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Whatever the motives,
there is a disturbing lack of interest from politicians and the authorities
into the highly questionable activities by certain neo-Nazi formations,
especially in Crimea, but also growing in Kyiv.

Crimean journalists
report that a group of neo-Nazis is holding military training sessions in
Kerch. They call themselves the Kerch branch of the Russian chauvinist and
rightwing movement Russian National Unity. These are no innocent games: photos
posted on social networks show the “fighters,” whose faces are obscured,
throwing Molotov cocktails or fighting with the use of knives. In one case they
perform a Nazi salute.

Volodymyr Prytula, head
of the Committee for Monitoring Press Freedom in Crimea, notes that
despite lively media interest in recent weeks, there has been no response at
all from the authorities, or from the two recently-created “anti-fascist”
committees in Kerch, one linked to the Party of the Regions and the other to
the Communist Party. The press services of the Crimean Cabinet of Ministers and
Parliament claim that they haven’t seen any reports. Nor have the Crimean
police or Security Services (SBU) shown any interest, despite the Nazi
symbolism, the open link to a group preaching Russian supremacy and the formidable
arsenal of weapons and fighting techniques shown in the video. Just why the
authorities have their blinders on remains unclear.

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