The long speak: For the past two decades the Russian territory has encouraged an organization of murderous far-right love. As the Football 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 continued a framed photograph of Joseph Goebbels in his bedroom, took part in his first street fight, his mother shaped 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 path up through the ranks of one of Russia’s top hooligan firms. But on that day, Nikitin supposes, 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, crowded his rucksack with meat and heated clothes.
Nikitin took a six-hour bus travel to the match, but he had not bought a ticket.( His comrade hooligans joke that, in the past decade, 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, his interests had narrowed to far-right politics and violence. Nikitin’s neighbourhood “team” was visiting Hamburg- a city whose left-wing advocates were a favourite target of the far-right Cologne rowdies. Nikitin’s hobbies just happened to intersect at football.
At around midnight, as two bus carrying Cologne’s supporters approached Hamburg, person wailed: “They’re here.” Through the window, Nikitin recognized around 30 Hamburg bullies in front of such vehicles. It seemed strange- the 90 -odd Cologne goons on the buses vastly outnumbered the three men outside. It would not be a fair engage. Nikitin disembarked, guided to a nearby bush, and gave his rucksack beneath the forks. Then he searched up. On the guardrail of an overlooking footbridge he saw a line of silhouettes- at the least 70 beings, to add to the 30 in front of the coaches. An ambush, then.
Nikitin remembers passing toward the Hamburg goon. He picked out his first target and, from behind, landed a operating pierce. As the three men twisted in appall, Nikitin realised he had struck one of his own surface.” Oh, fuck ,” he wailed,” sorry, sorry, sorry, husband .” The campaign was chaotic; in the dark it is not easy to pick out unit colours, buttons or scarves. With the anxiety of a person who wants to immediately put right a wrong after it is reached, Nikitin jumped on another silhouette and embarked striking him in the head. This, too, was a Cologne supporter.
Blushing under his balaclava, Nikitin waited for some kind of clue. Times afterwards it came. One of the Hamburg bully find passing at him, bellowing insult. Nikitin, wearing gloves rowed with metal pellets, landed a sucker punch on the screamer. As the three men descended to the soil, Nikitin readied a follow-up punch. Before it connected, a rival follower gathered off Nikitin’s balaclava, and embarked pummelling his look. Nikitin interrupted free and started operating for the buses, over sand scattered with descended phones and billfolds. Back at the road, simply one vehicle remained; the other driver had fled.
As the remaining bus gathered away, Nikitin looked at the men around him, their faces blotched with browning blood, and experienced a surge of euphoria. It had not become unnoticed that he was one of the last followers to get back on board. In his leaders’ nodding permission, Nikitin knowledge the first even , not only of belonging, but of something close to a announcing.” The media claims that parties like me will end up alone in prison, or as an alcoholic, or depressed ,” he told me last year.” This is considered your inevitable fate as a Nazi football hooligan. It is a lie .”
In the summer of 2016, the Russian football hooligan, previously a county kind of bogeyman, padded on to the international stage at the European Championship in France. On 10 June, an estimated 150 Russians pitched on Marseille’s Old Port. They moved in orderly phalanxes, responding any England partisans they ran into with extravagant savagery. One England fan had his Achilles tendons sliced. Two English followers were to stay in a coma, one of whom was left paralysed on the left-hand back of his mas( his alleged attacker, missed for attempted carnage, detained in Germany in February ). Another man apparently advanced dwelling on the Eurostar with glass from a shattered bottle still lodged in his neck.
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