Russian karting champ, 15, sacked for podium ‘Nazi salute’ insists he doesn’t support fascism

Russian karting champ, 15, sacked from podium ‘Nazi salute’ insists he doesn’t support fascism It was a traditional Italian gesture as he races under the Italian flag

  • Artem Sevryukhin, 15, raised his arm in an apparent Nazi salute before laughing
  • He said he doesn’t support fascism and it’s a traditional Italian gesture
  • His Swedish team terminated Artem’s contract: Ward Racing said he was “disgraced” by the gesture and condemned Severyukhin “in the strongest possible terms”
  • The FIA ​​karting authority said it would immediately investigate ‘unacceptable behaviour’.
  • The Russian champion was competing under the Italian flag because his country is banned
  • In Italy, the Mussolini-era Roman salute is also fascist – and illegal since 1952
  • Putin, an alleged war criminal, claims to have invaded Ukraine in order to “de-Nazify” the country

A young Russian karting champion has been kicked off his racing team and is being investigated by tournament organizers after appearing to give a Nazi salute on the podium before laughing hysterically.

Artem Severyukhin, 15, beat his chest and raised his palm after winning the 11-15 race at the European Karting Championships in Portugal yesterday.

Severyukhin’s Ward Racing team has sacked the star kart captain after championship organizers launched an investigation into his “unacceptable behaviour”.

But the rider said the gesture was not a sign he supported fascism and instead claimed it was a traditional Italian gesture because he races under the Italian flag.

He said: I want to apologize. I never supported Nazism and considered it one of the worst crimes against humanity.

I am ready to be punished but there was no support for Nazism or Fascism.

Artem Severyukhin, 15, defiantly holds his arm for a few moments while the Italian national anthem is played.

Artem Severyukhin, 15, defiantly holds his arm for a few moments while the Italian national anthem is played.

The Russian Karting Champion beat his chest twice before performing the gesture

The Russian Karting Champion beat his chest twice before performing the gesture

His Swedish team said: ‘Ward Racing condemns the personal actions of pilot Artem Severyukhin during the award ceremony on April 10, 2022 in potentially strong terms, as a manifestation of unsportsmanlike behaviour, and an unacceptable violation of ethical sport. manuscript.

“On the basis of these considerations, Ward Racing sees no prospect of continuing cooperation with Artem Severiukhin and will continue to terminate his racing contract.”

The teenager’s dismissal followed news earlier that the FIA ​​would examine the salute.

Then Artem laughed hysterically at someone in the crowd, as if he dared to raise a salute

Then Artem laughed hysterically at someone in the crowd, as if he dared to raise a salute

This afternoon they said:[FIA] He launched an immediate investigation into the unacceptable behavior.

The FIA ​​will communicate shortly about further steps to be taken in this case.

Artem Sevryukhin, 15, won first place in the 11-15 class yesterday.

Then he hits his chest twice and raises his palm in the air while laughing.

Severyukhin could have been performing the Fascist Roman salute for Italy while competing under the Italian flag. It is not clear how he was able to compete under the Italian flag.

During the medal ceremony in Portimao, he also played the Italian national anthem.

However, the far-right gesture in Italy is also causing resentment – and it has been illegal to display it in public since 1952.

Under the post-war “Sklpa Act”, all forms of “Nazi apologies” were outlawed.

The Kremlin has justified its war in Ukraine as an attempt to “de-Nazism”.

Severiukhin (centre) won first place in the 11-15 class yesterday under the Italian flag

Severiukhin (centre) won first place in the 11-15 class yesterday under the Italian flag

After the footage went viral on Twitter and Reddit, angry users pointed out the harshness of Severiukhin's gesture (file photo)

After the footage went viral on Twitter and Reddit, angry users pointed out the harshness of Severiukhin’s gesture (file photo)

Vladimir Putin said he invaded Ukraine “to protect people who were bullied and genocided” by President Zelensky’s “neo-Nazi regime”.

Moscow’s absurd claim comes despite the fact that Zelensky is a Jew. It is also believed that Prime Minister Dennis Shmehal is of Jewish descent.

After the footage went viral on Twitter and Reddit, angry users pointed out the harshness of Severiukhin’s gesture.

Redditor Captain Woodrow-f Call wrote: “Women and children are being slaughtered by demons [en masse] – But hell yeah, let’s make a good joke about it. Unreal… just unreal.

The news comes on the heels of a Russian gymnast displaying a pro-Putin “Z” logo at the World Gymnastics Championships last month.

Ivan Kulyak, 20, puffed his chest and showed an icon

Ivan Kulyak, 20, puffed his chest and showed the “Z” symbol next to his Ukrainian opponent

20-year-old gymnast Ivan Kulyak puffed up his chest as he displayed the pro-war symbol alongside his Ukrainian rival Ilya Kovtun.

The law sparked condemnation from the International Gymnastics Federation, which said it would look into “shocking behaviour”.

Earlier today, the FIA ​​told MailOnline it would not comment on the incident.

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