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A Mongolian Neo-Nazi Environmentalist Walks Into a Lingerie Store in Ulan Bator

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Reuters photographer Carlos Barria spent time documenting Mongolian neo-Nazi group Tsagaan Khass, one of several ultra-nationalist groups that have expanded in the country. The 100-plus members of Tsagaan Khass have recently shifted their focus from activities such as attacks on women it accuses of consorting with foreign men to environmental issues. The group is rebranding itself now as an environmentalist organization fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends Swastika-wearing members to check mining permits. [16 photos]

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Ariunbold Altankhuum, founder of the Mongolian neo-Nazi group Tsagaan Khass, walks through a lingerie store as he leaves the group's headquarters in Ulan Bator, on June 22, 2013. The group has rebranded itself as an environmentalist organization fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends Swastika-wearing members to check mining permits. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
Ariunbold Altankhuum, founder of the Mongolian neo-Nazi group Tsagaan Khass, walks through a lingerie store as he leaves the group's headquarters in Ulan Bator, on June 22, 2013. The group has rebranded itself as an environmentalist organization fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends Swastika-wearing members to check mining permits. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
Uranjargal, a leader of the neo-Nazi group Tsagaan Khass, stands near a quarry during a so-called "environmental patrol", 50km southwest of Ulan Bator, on June 23, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Ariunbold Altankhuum, founder of Tsagaan Khass, smokes as he sits at his desk at the group headquarters in Ulan Bator, on June 22, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Members of Tsagaan Khass hang up portraits of Mongolian heroes at the group's headquarters in Ulan Bator, on June 24, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A swastika, on the seat of a car belonging to Ariunbold, leader of Tsagaan Khass, as he drives along a busy street in Ulan Bator, on June 22, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Members of Mongolian neo-Nazi group Tsagaan Khass walk along a street in Ulan Bator, on June 22, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A member of a self-described skinhead group clenches his fist as he trains at a gym in Ulan Bator, on June 22, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Ariunbold, founder of Tsagaan Khass, stands near a statue of Chingunjav, a Mongolian national hero (unseen), in Ulan Bator, on June 22, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Uranjargal, a leader of Tsagaan Khass, poses for a portrait at the group's headquarters, on June 23, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Tattoos on the back of a member of a self-described skinhead group as he trains at a gym in Ulan Bator, on June 22, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A member of Tsagaan Khass stands next to a "ger", a traditional Mongolian tent, at a quarry, where they questioned a worker, southwest of Ulan Bator, on June 23, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A member of Tsagaan Khass takes a photograph at a quarry during a so-called "environmental patrol", southwest of Ulan Bator, on June 23, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Members of Tsagaan Khass talk to a quarry worker, on June 23, 2013. The group has rebranded itself as an environmentalist organization fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends Swastika-wearing members to check mining permits. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Members of Tsagaan Khass, during a visit a quarry, on June 23, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Uranjargal, a leader of Tsagaan Khass, stands next to a statue of Chingunjav, a Mongolian national hero, in Ulan Bator, on June 22, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Chimedbaatar, a member Tsagaan Khass, poses for a portrait at the group's headquarters, on June 23, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

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