Disinfo: The entire population of Ukraine fears 15,000 neo-Nazis


In addition to the SBU, there is this machine of informal terror (neo-Nazis) in Ukraine. They have a salary. They all have official documents. They have the opportunity to get weapons, training, field camps, etc. Without this machine of terror, power will simply be replaced by a popular uprising. These 15,000 people keep the entire population of Ukraine in fear.


Conspiracy theory; no evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazis and fascism in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government does not employ a neo-Nazi "machine of terror".

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy.

Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. The "Right Sector" candidates received 0.7% of the vote in the May 2014 presidential elections, and the party received 1.8% of the vote in the October 2014 parliamentary elections. In 2019 election cycle far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

Read similar cases alleging that after the Euromaidan, Ukraine was ruled by the NazisUkrainian authorities introduced Nazi laws to oppress Russian speakers, and that Ukraine is a Neo-Nazi state.


  • Reported in: Issue 174
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Conspiracy, Nazi/Fascist


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