The Neo-Nazis of Mongolia: Swastikas Against China

Mitch Moxley writes in Time Magazine:

In the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, “Shoot the Chinese” is spray-painted on a brick wall near a movie theater. A pair of swastikas and the words “Killer Boys …! Danger!” can be read on a fence in an outlying neighborhood of yurt dwellings. Graffiti like this, which can be found all over the city, is the work of Mongolia’s neo-Nazis, an admittedly implausible but often intimidating, and occasionally violent, movement.

Ulan Bator is home to three ultra-nationalist groups claiming a combined membership of several thousand — a not insignificant number in a country of just 3 million people. They have adopted Nazi paraphernalia and dogma, and are vehemently anti-Chinese. One group, Blue Mongolia, has admitted to shaving the heads of local women found sleeping with Chinese men. Its leader was convicted last year of murdering his daughter’s Mongolian boyfriend, who had merely studied in China.

The neo-Nazis may be on society’s fringe, but they represent the extreme of a very real current of nationalism. Sandwiched between Russia and China, with foreign powers clamoring for a slice of the country’s vast mineral riches, many Mongolians fear economic and ethnic colonization. This has prompted displays of hostility toward outsiders and slowed crucial foreign-investment negotiations.

Fifty-year-old Zagas Erdenebileg is the leader of Dayar Mongol (All Mongolia), the most prominent of the neo-Nazi groups. “If our blood mixes with foreigners’, we’ll be destroyed immediately,” says Erdenebileg, who has run unsuccessfully for parliament four times. He loathes the Chinese — whom he accuses of involvement in prostitution and drug-trafficking — and reveres Genghis Khan, who he says influenced Adolf Hitler. I ask him if he considers his adoption of the beliefs of a regime that singled out and executed people with Mongol features from among Soviet prisoners of war to be in any way ironic. “It doesn’t matter,” he shrugs. “We share the same policies.”

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7 thoughts on “The Neo-Nazis of Mongolia: Swastikas Against China

  1. Melty

    what baffles me about Mongols, they got G. Khan on their vodka labels n whatnot, it’s like if Germans’d sell Hitler kraut . . . maybe they will 800 years from now

  2. Melty

    Those most bereft of morals are the most moralizinest.

    You can quote me, Devin Ray Freeman, alias Melty Rox on that.

    Prostitution’s good business in Ulan Bator. They’d do well to legalize it.

  3. Cody Quirk

    Well, I did hear that certain Asiatic ethnic groups in the USSR were allied with the Germans during ww2.

  4. Mark Seidenberg

    It looks like Ulan Bator has gown down hill from
    the time the CIA in the Johnson Adminstration wanted to give me funds to attend the 9th Congress of the International Union of Students
    in Ulan Bator 43 year ago. I was in student government at the time and got an invitation to
    attend. The following day I visited from the CIA
    official and said he could help me with funding.
    That was when I came to the view the United States Government was reading my mail.

    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Vice Chairman,
    American Independent Party.

  5. Baatar

    Here’s the time for international community, of civil society at least, to step in and enlighten the society. I’m Mongolian and I know that the Mongolian society was deliberately kept (by Moscow) naiive, ignorant and ill-informed about humanity and human history – the side-effect of which is now showing up. Instead of focusing on free-election-rules, international community can start teaching them humanity and progressive thinking. Free elections are pragmatic in nature, hence easy to establish indeed; but attitudes and values are very important.
    I guarantee you that most Mongolians have extremely limited, next to none, knowledge of who Nazis were: The only thing they know is that the Nazis were enemies of communism. So they assume that they must have been our “friends” since they were enemies of our enemy.

  6. Warsaw

    I was reading this article and felt very uncomfortable and shocked. The mother of my child was born in Mongolia, and I know her family, they are caring, open-minded Budhists, simply said – good people. I am Jewish, and families on both sides so naturally accept each other. To know that such things and opinions now become of some significance in Mongolia saddens me, and I hope that the silent majority will be strong and decisive in putting an end to this absurdity. There are other ways and means to be proud of your nationality and resist un-welcome foriegn intervention.

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