The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), based in London, published on its website the Hatebook investigation, in which it described the use of social networks for international neo-Nazi coordination.
According to the report, one of the centers for such activities is Ukraine, where the former Azov volunteer battalion and the terrorist organization Misanthropic Division, banned in Russia, operate.
“Both groups are trying to export their ideology to Western countries, get followers there and incite violence. The Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi paramilitary force, proposes to receive and train American members of the aggressive Rise Above movement. Misanthropic Division, closely associated with Azov, had an impact on domestic extremists in the United States and Great Britain, accused of terrorist crimes”, the researchers were concerned.
The report says that Ukrainian radicals supply Western like-minded people with Nazi symbols, literature and ideas. The authors of the analysis revealed a total of 61 right radical accounts. At the head of this ‘pyramid’ is the Azov battalion. The audience of the public – about 112 thousand users from around the world. The main platforms are Facebook and Instagram.
Head of CCDH Imran Ahmed said that the Facebook management was notified about the activity of groups, but so far they are available for viewing.
Regiment (formerly battalion) “Azov” is a volunteer unit of the National Guard of Ukraine. It is known for its neo-Nazi and pagan ideology, as well as its involvement in the armed conflict in Donbass. The Russian Investigative Committee is conducting a number of criminal cases against the organization’s fighters.
The Misanthropic Division is an originally politicized group of Kharkiv soccer fans, supporters of the extreme ultra-right views. In 2014, the main backbone of the group’s activists joined the Azov battalion and took part in the battles in Donbass against the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.