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What connects the Ukrainian neo-Nazis with the Kirchner assassination attempt?

The assassination attempt on Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner drew attention to the attacker, a 35-year-old Brazilian resident in Argentina named Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel.

The young man who a few hours ago pointed a gun at Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner wears the tattoo typical of Nazism with the black sun and the swastika.

Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel. (Photo internet reproduction)
Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel. (Photo internet reproduction)

Argentine media recalled Sabag Montiel’s violent background and fleeting television appearances showing him as a critic of the Kirchner government and what the right disparagingly calls “social plans.”

On his elbow, the man wears The ‘Black Sun’ (Schwarze Sonne = SS), a symbol is “that was introduced by Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, during World War II and is one of the core Nazi symbols.

Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel. (Photo internet reproduction)
Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel and the black sun. (Photo internet reproduction)

On his right hand, he wears a swastika tattoo, another important symbol of Nazism and neo-Nazism.

Both symbols are not only typical of the ideology founded by Adolf Hitler but are also currently widely used by their “Ukrainian neo-Nazi variants”.

The black sun tattooed on Montiel can also be seen on the coat of arms of the Azov Battalion (banned in Russia), which is accused of committing hate crimes against Russian speakers in the Donbas and brutally murdering Russian POWs.

Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel. (Photo internet reproduction)
Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel. (Photo internet reproduction)

These groups, which murdered 15,000 Russian speakers in the Donbas in 2014 alone, are admirers of this whole genocidal tradition, which at the time cost the lives of 28 million Soviets.”


With Western support, these militias had been operating in the Donbas since 2014. Even if one can argue about the term “Nazi,” the fact remains that these militias are violent, convey a vile ideology, and are virulently anti-Semitic…[and] are composed of passionate and brutal individuals.

The best known of these is the Azov Regiment, whose emblem is reminiscent of the 2nd SS Das Reich Panzer Division, which is revered in Ukraine for liberating Kharkiv from the Soviets in 1943 before carrying out the 1944 Oradour-sur-Glane massacre in France. [….]

The characterization of the Ukrainian paramilitaries as “Nazis” or “neo-Nazis” is considered Russian propaganda.

(Ukrainian neo-Nazi Dmitry Kucharchuk, who tortured Russian prisoners on camera while performing a Nazi ceremony)

But that’s not the view of the Times of Israel or the West Point Academy’s Center for Counterterrorism. In 2014, Newsweek magazine seemed to associate them more with… the Islamic State. Take your pick!

So, the West supported and continued to arm militias guilty of numerous crimes against civilian populations since 2014: rape, torture, and massacres.

The integration of these paramilitary forces into the Ukrainian National Guard was not accompanied by a “denazification,” as some claim.

Among the many examples, that of the Azov Regiment’s insignia is instructive:

And let’s not forget: the resistance of this Azov militia in Mariupol even led to a boost of 500 million euros for weapons.

That is why neo-Nazis around the world feel strengthened.

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