The Winnipeg Media Centre has published a detailed survey of the leaders of Russian neo-Nazi and other extreme right wing groups currently operating in eastern Ukraine. These include the high-profile Strelkov-Girkin ‘Donbass self-defence’ group, but also many others that are less well known but are also trained in Russia and have a fascistic, anti-Semitic and militaristic orientation.
In this Al Jazeera article, Halya Coynash discusses the irony in the fact that accusations of “fascism” are being made against Ukraine by a Russian government that’s increasingly establishing close links with the parties of the European far right. In addition,
A number of the main actors in the pro-Russian protests in the Donetsk region have strong links with far-right parties. Pavel Gubarev, for example, is a Donetsk business owner and the head of the “People’s Militia”. On March 1, he was supposedly elected “people’s governor” and led a crowd in storming the Donetsk regional administration building, demanding that a referendum be held on the oblast’s secession and calling for Russian military intervention. His detention was presented by Russian TV channels as politically motivated persecution. They preferred not to delve into Gubarev’s ideological roots as a member of the neo-Nazi Russian National Unity Party.