The long speak: For the past two decades the Russian regime has encouraged groups of violent far-right devotees. As the World Cup approachings, it is struggling to tame them. By Simon Parkin
The day that Denis Nikitin, a Russian neo-Nazi who claims he formerly retained a framed image of Joseph Goebbels in his bedroom, took part in his first street campaign, his mother realise him a jam-packed lunch. During the past 12 times, the Moscow-based MMA fighter has become a rising star of the far right, after brawling his route up through the ranks of one of Russia’s top rowdy conglomerates. But on that day, Nikitin says, he was like a schoolboy on his first field trip; his mother, who thought her 22 -year-old son was going to watch a football match, replenished his rucksack with meat and heated clothes.
Nikitin took a six-hour bus razz to the coincide, but he had not bought air tickets.( His colleague hooligans joke that, in the last few decades, he has been inside a football stadium fewer than five times .) Since their own families had moved from Moscow to Germany a few years earlier, the best interest had narrowed to far-right politics and violence. Nikitin’s neighbourhood “team” was calling Hamburg- a town whose left-wing boosters were a favourite target of the far-right Cologne goons. Nikitin’s hobbies just happened to meet at football.
At around midnight, as two bus carrying Cologne’s supporters approached Hamburg, person hollered: “They’re here.” Through the window, Nikitin encountered around 30 Hamburg rowdies in front of the vehicle. It seemed odd- the 90 -odd Cologne goons on the buses greatly outnumbered “the mens” outside. It would not be a fair crusade. Nikitin disembarked, passed to a nearby bush, and determined his rucksack beneath the divisions. Then he appeared up. On the guardrail of an overlooking footbridge he saw a line of silhouettes- at least 70 men, to add to the 30 in front of the coach-and-fours. An attack, then.
Nikitin recollects moving toward the Hamburg hooligan. He picked out his first target and, from behind, territory a operating pierce. As “the mens” twisted in outrage, Nikitin realised he had impressed one of his own surface.” Oh, fuck ,” he screamed,” sorry, sorry, sorry, person .” The oppose was chaotic; in the dark it will not be able to pick out team colour, buttons or scarves. With the hysterium of a person who wants to immediately put right a wrong after it is induced, Nikitin climbed on another silhouette and began striking him in the president. This, more, was a Cologne supporter.
Blushing under his balaclava, Nikitin waited for some kind of signaling. Minutes eventually it came. One of the Hamburg bully came passing at him, hollering corruption. Nikitin, wearing gauntlets lined with metal pellets, territory a sucker punch on the screamer. As “the mens” fell to the field, Nikitin readied a follow-up blow. Before it connected, a rival booster plucked off Nikitin’s balaclava, and began pummelling his face. Nikitin break-dance free and started extending for the bus, over field scattered with descended phones and wallets. Back at the road, only one vehicle remained; the other move had fled.
As the remaining bus pulled away, Nikitin looked at “the mens” around him, their faces flashed with browning blood, and felt a surge of euphoria. It had not become unnoticed that he was one of the last soldiers to get back on board. In his presidents’ gesturing approving, Nikitin knew the first flush , not only of belonging, but of something close to a calling.” The media feigns that beings like me will end up alone in prison, or as an alcoholic, or depressed ,” he told me last year.” This is considered your inescapable fate as a Nazi football hooligan. It is a lie .”
In the summer of 2016, the Russian football hooligan, previously a county sort of bogeyman, padded on to the international stage at the European Championship in France. On 10 June, an estimated 150 Russians descended on Marseille’s Old Port. They moved in orderly phalanxes, greeting any England followers they ran into with extravagant brutality. One England fan had his Achilles tendons sliced. Two English males were left in a coma, one of whom was left paralysed on the left-hand surface of his form( his alleged attacker, craved for attempted slaughter, detained in Germany in February ). Another man apparently jaunted dwelling on the Eurostar with glass from a shattered bottle still lodged in his neck.
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