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Antifa United – Seven Antifascists Detained in Russia

On June 5, Russian police and the FSB conducted a large-scale operation and detained seven antifascists in Moscow and the Moscow region in the Antifa United case. The alleged leader of the group, Bogdan Yakimenko, was detained in Rostov-on-Don. The

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Rusich Fighter Yan Petrovsky’s Escape From Russia

An alleged key fighter, founding member and leader of Russia’s best-known neo-Nazi unit Rusich, Yan Petrovsky, has been detained in Finland. Kyiv has sent an official request to Finnish authorities asking for the extradition of the 36-year-old Russian neo-Nazi. Our

Finland’s Cabinet of Horrors

This article was first published by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung on Jul 13th, 2023 – by Pinja Vuorinen. The Finnish parliamentary elections were held on April 2, but it has taken almost three months for a new government to be

I’ll put a bullet in your head!

On June 27th, 2023, a 17-year-old boy, Nahel, was shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris. A witness filmed the scene; the policeman yells, “I’ll put a bullet in your

Greek Elections: Far Right Regroups

The results returned not one but three clearly far-right parties to parliament, along with another formation that proclaims itself to be “neither right nor left”.

The Far-Right Maneuvers for Power in the EU Parliament

Following last month’s election, about 180 Members of the European Parliament, a quarter of the total 720 members, belong to far-right parties. Considering the immense political moves ahead of and after the elections, it seems almost impossible that the old grouping in the parliament will continue.

The last straw – AfD’s departure from the Identity & Democracy Group

The sacking of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) from the Identity & Democracy (ID) group in the European Parliament traces back to clashes between AfD and Rassemblement National (RN), resulting from non-matching strategies and conduct rather than ideological mismatches.

An Emerging Generation of the Russian Far-Right

A new generation of far-rightists has emerged in Russia, attacking migrants against the backdrop of the invasion of Ukraine, filming their attacks on video and publishing them on Telegram.

How the far-right reacted to Prigozhin’s mutiny has collected the far-right’s reaction to the news of Prigozhin’s military mutiny. On the night of 24 June, Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner PMC, issued a statement accusing the Russian Defence Ministry of missile attacks on the camp of his mercenaries and announced a “march of justice to Rostov”. On the morning of 25 June, Wagner PMC units occupied the centre of Rostov and seized government buildings, including the FSB headquarters and the Southern Military District headquarters. In

EUROPOL Report Covers the European Right’s Stance on Ukraine

Europol has published a report on terrorism. It mentions the far-right and the war in Ukraine There has been a significant split among the European far-right on the issue of the war in Ukraine. This is based on Europol’s European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend report 2023 (TE-SAT). A majority of the European far-right supported Ukraine, after which calls began to spread among them to join the ultra-nationalistic Ukrainian battalion Azov. Traveling to the conflict zone and/or participating in hostilities

The Greek Far Right after the rightward shift in the election

Written by Signal/ Researching and Confronting the Far Right The Greek election results are naturally multifaceted and open to various interpretations. We witnessed an overt defeat of Syriza and MeRA25, thereby of a large part of the Left. We also saw a big victory for conservative New Democracy. After 4 years of a turbulent administration marked by multiple crises and strong criticism from within and outside of the country’s borders, the party increased its share as well as its number

The whole truth about the fighters of the RDC: Some of them are neo-nazis

The Russian-language editorial board of the German state media company Deutsche Welle published a video report about the Russian Volunteer Corps (RDC), which did not mention that neo-Nazis were serving in the unit. The relevant video was published on May 24 on the official YouTube channel “DW – in Russian.” The exclusive report titled “The whole truth about the fighters of the RDC: who are they and why are they fighting on the side of Ukraine?” which is nine minutes

The Far-right Wants to Make the Rest of Europe Like Italy

Interview by Antifascist Europe In September of last year, Italy’s Fratelli d’Italia party, considered the successor to Benito Mussolini’s Fascist party, gained political power. British historian and Jacobin editor David Broder recently published a new book on contemporary Italian fascists. Antifascist Europe interviewed David to discuss how Mussolini’s descendants are back in power and how this will affect the far-right in Europe.  David, this is your third book about Italy. The first was about the far-right Lega party, and the

The Russian far-right splits over Ukraine

The original publication under the headline “Die Ukrainefrage spaltet” was published in the German antifascist magazine Der Rechte Rand, November/December 2021, pages 46-47. Translated by the Antifascist Europe team with the consent of the magazine’s editors. The author of the text is Alexander Tushkin, a Russian antifascist, and journalist who is a visiting researcher at HWR Berlin. He is a fellow of The International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies (IRGAC). In the autumn of 2020, Nazi skinhead Andrei Ded

Far-Right Extremism Is a Threat to Germany’s Democracy

Investigations have continued into this year, with a second raid against further Reichsbürger on 22 March ending in an exchange of fire between a suspect and the police. How big is this network of far-right conspiracists, and how serious is the threat they pose to liberal democracy in Germany? Die Linke MP and spokesperson for antifascist policy Martina Renner spoke with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s Anika Taschke about these questions and the fight against far-right extremism in Germany today.

Russian war correspondent killed in blast in St. Petersburg

Military reporter Vladlen Tatarsky (real name Maxim Fomin) was killed on Sunday in a bomb blast at a cafe in St Petersburg. This was reported by the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS 23 people were injured in the attack, and four were hospitalized in serious condition. Law enforcement authorities have opened a criminal case under the article on murder, but the case may be reclassified under the article on terrorist attacks. The explosive device went off in a cafe Street

Podcast Episode on the European Far-Right by Trademark Belfast

Our friends at Trademark Belfast have produced this podcast episode on the European far-right – worth checking out! Médb McDaid & Stiofán Ó Nualláin of Trademark joined by Yolanda Gil of Spanish Union CCOO and  Mojca Zerak from Slovenian trade union Sindikat Mladi Plus talking about the threat of the far right and authoritarian drift within ‘liberal’ capitalist states. Recorded at an ETUC trade union anti fascist training event in Toledo Spain.  You can listen to the episode here.

RDK claims responsibility for the attack on villages in the Bryansk region of Russia

A neo-Nazi unit of the Russian Volunteer Corps (RDK) led by Denis Kapustin has claimed responsibility for an attack on villages in the Bryansk Region. This follows a video posted on the RDK channel. The recording shows Kapustin in white camouflage standing at the entrance to the Lyubechanskiy paramedic and midwife station. On 2 March, Russian media reported that Ukrainian units crossed the border and attacked the village of Sushany, Klimovsky district, Bryansk Region. Later, an attack on the village

“Russia is giving carte blanche to the far right”

A year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a war against Ukraine on the pretext of “denazification”. A year after the outbreak of war, IRGAC member Alexander Tushkin from Russia spoke to Sergey Movchan, left-wing activist and participant in the Marker project which tracks far-right violence in Ukraine, about Ukrainian nationalism, the far right and antifascists in the Ukrainian army, and how the war has affected their position in society.

A Decade of Right-Wing Radicalization

Ten years after its founding, the Alternative für Deutschland shows no sign of moderating its politics By Gerd Wiegel The rise of Germany’s leading right-populist party, the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) or “Alternative for Germany”, is unprecedented in the German political system. The AfD won 10.3 percent in the autumn 2021 elections, securing it seats in the German federal parliament, the Bundestag, for the second time since 2017 (when they won 12.6 percent). In only one short decade, the AfD

The Far-Right in the European Parliament

This ePaper is a publication by transform!europe and written by Pierre Balas. Download the full version here. transform!europe is a European Left Think Tank and Network. The European Parliament (EP) is yet another institution where we are able to see the rise of the far-right and its influence on policies and political agendas. This global trend does not come to a halt, and the paper aims at examining the far-right in the EP from 2019 up until today. The focus

Making Russia Great Again?

Written by Alexander Tushkin. He is a Russian anti-fascist journalist and visiting researcher at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Currently, he is a fellow of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies. How the Kremlin suppressed Russian nationalists, but ended up pursuing their greatest ambition When Russia’s long-running conflict with Ukraine escalated into a full-blown invasion on 24 February 2022, Russian nationalists of all stripes rejoiced. For although Russian leader Vladimir Putin justified his

Raid Against ‘Reichsbürger’: Mad in Germany

In the early morning hours of the 7th of December 2022, 3.000 police officers conducted 130 house searches and arrested 25 individuals. All of this took place in 11 Federal States including Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Thuringia, Lower Saxony, as well as Kitzbühl (Austria) and Perugia (Italy). Out of the 25 individuals, 22 are accused of being members of a right-wing terrorist organization, and three suspected to be supporters of this organization. Additionally, there are 27