How fake far-right “observers” entered Donetsk from Russia

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International fake observers of the fake elections in the Donbas arrived in Moscow on the 31st of October and checked in to the 5-star Metropol Hotel. They had a late dinner at the hotel restaurant and some of them went for a walk to the Red Square:

Those “observers” who would go illegally to Eastern Ukraine, took a morning flight from Moscow to Rostov-on-Don on the 1st of November and then travelled by bus from there to the Russian town of Kuybyshevo, right on the Russia-Ukraine border.

Those "observers" who would go illegally to Eastern Ukraine, took a morning flight from Moscow to Rostov-on-Don on the 1st of November and then travelled by bus from there to the Russian town of Kuybyshevo, right on the Russia-Ukraine border.
Those “observers” who would go illegally to Eastern Ukraine, took a morning flight from Moscow to Rostov-on-Don on the 1st of November and then travelled by bus from there to the Russian town of Kuybyshevo, right on the Russia-Ukraine border.
The "observers" arriving to the Russia-Ukraine border in Kuybyshevo
The “observers” arriving to the Russia-Ukraine border in Kuybyshevo

At the border, (pro-)Russian extremists put armed escorts into the buses of “observers” and then they crossed the border. None of them passed any official Ukrainian border control.

(Pro-)Russian extremists' armed escort on the way from Kuybyshevo to Donetsk
(Pro-)Russian extremists’ armed escort on the way from Kuybyshevo to Donetsk 

They arrived in Donetsk and checked in to the Ramada Hotel.

International "observers" and terrorists of the "Donetsk People's Republic" at the Ramada Hotel, Donetsk, 1 November 2014
International “observers” and terrorists of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” at the Ramada Hotel, Donetsk, 1 November 2014 

On the same day, the “observers” were introduced to the leadership of the terrorist organisation “Donetsk People’s Republic” and issued with “international observer” cards.

Member of the extreme right Ataka party Georgi Sengalevich's card of an international "observer"
Member of the extreme right Ataka party Georgi Sengalevich’s card of an international “observer”

Some of them met with French/Serbian Eurasianist fighters. Below is Manuel Ochsenreiter, editor of the far right Zuerst! journal (far left), and Dragana Trifkovic, director of the Belgrade Centre of Strategic Research (far right), with French/Serbian Eurasianists fighting against Ukrainians in Eastern Ukraine.

Manuel Ochsenreiter, editor of the far right Zuerst! journal (far left), and Dragana Trifkovic, director of the Belgrade Centre of Strategic Research (far right), with French/Serbian Eurasianists fighting against Ukrainians in Eastern Ukraine
Manuel Ochsenreiter, editor of the far right Zuerst! journal (far left), and Dragana Trifkovic, director of the Belgrade Centre of Strategic Research (far right), with French/Serbian Eurasianists fighting against Ukrainians in Eastern Ukraine

On the 2nd of November, international “observers” began their work of “legitimising” illegal, fake elections held by (pro-)Russian extremists. Not all of them did their work in Ukraine, however. Adrienn Szaniszló of the extreme right Jobbik party, for example, stayed in the Rostov region to observe the “elections” there.

Adrienn Szaniszló (in the centre) at the "polling station" in the Rostov region, Russia, 2 November 2014
Adrienn Szaniszló (in the centre) at the “polling station” in the Rostov region, Russia, 2 November 2014

Author: Anton Shekhovtsov

Anton Shekhovtsov is an expert on the European political far-right and a European Fellow of the Radicalism and New Media Research Group. He is also editor of the "Explorations of the Far Right" book series at ibidem-Verlag.

8 thoughts on “How fake far-right “observers” entered Donetsk from Russia”

  1. Gawd, those apes stayed in a Ramada Inn? If they ever want to have humans go there, they better burn the sheets, blankets, towels, pillowcases, etc.

  2. Gawd, those apes stayed in a Ramada Inn? If they ever want to have humans go there, they better burn the sheets, blankets, towels, pillowcases, etc.

  3. They wanted to be known as the “Association” for Security and Cooperation In Europe to try to have credibility by confusing them with the OSCE. More likely they should be the “Useful Idiots for Security and Cooperation in Europe”

  4. They wanted to be known as the “Association” for Security and Cooperation In Europe to try to have credibility by confusing them with the OSCE. More likely they should be the “Useful Idiots for Security and Cooperation in Europe”

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