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 Belorusian who fought in Azov Battalion on trial in Vitebsk

A Belarusian man authorities say has openly espoused neo-Nazi ideas is on trial in Belarus along with five other defendants on charges including inciting ethnic hatred.

Censor.NET reports citing RFE/RL.

Stanilsau Hancharou was arrested in April on his arrival from Ukraine, where he fought in the far-right Azov Battalion against Russia-backed separatists in the eastern Donetsk region.

He and his co-defendants, men aged 18-22 whose names were not disclosed, were charged with inciting ethnic and racial hatred, theft, engaging minors in criminal activities, online pornography distribution, and hooliganism.

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Their trial started on Dec. 12 in Vitsebsk in northeastern Belarus.

Hancharou, 20, has posted videos on the Internet that officials say propagate neo-Nazism. One appears to show him coercing young antifascists to reject their viewpoints and perform a Nazi greeting.

He has tattoos of a coded neo-Nazi greeting -- "88," which stands for "Heil Hitler" -- and a symbol of a World War II-era military unit of the Waffen-SS.
 
 
 
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