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Lawmaker Sees Spike in Neo-Nazism in Ukraine

Ukraine’s parliament speaker said he is concerned about the threat of neo-Nazism in Ukraine.

Vladimir Lytvyn at a number of meetings with residents of Crimea — an autonomous republic within Ukraine —  last week expressed concern over the strengthening of the position of neo-Nazi organizations in Ukraine, the UNIAN news agency reported Thursday.

Nazi elements have become “acclimated on our ground,” Lytvyn said in the Crimean capital of Simferopol.

Lytvyn has seen the threat firsthand in many areas of Ukraine, saying that in many regions, “when they march and cry ‘Glory to nation, Death to enemies,’ everyone applauds.”

Lytvyn, who also expressed concern about the financial crises, said that radical forces “threaten the country.”

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