Russian karting champion, 15, sacked after ‘Nazi salute’ on podium amid ‘de-Nazifying’ Ukraine

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‘Nazi-saluting’ Russian karting champion, 15, is FIRED by his staff after making offensive gesture on winners’ podium as his nation slaughters Ukrainians within the title of ‘de-Nazification’

  • Artem Severiukhin, 15, raised his arm in an obvious Nazi salute earlier than laughing
  • His Swedish staff terminated Artem’s contract: Ward Racing stated it’s ‘in disgrace’ of the gesture and condemned Severiukhin in ‘the strongest potential phrases’
  • Karting physique FIA stated it can instantly examine the ‘unacceptable conduct’
  • The Russian champion was competing beneath the Italy flag as his nation is banned
  • In Italy the Mussolini-era Roman salute can be fascist – and unlawful since 1952
  • Putin claims he invaded Ukraine to ‘de-Nazify’ the nation; Zelensky is Jewish 

By Adam Solomons For Mailonline

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A Russian junior karting champion was booted off his racing staff and is being investigated by event organisers after he appeared to do a Nazi salute on the podium earlier than laughing hysterically.

Artem Severiukhin, 15, beat his chest and raised an open palm after successful first place in an 11-15 race on the European Karting Championships in Portugal yesterday. 

Severiukhin’s staff Ward Racing has now sacked the star kart pilot after event organisers the FIA launched an investigation into his ‘unacceptable conduct’.

Russian karting champion Severiukhin, 15, beats his chest twice earlier than performing the gesture

The Swedish outfit wrote after 3pm this afternoon: ‘Ward Racing condemns the personal actions of pilot Artem Severiukhin throughout the award ceremony on April 10, 2022 within the sturdy potential phrases, because it considers them a manifestation of unsportsmanlike behaviour, an unacceptable violation of the moral and ethical sports activities codex.

‘On the premise of those issues, Ward Racing sees no risk for continued cooperation with Artem Severiukhin and can proceed with terminating his racing contract.’

The teenager’s sacking adopted information earlier that the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) will probe the salute.

The teen holds his arm out defiantly for a couple of moments because the Italian nationwide anthem performs

They stated this afternoon: ‘[FIA] has launched a right away investigation into the unacceptable conduct.

‘The FIA will talk shortly on the additional steps that will probably be taken on this case.’

Artem Severiukhin, 15, received first place within the 11-15 bracket yesterday.

He then beats his chest twice and raises an open palm into the air whereas laughing.

Severiukhin may have been performing the fascist Roman salute of Italy as he was competing beneath the Italy flag. It’s not clear how he was in a position to compete beneath Italy’s flag.

Artem then laughs hysterically to somebody within the crowd, as if he was dared to lift the salute

During the medal ceremony in Portimão, the Italian nationwide anthem was additionally enjoying.

Yet in Italy the far-right gesture can be frowned upon – and has been unlawful to carry out in public since 1952.

Under the post-war ‘Scelba Law’, all types of ‘Nazi apologism’ had been outlawed. 

The Kremlin has justified its conflict in Ukraine as a ‘de-Nazification’ effort.

Vladimir Putin stated he invaded Ukraine to ‘shield individuals subjected to bullying and genocide’ by the ‘neo-Nazi regime’ of president Zelensky.

Moscow’s absurd declare comes although Zelensky is Jewish. Prime minister Denis Shmyhal can be thought to have Jewish heritage.

Severiukhin (centre) received first place within the 11-15 bracket yesterday beneath the flag of Italy

After the footage went viral on Twitter and Reddit, livid customers identified the callousness of Severiukhin’s gesture.

Redditor Captain Woodrow-f name wrote: ‘Women and Children are being slaughtered by demons [en masse] – however hell yeah, let’s make joke about it. Unreal…simply unreal.’

The information follows a Russian gymnast displaying off the pro-Putin ‘Z’ brand on the gymnastics world championships final month.

Ivan Kuliak, 20, puffed his chest and confirmed off the ‘Z’ image subsequent to his Ukrainian rival

Gymnast Ivan Kuliak, 20, puffed out his chest as he displayed the pro-war image beside his Ukrainian competitor Illia Kovtun.

The act drew condemnation from the International Gymnastics Federation, which stated it might look into the ‘surprising behaviour’. 

Earlier at present the FIA informed MailOnline it might not be commenting on the incident. 

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