Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2015

In Osteuropa 1-2/2015

The Azov Case
Volunteer Battalions in Ukraine

Tetjana Bezruk, Andreas Umland

Deutsche Fassung


Volunteer battalions are a response to Russia’s covert invasion of Ukraine. While most of the formations can be considered as a war-related version of civil society within post-revolutionary Ukraine, there are volunteer formations that bear the marks of “uncivil society”. Among them is the Azov Battalion. Its history is sketchy, its leadership and symbolism are fascist. But Azov, which has been upgraded to a national guard regiment, is atypical.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2015, pp. 33–42)