Fighting Nazis With Nazis?

Vladimir Putin has frequently invoked World War II and the denazification of the world as an excuse for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Keep in mind that Volodimir Zelensky, Ukraine’s democratically elected president, is Jewish and lost relatives in the holocaust.

In a speech justifying his “special military operation,” Putin is quoted as saying: “The purpose of this operation is to protect people who for eight years now have been facing humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the Kyiv regime. To this end, we will seek to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, as well as bring to trial those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation.”

Right, Putin is there to save the Ukrainian people. Moving on…

Putin making a Victory Day speech, May 9th, 2022. Image Credit:


It is with no small amount of hypocrisy that neo-Nazi groups are fighting in Ukraine in the name of Russia. A leader of one of these groups, Rusich, is proud Nazi Aleksei Milchakov. He makes no bones about who he is. Milchakov stated clearly on a Russian Nationalist YouTube channel, “I’m a Nazi. I’m a Nazi. I’m not going to go deep and say, I’m a nationalist, a patriot, an imperialist, and so forth. I’ll say it outright: I’m a Nazi.” Not much room for interpretation there; he’s a Nazi.