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Inside Putin’s ruthless ‘Hispaniola’ private army of neo-Nazis and football ultras | World | News

Inside Putin’s ruthless ‘Hispaniola’ private army of neo-Nazis and football ultras | World | News

[ad_1] Ukrainian intelligence claims that Vladimir Putin’s party, ‘United Russia’, is allegedly establishing its own private army named the ‘Hispaniola’ mercenary company. According to the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s intelligence service (GUR), this group includes football ultras, radicals, and individuals sympathetic to neo-Nazi ideologies. The ‘Hispaniola’ mercenary company was previously associated with the Russian militant group Vostok Battalion, operating mainly in the partially occupied Ukrainian region of Donetsk. Initially, it was a volunteer unit of Russian football hooligans. The GUR reports that since 2023, ‘United Russia’ has taken control of ‘Hispaniola’, designating it as a private military company and actively recruiting members using the party’s own funds. The recruitment strategy includes targeting football ultras, radicals, and neo-Nazi sympathisers, with a focus on impoverished regions of Russia. The GUR statement reveals that recruitment efforts are concentrated in Ukrainian territories partially occupied by Russia since the invasion began on February 24. Volunteers are promised a monthly payment of 220,000 roubles (£1,900) for at least six months at the front, along with insurance payouts ranging from 1-3 million rubles …