Swede Mikael Skillt, a senior member of Ukraine’s notorious Azov battalion, first came to my attention in July of last year, in a rare BBC article covering extremism on the Ukrainian side, extracts here –
As to his political views, Mr Skillt prefers to call himself a nationalist, but in fact his views are typical of a neo-Nazi….
Mr Skillt believes races should not mix. He says the Jews are not white and should not mix with white people. His next project is to go fight for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because he believes Mr Assad is standing up to “international Zionism”.
He came to my attention on Twitter last August, as I re-entered Donbass to continue reporting, after my 2nd deportation from Ukraine. Our first ‘conversation’ came in November, and consisted of a thinly-veiled wish for my death, from Mikael – and a robust reply from mine –
However, that was then. In my capacity as a ‘controversial’, correspondent, I receive a volume of death threats and general abuse from ‘pro-Ukrainians’ which would at least provide part-time employment for a PA, if chose to respond to them. This reached a peak after my shrapnel wound in November of 2014. However, Mikael did not add to this, and by December 10th, we had our first ‘polite‘ exchange.
Since then, we have had dozens of interactions on Twitter. Despite a mutual disagreement with each other, on the ‘issues’, our interactions have been characterised by a civility hardly associated with Twitter and dialogue between those holding such differing views. Leaving his political views, affiliations, and actions out of the equation, my experience of Mikael Skillt is an intelligent man, capable of politeness, charm even.
No question that Mikael Skillt is a man of extreme interest, and I’ve yet to see an interview with the 38-year old from Sundsvall, on the Swedish coast, which answers the questions I’d like to ask him.
More to the point, the questions you no doubt would like to ask him. And now you can. Mikael has agreed to an interactive Twitter interview this Sunday. All the questions, with answers, will be published here on the Truth Speaker. Here’s what you need to do, to get involved –
Duration: One hour
Twitter Format: Your Question Here? @MikaelSkillt @GrahamWP_UK #AskMikaelSkillt
Rules: Mikael has said he won’t respond to one-liners calling him a ‘nazi’ or so. I would ask that you do ask questions, rather than abuse. We have one hour here with a man who clearly has a lot to say, let’s use it constructively!
Mikael has also said he won’t ask questions which impact on military intelligence. However, I say that you can ask absolutely anything which interests you – it’s Mikael’s choice if he chooses not to answer.
That’s all – see you Sunday, let’s make it a good one! Graham