Thread on Russian perception of "Nazism". -- 1. For Russian propaganda, "Nazi" equals to national; every national movement opposing to Russian assimilation, is called "Nazi" 1/
Being Ukrainian, speaking Ukrainian language, supporting it, is already sign of "Nazism" or "Banderism". 2/
Same with other nations, for example Crimean Tatars or even Belarusians 3/
Everything in Ukrainian identity which is different from Russian, is called "Nazi"; all which is similar, is called Russian. In the eyes of Russians, Ukrainians can only be either a) Russians, or b) Nazi 4/
This means that, for Russian prop, Ukrainians don't have a right to exist. Either they are Russians, thus having no cultural right to exist, or they are Nazi, thus having no moral right to exist 5/
Before WWII Russian propaganda also portrayed Ukrainians as either a) traitors (Mazepa / Petliura followers) or b) cruel bandits. After Mazepa / Petliura they started using the image of Bandera, calling "Banderovtsy" every Ukrainian willing to stay Ukrainian 6/
By fighting against "Nazism" Russians are actually displaying the worst forms of far-right Russian nationalism denying the right to existence to whole nations like Ukrainians 7/

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