Earlier this summer, the immortal minister of the the interior, Arsen Avakov was dismissed from his post, and it seems the Azovites have lost their cover.
The SBU raided Azov premises in Kharkov recently, and one can say about time. The Azov was not only a heaven for neonazis, it is a criminal organization that preys on local businessmen, extorting racket money.
It was a matter of time before the Nazis of Azov met the fist of the government. They were simply too odious. Their patron Avakov has fled to Italy. This is also the end of such post-Maidan stars such as Anton Herashchenko and Zoryan Shkiryak.
Literally and end of a period. However, national chauvinism and radical nationalism is not going anywhere with the removal of Avakov and his neonazis. Unfortunately!
In a Russian language article by Andreas Umland I received in mail today, the latter tries to make the argument that the National Interest columnist, Ted Galen Carpenter is somehow wrong and under the influence of Russian propaganda when he says that Ukraine is a purveyor of radical nationalism. He brings forth the lame argument about electoral success of nationalist parties in Ukraine.
I have already debunked this argument on this blog. The issue boils down to Ukraine’s geography. Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, with a population around 30 million and many diverse regions. Only large oligarch funded projects score in such an environment. But there are outright radical nationalists in big oligarchical project too, and they are also embedded among the siloviks. They may not even be popular among the general population but they influence the cultural policy and have military units and guns. Radical nationalism, neonazism feels at home in Ukraine. And if the West does not keep an eye on Ukraine, sooner or later neonazis will bite back from Ukraine. Many researchers in the far right note the connection between neonazis in the West and their counterparts in Ukraine. Ukraine provides a safe haven for propaganda, merchandise sale and military training for whoever is willing to swear loyalty to Ukraine.
Read my Fashiks category for news on Nazis in Ukraine.
I must say I haven’t followed the Sternenko case since this post, and I made a mistake because today I realised just how much international support that little twerp received from a variety of international organisations…
Sternenko is the Odessa leader of the Right Sector, an umbrella organisation uniting a variety of radical nationalist and Neonazi outfits. Sternenko is a violent Neonazi, who is accused of murdering an unarmed person in Odessa and wounding another. Sternenko says he was defending himself from an assassination attempt but there are other opinions on the matter. Stalker Zone has a lot of information in English regarding Sternenko:
At the moment we can say the following: Sergey Sternenko came back home with a girl. He had a verbal conflict with two unknown guys a block before. This didn’t result in a fight. In front of the house the guys caught up with him and tried to sort things out again. The guys weren’t armed. Sternenko pulled out a knife and hit the first one twice, then the other guy. After that the guys started running away – both were seriously wounded. One inhabitant of Odessa – 1988 year of birth – succeeded to escape, despite having received two received wounds to the stomach. The second guy, who also received two knife blows – to his hand and chest, wasn’t able to escape – Sternenko ran towards him to catch him up and, having caught him up, stabbed him two more times. This time in the stomach. The guy died from four wounds. Preliminary information says that this is pure murder, and not self-defense – the guys weren’t armed. The deceased – named Ivan – served in the 25th airborne brigade in the past. The one who managed to run away already said that they and his killed friend didn’t know Sternenko earlier. I.e., there is no ideological or political background to this crime,” explained the source of “Strana” in the Odessa police.
If he was a target of assassination, Sternenko would be dead like Buzyna, who was a target of assassination. He is also accused of abducting a man and torturing him. For the latter case he was recently sentenced to 7 years and three months. Sternenko says he was arresting an anti-Maidan activist, who was on his way to Kiev to beat up the protesters at the Maidan. It is unclear what right did Sternenko as a Right Sector thug have to arrest anyone?
However, the court proceedings began to be interfered with by a variety of international organisations that are trying to make Sternenko into an unjustly persecuted anti-corruption activist. (all of them are activists, Protasevych was also just a journalist and an activist) Several months ago, I reported that the head of the International Renaissance Fund in Ukraine, a George Soros related outfit, Oleksandr Sushko asked whether it is possible to enact sanctions against the judges involved in the Stenenko case.
On 23 February 2021, anti-corruption activist and coordinator of NGO Nebayduzhi, Serhiy Sternenko, was sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in prison and saw half of his property confiscated following what many believe was a politically-motivated investigation and court case dating back to 2015.
Serhiy Sternenko has ardently fought against corruption in Ukraine, most recently by campaigning against illegal construction projects and exposing corruption including around allegations against the Odesa mayor, Hennadiy Trukhanov, and his associates. Sternenko’s efforts have also included opposing pro-Russian separatist actions in Odesa in 2014-2015 and calling for the cancellation of the concerts of a number of Russian celebrities who have been vocally supportive of the illegal annexation of Crimea and conflict-affected Donbas.
With the verdict of 23 February, Sternenko was convicted for the alleged abduction of a local Odesa functionary, Serhiy Shcherbych, and for the alleged theft of UAH 300 (at the time, the equivalent of less than 15 EUR) from him in 2015 — both accusations Sternenko denies. Despite the expiration of the statute of limitations for the alleged abduction, the judge’s ruling convicted Sternenko of both charges, a clear infringement of both the criminal code and of Sternenko’s fair trial rights.
While the prison sentence imposed on Sternenko was solely based on the theft charge – correctly taking into account the inapplicability of the charge of adduction, yet not clearing Sternenko’s criminal record of that charge – there is real concern about its proportionality. For example, while the murderers of another activist from Kherson, Kateryna Handziuk, received sentences from 3 to 6 years, Sternenko’s sentencing to more than 7 years imprisonment leads credence to the belief of many that the entire proceedings were politically motivated, and are meant to send a chilling message to any and all who oppose corruption in Ukraine.
The Netherlands Helsinki Committee and ZMINA Human Rights Centre remain concerned about the verdict and sentencing, and call on the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that Sternenko’s fair trials are respected throughout the appeal process (begun on 5 March 2021), and to seek proportionate alternatives to his current terms of detention.
Some observers view this case as yet another example of a systemic crisis occurring among the Ukrainian judiciary and law enforcement which must be urgently addressed with much-needed reform. For example, the Public Council of Integrity had previously concluded that the judge assigned to Sternenko’s case has not met the criteria of integrity and professional ethics, which raises questions about his impartiality.
The unusual personal involvement of the Prosecutor General, Iryna Venediktova, and the Minister of Interior Affairs, Arsen Avakov, directly in the case has also been called into question – not least by Viktor Trepak, who served as a deputy to the previous Prosecutor General, and has stated that Ms. Venediktova’s insistence upon bringing charges against Sternenko, is extremely concerning.
In protest of the trial outcome, people took the streets in Kyiv directly following the verdict in solidarity with Sternenko. However, resulting clashes between the peaceful protestors and the police led to several injuries as the police employed disproportionate force, including tear gas and smoke bombs. Moreover, at least 24 people were unlawfully detained, although they were subsequently released later that day.
But that did not stop the outcry: on 27 February, more than 10.000 people took part in a peaceful protest, co-organised by ZMINA Human Rights Center and five other organisations, and on 20 March, more than 1.000 people gathered before the President’s Office, to protest Stenenko’s conviction. While a handful of attendees vandalized the building with paint or broke windows during the protest on 20 March, such acts of hooliganism are now being used to falsely frame peaceful protestors who were not involved in those actions, such as environmental activist, Roman Ratushny.
What if Neonazis took to the streets and attacked and vandalised the seat of the government in the Netherlands? Unthinkable! But here the Netherlands Helsinki Committee promotes the values of street thugs pressuring the president. Ukraine must be the only country in Europe where forces deemed far right get this much support from the government and assorted variety of human rights organisations.
But it would seem there are other friends of Sternenko. Stalker Zone further reports rumour has it Sternenko was in contact with the US Embassy:
“What happened to Sternenko? Why was he removed from suspicion by the Prosecutor General himself, admitting that he personally met the murderer of someone?
According to one possibility the new authorities are afraid to anger ‘activists’. The second possibility — it was agreed in advance that Sternenko won’t participate in the Steinmeier-Maidan.
The third possibility (there is informal talk about this in ‘Servant of the People’) is that Sternenko’s contact with the American Embassy worked.
Although, it may well be that all three possibilities are at work — out of fear there was a deal, and in addition the US Embassy called.
But the result is obvious. For the time being. But the fight continues. We won’t become demoralised.”
The former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Nikolay Azarov, said on RT that it was the Depute Chief of Mission, Kristina Kvien, who was very active in the release of Sternenko. This is what actually made me research this twerp further.
PS: Sternenko lawyer is Masi Nayyem, who recently called for war with Russia. Sternenko likes wearing clothing of the Svastone brand. If Svastone sounds like swastika to you, you are not mistaken, the brand uses a stylised swastika as a label.
Anatoly Shariy has dug out an old article, which is an interview with a soldier by the code name “Kim”, who served in the Pahonia platoon, a Belarussian unit, that looks very much like Roman Protosevych, who was arrested in Minsk few days ago…
From the article
Protasevych told about first shooting at a man. “It is you or me, I don’t regret anything.” Lukashenko said in front of Belarussian parliamentarians that Protasevych is guilty of war crimes committed in the Donbas.
The guy in glasses is identified as Belorussian, Stanislav Goncharov. He served in Azov between 2014-16. Goncharov is now in Belarussian prison but not for being a member of the Azov and fighting in the Donbas. His sentence is for hate speech, robbery, and pornography.
Imagine for a minute, a Western correspondent would pose for a cover in an uniform of an openly neo-Nazi paramilitary unit that is listed as a hate group by many Western governments and institutions. You will never see that! But with Eastern Slavs anything goes as long as they oppose Lukashenko and Putin.
Also, I do not get that the garden variety of demshiza, be it among Russian liberals, in the Belarusian opposition, the Western handlers of this twerp, did not see this. It is not like he made any secret of his involvement with Neonazis.
Westerners reading this, would you like anyone like this to come to power in your country? Why do you want the same for Belarus?
Also, clueless Westerners that are screeching about a “journalist” being abducted. NEXTA was not just a news site, it coordinated protests, called for killing cops, and doxed the cops. I know, the goals justify the means…
Update: The Western press again tries to hush up the topic of Nazis in Ukraine.
Number of Blue Checkmarks, and other guardians of the narrative, have immediately tried to call the reports about Protasevych’s Azov engagement a disinformation. But his involvement with the Neonazis is now solidly established.
Hat tip: Mark Ames Fuck me, the State Department has literally employed a Neonazi, and now we should be concerned about a character assassination. Hey Muricans, do not support Nazis and we will have nothing to talk about.
From the olden days, the Holy See in Rome sought to conquer the Holy Rus’. Alexander Nevsky had to repel an invasion of the Teutonic Knights but there was a much more fearsome foe than the knights, the Rzeczpospolita, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Both constitutive realms of this empire began expanding their domains into Rus’ already in the fourteenth century with the seizure of Halychyna by the Kingdom of Poland. Coincidently, a gene test my brother did shows we are descended from the Lithuanians that conquered Rus’ and there is family legend about a “Polish” ancestry on my Russian side.
There was a difference in faith, while the Westerners answered to the Pope, Rus’ answered to the Eastern Churches and eventually, Moscow became free of Constantinople following the Ottoman conquest, and the only rightful spiritual authority in Rus’. Fearing this Muscovite influence, the Polish masters of Ukraine decided to bring the Orthodox Churches under Roman Catholic control. In 1595 at the Union of Brest, the bishops of Little and White Russia under Rzeczpospolita accepted Roman domination. Several decades have passed and a rebellion erupted in Little Russia, which saw the Cossacks swear fealty to the Russian Tsar. This has plunged Ukraine into a destructive period known as the Ruin, which resolved itself really only in the eighteenth century with the Russian Empire coming to dominate the entirety of Little Russia, and the neutralisation of the Rzeczpospolita.
But unfortunately, the Russian Empire failed to take Halychyna in the division of Poland. Halychyna, or Galicia as it is also known, is a part of Rus. West of Lvov, there lies a town called Rava Rus’ka, that’s where Rus’ begins and it goes all the way to Vladivostok. Halychyna fell under the Austrian rule, and the Uniate Church survived there. This later served as the nucleus out of which will rise Ukrainian nationalism. Starting in the second half of the nineteenth century, the Austria-Hungary, as the Habsburg realms came to be known, entered into alliance with the German Empire, the Russian Empire joined France in an Entente. The Habsburgs became enemies of Russia.
Austria was faced with a problem of Russians on its territory. The Austrians viewed so called Russophillism of many of the inhabitants of Halychyna with suspicion. Thousands of people from Halychyna made annual pilgrimage to the Pochayevskaya Lavra, an Orthodox monastery right across the border from Austrian Halychyna in the Russian Empire. The Austrian authorities began repressing the local Russophiles. Maxim Sandovych, an Orthodox covert from the Uniate Church was tortured to death by the Austrian authorities prior to the First World War. After the Russian defeat by the Central Powers in 1915, the Austrians have interned the Russian population in concentration camps in Terezín in Bohemia, and in Thalerhof in Styria. Wikipedia has this to say about Thalerhof:
Terezín became the site of a genocide again during WWII, when the Jews were interned there.
Simultaneously with the repression, the Austrians have supported a development of a Ukrainian identity that would be different from Russian. Remember dear readers, national identities are always imposed from above and people can always be reprogrammed. Polish nobility long toyed with the Ukrainian idea. According to Mikhail Onufrienko, a blogger from Kharkov that now lives in Crimea in exile, the idea to rename the South Western part of Rus’ into Ukraine originated already in the sixteenth century with the Jesuit envoy, Antonio Possevino. Part of the reason the Polish rebellions against Russian rule of the nineteenth century failed was because the Russian peasants didn’t go along with their Polish masters. Many of these Poles and early adepts of the Ukrainian national idea fled to Austrian Halychyna, where they continued their work with Austrian support.
A good example of the Austrian support for Ukrainian nationalism is Mikhailo Hrushevsky, who was given a cushy job of a professor in Lvov and a hefty grant to write Ukrainian history, a historical conception that removes Ukraine from the common Russian history. If you were to write the true history of Ukraine, you would have to start with Nikolay Kostomarov, Ivan Franko, the afore mentioned Hrushevsky, and not somewhere deep in the past, like in the Cossack period. The Cossacks referred to themselves as Russians. I would not even speak much about Shevchenko, who also identified as Russian. But Hrushevsky did just that, relabelled them all as Ukrainians. I call the conception that Ukraine emerged out of Ukrainian nationalism, which was heavily supported by the enemies of Russia, “a short history of Ukraine.”
By the First World War, there was a sizeable community of newly created Ukrainians in Halychyna. The first time the nationality “Ukrainian” appeared officially was in 1916, when the future Emperor Charles I inspected the troops in Halychyna, and declared everyone in the camp to be Ukrainian. After the revolution in Russia, the Communists, who were opposed to Russian nationalism made the decision to break down the Russian nation by employing the Austrian project, and began a programme of mass creating the Ukrainians. For this purpose, they brought many teachers from Halychyna, including the aforementioned Mikhailo Hrushevsky. Russia’s Ukrainian headache is a bolshevik legacy.
Early Ukrainian nationalism was very much centred around the Uniate Church, the Austrians viewed the papists as loyal citizens. Ukrainism was therefore an extension of the previous Union, the Union of Brest. In more recent times an idea of a united Europe appeared, and since the 1990s, the European Union is bringing these ideas into reality. But parallel with the European Union that we all know from the European Parliament, and the European Commission, there is also a spiritual union and the ideological founder of European integration, the Pan-European Union.
The importance of union with Rome has slightly diminished in recent times with the decline of Catholicism and religiosity in the West, and the centre of control gravitated eventually to Brussels. However, there is a lot of “Habsburg” influence on the symbolic basis of the EU. You see, the Pan-European Union has given the European Union all of its symbols. The circle of twelve stars:
The twelve stars symbolise the twelve signs of the Zodiac, and the number 12 stands for completion and perfection. Note the Cross, as if indicating an inheritance from the Roman Catholic project. The secular EU, and the European Council of course do not have the cross in their flag. Furthermore, the anthem of the European Union, the Ode to Joy, was adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in the 1970s on the suggestion made in 1955 by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, a son of a Bohemian Nobleman and an upperclass Japanese gaijin chaser, the founder and the first head of the Pan-European Union. Now check out the Ode to Joy on the Euromaidan, they even created new updated lyrics for it in Ukrainian. After Coudenhove-Kalergi, the head of the Pan-European Union was Otto von Habsburg.
It seems like the Austrian nobility found itself a new tool of domination. They have switched Catholicism for European integration. Ukraine suffers a new period of strife currently, Ruin 2.0, caused by a desire for another Union, as expressed in the Cargo Cult festival, the Euromaidan. Ukrainians seem again victims of some Austrian voodoo. And the EU is not even able to make Ukraine a candidate for membership.
Don’t be a cuck, don’t fall under the spell of an Austrian voodoo. Although, I have to say many adepts of Ukrainism are also adepts of another Austrian voodoo, created by the arch-opponent of Coudenhove-Kalergi.
For those who don’t know, NEXTA is a Belarussian opposition media project, and Telegram channel that became famous through the organisation and management of the recent anti-Lukashenko protests. NEXTA and Roman Protasevych appeared in this documentary of Yuri Dud’, English subs included…
Roman Protasevych, the founder of Telegram channel NEXTA was arrested in Minsk. He was on board of a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius. The plane landed in Minsk following a bomb scare. The passengers were taken off flight after which Protasevych was arrested…
In November 2020, the founders of NEXTA, Roman Protasevych and Stepan Putilo were included by the KGB on a list of people engaging in terrorist activity…
Update: It is said the plane was redirected to Minsk by Belarussian fighter jets.
Update3:Demshiza all over Eastern Europe is livid.
Alexandr Mitrofanov – a Czech journalist of Russian origin. My elderly mother calls him “a traitor.”: Lukashenko would never stoop to todays act of state terrorism if he wasn’t certain that Putin has his back with his nuclear bombs, rockets and preparations for war.
I don’t know who this Polish gentleman is but here is what he says (my free translation):And this after Biden’s decision on the Nord Stream 2, that is a warm up before the Blinken-Lavrov meeting.
Přístavní povaleč – a shithead: This was an act of aerial piracy, highjacking of a plane
Update 4:USA did this trying to catch Snowden, so anyone can.
Update 5: More demshiza:
From Abby’s profile:
You know Christo Grozev that you are full of shit?
Update 6: Protasevych was in Athens as a press attaché to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who was meeting Donald Tusk and the president of Greece. Also present was US ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pratt, who coincidentally was the ambassador in Kiev in 2013-2014.
Update 7: I hear Protasevych fought in the Azov. Protasevych confirms he was in Donbas as a journalist.
The leader of the Azov gang, Biletskiy about Protasevych: “Truly, Roman has fought against the occupation of Ukraine together with Azov and other military units. He was with us in Shirokino, where he was wounded. But his weapon was the word not machinegun.”
What calibre is the word? 5.45?
*** if Protasevych was a Western journalist, the above photo posing with a black sun would make all the media forget about him but because he an Eastern Slav against Russia, he gets all the love…
Update 8: Protasevych worked for Radio Liberty in Belarus.
It is clear, Western secret services, having tamed the secret services of East European native tribes, have outsourced a lot of influence activities in the Russian Federation to them. Or perhaps it is NED directly curating them. Countries like Latvia, Georgia, and the Czech Republic have long acted as refuges for ousted influencers from Russia such as KamikadzeD, who moved to Prague, I guess to enjoy some anal action; Medusa, who are in Latvia; and the Navalny circus which is said to be relocating to Georgia.
The Ukrainian secret service, the SBU seems to have gone further. Instead of hosting and sponsoring Russian exiles, they have decided to make use of the linguistic situation in the country. Ukrainians, if they shed the South Russian accent, speak standard Russian, and therefore are indistinguishable from regular Russians. The SBU decided to simply have Ukrainians pose as Russians to do pro-Navalny and anti-Putin content.
This article I have found as a by-product of my research into the MKU because it mentions the story as well. The article talks about a YouTube channel that bears the title “Swindled (or Cheated) Russian”. The star of this channel is Vitaly Shevtsov, a native of Donetsk, residing in Kiev. The only thing Russian about the channel are the topics.
The Обманутый Россиянин is still on YouTube. The above exposé did not deter him from Vlogging. Even though the article I discuss here is from January, YouTube tells me, the latest video was posted 20 minutes ago. The channel seems to play digests of liberast videos. You know the drill boys, vote his shit down and say hello to SBU”
The connection to SBU is further solidified by the liaisons of Shevtsov’s girlfriend, Anastasia Silivonchyk. On Vkontakte, she is friends with two SBU operatives. The first is is the investigating officer, Alexei Shapakin, who is the son of Vladimir Shapakin, one of the Kiev’s diamond prosecutors, who is said to have received bribes worth hundred’s of thousands of US Dollars. Another liaison of Anastasia is Vitaliy Koshitsky, an SBU counterintelligence operative. According to a leaked database, Koshitsky has an address at Shekavitskaya 21, an SBU hostel.
The Vkontakte profile of Koshitsky is interesting as well, he is the SBU curator for Russian radicals. One of his contacts is certain Andrey Nesteryuk. Nesteryuk is openly gay, and a supporter of anarcho-feminist projects. His status at the profile is: “Solidarity with Belarus, No to Russian conquest of Belarus, Freedom for political prisoners of Belarus and Russia.” Other of Koshitsky’s friends are Ilya Matveyev and Ilya Vasilyev, two other anarchists.
Also, among Koshitsky’s contacts is Andrey Khripunov. Khripunov became famous for posting a photo from a nose operation of the Russian blogger “Panich” to TikTok claiming the Russian police killed a man during protests:
An opposition activists has been brutally murdered!
After “an attack” on policeman, Vitaly Tsal’ died in local clinic. I remember you brother and will never forget.
Khripunov’s channel nutakoe20 contains around 25 videos. It has expressed support for the protesters, spread fake information about torture, beatings, and killings of Navalny supporters.
Personally, I believe that the MKU arrests had something to do with the investigations into the Navalny organisation. At one point the investigators must have stumbled upon MKU domains while looking at who organised the protests.