| A lunatic Chaplin imitator|
and his greatest fans
|First as tragedy|
|Then as farce|
The Azov Battalion (Ukrainian: Полк Азов) is a volunteer militia group in Ukraine. While it functions as a reserve unit of Ukraine's army, it also has paramilitary and political elements. The group is something of a magnet for neo-Nazi figures such as Olena Semenyaka, who has spoken with American wingnuts Kevin MacDonald and Jared Taylor. (Needlessly to say, Katie Hopkins loves her.)
Additionally, the army unit uses Nazi-era symbols such as the Sonnenrad (see the Alt--right glossary). Despite the military wing's largely foreign composition, this unit is also a wet dream for Russian nationalist propaganda groups like Russia Today, who like to depict all Ukrainian nationalists as Banderites.
- See the longer Wikipedia entry Azov Battalion.
- Sabra Ayres, "Driven by far-right ideology, Azov Battalion mans Ukraine’s front line," Al-Jazeera, July 24, 2014. Accessed June 26, 2019.
- Oleksiy Kuzmenko, "'Defend the white race': American extremists being co-opted by Ukraine’s far-right," Bellingcat, February 15, 2019. Accessed June 23, 2019.
- Tom Parfitt, "Ukraine crisis: The neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists," The Telegraph, August 11, 2014. Accessed June 4, 2019.