Pavlo Lapshyn had been in Britain for just five days when he murdered 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem by stabbing him in the back as he made his way home after Friday prayers.
The 25 year-old white supremacist had moved to Birmingham where he had been awarded a placement to further his engineering studies.
Following his trial counter terrorism officers said that he had acted as a “lone wolf”.
But the Birmingham Mail has revealed how detectives found literature and images related to Ukrainian far-right group Patriot of Ukraine (PoU) and fascist Dynamo Kiev supporters on Lapshyn’s Russian Facebook page and on a pen computer drive when they raided the home he shared with a fellow student in Small Heath, Birmingham .
Investigations by counter terrorism officers found that Lapshyn was not a member of any of these groups and that no one else was involved in the murder of Mr Saleem, aged 82, or the bombs that were set off bombs at three Midland mosques.
But Lapshyn was influenced by the ideologies of right wing extremists in Ukraine.
Neo-Nazi literature and racist chants popular with Dynamo Kiev fans were among the disturbing set of literature found at his home in Small Heath, Birmingham .
Detectives also found a folder marked “White World” on Lapshyn’s computer which included a violent video game called “Ethnic Cleansing” featuring ‘soldiers’ from the PoU.
Another audio file entitled “You Must Murder” contained more racist rants by East European extremists calling for a violent race war.
After his arrest, a team of West Midlands Police detectives were sent to the Ukraine where sources said he worked alone and was not affiliated to any groups.
A recovered camera memory card showed that Lapshyn had amassed 455 images and 90 videos of chemicals, guns and parts of explosive devices as he prepared for a bombing campaign.
It also emerged that Lapshyn admired the Boston Marathon bombers and had downloaded images of the April 15 attack and its aftermath on to his computer.
Before leaving Ukraine Lapshyn practised blowing up trees.
After he was sentenced video footage emerged of the PhD student blowing up trees as he experimented with bomb making in woods in the Ukraine.
He had apparently been planning his murderous bomb and knife campaign a year before he left for Britain.
He had come to Birmingham after being awarded a one year placement with software design firm Delcam and had been staying in a company flat when he began his campaign of terror.
A police source said: “Lapsyn’s Russian Facebook page had numerous mentions and postings from Dynamo Kiev hooligans and the PoU especially in the run up to Euro 2012.
“The Ukrainian authorities were keen to downplay any links with extremist groups operating within its borders.”
He added: “It appears Lapshyn was moving within these neo-nazi circles for at least three years which is when he first came to the attention of Ukranian authorities after practising with explosives at his home.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed that detectives had travelled to Ukraine and liaised with police there.
Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: ”Following our extensive investigations there is no evidence to support that Lapshyn was a member of any right wing group or that he was directed by any group and we want to reinforce that he acted alone.
“During our investigation Lapshyn’s computers were searched and extreme right wing literature was discovered, this demonstrated that he was influenced by this ideology but not directed by any group.”
Speaking after Lapshyn was sentenced Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, head of the West Midlands police counter-terrorism unit, told how Lapshyn had shown no remorse or regret.
In a statement, the Muslim Council of Britain said of Lapshyn: “There will be some who will view his activities as those of a lone wolf.
“But in a summer that saw an unprecedented rise in attacks on mosques and Islamic institutions, it is important for all of us to challenge anti-Muslim hatred, just as we challenge those who wrongly use Islam to carry out acts of violence.”
The PoU recruits and trains football hooligans to attack foreigners.
The violent racism of the group caused players Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to withdraw from the England squad ahead of Euro 2012, hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
The group is linked to far-right political parties in Ukraine and has formed alliances with white supremacist groups across Eastern Europe and Germany.
Dynamo Kiev football club, which was ordered by Uefa to play two European matches behind closed doors following racist abuse by fans.
During raids at Lapshyn’s Small Heath flat police also found a chilling photo of Lapshyn posing with the hunting knife used to kill Mr Saleem, a grandfather of 23.
Lapshyn stood holding the lethal weapon across his chest, apparently taking pride in what he had done.
One picture showed a hunting knife with the caption: “Mohammed Saleem was stabbed by…”