DISINFO: The West uses neo-Nazis to destabilise Russia and its neighbouring states
West Encircling Russia Destabilising Russia Nazi/Fascist Warmongering

DISINFO: The West uses neo-Nazis to destabilise Russia and its neighbouring states


The West uses neo-Nazis for its own purposes in order to shake the situation along the perimeter of Russian borders and destabilise its neighbouring states. The West diligently avoids condemning Nazism and attempts to rehabilitate it because it itself indulges it. In a number of regimes in the European space, especially after the colour revolutions sponsored by the West, crimes against humanity are being committed and outspoken neo-Nazis are in power. The main producer of these processes is the United States and the main point where war crimes are committed today is Ukraine.

Moreover, neo-fascist formations are actively used in the Baltic countries to consolidate the general policy of violent de-Russification. Neo-Nazism is used to create Russophobic regimes along the perimeter of Russia and thereby isolate Russia and consolidate its weak state, which it had in the 90s.


This is a mixture of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West waging war on Russia, linking Ukraine and Baltic States to Fascism and Nazism and promoting the messages about the so-called "colour revolutions".

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. In the 2019 election, far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

The US does not control Ukraine and does not attempt to direct Ukrainian policy in any way. The relations of Ukraine and the US are built on mutual respect for sovereign rights of each country.

The Baltic states and Ukraine are continuously accused of their support for the Nazi or Fascist ideology. Any disagreement with the Kremlin’s view on the history of WWII is automatically labelled by Russia as support for “Nazism”. Read a similar case: "The west tries to revise history, questioning the decisions of the Nuremberg trial".

Read similar cases alleging that Ukraine is a neo-Nazi state and Ukraine is an anti-Russian state under Western control, that pro-Western civil society in Ukraine and Belarus is a fascist fifth column, that Ukraine is run by pro-EU oligarchic Nazis supported by the US, or that Europe supports the revival of fascism.


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