Director of the Centre for Democratic Integrity (tinyurl.com/yr8j699t), author of "Russia and the Western Far Right" (tinyurl.com/n2x2g4x)

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Joined July 2009
In the new episode of #CDITalks, I discuss the Russian invasion of #Ukraine, Austrian enablers of #Russia's malign influence and the start of the debates on Austria’s military neutrality with Austrian MP Helmut Brandstätter @HBrandstaetter: redirect.invidious.io/cN1hHQ7NAg8
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Since the Russians use the term “denazification” in their war on Ukraine, there’s a trend to look for nazis in the Putin army. The trend’s unfortunate as it implies that the term has something to do with Nazism. It hasn’t, it’s a Russian PC term for the genocide of Ukrainians.
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There are two major types of symbolic immortality: one involves other people as “team mates”, the other is individual. 1/5
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The 1st type depends on the idea of collective immortality - one needs some community to live through after their physical demise: a family, a parish, a tribe, a human race. Symbolic immortality is then secured due to the belief that these communities survive in the future. 2/5
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The second type relies on personal achievements in cultural, scientific, political and other production. The greater the achievements, the longer one lives in people’s memory and hence is immortal. 3/5
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Although these two types necessarily overlap - both need an external “audience” to either help a collective to survive or evaluate personal achievements - the first type has historically proven to be more deadly. 4/5
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But very few methods of securing symbolic immortality are more repulsive and disgusting than men striving to control women’s uteri, looks or anything else that should undeniably be controlled by individual women only. 5/5
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Ukraine’s military intelligence says that Russia is planning to carry out false-flag terrorist attacks on the Belarusian territory. The aim is to accuse Ukraine of the attacks and thus create a casus belli for Lukashenka to join Russia’s genocidal war on Ukraine.
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One of the German MEPs who voted against the European Parliament resolution on the EU candidate status of Ukraine, Maximilian Krah (AfD), giving support to Putin’s major agent in Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk, less than a year ago. And Medvedchuk more recently.
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Here's a full list of 45 MEPs who voted against the European Parliament resolution on the EU candidate status of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia: facebook.com/anton.shekhovts…
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Congratulations to Ukraine, to the Ukrainian people and leadership, and all friends and allies of the heroic Ukrainian nation!
My takeaway from Brussels: If nothing super horrible happens, Ukraine will obtain an EU candidate status in June this year. The exact wording is unknown (to me), but the good news is the good news nevertheless.
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Russia continues to deploy far-right ultranationalism in service of subjugating Ukraine, and in service of supporting neo-Nazi and extreme right-wing nationalist movements throughout Europe aimed at destabilizing and overthrowing democracy. 1/2 osce.usmission.gov/the-russi…
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It was an honour and pleasure meeting you yesterday, @A_SHEKH0VTS0V ! Thank you for everything you are doing for 🇺🇦 Ukraine!
Grateful to @USAmbOSCE 4 co-sponsoring event Voices From UKR Civil Society & to @dkaleniuk @HopkoHanna & @A_SHEKH0VTS0V for their testimonies a/ what is ideology behind #russia's genocidal war, Ukrainian society's resistance &what needs to be done to help #Ukraine to win
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Grateful to @USAmbOSCE 4 co-sponsoring event Voices From UKR Civil Society & to @dkaleniuk @HopkoHanna & @A_SHEKH0VTS0V for their testimonies a/ what is ideology behind #russia's genocidal war, Ukrainian society's resistance &what needs to be done to help #Ukraine to win
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Congratulations to Ukraine on the adoption of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. By ratifying the Convention, Ukraine has gone even further in endorsing European values than some actual EU member states have.
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I see no tragedy in, or a problem with, Ukraine banning music produced by Russian citizens who have failed to condemn the Russian genocidal war against Ukraine, as well as banning imports of books published in Russia, Belarus and Russia-occupied Ukrainian territories. But! 1/3
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We should be aware of one thing: These measures were suggested by those who have no access to the direct violent encounter with the Russian aggressors, and - by banning the above-mentioned production - they are simply imitating that encounter in the cultural safe space. 2/3
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This I do find problematic (but not tragic) as this imitation provides a false feeling of empowerment, while covertly contributing to deeper disempowerment of the initiators of the measures. Disempowerment, especially disguised as empowerment, does a great harm to any nation. 3/3
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This important book will soon appear as a paperback version, hopefully featuring my blurb. The book's author and my great colleague Robert Horvath @RG_Horvath was recently sanctioned by the Russians, so you may understand how insightful his book indeed is: routledge.com/Putins-Fascist…
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The French “anti-war” slogan “Why Die for Danzig?” was coined in 1939 by French politician Marcel Déat who, just a year later, would become an ardent Nazi collaborator and founder of the National Popular Rally - a party, which was even more extreme than the Vichy regime.
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