The Soufan Center, a US-based think tank published its report “White Supremacy Extremism: The Transnational Rise of the Violent White Supremacist Movement,” released on September 30th. [pdf]
The Soufan Center was founded by Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, with broad experience in anti-terrorism, even in the operations to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden.
“White supremacy extremism is a growing transnational threat and one that is too large not to tackle head on,” Soufan said. “As the world has become more and more interconnected through social media, white supremacy extremists have found it easier and easier to recruit, fundraise, and spread violent propaganda. Moreover, white supremacist extremists are imitating Salafi-Jihadist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, and many are taking advantage of international conflicts –such as the conflict in Ukraine -to expand the global white supremacy movement. Our new report outlines how these groups currently operate across the world and provides actionable solutions for policymakers, civil society, security services, and law enforcement agencies to combat this brand of violent extremism.”
In it, even a Washington-aligned think tank can’t deny that Ukraine has become a safe haven for White Supremacists.
Of course, this is presented as a threat to United States interests more than anything, but, after all, the ‘youngest democracy’ in Europe is first of all the youngest Nazi-infested state.
As per the report, Nazi extremists (called WSE or White Supremacist Extremists in the report) pose a clear terrorist threat to the US.
There are transnational networks that operate in the US, Australia, Canada, South Africa and others.
The thing they have in common: Ukraine.
“These networks share approaches to recruitment, financing, and propaganda, with Ukraine emerging as a hub in the broader network of transnational white supremacy extremism, attracting foreign recruits from all over the world. Where jihadis travel to fight in places like Syria, white supremacists now have their own theater in which to learn combat—Ukraine, where the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces has been raging since 2014, attracting fighters from around the globe who are fighting on both sides. Recent research shows that around 17,000 foreigners from 50 countries, including the United States, have gone to fight in that conflict.”
There are many similarities between jihadi terrorists and Nazi extremists.
“While fighters espousing white supremacist, beliefs have traveled to Ukraine, others have joined for a variety of reasons, much like their jihadi counterparts. Nonetheless, many fighters, particularly from Western countries, have taken advantage of the conflict in Ukraine to expand the global white supremacy extremist movement.”
Of course, not all of the people that travel to Ukraine and want to take part in the conflict targeting civilians and blaming everything on Russia because they want to be radicalized, but it just somehow turns out that way.
Some of them go there because they’re seeking “adventure” or out of “sheer boredom,” but those also get radicalized sooner or later.
There is also a table presenting the numbers, and allegedly most of these foreigners traveled to Ukraine to fight on the side of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, which is, quite honestly, absurd to anybody that has even paid a little bit attention to the on-goings in the Donbass. Since the very start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, forces of the Donetsk and Luganks People’s Republics have been declaring that they are resisting to the pro-Nazi Kiev regime. Therefore, it’s quite strange to expect that real Nazis would go to support them.
The analysis in the table was made by Arkadiusz Legieć, Senior Analyst at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, 2014-2019. An “independent researcher” from the US’ proxy state in the EU.
Despite most allegedly going to fight on the side of the Russian-backed separatists, the report underlines how many were recruited by the Azov Battalion, one of the Nazi-infested “volunteer battalions” fighting on the side of the Ukrainian government.
“In Ukraine, the Azov Battalion has recruited foreign fighters motivated by white supremacy and neo-Nazi beliefs, including many from the West, to join its ranks and receive training, indoctrination, and instruction in irregular warfare.”
There appears to be quite a few similarities in how al-Qaeda recruits terrorists and how the Azov Battalion does so.
“There are striking resemblances between the Azov Battalion’s Western Outreach Office and al-Qaeda’s Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK), which was responsible for promoting the cause and helping recruits reach the battlefield. Just as Afghanistan served as a sanctuary for jihadist organizations like Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1980s, so too are parts of Ukraine becoming a safe haven for an array of white supremacy extremist groups to congregate, train, and radicalize. And just like the path of jihadist groups, the goal of many of these members is to return to their countries of origin (or third-party countries) to wreak havoc and use acts of violence as a means of recruiting new members to their cause. Unlike jihadis who are attempting to strike Western targets, though, radicalized white supremacists have the added advantage of being able to blend in seamlessly in the West, just as Brenton Tarrant was able to do. For Russian neo-Nazis, the International Russian Conservative Forum serves as the rallying point for white supremacy extremists from all over the globe to congregate and network.”
It is noteworthy that the report seems to complete disregard the fact that the Azov Battalion is a formation fighting on the side of the Ukrainian government and it is dubbed a Russian group.
A mention of Russian white supremacist movements is also made:
“On the other side of the conflict in Ukraine, Russian groups like the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) and its paramilitary unit, the Imperial Legion volunteer unit, attract and train foreign fighters motivated by white supremacy and neo-Nazi beliefs. Interestingly, 155there has been a decline in the public presence of white supremacy extremist street movements within the Russian Federation. Despite having a significant neo-Nazi skinhead subculture to draw on, many WSE ultranationalist groups have either been co-opted or suppressed (or, as often is the case, both) by the government.”
Despite trying to spin it as if Russians were actually behind the rise in Nazism in Europe and throughout, the report makes a very convincing case that Ukraine is the central hub and the “Nazi volunteer battalions” serve as the perfect training grounds of terrorists around the world.
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