You see the West has a little bit of a problem. In 2014, the West supported a violent coup d’état by the hands of radical nationalists. The new regime in Ukraine employed literal Neonazis to repress the pro-Russian segment of the Ukrainian society. The war in Eastern Ukraine attracted people from around the World, who belong to the Neonazi international. Ukraine has become a bit of an Afghanistan of Neonaziism, and from time to time, the West suffers a blowback in the form of far right terrorism.
At the end of the day, the Western elites don’t bother about few “aroused hotheads”. The Neonazis in Ukraine perform a valuable function of driving underground whatever pro-Russian sentiment there is.
Hence, we see articles such as this one. On the pages of the Atlantic Council, Anton Shekhovtsov tries to say that the battalion Azov is not really Neonazi because they are an official military unit and have more recently formed a civilian wing.
Shekhovtsov bills himself as an expert on far right movements and last I heard, he was residing in Norway. Nevertheless, he has some interesting past. Turns out he was an Eurasianist:
Back in the mid-2000s, he was involved with the International Eurasian Movement’s youth wing in Crimea, when it was part of Ukraine. Known as the “Eurasian Youth Union” (ECM in Russian), it’s a right-wing organization which believes in a “Greater Russia” and largely follows the teachings of the aforementioned Dugin.
Apparently, “Slava Ukrayini” all you need as an investor to feel at home in Ukraine. But little do you realise that this slogan comes with the “Roman salute”…
The entirety of the Ukrainian Breakfast can be watched here.
However, the slogan Honcharuk taught the audience in Davos has some rather dark history. I have covered the issue of this popular Ukrainian slogan before, so I will quote myself:
The slogan appeared in the 1930’s and was modelled on the German slogan: “Heil Hitler! Sieg Heil!” that is: “Hail Hitler! Hail Victory!”. In 1939, OUN made it official at a conference in Rome. It should be noted that the Italians, and the Croatians had similar slogans. The OUN were seeing themselves as a part of the fascist international. They were literally fascist and proud of it.
So let me get this straight, is Honcharuk taking a piss?
The other day, Russian media like Zvezda.TV and Tsargrad.TV ran a story that declassified CIA documents call Bandera a “fascist” and a “spy for Hitler”…
But on a closer inspection, the document in question turns out to be a translation from a Soviet propaganda publication Sotsialisticheskiy Vestnik. However, reading through the documents on the CIA website, I came across another translation from the Soviet press. Vladimir Belyayev writes in the Literaturnaya Gazeta that the OUN sent saboteurs into the USSR in the post-War years. And then there is this…
Throughout the post war years, the “Fuehrer” of the Ukrainian nationalistti Stepan Benders., alias “Popel”, lived in Munich until he met his infamous death on the stone steps of house No.7 on Kraytmayershtrasse. The fifty year old priest’s son, from the village of Staryy Ugrinov, was cruel, greedy, ready to commit any crime for profit. He divided his time equally between the struggle for “independent Ukraine” and petty debauchery, forcing the wives of his followers and those of the “couriers” sent to the Ukraine, to cohabit with him.
It may or may not be true. Here are some photos of Bandera from around that period…
Out of the endless necrologues of Ukraine. 36 year old Maksim Trikoza aka “Voidan” was found with knife wounds near the place he lived in Vinnytsia. He was a Russian citizen, who considered himself ethnic Ukrainian, and joined the ranks of Azov after the war broke out in the Donbass.