Azov Battalion are hardocore Nazis, and people should stop pretending that’s okay.

Working notes and links to resources for a project I’m working on, about the Nazification of modern day Ukraine.

Why this is so important: Because contemporary Nazis are trying to reignite global war, with a stated mission to, “Lead the White Nations around the world in the last crusade of its existence… a campaign against Semitic-led untermenschen,” and no decent person should want to end up on their side of that fight.

Updated: 18 May 2022

During WW2, Ukrainian Nazis organized under the umbrella of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN).

Their insurgent paramilitary wing was called the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

They were Ukraine’s primary collaborators with Nazi Germany, first operating as an underground movement that pacified Ukraine in preparation for Nazi invasion, then operating independently to lead their own ethnic cleansing campaigns.

The Social-National Party of Ukraine was founded in 1991 when Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union. The party’s ideology was modeled after the OUN’s, and Patriot Ukraine was formed in 1999 as their paramilitary wing.

In 2004, the Social-National Party dissolved, and its members reorganized as the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” and Our Ukraine parties. Patriot Ukraine reorganized in 2005, under the leadership of Andriy Biletsky.

“The Patriot Ukraine is the revolutionary vanguard of the Ukrainian social-nationalist movement. Established (restored) in 2005. Sets the most difficult tasks of defending the Nation, direct action; protective functions of Social-Nationalist Assembly.”

— Patriot of Ukraine, organization statement.

Ukrainian Racial Social Nationalism:


“Ukrainian Social Nationalism”. – Kharkiv: “Patriot of Ukraine”, 2007. – p. 3-5.

Patriot of Ukraine is a militant organization that professes the ideology of Ukrainian Social Nationalism. Our task is to fight for the creation of a powerful Social-Nationalist movement that will embrace the entire Nation and gain power in the State.

The main mystical idea of ​​Social Nationalism is to create, instead of a bunch of disparate individuals, mechanically united by the name “Ukrainians” and the presence of a Ukrainian passport, the National Supercommunity – a single biological organism consisting of New People – physically, intellectually and spiritually developed. From the mass of individuals must emerge the Nation, and from the weak modern man – the Superman.

Social Nationalism is based on a number of fundamental principles that clearly distinguish it from other right-wing movements. This is a kind of triad: Socialism, Racialism, Great Power.

I. Sociality. We are fighting to create a harmonious National Community. We argue that sharp social divisions lead to the decay and disintegration of the Spirit of the national community, as well as to the cultivation of selfishness. We do not rule out the existence of the rich (provided that their material values ​​are acquired through honest and socially useful work), but we reject the possibility of the existence of the poor. Every Ukrainian, regardless of the nature of the work performed, must have a decent social status and material security. “It’s a shame to be poor in a rich country, even more embarrassing to be rich in a poor country.”

From the principle of Sociality follows our complete denial of democracy and liberalism, which give rise to the division of the Nation into isolated units and the power of the gray crowd over prominent figures (ochlocracy). Instead, we put forward the ideas of National Solidarity, Natural Hierarchy and Strict Discipline as the foundations of our new society. Not the “democratic vote” of a mob that cannot give advice to its own life, not that of the life of the State, but the natural selection of the best representatives of the Nation – born leaders. Anyone who thinks that such a system of government is unacceptable should consider whether a modern system of government is acceptable, in which a prostitute and an academic have equal voting rights, where a degraded drug addict or pedophile is equally valued in an election with a tank division commander.

ІІ. Racialism. All our nationalism is nothing – a castle on the sand, without reliance on the foundation of blood, the foundation of Race. Traditional (post-war, post-Soviet) nationalism is characterized by putting the cart before the horse – to declare that the Nation is a linguistic, cultural or territorial-economic phenomenon. Of course, we do not reject the importance of spiritual and cultural-linguistic factors, as well as territorial patriotism. But, in our deep conviction, all these are only derivatives of our Race, our Racial nature. If Ukrainian spirituality, culture and language are unique, it is only because our racial nature is unique. If Ukraine is an earthly paradise, it is only because our Race has turned it into it.

Accordingly, the treatment of our National organism must begin with the Racial Purification of the Nation. And then a healthy National Spirit will be reborn in a healthy Racial body, and with it culture, language and everything else. In addition to the question of purity, we must also pay attention to the question of the fullness of the Race. Ukrainians are a part (and one of the largest and highest quality) of the European White Race. Race-Creator of a great civilization, the highest human achievements. The historical mission of our Nation, in this crucial century, is to lead and lead the White Nations around the world in the last crusade of its existence. A campaign against Semitic-led inhumanity.

III. Great power.We are replacing the slogan “Independent Ukraine” with the slogan “Greater Ukraine”. Ukrainians are a nation with a long imperial history. During their existence, Ukrainians had at least two superpowers – Greater Scythia and Kievan Rus. The task of the current generation is to create the Third Empire – Greater Ukraine. And this question, oddly enough, is not so much political as biological. Any living organism in nature tends to expand, reproduce, increase. This law is universal for the infusoria-shoe, and for man, and for the Nation-Race. Stopping, cessation of development means in the nature of extinction – death. Inhibiting population growth leads to the biological death of the Nation, the cessation of political expansion and the decline of the State. Thousands of times we have heard the moans of pseudo-nationalists about the oppression of us by the Poles and Moscow, their curses against empires. Social-Nationalism is not like that, he claims – if we are strong, we will take everything that belongs to us by right and even a little more, we will build our Superpower-Empire – Greater Ukraine, which will be the legal successor of the Scythian and Kievan Rus’ empires. If we are weak, then we have a place among the conquered dying peoples. Because such is Nature! The choice is ours!

Thus, Social-Nationalism raises on the shield all the ancient Ukrainian Aryan values, forgotten in modern society. Only their revival and implementation by a group of fanatical fighters can lead to the final victory of European civilization in the world struggle.

We stand on this, and we can not do otherwise!

Open Translation

Read more about what contemporary Ukrainian fascists believe and intend for the world, here.

Their movement was bolstered after the anti-Communist Orange Revolution by Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko, who enacted several Ukrainization (de-Russification) laws meant to shape a new Ukrainian National Identity, and established Jingoistic anti-Soviet/Russian programs that included the de-stigmatization and glorification of historical fascist Anti-Soviet heroes (the OUN and UPA).

One of the organizations established by Yushchenko was the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance (UINR), which was tasked with the restoration and preservation of national memory of the Ukrainian people.

UINR, on Ukraine’s National Identity:

View Ukrainization Flashcards

At the time, this socio-political effort raised concerns from academics like Timothy Snyder, and from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum about how it could lead to a revival of genocidal fascism in Eastern Europe.

Yushhenko’s policies were embraced in West Ukraine — a region heavily populated with descendants of the original OUN/UPA. But the majority of the rest of Ukraine proved to be anti-fascist. In 2010, that silent majority elected Viktor Yanukovych, who campaigned on promises to protect the civil rights and cultural freedoms of non-ethnic Ukrainians.

Yanukovych’s civil rights initiative was met with objections from nationalists who accused him of obstructing national unity, and his resistance to Ukrainization/de-Russificiation policies were portrayed by them as Anti-Ukraine/Pro-Russia, and even labelled as treasonous Russification.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International expressed alarm over mass xenophobia and significant deterioration of human rights in Ukraine.

In early 2014, after months of violent protest, the Ukrainian government was overthrown by fascist far-right groups who organized under the umbrella of the Right Sector. The new, self-appointed government then launched a terror campaign against regions who would not recognize their coup as legitimate, and the Western press ignored their atrocities.

The violence was perpetrated by Patriot of Ukraine, who were then re-organized as various battalions (such as, Azov) under the umbrella of Ukraine’s newly formed Territorial Defense Battalions (Three Revolutions, Page 108) who were called upon to conduct “Anti Terrorist Operations” in East and South Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government claims that while some of their members are Nazis, the Azov Battalion is not a Nazi army. But their sergeants and officers are required to study at a military academy named after the founder of the OUN, where they are trained to “follow his example”.

In 2015, Ukraine passed a law making it a criminal offense to shine a poor light on the OUN, or UPA.