The rules for entering the pro-Hitler Miss Ostland 2014 contest on Russia’s Facebook, VKontakte, were simple, according to Vocativ. Be a woman who considers herself a Nazi who hates Jews and loves Hitler, and post a sexy picture on VKontakte’s Adolf Hitler group.
Only members of the group could enter the contest or vote, and the picture with the most votes would win. Prizes included an assortment of Nazi-themed accessories, including a pendant featuring the German Iron Cross and Third Reich heraldry and a swastika-adorned patch. But as of Sunday, VKontakte wrote that the page was “suspended due to calls to violent actions,” reports The Times of Israel. Ostland is the name of the 1941 Nazi occupation of the Baltic states during which over a million Jews were murdered.
The Adolf Hitler tribute page on VKontakte had over 7500 followers by the time VKontakte shut it down. The group already had 24 Miss Ostland contestants, including Katya Shkredova from Mogilev, Belarus who wrote that she “adores Adolf” and his ideas of the “ideal society,” particularly his desire to “experiment on people,” and Irina Nagrebetskaya from Kiev, Ukraine, who wrote, “Don’t forget! Adolf is his name, he’s our eternal race, he has been given eternal life.”
In February, Russian President Vladimir Putin enacted a law that allowed Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzo to shut down any website it considered “extremist.” Within a month, 13 Ukrainian groups had been shut down on VKontakte, and pro-Ukrainians were often labeled by Putin – whether accurately or not – as Nazis to justify blocking them, according to Vocativ. The world Jewish Congress has called for a ban of anti-government group Svoboda (Freedom), an extreme right-wing political party with representation in parliament that has been dubbed a Ukrainian neo-Nazi organization.