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The Far Right Used the War In Ukraine as Training | Decade of Hate (VICE, 2021)

By January 27, 2022February 15th, 2022No Comments

The war in Ukraine attracted far-right foreign fighters from around the world, who came to fight on both sides of the conflict.

Azov, a Ukrainian battalion with deep roots in the ultranationalist and hooligan scenes, drew foreign radicals attracted by its extremist politics. Others joined pro-Russian militias, attracted by the notion of Putin’s Russia as a staunch defender of a traditionalist Christian Europe.

In this episode of Decade of Hate, host Tim Hume looks at how the war in Ukraine has acted as a training ground for the international far-right, giving them real-life combat experience, which they could then bring home with them.

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.