Neo-Nazi brotherhood: How American friends of Ukrainian fascists plotted a terror attack in the US and the media ignored the story

American far-right radicals – linked to neo-Nazis from the Ukrainian Azov Battalion – have been charged with conspiring to stage a terrorist attack in Baltimore, Maryland. However, US media reporting on the story does not mention connections between the group and the militants.

Additionally, the attempted terrorist act may only be the first signs of the threat that Azov members, and their foreign friends, pose to Western countries.

Failed plans
In early February, the US Justice Department announced the indictment of neo-Nazis Sarah Beth Clendaniel and Brandon Clint Russell for conspiracy to destroy energy substations in Baltimore. Authorities describe the pair’s plans as “driven by their ideology of racially-motivated hatred.” If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Beginning in June 2022, though possibly earlier, the pair plotted a series of attacks against substations using balloons and rifle fire with the goal of shorting out power transformers and depriving thousands of residents of light and heat. They specifically aimed to carry this out “when there is greatest strain on the grid” and energy demand was highest.

Russell shared maps of planned targets with Clendaniel, outlining how even low-level strikes on electrical substations could cause a “cascading failure” across Baltimore’s entire electricity grid, an impact that would be maximized by hitting multiple sites simultaneously. Clendaniel envisioned the plan would “permanently completely lay this city to waste.” in supposedly encrypted messaging app chats.

To jail and back again
Russell is the founder of Atomwaffen Division, also known as the National Socialist Resistance Front, an international neo-Nazi terrorist network. In January 2018, he was jailed for possessing an unregistered destructive device and illegally storing explosives. An FBI bomb technician claimed the material was sufficient to completely destroy an airliner and prosecutors say he planned to use it in terrorist attacks targeting civilians, nuclear facilities and synagogues across the US.

While in prison, Russell issued a video message to his followers thanking them for their “undying loyalty and courage,” and promising his incarceration would not stop Atomwaffen’s mission. He also provided them with bomb-making instructions.

“There is no room in this world for cowardly people,” he declared, quoting Adolf Hitler. “The sword has been drawn. There is no turning back.”

Despite such pronouncements and the fact Atomwaffen adherents both in the US and abroad carried out increasingly serious crimes while he was jailed, including multiple murders, Russell was released early from prison. Furthermore, he was not subject to any order banning him from contact with other members of his neo-Nazi fraternity.

It is just as remarkable that a federal bust of a domestic terror plot involving leading members of a group – who clearly pose a huge threat to public safety – has basically been completely ignored by the mainstream media and US politicians alike. After all, President Joe Biden’s administration has aggressively promoted the threat of far-right, racially-motivated extremism. Officials have even gone to the extent of carrying out secret social media witch-hunts targeting white conservatives to identify – or perhaps fabricate – evidence of this danger.

What accounts for the conspiracy of silence surrounding the indictment of Clendaniel and Russell? The incident should provide ample fodder for the White House, liberal pundits, and reporters. The answer may lie in Atomwaffen’s international connections – namely to Ukraine’s notorious, brutal Azov Battalion – and the inevitable consequences of Western training, funding and sponsorship of far-right elements in that Eastern European country for so many years.

A dark, but open secret
An investigation in 2020 by the West Point Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center found that Ukraine has long-held “a particular attraction for white supremacists–ideologues, activists, and adventurers alike.”

The abundance of nationalist groups involved in 2014’s US-led Maidan coup was “electrifying to far-right individuals and groups in Europe, the US and further afield,” the investigation records. Neo-Nazis the world over began flooding Ukraine, which they considered to be a new fascist state in the making. Of particular attraction was the Azov Battalion, which “enjoyed support from within the government of then President Petro Poroshenko and the security services, despite well-documented human rights abuses.”

This marked the first time since World War II anywhere in Europe that a neo-Nazi faction – “celebrated, openly organizing, with friends in high places” – had received warm state recognition and sponsorship. Quite a few of the neo-Nazi arrivals to Kiev joined the Battalion itself or received guidance and training from its fighters.

Among them were representatives of Atomwaffen, and the relationship between the two terrorist groups has strengthened and formalized in the years since. Its European division attended Azov training camps in Ukraine, as did several of its US-based members, who were subsequently jailed for plotting violent attacks and intimidation campaigns against journalists.

While the mainstream media for many years – post-Maidan – openly acknowledged and condemned Azov’s fascist nature, coverage of these groups has virtually disappeared. Since the Russian military offensive began, last year, this inarguable reality has either been ignored, or actively whitewashed. There has been a similar shift in political attitudes to the Azov Battalion. Once prohibited by law from receiving any US government assistance, now its members are hailed as heroic freedom fighters and invited to Washington to give inspirational talks.

Are more neo-Nazi issues on the horizon?
The media’s lack of interest in reporting the ties between the founder of Atomwaffen, Russell, and the Azov Battalion is certainly concerning, but could be easily attributed to covering for Biden’s administration and it support for the Kiev regime. After all, it would be difficult to maintain public backing for an extremist group that threatens its own citizens that it deems insufficiently anti-Russian, if the public were fully informed . However, there are other issues to consider – that may be just as significant – linked to the training of neo-Nazis by Azov.

In July 2022, Europol forecast an “increase in firearms and munitions trafficked into the EU via established smuggling routes or online platforms” arising from the war, and warned, “this threat might even be higher once the conflict has ended.” Since then, there have been multiple reports of weapons sent to Kiev circulating in arms black markets and being used by criminal elements.

The huge amount of weapons being sent to Ukraine – many of them unaccounted for – coupled with the influx of extremist elements joining or training with the Azov Battalion should raise red flags for the US and EU countries. The Atomwaffen’s plot in Baltimore may be just the start.

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Holland becomes first European nation to withdraw sanctions against Russia without EU permission

Acting in the best interests of its own people, Holland has officially withdrawn sanctions against Russia despite no approval or permission from the European Union (EU).

The first country in Europe to do so, Holland started out by issuing 91 waivers from sanctions against Russia following the initial invasion. These waivers covered specific items that the country needs such as aluminum and food.

Now, the country has decided that many more sanctions must go because there is simply no good reason to continue with them since they are only harming Europe while doing next to nothing to “punish” Russia.

At the time when the Dutch government first started issuing sanction exemptions, ministers would not reveal the names of the companies involved, citing “company-sensitive” information. (Related: As many as 11,200 farms across The Netherlands at risk of being shuttered by government “green” mandates.)

A spokesperson from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs, Finance, Infrastructure, and Education confirmed that the exemptions were granted to “allow a degree of flexibility in specific cases.”

If the entire world dropped its sanctions against Russia, would economic conditions improve?

The EU back in April issued a sweeping, continent-wide ban on all ships sailing under the Russian flag from entering European ports. In Holland, however, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management issued waivers to 34 such ships to ensure the Dutch people were able to obtain needed goods.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cited “diplomatic relations” as the reason for at least one exemption that involved Russian banks that are, or were, majority held by the State.

Exposed: The vast pro-Ukrainian ‘bot army’ designed to influence Western policy makers

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have published a landmark paper on the activities of bot accounts on Twitter related to the conflict in Ukraine. These Australian findings are truly staggering – of 5.2 million tweets on the social media network from February 23 to March 8, between 60 to 80% were shared by fake accounts. What’s more, 90% of those posts were pro-Ukraine.

In particular, these accounts pushed the hashtags #IStandWithUkraine, #IStandWithZelenskyy, and #ISupportUkraine, and myths like the ‘Ghost of Kiev’, a fictional Ukrainian fighter pilot who is farcically alleged to have taken down 40 Russian jets within hours of the military operation commencing.

Significant spikes in activity were recorded at key points in the initial stages of the fighting, such as Russia’s capture of Kherson on March 2, and the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant on March 4.

The accounts identified were overwhelmingly English language, leading the researchers to conclude these fake users sought to “drive more disruption in English-speaking countries” and “influence a variety of user groups.” Despite the significant focus on English, Ukrainian bots also employed the Russian language to “cause more disruption” in the country.

The accounts were successful in their objective of stimulating discussions and trends around particular topics, kickstarting and increasing online discussion around a number of subjects, including the question of whether Ukrainians should flee the country. The researchers recorded “significant flows” of information from Ukrainian bots to non-bot accounts.

The study is the first analysis of social media content related to the conflict, and covers a very small time period – just two weeks. It is almost inevitable that the level of pro-Kiev sentiment expressed by users – troll and organic alike – will have increased even further beyond the 90% recorded during this timeframe. Numerous commentators have drawn attention to the weaponization of Twitter, Facebook, et al in support of the Western proxy war in Ukraine.

One need only spend a few minutes scrolling major social media networks to identify a profusion of anonymous, recently registered users pumping out pro-Ukraine, pro-NATO, and pro-war propaganda, and attacking anyone critical of ascendant Western narratives. It is, in the words of writer Caitlin Johnstone, “the most aggressively trolled war of all time.”

Assassination of top Putin adviser’s daughter by suspected Ukrainian operatives puts Europe on hair-trigger for World War III

Just as it appeared as though Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had ground to a stalemate, with some suggesting a Ukrainian counterattack is in the offing ahead of a pullback by Moscow’s forces, an event has just taken place that harkens historians back to the first time the European continent exploded during the 20th century.

“The daughter of Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin was assassinated in Russia after a bomb detonated over the weekend. Dugin is a polarizing figure, especially in the West, where he’s considered influential with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” intelligence bulletin Forward Observer noted in a Monday report.

An analyst comment followed:

While some pundits have speculated that Dugin was the target of the car bomb due to internal political disputes, it’s more likely that Ukrainian special operations are responsible. For now, the Russians are blaming Ukraine and the United States, which will likely lead to increased targeting of civilian leadership in Ukraine. Dugin famously pressed for the war in Ukraine as part of a broader conflict to topple the West. This is an event that could draw Russian attacks on U.S. interests in the region, which could expand the scope of the conflict.

An addendum to the initial report, sent shortly after the original, provided an update: “There’s an anti-Putin Russian nationalist group calling themselves the National Republican Army who are taking responsibility for the car bomb that killed Alexander Dugin’s daughter. The item in this morning’s report was written on Sunday before I became aware of this new information. For now, I believe this is the most likely explanation. We’ll continue to look into it, as this is a major development in the conflict.”


That appears to be the case, at least according to the Russians. And in fact, the country’s intelligence service, the FSB, appears to have identified a suspect.

“Ukrainian national Natalya Vovk, identified as the prime suspect in Saturday’s car bombing that killed journalist Darya Dugina in Moscow,” was seen in “footage published Monday” that “shows Vovk and her teenage daughter entering Russia, inside the building where Dugina lived, and leaving the country in haste,” the semi-official Russia Today reported.

“The Ukrainian national arrived in Russia on July 23, using Donetsk People’s Republic license plates to avoid scrutiny. While in Moscow, she swapped the plates on her Mini Cooper to those of Kazakhstan, a friendly former Soviet republic. On Sunday, after the bombing, Vovk drove to Estonia with Ukrainian plates, the FSB said,” added.

Other reports claim that Vovk entered Russia on July 23 and left the country just a few days ago. One report also said that Vovk is a member of Ukrainian Special Operations forces including “the terrorist organization ‘Azov Regiment,’” a neo-Nazi battalion.

The vehicle carrying Dugina, 29, was a Toyota SUV. It is believed that Vovk planted an IED under the vehicle and detonated it remotely, though it could also have been on a timer.

The Russian government, which is blaming Ukraine specifically, suspects that Dugina’s father was actually the target.

“As a result of a complex of urgent operational-search measures, the Federal Security Service has solved the murder of Russian journalist Darya Dugina, born in 1992,” the FSB announced, going on to emphasize the culpability of the Ukrainian government by stating that “the crime was prepared and committed by the Ukrainian special services[.]” reported more details regarding the alleged assassin.

“A photo ID of Vovk in the uniform of Ukraine’s National Guard was published in April on the Russian internet, as part of a dox of neo-Nazi Azov regiment members. It lists her surname as Shaban – the surname her daughter used when entering Russia, according to the FSB. Ukraine previously claimed it was not involved in the assassination,” the news site continued.

That said, a spokesman for the Ukrainian government, Mykhailo Podolyak, said Kyiv was not involved in any way in the attack.

“Ukraine, of course, has nothing to do with yesterday’s explosion[.],” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has since warned that he believes the assassination will serve as an impetus for Russia to now widen the conflict. And here’s where there is a World War I comparison: Vovk is believed to be hiding out in Estonia, a NATO member.

“The potential conflict arising between Estonia and the Russian Federation has the potential to trigger Article 5 of the NATO Charter which puts forth a collective defense clause meaning that any military engagement with a NATO member state constitutes action taken against the entire trans-Atlantic body whether it occurs as far east as Tallinn or as far west as Hawai’i,” said an assessment posted at Zero Hedge.

“While Article 5 of the NATO Charter has been used to threaten Russia from intensifying any aggression, the officials who have constantly cited the collective defense policy have done so under the pretense of preventing any further aggression. The assassination of Darya Dugina is a drastically different circumstance as Russia will surely perceive any potential action it takes to have Vovk extradited from Estonia as entirely justified and as a response to the murder, not an offensive attack against a NATO member state,” the assessment continued.

World War I began stemming from the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the presumptive heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. We may once again be on the precipice of war — a third world war — starting in eastern Europe and stemming from yet another assassination. At this point, it will be up to Vladimir Putin to decide how or if he responds.

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Battle for Freedom: On the frontline | Chechen divisions fight neo-Nazis during special op in Ukraine

‘You are all here because you know very well that fascism, Nazi ideology, all kinds of Azov fighters and other scumbags should not exist on the face of this earth. I have seen with my own eyes what those thugs do to civilians,’ said Daniil Martynov, the Deputy Head of the National Guard of Russia in the Chechen Republic. He addressed these words to the volunteers who arrived at the frontlines of the special operation in Ukraine.

These soldiers have strong motivation and years of military service experience. They came to end an 8-year long conflict in Donbass, protect its people from the Ukrainian nationalists and secure Russian borders.

The filming crew followed Chechen units of the Russian army on the frontline: how they fight, where they sleep and what challenges they face. The film has a reality effect: viewers have to escape shelling, inspect fortified positions and share simple meals.

The Russian soldiers not only fight with Ukrainian neo-Nazis but also help civilians who are stuck in the combat zone. Chechen soldiers share medication, food, water and other supplies. ‘I want to help, so they can return to normal life as soon as possible,’ says codename ‘Shmel’, a soldier of the National Guard of Russia in the Chechen Republic.

Three Foreign Mercenaries Who Fought for Ukraine Condemned to Death by DPR’s Supreme Court

All three earlier pleaded guilty to acts aimed at seizing power by force, with one of them additionally pleading guilty to undergoing training for carrying out terrorist activities. According to DPR laws, the highest punishment for attempting to seize power by force is a death sentence.

Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) Supreme Court has sentenced three mercenaries captured while fighting for the Ukrainian forces, UK citizens Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, as well as Moroccan Saadun Brahim, all received death sentences. DPR laws only allow for one form of capital punishment – through firing squad. However, despite issuing several death penalty sentences in the past, none have been carried out.

The convicts can appeal the court’s decision within one month, the presiding judge said.

All three mercenaries earlier pleaded guilty on charges of trying to seize power by force, which is punishable up to death in accordance with DPR laws. UK citizen Aiden Aslin also pleaded guilty to undergoing training for the purposes of engaging in terrorist activities. The court ruled that all three received payment for fighting on the side of Ukrainian forces.

The presiding judge also noted that one of the mercenaries, Shaun Pinner, was wanted in the UK as a terrorist for having fought for militant groups in Iraq and Syria.

One of the lawyers for the captured mercenaries said that the defence is planning to appeal the court’s decision and try to spare the three the death penalty. The defendants can also request that DPR’s government authorities pardon them – in this case their death sentences would be replaced with 25-year prison terms.

Reaction to the Death Sentences

Head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, stated in the wake of the court’s decision that the convicts did not try to conceal their crimes and added that with the death penalty sentence the “justice has prevailed”. He further stated that neither UK nor Moroccan authorities had contacted the DPR regarding the future fate of their citizens, suggesting they did not care about them.

Russia to Investigate Actions of UK Lawmaker’s Son Fighting in Ukraine as Mercenary

29 May, 13:45 GMT

Despite that, UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss publically condemned the court’s ruling, calling it a “sham judgment”. London does not recognise the DPR’s independence.

A spokesperson for the UK prime minister also stated that London will try to release the two captured Brits by working with Ukrainian authorities. The spokesperson argued that “combatants” should not be prosecuted for taking part in hostilities, and accused the DPR of using the mercenaries for political purposes.

“We will continue to work with Ukrainian authorities to try and secure the release of any British national who was serving in the Ukrainian armed forces and who are being held as prisoners of war,” the spokesperson said.

Following the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on foreigners to travel to Ukraine to fight on its side as mercenaries. Despite many foreign governments warning their citizens against heeding this call, several thousand reportedly arrived in Kiev and were assigned to its “foreign legion”.

Several mercenaries, who ended up in captivity or were lucky enough to get back home in one piece, later told the media of poor coordination, lack of information about their tactical assignments, shortages or absence of equipment and training. Some also complained about not being paid for their services.

Foreign-supplied tanks destroyed in Kiev – Russia

Russian airstrikes have destroyed foreign-supplied tanks in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, Moscow said on Sunday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said during a regular briefing that Russian forces carried out airstrikes “on the outskirts of Kiev, destroying the T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles that were supplied by Eastern European countries and kept in railcar repair facilities.”

The spokesman did not specify where the tanks came from, but Poland previously said it had donated T-72 tanks to Ukraine.

Konashenkov said that military targets were also hit in Donbass, as well as in eastern and southern Ukraine, including multiple rocket launchers and a US-made mobile counterfire radar.

Ukraine’s General Staff earlier reported that Kiev was among the areas hit by Russian forces. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that one person was hospitalized.

On Saturday night, the Donetsk authorities said Ukrainian troops shelled the city, killing five civilians and wounding 20

Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly accused each other of shelling residential areas and killing civilians.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.

Ukraine fires “Human Rights” chief for pushing fictional claims about Russian troops RAPING non-stop – it’s all fantasy

 For the past several months, the Western media has been manufacturing wild propaganda about Russian troops committing extreme atrocities against civilians in Ukraine. One now-debunked false claim alleged that there is “a systemic, coordinated campaign of sexual violence” by Russian soldiers against Ukrainian women.

It turns out that the whole thing is fake. And the guy who spread this lie, a top Ukrainian “human rights” representative, has now been fired for it.

Lyudmyla Denisova made up a tale about 25 teenage girls who were supposedly gang-raped by Russian troops, resulting in nine of them becoming pregnant. The fake incident was said to have occurred in a basement in Bucha. Elderly women also claimed that they, too, were raped, along with young boys.

TIME and other left-wing propaganda outlets ran with these and other stories, which became increasingly more sensational and over-the-top until they were finally nipped in the bud. As usual, the Western media had no proof other than hearsay, which seems to be the new standard of “journalism” in this country.

It turns out that Denisova was a central figure feeding the Western media outlandish rape stories that she apparently just made up on the fly. And now the chickens have come home to roost for Denisova as she gets exposed for spreading lies about alleged war crimes that never happened.

What other lies is the Western media telling us about Russia?

Denisova’s goal was to paint Russians as “animals” who violently rape and harm anything they see. There were even false claims that Russian soldiers were eating stray dogs, which was another attempt at dehumanizing them and galvanizing Western support for Ukraine in this conflict.

According to the geopolitical analysis blog Moon of Alabama, various nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Ukraine were all on the hunt for new “Western” money to funnel into their “rape consultation and recovery” projects. When they searched for real-life rape cases to make their case, however, they could not find any.

These NGOs apparently then resorted to making up rape claims, which Denisova then spread to the Western media. Eventually, some caught on and wrote to Denisova requesting improved communication with only those cases bearing sufficient evidence.

“Sexual crimes during the war are family tragedies, a difficult traumatic topic, not a topic for publications in the spirit of the ‘scandalous chronicle,’” reads a May 25 appeal to Denisova calling on her to avoid sensationalism, excessive details, and other questionable content.

“We need to keep in mind the goal: to draw attention to the facts of crimes.”

The “rape as a tool” of war by the Russians narrative continued for some time, despite this petition. Only now is it beginning to visibly crumble, once again exposing the Western media and their sources in Ukraine as a pack of liars pushing a fraudulent agenda.

“Ukrainian lawmakers dismissed the country’s ombudsman for human rights, Lyudmyla Denisova, in a no-confidence vote on Tuesday, concluding that she had failed to fulfill obligations including the facilitation of humanitarian corridors and countering the deportation of Ukrainians from occupied territory,” reads a report from The Wall Street Journal.

“Lawmaker Pavlo Frolov said Ms. Denisova was also accused of making insensitive and unverifiable statements about alleged Russian sex crimes and spending too much time in Western Europe during the invasion.”

Frolov added in a Facebook post that Denisova’s focus was “unclear” as it pertained to reporting the details of alleged “sexual crimes committed in an unnatural way” and the alleged “rape of children” by Russian soldiers. None of this, it turns out, could be “confirmed by evidence.”

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