From this tweet against Crimean Tatar Ukrainian Eurovision 2016 Winner Jamala (6 RTs, 8 loves, with the text "your love") and /r/WTF (score of 216, caption of "Just Your Average militiaman in Ukraine, Hobbies include Guns, Far Right Ideology and Super Mario")

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In the photo is a person with a gun, and behind him is what looks similar to a Ukrainian flag of some sort with a Nazi swastika in it, and possibly a Crimean Tatar flag, and a Azov Battalion (АЗОВ - note: Cyrillic, not Latin A3OB) poster. The person is also wearing a Super Mario T-shirt.

The photo looks suspicious. There seems to be some funny dots around the swastika in the Ukranian-looking flag, and also around the design in the T-shirt. (Super Mario Galaxy?) One member of reddit suspects the T-shirt is photoshopped, with the only response being a homophobic slur.

Is this photo genuine, in the sense that it isn't photoshopped (apart from having pikabu.ru added in the bottom right hand corner), and that it's of an actual anti-Russian/pro-Ukraine fighter?

I tried searching stopfake.org for mario or swastika, but it didn't feature this photo.

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    Googling "misanthropic division" indicates that it is some sort of Ukranian neo Nazi organisation so they certainly exist. What's supposed to be the surprising or notable aspect to the photo? That a Ukranian Nazi would wear a super mario T Shirt? May 16 '16 at 13:32
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    Is this notable? Is this provable without original research? Is this on-topic? May 16 '16 at 14:21
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    Zooming in to the photo, I think the "dots" you refer to in the swastika are just JPEG compression artifacts. May 16 '16 at 20:58
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    The main critique I have of this particular question is: So what? What purpose does it serve to ask this question of a skeptics site. Should I post a picture my Uncle Hans has from Kenya and ask if it's really what he claims it is? I know the image is charges with horrible imagery, but not sure if this is believed with any consequence. "Some dude is a douche in the Ukraine" isn't exactly a skeptical claim given the large percentage of people that are total douches. May 18 '16 at 1:10
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    @AndrewGrimm - It seems to me that whether a modern-day photo is fake or not doesn't contribute much to the underlying question of whether Ukrainians were Nazi collaborators in WWII. Perhaps there's a more notable and answerable question that would also be more useful.
    – Mark
    May 18 '16 at 13:38

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