Two weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24th, a previously obscure Instagram account belonging to an Arsenal Kyiv football fan and member of Ukraine’s only anti-fascist hooligan firm began posting interesting photographs of young hooligans in military gear holding light weapons. One of the first photos was remarkable: about a dozen young men stand grouped together holding mostly Kalashnikov-pattern rifles, the man in the middle with a WW2-era Soviet DP-27 light machine gun. The group is flanked on either side by two men holding RPG launchers—one is the owner of the Instagram account, Anton, and the other wears a shirt that reads “Hoods Hoods Klan: No Fear, No Weakness”. The group was tagged in the post with this same phrase, “hoodshoodsklan”. Over time, those observing the many ideologically motivated groups defending Ukraine became familiar with Hoods Hoods Klan as a part of the broader anti-authoritarian milieu enlisted in the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine (TDF). Hoods Hoods Klan is an anti-fascist, anti-racist hooligan football fan club, and are participants in both the coordinating body for anarchists and antiauthoritarians within the TDF, the
Great documentary, well worth watching. Jake is consistently excellent in his approach, honesty and integrity mixed with down to earth humour throughout.