Activist state

Russian state media war reporter defends Nazi tattoos

A Russian journalist covering Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine for state media said he “didn’t regret” his move to a far-right group after he was photographed with Nazi tattoos.

Gleb Erve is currently covering the conflict – that the Kremlin claims was launched to “denazify Ukraine” – for the state news agency RIA Novosti.

Ukrainian press briefing Kyivskaya Pravda published images showing fascist and nazi symbols tattooed on Erve’s head and arm. They are the emblem of the Italian National Fascist Party tattooed at the back of his head and the Algiz, or rune of life, widely used in Nazi Germany, the her hand.

Writing on the Telegram messaging app, Erve didn’t deny having the tattoos but said he quit the far right three years ago after feeling “disappointedin motion.

“Do I regret this story? No. Simply because it was a very unusual experience”, Erve said in an interview with state media Sputnik.

He also claimed his background helped him interview captives from the Ukrainian Azov Battalion – a group with far-right roots that has since been integrated into the Ukrainian military – and research ‘nationalist’ literature in Ukraine. .

Before joining RIA Novosti, Erve worked in a Moscow tattoo parlor alongside Andrei Dedov, an ally of Russian Nazi activist Maxim “Tesak” Martsinkevich, Novaya Gazeta Europe reported later.

Martsinkevich has twice been charged with inciting ethnic or racial hatred, while unconfirmed reports have linked Dedov to several murder cases.