It is ironic that Russia launched its war against Ukraine on the premise of “denazification”.
Before the invasion, comparing Putin to Hitler could be dismissed as hysteria. Now it seems barely sufficient. In the Financial Times he is described, without a hint of hyperbole, as “maybe the most dangerous man who has ever lived.”
It is the deliberate stoking of hatred towards outsiders – whether in Putin’s own dismissal of Ukraine’s (and, by extension, Ukrainians’) very right to exist, or in his supporters’ wilful evocation of fascist iconography.