Amid their looming beat in the Donbas, which even The New York Occasions and Washington Post have belatedly and reluctantly begun to acknowledge of late , the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion is still striving to make over its image, given the Western mainstream had long ago admitted them as a significant “ neo-Nazi threat” – as one BBC documentary bluntly described years ago.
But since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the public has been steadily told that Azov is merely “ far right” or simply “ nationalist” within their ideology. Or even better, the group just has far-right “ roots” with images often “ misunderstood” and shared “ out of context” …
“ Several soldiers who surrendered in a steel complex in Mariupol belong to the Azov battalion, a group with far-right origins, ” The New York Times wrote a couple weeks ago following the large-scale Ukrainian surrender at Azovstal steelworks plant in Mariupol. Within the same article we are informed this is merely a false “ portrayal” the that Kremlin propagandists have presented. And today in new reporting on Monday, the UK Times assures its readers that “ Azov Battalion falls neo-Nazi symbol exploited simply by Russian propagandists” in its headline. Beneath is the Times working overtime wanting to run damage control…
In the opening lines we are knowledgeable it’s really all just “ Russian propaganda” and exploitation: “ The Azov Battalion has removed the neo-Nazi symbol from its insignia that has helped perpetuate Ruskies propaganda about Ukraine being in the grip of far-right nationalism. ”
Oh yes… when these practitioners proudly display Nazi icons, the real problem is Russian officials and media pointing it out: all very undesirable of course.
But supporters can now Rejoice … because the group is busy repairing the issue of all its pesky pro-Hitler (literally) emblems and symbolism which has made their particular enlightened Liberal Western backers squirm just a bit :
“ At the unveiling of a new special forces unit in Kharkiv, patches handed to soldiers did not function the wolfsangel, a medieval German image that was adopted by the Nazis and which has been used by the particular battalion since 2014 , ” the Times writes more.
“ Instead, they showcased a golden trident, ” or the entirely tame and even more common symbol use simply by Ukrainian national forces broadly.
But the question has to be asked: what of those myriad of symbols that can’t become so easily whitewashed? (yes, pun intended) . How about all those tattoos?
Below are a few samples of what Azov militants tend to appearance like sans uniforms and patches…
Many of the problematic areas which are apparently increasingly getting taken off official uniform insignias (as the Times now assures) are still inked on skin, therefore a bit harder to easily make disappear for the picture ops…
… in some instances the problematic insignia even shows up as items like eyepatches of all things:
One of the few nations to keep giving mainstream push coverage to Azov’s clear neo-Nazi identity and ideology remains Israel .
For example Haaretz previously published the beneath photo, while featuring a range of Azov’s unmistakably Nazi icons, including those of the Waffen-SS:
Below, journalist plus Russia-Ukraine war observer Erina Tracey has a few queries for the mainstream media…
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There are currently mountains of proof , much of which was contemporaneously gathered over the course of the on-going war, that Azov “ defenders” at the very least physically adorn themselves with unabashed Nazi symbols.
Away from context?
Examples associated with such symbols that have been recently observed on their uniforms include the Wolfsangel, the Black Sunlight, and even a crest of a division of the SS — the paramilitary organization from the actual, historical Nazis. You know, the ones commanded by Hitler who exterminated lots of Jews.
If a bunch of Trump supporters had been running around with these symbols sewed onto their clothing, do you suppose the US media will be extra charitable in deciphering whether they actually subscribed in order to Nazism?
At this very moment, you can log onto the ADL website and see the Wolfsangel , Black Sun , along with other Azov-brandished iconography on the organization’s official list of “ dislike symbols” actively being “ appropriated by Nazis. ”
This is the same ADL which evidently views no need to make even a general statement about the pro-Azov rallies breaking out in the roads of the US. “ Don’t believe we have any comment here. Thanks for reaching out, ” Todd Gitnick, the ADL’s Marketing communications Director, told me when I requested if they had any ideas on the “ Azov! ” chanters in NYC.
Meanwhile, only a few short years ago …
Read the associated with Tracey’s commentary at Substack.