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Northern League Rally 02
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

Two young supporters of Donetsk Popular Repubblic @ Pontida 2015

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Northern League Rally 03
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

a man holding a sign that says that the Native Americans couldn't regulate immigration and now they live on reserves.

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Northern League Rally 04
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

some people make a selfie with Tony Iwobi, a militant emigrate from Nigeria.

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Northern League Rally 05
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

Matteo Salvini national secretary of Northern League

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Northern League Rally 06
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

Matteo Salvini national secretary of Northern League

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Northern League Rally 08
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

Mario Borghezio, former member of Italian and European Parliament repeatedly condamned for varius crimes

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Northern League Rally 09
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

brochure on the activities of N.G.O. "Padan Humanitarian"

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Northern League Rally 10
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

An activist with a poster which invite to sign up for the abolition of actually Italian law on prostitution

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Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

a t-shirt with the written means "more rum and less Roma people"

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Northern League Rally 17
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

The statue of Alberto from Giussano (their undisputed hero) and green smoke (green is the color of N.L.)

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Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

An activist with a poster which invite to sign up for the abolition of actually Italian law on prostitution on the roof of chemical toilets.

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Northern League Rally 23
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

An action figure of the incredible Hulk "maneuvering" a bulldozer.

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Northern League Rally 24
Pontida, Italy
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

A man with the gadget that every militants must have, the bulldozer model.

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Pravy Sektor 01
Donetsk, Ukraine
By KatArgo
11 Feb 2015

Pravy Sektor have their flags on the wall in the basement of an empty house in the front lines of the Ukraine war.

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Pravy Sektor 02
Donetsk, Ukraine
By KatArgo
09 Feb 2015

Most of the interior was made from scratch. They live on mattress-less wooden bunks and pile their winter gear in the shared sleeping quarters in the basement of an abandoned home in order to shelter them from Grad attacks.

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Donetsk, Ukraine
By KatArgo
09 Feb 2015

Pravy Sektor Soldier signs a Ukrainian flag that will be sent home with their supporters in Kiev.

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Inside Ukraine's 'Pravy Sektor'
Donetsk, Ukraine
By KatArgo
03 Feb 2015

Near Donetsk, Ukrainian fighters make their home among the wreckage of an old, abandoned home. Now the residential neighborhood had been reduced to frames of brick and rubble, pock marked by the impact of shrapnel. A child’s purple bike, an full-length brass mirror and a green-and-red sled are just some of the abandoned reminders of a life that existed here before the war came to their doorstep.

After a Grad rocket landed nearby, I took shelter in one of these abandoned mansions where the soldiers of the Pravy Sektor have made a home inside the basements. The Pravy Sektor, or the Right Sektor, is largely seen as an ultra-right wing nationalist organization, also having, some say, collaborated with the Nazi regime against the Soviets in WWII.

For security reasons, they requested that their names and identities be kept secret. “It is too dangerous to live on the first, second or third floors,” said a Crimean soldier in his 40’s, “We used to live across the street but that house is now destroyed. You can hear the grads landing all night.”

They have made a comfortable home, with improvised stoves whose pipes cut into the windows and are sealed air tight with silver electrical tape. An old, gas-powered stove sits in one corner, and they manually need to crank open a tank of gas in order to use it.

Along the wall are the flags of Ukraine, Pravy Sektor and the letters of support from young children. Because it is too dangerous to go outside to smoke, many of them huddle around a small garden table that was brought indoors and tap their ash into empty tin cans and ignore the chorus of artillery fire that is just outside.

When I asked if they were Nazis or Nazi sympathizers, a soldier from Crimea who had previously been a member of the Aidar battalion, laughed and screamed “Hitler kaput! Like Putin kaput!”
Many, it seems were apolitical, and their only uniting conviction was the need to stop Russia from turning the whole of Ukraine into Crimea.

A soldier in his fifties had once served in the Soviet Army. He was a painter, doing metalwork for a museum in Crimea. He studies and practices Zen Buddhism, dreams of being in a monastery in Thailand after the war is over, and says that though he is generally a pacifist, the events and the current state of Crimea convinced him that there was a need to fight.

“It is horrible in Crimea now,” he says, “The friends I left behind there tell me they are horrified.”
I asked them if they truly hated Russians, and a young man who looked to be in his late twenties laughed, “No we do not hate Russians. It is Russian policies we are against. I was born in Russian. I am Russian. There are others like me here.”

After I asked them my questions, one of their young team leaders in his late twenties looked at me and asked me, as an American, why my country did not help Ukraine against the Russian “terrorists”. I had no answer.

“Men are dying in this war, and still, no one helps,” he says, exacerbated.

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The Black Men: European Fighters in U...
By laura.lesevre
24 Jul 2014

European volunteer fighters and far-right activists have travelled to Ukraine to fight along side pro-Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists. They come from France, Sweden, and other parts of Europe. They have different motivations for participating in the conflict, but they all say that they are not paid to fight.

Journalists Fausto Biloslavo and Laura Lesevre travelled to Ukraine and interviewed, among others, Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.

This 11:26 minutes video story includes footage of the Azov Battalion training and fighting against pro-Russia separatists. It also include interviews with an Italian and a Russian volunteer fighter. It also includes an interview with Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper.

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By laura.lesevre
20 Jun 2014

A volunteer fighter wearing the t-shirt with the emblem of the Azov Battalion. The battalion is under the control of Kiev’s Interior ministry.

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By laura.lesevre
20 Jun 2014

46 year old Gaston Besson from France says he wants to defend Ukraine’s independence. Besson, who has also fought in Croatia, Bosnia, Burma and Laos, is in charge of recruiting foreign European volunteers to fight against pro-Russian rebels. "Every day I get dozens of e-mail with requests of enlistment, but I reject 75% of them. People who want to join us are to buy the plane ticket with their own money. Then they go over an initial period of training in Kiev before being sent to the front line. We do not want fanatics, trigger-happy people, drunkards or druggies. We need unpaid idealists, not hired mercenaries”, he says.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Volunteer fighters from the Azov battalion during urban warfare training.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Francesco F, an Italian volunteer fighter in the Azav battalion's base in Berdyansk.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

An armed member of the Azov Battalion at a check point near Berdyansk in Eastern Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Members of the Azov battalion in their base in Eastern Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Francesco F. an Italian volunteer fighter with the Azav battalion during training. Francesco gave up his life as a manager in order to fight alongside Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

A member of the Azav battalion. All fighters wear masks to cover their faces for fear of reprisals.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Fighters from the Azav battalion resting on the grass.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Volunteer fighters from the Azov battalion during training.