Russia banned Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf today in an attempt to combat the growing number of Nazi-sympathisers in the country.

The 1925 diatribe, which outlines the former German dictator’s vision of racial supremacy, has been championed by far-Right groups despite anti-Russian tracts.

Now, joining Germany, where the book has been illegal since the country’s defeat in World War II, Russian prosecutors have defined it outlawed ‘extremist’ and outlawed it.
Mein Kampf

‘Promotes extremism’: Mein Kampf (above, beside a signed photo of its author, Adolf Hitler) has been banned in Russia where far-Right groups champion it

The book has ‘a militaristic outlook and justifies discrimination and destruction of non-Aryan races and reflects ideas which, when implemented, started World War Two,’ a spokesman for the prosecutor general’s office in Moscow said.

‘Up to now, Mein Kampf was not recognised as extremist,’ it said, announcing the ban and the addition of the book to a federal list of extremist materials.

The book, whose title in German means ‘My Struggle’, had been available in some shops and online.

Russian extremists have attacked migrant workers from poor nations in Central Asia and the Caucasus who come to Russia and often have menial jobs and squalid living conditions, as well as African and Asian students and Russians who do not look Slavic.


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At least 60 people were killed and 306 injured in hate attacks in Russia last year, according to Sova, a Moscow-based non-governmental organisation that tracks racist violence.

The ban was initiated after a regional office of the prosecutor sought new ways to combat extremism and found the book was being distributed in the Ufa region.

Hitler dictated the book to his aide Rudolf Hess while in prison in Bavaria after the failed Munich ‘Beer Hall’ putsch of 1923.

It sets out doctrine of German racial supremacy and ambitions to annex huge areas of the Soviet Union and deal with the ‘Jewish Question’.

In Germany, it is illegal to distribute it except in special circumstances, such as for academic research.

But the book is available elsewhere, with bookseller listing it for sale on its website.

But the ban will do little to halt material that promotes Nazism in Russia, said Galina Kozhevnikova of Sova.

‘I have a feeling that people needed to report that they were fighting extremism,’ she said of the book ban.

‘It will still be available on the internet, it’s impossible to stop it spreading.’