Inside the ‘Miss Hitler’ beauty pageant where the most radical woman wins

A beauty pageant for Neo-Nazis searching for a winner as ‘radical and fanatical for Hitler’ has been cancelled.

The online contest, held on ‘VKontakte’ – Russia’s answer to Facebook – had attracted finalists from all over the world.

The website was shut down after receiving more than 500 complaints for promoting extremism – but founders argued they were just celebrating ‘Hitlertarian culture.’

Profiles belonging to entrants include ‘Miss Edelweiss’ and ‘Miss Eva Braun’ are still active.

The contestants, who range from Russia, Germany, Italy and the US have shared photos of themselves dressed in Nazi costumes.

One contestant even has the Reichsadler – a Nazi emblem with an eagle atop a swastika – tattooed across her upper back.

Shocking photos also showed women posing with copies of Mein Kampf and making the Hitler salute.

Contest organisers said their aim was “promoting Hitlerian culture; encourage interaction between the Hitlerian community; clearing the image of Adolf Hitler, showing [the] beauty of Hitlerian culture” and to “protect and defend women”.

VKontakte – which is used by 68% of Russians with internet access – has faced a spate of criminal cases against its users for extremism.

Sova, which tracks radicalism and human rights violations in Russia, said 658 people were convicted for various forms of extremist speech last year, up from 133 in 2011.

About 90% of the cases involved speech on the internet – and most of these were on social media, which is dominated by VKontakte in Russia.

In response, the website has allowed users to make their accounts fully private and unsearchable.

After the Miss Hitler contest was drawn to its attention, VKontakte – also known as VK – closed the page and issued a statement condemning hate speech.

"The community was blocked due to violation of our rules," a spokesperson said.

"VK is always intolerable to calls for violence, nationalist and extremist propaganda.

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"Any person can report illegal, offensive or unreliable content with the help of the ‘report’ button. We review all reports without any exceptions.

"VK has one of the biggest moderation teams and we react as fast as we possibly can — content that violates our rules or the law gets deleted and the violators get banned."

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