PART 5, FINAL
>Another follower of Tarrant’s ideology was arrested on July 16 in Kiev, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported. During a special operation against the "radical neo-Nazi center", law enforcers seized the flags of the Third Reich, weapons, a printing press and mysterious stacks of books wrapped in paper.
>Separately, the SBU showed a seized Russian passport. At the trial court on June 19, the owner of these items became known - this is 31-year-old Alexander Skachkov.
>He was born in St. Petersburg, lived in the Krasnoselsky district and, before moving, participated in the "Zenith" football fan movement, the BBC found out. In the same social network, he praised "CSKA" footbal fans for the "Moscow Skinheads" - the song by "Kolovrat" band, the same name was included in the federal list of extremist materials.
>In 2014, at the height of the war in the Donbass, Skachkov moved to Ukraine, took the call sign “Peter” and joined the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) banned in Russia. As part of this battalion, borrowing the name from an underground organization of Soviet times, he fought with pro-Russian militants from the "Donbas republics".
>“He was a disciplined and very ideological fighter,” the commander of the battalion Nikolai Kokhanivsky told the "Zaborona" publication. “He fought with us until February, then he was seriously wounded and never returned to service.”
"Skachkov did not return to St. Petersburg - in 2019, the court deprived him of the right to housing in the Krasnoselsky district. In Kiev, Skachkov buy a dog, got married and opened an online store of Nazi paraphernalia and literature.
>It was he who was invited to contact the telegram channel "Brenton Tarrant Boys" (2.5 thousand participants) for the acquisition of an Australian manifesto. In 2019, this channel threatened reporters covering the activities of the extreme right in Ukraine. Their photos were hung in the forest and shot.
>Could Skachkov be one of the administrators of this channel? "Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring project" researcher Aleksey Kuzmenko, one of those threatened by Tarrant’s followers, notes strange parallels: “The leader of the OUN [battalion in which Skachov fought] distributed a link to the Tarrant’s channel literally in the first days or weeks of its existence "Today, his organization supports Skachkov, as does the Tarrant telegram channel that continues to operate."
>According to Kuzmenko, in Ukraine, Skachkov is not "a foreign element, but part of an active, aggressive, extreme right-wing environment with impunity, which is actively building ties with groups in other countries."
>Journalist Michael Colborn, writing about the extreme right for "Bellingcat" and other publications and also receiving threats, believes that so far the SBU has not provided enough information to draw conclusions about the identities of the people behind the channel.
>"We still do not know about the role of the Ukrainian Les Chernyak [previously suspected of killing Ukrainian policemen] - his name was mentioned in the extreme right Ukrainian chats as the channel administrator. Was he arrested? And were there any other arrests in this case?" - interests Colborn.
>Shortly after Skachkov’s arrest, two neo-Nazis were about to set fire to a synagogue in Odessa. The SBU detained suspects on time, one of which, according to intelligence, "arrived in Ukraine after a long stay in the Russian Federation."
>"Tarrant’s lads" immediately wrote on the account that one of the administrators of Hitler_Himself (“Hitler in person”) was hacked. "If you had correspondence with him, then urgently delete them!"
>On March 26, 2020, Brenton Tarrant pleaded guilty to all 92 counts.
>They plan to announce the verdict after the end of the coronavirus epidemic.