Event poster of the Asgardrei festival 2019
Alexei Levkin is a Russian neo-Nazi living in Ukraine since 2015, and is involved in the Russian Centre and the Wotan Jugend there.
Levkin, vocalist of the National Socialist Black Metal band M8L8TH, runs the neo-Nazi website "MilitantZone," and has appeared as the organizer of the national-socialist-black metal (NSBM) Asgardsrei music festival, which exists since 2012.
According to research by Belltower News, Levkin has recruited members from the international NSBM scene for the neo-Nazi paramilitary group Misanthropic Division, as have other figureheads of the scene, such as the German Hendrik Möbus, convicted of murder, and Famine, singer of the French black metal band Peste Noire.1
Alexei Levkin (center) at the 1st Paneuropa Conference on April 28, 2017 in Kyiv.
After Pascal Lassalle’s speech as a symbolic summary of the Western European conference part, the floor was given to the representative of Russian Centre and Wotan Jugend, Alexei Levkin. Russian political migrant who long before the Ukrainian Maidan revolution has gained fame as a relentless fighter against Putin’s anti-national regime, currently he is actively engaged in the education and metapolitical activities of the AZOV movement as a lecturer upbringing the younger generation of Ukrainians and others.
Besides, as a vocalist of the well-known Black Metal “M8L8TH” band, Alexei’s updates serve as an intellectual compass for the all-European Right-oriented counterculture and beyond. Since his coming to Ukraine in 2015, he has participated or headlined a series of extreme metal concerts as the homage to the military feat of Ukrainian volunteers at war. In 2016 and 2017, he co-organized along with Militant Zone annual Asgardsrei festivals which attracted fans and supporters from all over Europe. This year’s Asgardsrei Fest on Dec. 18 was preceded by the metapolitical conference “Pact of Steel” (between West and East Europe), which may be considered the 1st Paneuropa conference in Kyiv, too.
In its first part, Alexei Levkin on behalf of M8L8TH and Famine of Peste Noire were the main interlocutors in an open talk with the audience, among others, answering the questions about the political situations in today’s Russia and France respectively. June 11-14, Alexei co-organized and participated in shooting a video clip for Peste Noire’s “Le Dernier Putsch,” the dedication song for the AZOV movement (in Kyiv).
Besides, as a representative of Russian Centre, a Kyiv-based coordination platform of the Russian nationalist emigration, and the Wotan Jugend metapolitical project, Alexei was interviewed many times by his foreign followers, Polish nationalists of Szturm in particular, as well as participated in the conferences of the Intermarium Development Assistance Group. In other words, he has always been in the forefront of pan-European communications.
In times of the Maidan revolution and the subsequent war in East Ukraine after the annexation of Crimea, Wotan Jugend, which mostly deals with cultural topics, transformed into a powerful information platform spreading the truth about the “democratic choice” of “Russian people” in the Donbas and Crimea. Coordinated, instructed, sponsored and armed by the Russian FSB officers Eastern Ukrainian “rebels,” Ramzan Kadyrov’s Chechen fighters, all kinds of European and non-European communists and “anti-fascists,” as well as sporadic Western right-wingers trying to turn a blind eye to Stalin’s portraits in the “DNR’s” headquarters, etc. were regularly highlighted in English on the Wotand Jugend’s website. As a result, in accordance with the typical tactics, it was hijacked by Russian special services who staged a “split” in the ranks of Russian nationalists who “expelled” the pro-Ukrainian segment and started promoting the “real” (anti-Ukrainian) stance of the Russian Right. The hijacked resource did not last long, but related persons, including Alexei Levkin, had to take a one-way ticket to Ukraine.
However, it was not only a natural outcome of the Russian nationalists’ solidarity with a brotherly people against the neo-Bolshevik enemy. In his speech, Alexei Levkin underlined that Russian nationalists, above all, were inspired by the success achieved by Ukrainian nationalists on a European scale and view Ukraine as a focal point of the post-war European revival. The ability to take up arms and defend your homeland against the communistic invader once has already united passionary youth from all over Europe. Today, the AZOV regiment has become the true gift for European patriots with a heroic mentality who do not fit into the “modern world.”
It is true that in the Russian Federation, went on to say Alexei Levkin, all nationalist organizations are banned (the last one was forbidden in 2015), however, in Ukraine it is not only a matter of much bigger freedom and opportunities for the activists on the Right. As he remarked, in every movement there is always a difference of functions performed by certain people: some constitute a material basis of the movement, others determine its spiritual ideals and help to shape the raw material into something greater like an ancient statue.
This is what persons like Alexei Levkin found in the AZOV movement: the metapolitical component comprised of Evolian “differentiated persons” or “humans of a special type” who preserved the intrinsic relation to Being and reveal the metaphysical dimension of the political and military struggle to the involved. Alexei’s instructorship in the AZOV movement includes lecturing and paramilitary training, for, in his opinion, activities like airsoft are one of the few domains of the modern society in which a person still can feel the elemental without “raising suspicions.” However, the European radical manifestation of the political will is still possible.
Alexei Levkin gave the following example of a heroic act under modern conditions. He told the story of a young (17 year old) Russian nationalist, Anton Konev, who not so long ago (Apr. 21) shot a high-ranking Russian FSB (Federal Security Service) officer, in their own reception room in the city of Khabarovsk. For some, the “feat” may be darkened by the fact that in order to get a gun, Konev also killed a civil person, a guard of a shooting gallery, and, incidentally, a translator in the reception room. Others do not fully understand why the main enemy for Russian nationalists is the special services of the Russian Federation. Alexei Levkin emphasized that this deed is worthy of respect, because, as opposed to Muslim suicide bombers who consciously target civil population, Konev (who was also shot at the crime scene), has chosen a victim whose list of atrocities against Russian patriots is immense and successfully fulfilled a deadly mission. Expectedly, the FSB promoted a version according to which this “neo-Nazi” (whom they linked to Wotan Jugend, an honor denied by Alexei Levkin) was an IS sympathizer.
Having ended his speech with a reference to the higher human type found in sagas and epic poems, which is the real goal of the political struggle, Alexei Levkin called to keep ablaze the flame of European Reconquista beyond old national divisions, for we are the future of Europe.
- 1Sabri Deniz Martin and Simon Hemmers, "Wie ein rechtsextremes Freiwilligenregiment mit Black Metal Nachwuchs rekrutiert," Belltower News, August 12, 2020, https://www.belltower.news/ukraine-wie-ein-rechtsextremes-freiwilligenregiment-mit-black-metal-nachwuchs-rekrutiert-102385/.
- 2"1st Paneuropa Conference Report," Reconquiste Europe (Blog), June 16, 2017, https://demonofoldworld.tumblr.com/post/161878114630/reconquista-europe-1st-paneuropa-conference.