Disinfo: The US is sending Nazi militants of the Azov Battalion to Hong Kong protests

Summary

After images of Ukrainian Nazis posing with demonstrators in Hong Kong emerged on social media, the question of who is paying their flight and accommodation is rhetorical: it seems that the period of bringing extremists to Hong Kong from all over the country to take part in the US-promoted protests is over, now they are being brought from all over the world.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No proof is provided to support the claim.

The story is based on a post published on a Russian blog. There is no evidence that the US is paying for the travel expenses of these members of the Ukrainian far-right, who publicised their trip on social media, and their presence seems to have been rejected by many voices in the Hong Kong protest movement.

This is part of several different recurrent Russian disinformation narratives to portray the US and the West as a supporter of extremism for its geopolitical interests, Ukraine as a Nazi state and the Hong Kong protests as illegitimate. You can see other examples in our database, such as alleged NATO plans to launch an Azov Battalion-led offensive in Donbass, the training of Ukrainian agents by CIA and MI6 to perform terror acts in Donbas, the "all Neo-Nazi candidates" in Ukraine's elections, the presence of Ukrainian 'advisors' in Hong Kong to share their experience with demonstrators or the protests in the former British colony as a Western revenge against China for refusing to take part in the coming war with Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Azov Battalion, Nazi/Fascist

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