RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police have unveiled a plot led by a Ukrainian armed movement to recruit Brazilian neo-Nazis with combat experience to fight pro-Russian rebels in the European country’s civil war.
A series of raids took place last month in seven cities on the homes of neo-Nazis in order to prevent possible attacks against Jews and gays in Porto Alegre, according to Brazilian police, who seized vast amounts of Nazi propaganda material and also illegal ammunition, reported the Zero Hora news portal.
The Brazilian Israelite Confederation, the country’s umbrella Jewish organization, said Monday in a statement on its website that it is “following the investigation,” but preferred not to address journalists. It re-published news articles about the case from Brazilian newspapers on its site.
“Brazil’s simmering neo-Nazi movement, with its secret world of swastikas, hate propaganda and street violence, was being recruited by right-wing extremists in Ukraine,” reported the Financial Times on Tuesday.