In a shocking expose by Rolling Stone Magazine, a Russian-linked Jewish businessman paid locals to spray-paint swastikas in Kharkiv, in order to depict Ukrainians as Nazis. Nazi symbols were reportedly painted in Kyiv as well.
The report quoted an anonymous US official who confirmed the allegations, saying they were well-known inside US intel agencies. The businessman names Pavel Fuks, who paid vandals to paint Swastikas, amassed most of his wealth from companies in Russia.
Fuks was allegedly “persuaded” by Russian agents to pay thugs to spray Nazi graffiti in Kharkiv, from December through February, when the invasion took place. The US-based source who confirmed the matter said that Fuks defended himself by saying “he had no choice” and was told that if he did not comply, he would need to cease doing business in Russia.
Despite this deplorable act, Fuks has a history of donating to Jewish causes in Ukraine, including the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial in Kyiv. Meanwhile, Russia has repeatedly claimed its invasion is a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and de-Nazify” the country, and in February 2020, Russian lawmakers lifted a ban on Nazi symbols, as long as they promote a “negative attitude to Nazi ideology and extremism.”