015 181600.bmpIn un intervista a USA TODAY, lui ammette di essere un nazista e dice con una risata che non più di metà dei suoi
compagni sono seguaci del nazismo. Dice di essere sostenitore di una forte leadership per l’Ucraina, come fu per la
Germania durante la seconda guerra mondiale, ma si oppone al genocidio nazista degli ebrei. Le minoranze verranno tollerate fintanto che saranno pacifiche e non richiederanno privilegi speciali,dice, e la proprietà degli oligarchi benestanti sarà confiscata e nazionalizzata…

Andriy Diachenko, un portavoce della brigata Azov dichiara che soltanto il 10% o 20% dei membri del gruppo sono nazisti. “So che Alex è un nazista, ma è la sua ideologia personale. Non ha niente a che fare con l’ideologia ufficiale di Azov”. Dice Diachenko “È un sergente ben addestrato e un buon instruttore per le competenze nelle tattiche e nelle armi”

Così la stampa occidentale risponde alla sua stessa domanda, una delle domande chiavi della guerra nel Donbass- Cosa fai quando non è più conveniete chiamare neonazisti le persone che avevi definito neonazisti? Prova a non chiamarli più così, ma se proprio devi, trova delle foto simpatiche e fai di essi dei buon neo-nazi!

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Per la traduzione italiana ringrazio molto Mauro Piccolini!

Busting Ukraine Fakes (#2) – ‘Russian Elite Troops’ in the Ukrainian Army and Rob Pulse

By Graham Phillips

Fullscreen capture 29032015 230350.bmpThere will be more to come on Rob Pulse, actually there’s enough for an entire series on Ukraine’s hapless, yet relentless propagandist – on Twitter since December 2010, with near 32,000 Tweets putting him as a 20+ a day Tweeter, yet since troubles in Ukraine, and Donbass began, much more active and even often double that a day now.

The first question about Rob would be, naturally, who is he? ‘Rob Pulse’, an invented name, used for his tag, his name ‘Silver Surfer’ taken from the Fantastic Four series of films. Rob thinks he’s an ‘investigate journalist’, yet the only record of his ‘investigate journalism’ – credit in a couple of hit-job pieces by notorious pro-Ukraine propaganda outlet The Interpreter.

Скриншот 25.03.2015 223404He’s actually called Rob Schultz, where he’s from is unknown – he lists his locations on Twitter as Miami and London, yet it’s unclear if he’s in either. His user photo is an opaque one of himself in shades, yet there do exist photos online of Rob Schultz. However, Pulse/Schultz is so touchy about these, if you post them on Twitter (which I did in response to his maliciously posting the unblurred face of a young girl holding a Russia flag in the Ukraine city of Nikolaev, putting her life in danger), Rob will immediately complain to Twitter, have the photos removed –

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Producing pro-Ukraine propaganda is exactly what Rob does, and while he stays pretty faithful to the pro-Ukraine script in general, he often blunders off into territory even they won’t touch. So, the standard, oft-peddled Ukraine line of everyone filmed in Donbass being ‘Russian actors’ and often the ‘same person’, well, suffice to say Rob follows it zealously – here on January 16th –

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Sadly for Rob, he got it completely wrong here, and for a man who loves nothing more than self-congratulation on Twitter (‘I picked the right tweet to translate‘ just one of many self-endorsements), had to issue a rather less than humble admission that, once more, he’d cocked up –

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Not learning from this lesson, just a week later, on January 23rd, Rob was now saying that people filmed at the scene of the Donetsk trolleybus shelling tragedy were ‘Russian actors’, the ‘same people’ (as the above even). But even his normally loyal followers, now near 8000, spluttered at this, even more ridiculous than his earlier claims.

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This goof such a doozy Pulse deleted all his Tweets on the theme. But it didn’s stop him – in between then and now, there have been numerous other cock-ups from the blundering propagandist, who finds ‘Russian soldiers’ in every fighter in Donbass ‘Russian tanks’ in every military vehicle. But his one of a couple of days ago reached a new level, even with Pulse’s lengthy background of balls-ups. From looking through my photos, Rob found ‘Russian Elite Troops’ in Ukraine on the day of Crimea’s ‘illegal referendum’.

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The fairly major flaw in this latest assertion of ‘Russian troops’, is that this is actually the Ukrainian army. I know, I stopped to film them here, by a base of multiple Ukrainian military vehicles and troops, just off, and on, Chongar peninsular, this particular point by the first ‘X’, some 20km from the Crimean border, and the first pro-Russia blockpost

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Here’s video, from the 16th – where I ended up spending some time with them after my cat locked me out of my car at that time, and I enlisted their help –

The soldiers were from Nikolaev, regular Ukrainian army. I passed them coming out of Crimea 2 days later. And here, on one of their APCs, the Ukrainian flag flying –

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And there we have it – it takes a standard pro-Ukraine propagandist to find ‘Russian troops’ in the Novorossiya Forces. It takes Rob Pulse to find them in the Ukrainian army!

Où sont tous les Ukrainiens Néo-Nazis?

Graham Phillips

Rappelez-vous les néonazis de l’Ukraine, ils étaient partout. Sky a prévenu – Euro 2012: la menace néonazie aux supporters anglais

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Selon Daily Mail, les supporters anglais étaient sur le point de marcher dans un véritable piège – la foule nazie guette les supporters anglais 

Fullscreen capture 28032015 190100.bmpMême les journaux de grand format se sont vu engagés dans l’action néonazie, le Telegraph notant – ‘Le documentaire de BBC projeté lundi soir a montré les cris de singe très courants lors des matchs, des salutations nazies, des attaques violentes aux spectateurs d’origine asiatique pendant le match en Ukraine‘ – tout cela a fait penser à l’ancien joueur britannique Sol Campbell que les supporters anglais qui ont fait un voyage à l’Euro 2012 puissent ‘rentrer dans un cercueil’, à tel point le documentaire de BBC l’a choqué.

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Trois ans plus tard , c’est une véritable guerre qui se déroule en Donbass, ancienne partie de l’Ukraine, où les forces armées ukrainiennes incluent d’une manière cynique des groups néonazis provenant de l’Ouest de l’Ukraine , tellement condamnés par la presse européenne en 2012. Ici, c’est un bataillon ukrainien Azov, connu pour le soutien ouvert du nazisme

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Ainsi, le presse occidentale qui, en 2012, s’est pressée de condamner le néonazisme, en 2015 se voit plus inclinée à pardonner. Cet extrait est tiré du Daily Mail (le texte original appartenant à Reuters), j’ai mis en gras une partie de l’extrait :

URZUF, Ukraine, 25 mars (Reuters) – Le bataillon Azov de l’extrême droite dont le symbole ressemble à la croix gammée sur le fond jaune, se prépare à défendre le port de Marioupol situé dans le sud-ouest de l’Ukraine de l’attaque largement attendue des séparatistes proprusses.

La milice composée d’une millier d’ultranationalistes participant depuis un an dans le conflit avec les rebelles prorusses dans le sud-ouest de l’Ukraine, a une réputation d’une unité armée progouvernementale féroce et dédaigneuse des efforts de paix.

Mais les points de vue radicaux des commandants du group affilié à la garde nationale ukrainienne qui travaille côte-à-côte de l’armée tout comme l’utilisation des symboles évoquant les insignes nazis ont causé l’anxiété chez l’Occident et la Russie et pouvaient revenir hanter l’administration prooccidentale de Kiev quand les combats seraient finis.

Azov HitlerEn 2012 les supporters faisant ‘sieg heil’ étaient une ‘foule nazie’, aujourd’hui un bataillon qui se bat sous les croix gammées et dont les membres manifestent ouvertement leur vénération du nazisme (la photo à gauche), à peine ‘rappellent’ et ‘évoquent’ le nazisme. Bien sûr, ils ‘évoquent’, pas plus que l’on peut les appeler ‘féroce combattants’, ‘défenseurs’ contre le mal éternel – ces ‘séparatistes prorusses’, le ‘mauvais gars’ favori des médias occidentaux.

Le désir d’Azov de prôner le nazisme a atteint un tel point qu’ils ont commencé à falsifier des photos. De fausses photos qui montrent les swastikas. D’après un examen scanographique , les swastikas sur cette photo ont été photoshoppés et puis ont été publiés dans le réseau social du membre d’Azov Oleg Penya

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Figurez-vous seulement si ces néonazis ukrainiens étaient aussi mauvais que les Vitasupporters ukrainiens de 2012 tendant le bras dans la salutation nazie, et soudainement les ‘séparatistes prorusses’ auraient raison… La vérité bien évidemment est qu’ils sont infinement beaucoup plus mauvais. Que se passé-t-il quand vous déchaînez un néonazi et le jetez dans une zone de combat en l’allumant avec la haine de la Russie, la confiance que chaque habitant de Donbass est un ‘séparatiste prorusse’ et quand vous lui assurez votre support absolu, le support des medias occidentaux?… Alors, ils font des choses pareilles: un néonazi membre du bataillon Aidar, Vita Zaverukha, prend un lance-rockettes, tire sur un village, sur la population civile, sur le Donbass.

Quelle chance de trouver cette information dans les médias occidentaux? Presque nulle mais vous pouvez facilement la trouver –une edition française d’’Elle’ lui a consacré une double page, elle est décrite comme un ‘type particulier de combattant’dans un article qui ne pouvait pas être plus exalté même s’il avait été écrit par le mere de Vita.

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Voilà encore quelques photos du ‘combattant du type particulier’–

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Certes, la presse occidentale se voit obligée à reconnaître à un certain point que néonazisme règne dans les fores armées ukrainiennes. Mais comment peuvent-ils le faire sans les rebaptiser ‘mauvais gars’? Simple – parlez avec eux, puis publiez leurs autopardons les plus mitigés –

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Andriy Diachenko, attaché de presse de la brigade Azov, a affirmé que le group ne comptait que de 10% à 20% de nazis. “Je sais qu’Alex est nazi, mais c’est son idéologie personnelle. Cela n’a rien avoir avec l’idéologie officielle d’Azov,” a dit Diachenko. “C’est un bon sergent de l’école de formation du soldat et un bon moniteur de science tactique et de maniement des armes”.

Ainsi, la presse ocidentale répond à sa propre question, une des questions-clé de la guerre en Donbass – que revient-il de faire quand il n’est plus convenant d’appeler néonazis les gens que vous aviez appelé néonazis? Essayez de ne plus les appeler comme ça, mais si vous y êtes absolument obligés, alors trouvez une photo d’eux agréable et faites-les avoir l’air des personnes sympatiques!

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Merci beaucoup pour la traduction française – Maria Oussenko – @MikerovaMaria

How a British Freelancer Became the ‘Voice of the Kremlin*’ (*for Ukrainian Media)

By Graham Phillips

A couple of days ago, Ukrainian news channel ICTV did a 48-minute-show Fullscreen capture 29032015 181334.bmpentitled ‘Anti-Zombie’ looking at the Russian news coverage of events in Donbass.

A comic-book ‘documentary’ including the usual standards – silly music, cartoon cutaways, ‘expert interviews’, cutting off clips part way through to suit etc – it was all there! Of the 48-minute running time, I found myself taking 14 minutes, between 11 and 25 –

All of the above – all taken out of context, of course, intoned over by that ever-present knowing, droll narrator. When out of context wasn’t enough, animation Fullscreen capture 29032015 181719.bmpeffects, silly music, cutaways to films, shows etc – all thrown in there, along with the sum of 15,000,000 roubles put out there (no source, of course) supposedly awarded to myself and other ‘Russian propagandists’.

I watched on, finding it all quite funny to be honest, especially the bit one of the ‘expert commentators’ emphasised that I was ‘very very important’ to the Russian cause – thoughts you can imagine the makers shared in awarding me Fullscreen capture 29032015 181454.bmpalmost a third of the overall running time.

Along with any number of statements they just made up to suit – that I ‘lie for money’, I’m supposedly ‘gay’ on the basis of a 16-year-old photo from student theatre, one even just that I’m a ‘bad person’ was the clear thrust – I’m a ‘well-paid operative of the Krelmin’, a ‘richly-imbursed Russian ‘propagandist’.

This really was news to me. I started doing ‘on location’ work with RT in April 2014 in Donetsk on a one-week contract paid a standard daily rate for a stringer / Fullscreen capture 29032015 181208.bmpcontributor. The contract was extended, week on week, until my first captivity deportation from Ukraine, at the end of May.

I then recorded a few pieces for RT while at the World Cup in Brazil, returned to report in Donbass, this time on a daily rate as  a stringer / contributor. On my second day in Donetsk, I told RT I wanted to go and report from the battle going on at Donetsk airport. They told me not to. I went anyway, got captured, deported again, banned for 3 years.

RT then told me, nicely, that they really liked me, appreciated my work, but that I’d been rather disobedient, was too risky to work with at that time. I accepted this, returned to work in Donbass anyway, filmed for video agencies for around a Fullscreen capture 29032015 181558.bmpmonth, then the Russian news channel ‘Zvezda‘ contacted me, asked me to record pieces for them.

No contract here, I pitched in a piece, if they took it I got paid for it – standard rate. They took around 8 of my pieces in September, October, and also didn’t take a few. Then, things went quiet for a month, with no Zvezda work until the end of November – at which point I got wounded covering frontline conflict. I got out of hospital, newsworthy events had picked up, and in the next 3 months I recorded around 15 further pieces for them.

Fullscreen capture 29032015 184434.bmpI returned to the UK a month ago, made the decision last week that upon my return to reporting in Donbass, I’d like to find a new channel. I very much enjoyed working with Zvezda, but always like a new challenge.

In my time working for Russian media I’ve never been contacted by any Russian officials about my work, never been told what to say or report by my channels, or anyone, always just done my own thing, filmed and reported what’s there. Never received any more than the standard, going rate, for my pieces.

On the show, they introduce the section on myself with ‘Graham Phillips’ adventures in Ukraine‘. But what a real adventure – to turn me, from a British freelancer into a, perhaps even the, key cog of Russia’s ‘propaganda machine’.

I’ve never encountered any ‘propaganda machine’ on the Russian side – and Fullscreen capture 29032015 181830.bmpgiven that I’m so important to whatever that is, if such a thing existed, I’m sure they would have contacted me by now.

What exists to an infinite level, the pro-Ukrainian ability to invent things to suit them, and then things to suit that!

I continue as a British freelance journalist. Ukrainian news continues as Ukrainian propaganda.

Donde Están Todos Los Neo-Nazis Ucranianos?

Por Graham Phillips

Recuerden los neo-nazis de Ucrania, estaban en todas partes. Sky lo advirtió – Eurocopa 2012: Amenaza neo-nazi a los hinchas ingleses (Euro 2012: Neo-nazi threat to England fans) –

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The Mail lo publicó como si los hinchas de Inglaterra estuvieran caminando hacia una emboscada – Turba Nazi en espera de los hinchas de Inglaterra (Nazi mob lies in wait for England fans)

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Fullscreen capture 28032015 190100.bmpIncluso grandes periódicos se embarcaron en publicar las acciones de los neo-nazis. The Telegraph registró “El documental de la BBC el lunes en la noche mostró cantos raciales generalizados en partidos de fútbol, saludos a la manera nazi, ataques violentos a espectadores asiáticos en un partido en Ucrania” en referencia al documental de la BBC tan impactante que el ex defensa de la selección inglesa de fútbol Sol Campbell temía que los hinchas ingleses que viajaran a la Eurocopa del 2012 terminaran “regresando a casa en un ataúd”.

3 años después, hay una guerra real que se lleva a cabo en la ex provincia de Ucrania, Donbass, con muchas de las fuerzas ucranianas extraídas sin ninguna vergüenza de los radicales grupos neo-nazis del oeste de Ucrania, tan ridiculizados por la prensa occidental en 2012. Aquí, el infame Batallón Azov de Ucrania, abiertos exponentes del nazismo.

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Hasta entonces, la prensa occidental se apresuraba en condenar el neo-nazismo en 2012, para contradecirse a sí mismo de una manera más conciliadora en 2015, como lo demuestra éste extracto del Daily Mail (en realidad tomado de Reuters). He resaltado partes de la nota.

URZUF, Ucrania, 25 de Marzo (Reuters) El batallón de extrema derecha Azov, cuyo símbolo es similar a una esvástica negra con un fondo amarillo, se prepara para defender la ciudad portuaria de Mariupol al sureste de Ucrania contra un extenso ataque de separatistas pro-rusos.

Los 1.000 milicianos fuertes y ultra nacionalistas tienen una reputación de feroces y luchadoras fuerzas pro gubernamentales en el conflicto que lleva casi un año contra los rebeldes respaldados por Rusia en el este de Ucrania, además de ser despectivos respecto a los esfuerzos de paz.

Pero los puntos de vista radicales de los comandantes de los grupos afiliados a la guardia nacional ucraniana que trabajan junto al ejército, y el uso de símbolos que imitan los emblemas nazis han causado alarmas en Occidente y en Rusia, lo cuál podría causar el regreso de las persecuciones al gobierno pro-occidental de Kiev cuando el conflicto termine.

Azov HitlerEn 2012, los hinchas de fútbol que hicieron un saludo nazi “sieg heil” eran una “turba nazi”. Ahora, un batallón que va a la batalla portando esvásticas y cuyos miembros podrían ser aún más explícitos en su reverencia al nazismo (foto a la izquierda) apenas “son similares” y “hacen eco” del nazismo. Por supuesto que ellos lo hacen, cualquier otra cosa aparte de eso apenas encaja con ellos como “luchadores feroces”, “defensores” contra el demonio eterno, esos “separatistas pro-rusos” el “chico malo” favorito de los medios occidentales.

El deseo del Batallon Azov de exaltar el nazismo es tan extremo que falsifican fotos. Fotos falsas que incluyen esvásticas. Imágenes escaneadas muestran que la esvástica fue incluida por medio de Photoshop en ésta foto, orgullosamente expuesta en el perfil de redes sociales del miembro del Batallón Azov Oleg Penya.

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VitaUno llega a la conclusión que si estos neo-nazis ucranianos fueran tan malos como los hinchas que hicieron el saludo nazi en 2012, de repente los “separatistas pro-rusos” podrían simplemente tener razón…En realidad, ellos son muchísimo peor. Lo que pasa cuando se le da rienda suelta a neo-nazis en una zona de guerra, les inculcan odio hacia Rusia y la idea que todos en Donbass son “separatistas pro-rusos” , brindándoles total apoyo con recursos propios, los medios occidentales…ellos hacen cosas como ésta: El miembro neo-nazi del Batallón Aidar, Vita Zaverukha, tomó un lanzacohetes y disparó hacia un pueblo con civiles en Donbass.

Tuvo suerte de encontrar algo así en los medios occidentales? Difícilmente, pero puede encontrar fácilmente a Vita Zaverukha (ella fue partícipe en uno artículo de la revista francesa Elle, descrita como “una luchadora especial”, artículo que no pudo ser más elogioso si lo hubiese escrito la mamá de la misma Vita).

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Aquí, un par de fotos más de la “luchadora especial”.

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Por supuesto, la prensa occidental reconoce en cierto nivel el neo-nazismo rampante dentro de las fuerzas ucranianas. Pero ¿Cómo lo pueden hacer sin redefinirlos como “chicos malos”? Simple, hable con ellos y publique lo más mitigante (lo menos comprometedor) de su auto-condescendencia.

Fullscreen capture 28032015 181600.bmpEn una entrevista con USA TODAY, él admitió que es nazi y dijo sin ningún rubor que no más de la mitad de sus camaradas son nazis. Dijo que apoya un liderazgo fuerte en Ucrania, como Alemania en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, pero se opone al genocidio nazi contra los judíos. Las minorías deben ser toleradas en tanto éstas sean pacíficas y no exijan privilegios especiales, dijo, y añadió que las propiedades de los oligarcas millonarios debe ser expropiada y nacionalizada…

Andriy Diachenko, un portavoz de la Brigada Azov, dijo que solo entre el 10% y el 20% de los miembros del grupo son nazis. “Sé que Alex es nazi, pero es su ideología personal. No tiene nada que ver con la ideología de la Brigada Azov”, dijo Diachenko. “Es un buen sargento instructor y un buen instructor para tácticas y habilidades con armas”.

De esta manera, la prensa occidental responde su propia pregunta. una de las claves de la guerra en Donbass ¿Qué hacer cuando ya no es conveniente llamar a la gente que llamabas neo-nazi, neo-nazi? Trate de no etiquetarlos a todos de esa manera, pero si definitivamente hay que hacerlo, encuentre una foto simpática de ellos y presentemos como buenos neo-nazis!

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Muchas gracias a la traducción española – Heyber Molano @meminpod

Where Did all the Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Go?

By Graham Phillips

Remember the neo-Nazis of Ukraine, they were everywhere. Sky warned – Euro 2012: Neo-Nazi Threat To England Fans –

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The Mail made it sound like England fans were walking into an actual ambush – Nazi mob lies in wait for England fans

Fullscreen capture 28032015 175757.bmpEven broadsheets got in on the neo-Nazi action, the Telegraph noting – ‘Monday night’s BBC documentary showed widespread monkey chanting at games, routine Fullscreen capture 28032015 190100.bmpNazi saluting, violent attacks on Asian spectators at a match in Ukraine‘ – that referencing the BBC documentary so shocking it had former England footballer Sol Campbell fearing that England fans who made the trip to Euro 2012 could end up ‘coming home in a coffin‘.

3 years later, there’s an actual war being waged in the former part of Ukraine, Donbass, with many of Ukraine’s forces unashamedly drawn from the very neo-Nazi groups of Ukraine’s west so pilloried by the western press in 2012. Here, Ukraine’s notorious Azov Battalion, open exponents of Nazism

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Azov Nazi 3Yet, the western press in a rush to condemn neo-Nazism in 2012, finds itself in more forgiving mood in 2015, this from the Daily Mail (text actually taken from Reuters) – I’ve highlighted parts of note –

URZUF, Ukraine, March 25 (Reuters) – The far-right Azov battalion, whose symbol resembles a black swastika on a yellow background, is preparing to defend the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine against a widely expected attack by pro-Russian separatists.

The 1,000 strong ultra-nationalist militia has a reputation as a fierce pro-government fighting force in the almost year-old conflict with the Russia-backed rebels in east Ukraine, and is disdainful of peace efforts.

But the radical views of the commanders of a group affiliated to Ukraine’s national guard which works alongside the army, and the use of symbols echoing Nazi emblems have caused alarm in the West and Russia, and could return to haunt Kiev’s pro-Western leadership when fighting eventually ends.

Azov HitlerIn 2012, football fans doing a ‘sieg heil’ were a ‘Nazi mob’, now, a battalion going into battle bearing swastikas, whose members could hardly be more overt in their reverence of Nazism (photo left) merely ‘resemble’ and ‘echo’ Nazism. Of course they do, any more than that hardly fits with them as ‘fierce fighters’, ‘defenders’ against the eternal evil, those ‘pro-Russian separatists’ – the favourite ‘bad guy’ of the western media.

The Azov desire to extol Nazism is so extreme, they actually fake photos. Fake photos to include swastikas. Scans show the swastika to have been photoshopped into this photo, then proudly displayed on the social networking site of Azov member Oleg Penya

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VitaJust think if these neo-Nazis of Ukraine were even as bad as the Nazi saluting football fans of 2012, suddenly the ‘pro-Russian separatists’ might just have a point… In truth, of course, they are infinitely worse. What happens when you unleash neo-Nazis on a war zone, fire them up with hatred of Russia, belief that everyone in Donbass is a ‘pro-Russian separatist’, give them the full support of their own, the western media… they do things like this, neo-Nazi member of Aidar Battalion Vita Zaverukha picks up a rocket launcher, fires on a village, civilians, in Donbass.

Any luck finding that in western media? Hardly, but you can easily find Vita Zaverukha  – she’s a centrefold in the French Elle, described as a ‘special kind of fighter’ in an article which couldn’t have been more glowing if written by Vita’s own mother.

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Here, a couple more photos of the ‘special fighter’ –

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Of course, the western press do have to at some level, acknowledge the neo-Nazism rampant among Ukrainian forces. But how can they do that, without redesignating them as the ‘bad guys’? Simple – speak to them, then print the most mitigating of their self-absolutions –

Fullscreen capture 28032015 181600.bmpIn an interview with USA TODAY, he admitted he is a Nazi and said with a laugh that no more than half his comrades are fellow Nazis. He said he supports strong leadership for Ukraine, like Germany during World War II, but opposes the Nazis’ genocide against Jews. Minorities should be tolerated as long as they are peaceful and don’t demand special privileges, he said, and the property of wealthy oligarchs should be taken away and nationalized….

Andriy Diachenko, a spokesman for the Azov Brigade, said only 10% to 20% of the group’s members are Nazis. “I know Alex is a Nazi, but it’s his personal ideology. It has nothing to do with the official ideology of the Azov,” Diachenko said. “He’s a good drill sergeant and a good instructor for tactics and weapons skills.”

So, the western press answers its own question, one of the key ones of the war in Donbass –  What do you do when it’s not convenient to call the people you called neo-Nazis neo-Nazis anymore?  Try not to call them that at all, but if you absolutely must, find a sympathetic photo of them, and make them nice neo-Nazis!