This is what the door to the office of the president on Bankovaya street in central Kiev looks like now…
The neonazis have protested the jailing of a neonazi thug, Sternenko. But I am rather worried about a regime that allows the mob to vandalize seats of authority like this. The response of Murica to a rampaging mob was to call in the military to Washington DC.
However, a report about them in the Russian media was censored by Facebook because it said the radicals had links to Ukraine. They were basing this claim on information provided by an insider in the security forces. Facebook has blocked the Russian media report after an analysis done by their Ukrainian fact checkers, the Stop Fake group. I have already featured them on this blog once. Their integrity is impeccable.
The Stop Fake argues that in the official press release of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, there isn’t anything said about Ukrainian affiliation of the arrested, and that they were all Russian citizens. This however does not mean anything. It has to be noted that following the Maidan and the outbreak of military conflict in the Donbass, many Russian Neonazis, literal Hitler worshipers, went to exile to Ukraine because over there they can practice their love for Hitler without repercussions.
I have recently found, for instance, this Neonazi Black Metal group which migrated from Tver, Russia to Ukraine. They recently held a concert in Kiev.
Many of these types have served in Ukraine’s armed forces and they have veteran organizations. My knowledge about them only scratches the surfaces, the topic of Russian neonazis in Ukraine’s forces is a topic for a separate discussion.
But bottom line is that there aren’t just links between Ukrainian and Russian neonazis and an existence of a neonazi group in Russia with contacts in Ukraine is not something implausible.
Links of Stop Fake to Neonazis
Recently, the Ukrainian Soros funded publication Zaborana mentioned some cozy relationships between representatives of Stop Fake and radical nationalists:
One month earlier on June 2nd, Zaborona’s official Facebook page shared a publication about Denis Nikitin, a key figure among European ultra-right radicals, which the social network then blocked 18 hours later. Soon after, Facebook explained that the post was removed by mistake (assumingly, due to a photograph illustrating the material, in which a Ukrainian man wrapped in a swastika flag throws his hand in the Nazi salute) and reinstated it the next day. Zaborona decided to follow up on the incident and later released the material discussing alleged links of the fact-checking project StopFake to Ukrainian far-right and neo-Nazi organisations. Zaborona journalists explained their interest by the fact that after the removal of the Facebook post, some readers recommended to search for possible motives of the new fact-checking partner of Facebook in Ukraine– StopFake.org. On March 27th, Facebook indeed confirmed its partnership with StopFake and VoxUkraine to increase its fact-checking capacities on social network pages in Ukraine.
Zaborona eventually released material that first focused on Yevhen Fedchenko – the co-founder and chief editor for StopFake and director of the Mohyla School of Journalism at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. It pointed out Fedchenko’s habit of taking political stances, speaking against freedom of the press and on one occasion even whitewashing the reputation of a Ukrainian far-right group C14 (Sich), Ukraine’s controversial group of far-right radicals, by singling out one of its members as his respected colleague. Fedchenko has also been accused of taking the side of Myrotvorets, or Peacemaker, a Ukrainian nationalist website that in 2016 doxed the personal data of more than 5,000 Ukrainian and foreign reporters with press passes issued by the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, labeling them “terrorist collaborators”. A closer look, however, reveals that Zaborona’s allegations seem to be taken out of context and might conceal more complex motives in explaining such statements.
Later the Zaborona report moves on to Marko Suprun, “the main face of StopFake” and the person in charge of the English-language StopFakeNews project on YouTube. According to Zaborona’s findings, Suprun has often been spotted in the company of Ukraine’s infamous far-right figures, notably Arseniy Bilodub, the founder of the far-right clothing brand SvasStone and the leader of the hatecore band Sokyra Peruna, and Andriy Sereda, the frontman of another controversial rock band Komu Vnyz. The material refers to photographs of Suprun spotted together with both Bilodub and Sereda, as well as other Ukraine’s far-right radicals, and cites the opinions of experts, who point out that StopFake has become “too politicised,” and that Marko Suprun’s friendship with the extreme right may affect the organisation’s image.
Yevhen Fedchenko blocked me on Twitter after I shared information on Jakub Janda to him. Marko Suprun is the husband of the Ukrainian-American, former Minister of Health of Ukraine, Ulyana Suprun. I am not surprised a Ukrainian-American would hang out with neonazis since many of them are descended from fugitive Nazi collaborators, who were given shelter by the CIA as useful assets in the fight against the Soviet Union. It is without question that having not undergone any denazification, these people still adhere to radical nationalist ideals.
Yesterday, a notorious neonazi activist in Odessa, Serhiy Sternenko was found guilty of abduction of a person, torture and illegal possession of arms. Sternenko is also accused of murder of a man but he claims it was in self defense. The man has a history of affiliation with far right groups and of violent behaviour. Nevertheless, for some reason he was defended by the head of the International Renaissance Fund, a Soros funded outfit in Ukraine, Olexandr Sushko…
Sushko asked whether it is possible to enact sanctions against Ukrainian courts for jailing Sternenko. On Facebook, he took to calling the verdict a threat to national security…
The reason I stopped using Twitter and Facebook is because of wanton censorship. A variety of blockages, shadow bans, termination of accounts is being deployed against a vast variety of people for an incredible range of transgressions. Sometimes you don’t even know what caused the ban you received. There is illegal content that should absolutely be removed from websites but most people are not sanctioned for any of that. And really, the correct answer, the minute you receive a ban is to stop using that site. There is Telegram, and everyone is posting there…
Now sometimes, the social media engage in a strange obstruction of content. Eduard Dolinsky is the head of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee and regularly posts information regarding the rampant rehabilitation of Nazi collaborators in Ukraine. This is what his Twitter page looks like when you load it…
So, apparently, brining attention to monuments to Nazis is including sensitive content. Look at the way the profile is hidden from view, as if it was deleted. This is a form of censorship as there isn’t a valid reason to hide his profile and its contents.
And his posts are equally hidden…
There is an option to change settings but I will not register to Twitter again.
The authorities in Ukraine have banned the above book because apparently it refers to Rus princes as Russian. Isn’t Russian the correct adjective from Rus? Rus is actually used as an adjective by contemporary historians in the West to differentiate it from the Muscovite Russia few centuries later. But in reality, Rus and Russia mean the same thing. The issue the Ukrainian censors have is that they are trying to promote Ukrainian history, a fraudulent framework, where there isn’t any place for Russia. Somehow it does not strike them that their ancestors thought themselves part of one Russian whole. That history is now forbidden in the country.
John Haywood is a British historian, who specializes in the history of early Europe and is an author of a number of publications that I like to call pop-history. It is the kind of stuff you find in a general bookstore in the UK.
But the more interesting is a look at the profiles of people that banned the publication in Ukraine. Ukrainian vloger Olesya Medvedeva has details.
In 2017, the Government Committee for Television and Radio Broadcast acquired the right to review the publishing industry. The people from the committee now had the right to monitor language norms and the fulfillment of quota on Ukrainian language. The committee also monitored imported literature, and would dole out fines to businesses that sold banned production, and the list of banned books and films from Russia is truly extensive, literally hundreds of titles. The committee has a special council for the analysis of published works. So who is on the council?
Serhiy Oleynik – a veteran of Ukraine’s war against Eastern Separatists. He is member of OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists). He also wrote a column for the Censor.net.
Bohdan Chervak – the head of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.
Valery Gostinshchikov – writer, an author of the book Encyclopedia of Secret Societies that according to Jewish organizations talks about a World Zionist Conspiracy.
Taras Zdorovylo – journalist of the Ukrayina Moloda, in his articles he praises Andriy Melnyk, Nazi and Anti-Semitic inspirer of pogroms in Western Ukraine. Taras Zdorovylo also writes propagandistic articles against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in communion with the Moscow Patriarchate.
Oleg Matvienko – From the organization Civic Resistance (these organizations have names like illegal Neonazi groups here in Central Europe). He is famous for bringing the secret service to trial for inaction on countering toxic literature from Russia.
There are five more people on the council but I chose to speak about these to illustrate that the ideological control over published works in Ukraine is being maintained by radical nationalists and related quacks. The entire cultural and social sphere in Ukraine has been outsourced to radical nationalists.
What the author of these words, Imran Ahmed, does not quite realise is that the Ukrainian segment of Facebook is moderated by people rather sympathetic to the Azov battalion and other neo-nazi groups in Ukraine. Pro-Russian activists get regularly blocked on that website for no reason by these people. Azov and other nazis are under control of the Ministry of Interior, and those are allies of the United Kingdom. This is a spillover from British foreign policy. Perhaps Imran Ahmed should send his report to the Foreign Office.
By 2 May, the Antimaidan protests lost all momentum. Meanwhile, in Donetsk, the Ukrainian state has already collapsed. The 2 May attack was planned for months to serve as a warning to other pro-Russian, Antimaidan protesters. The Ukrainian military campaign in the Donbass was to be the second stage of the Maidan bloody response, and Crimea was to come third… but something did not go as planned…