For reference, the hero of the embezzlement scandal in the Ukrainian military, Hlad’kovsky, his real name is Svinarchuk. Poroshenko was also likened to a pig in the past. The Bankova is where the presidential administration in Kiev is.
But where are stones and molotow cocktails, have the Ukrainian nazis gone from hardcore to plush pigs?
Five years ago, an attack of Antimaidan activists on neonazis left two Antimaidan activists dead…
Yesterday (I began writing this post on 14 March), I have read an account of the events by Konstantin Kevorkyan. I translate (my translation has been a little adopted from the original):
On 8 March 2014, on the Freedom Square in Kharkov, next to the Regional Administration Building, another demonstration of the citizens against the antigovernment putsch (that is the Euromaidan) occurred; the theme of which was traditionally federalisation and the Russian language as the second state. After a similar demonstration on 1 March, the “Right Sector” louts were kicked out of the Regional Administration Building, which they occupied. The very atmosphere of a holiday (8 March, International Women’s Day; in former USSR it is a day off; it has a “special” effect on local men) created a peaceful mood among the citizens…
After the demonstration, several thousands of citizens marched through the central street of the city, and in the evening of the same day, when the demonstrators who were about to leave, they were attacked by “Right Sector” goons with metal fittings and baseball bats; three people received shooting wounds. In the following days, and finally on 14 March, the “Right Sector” goons, arriving on a van with Dnepropetrovsk license plates, have again attacked the Antimaidan camp near the statue of Lenin, and have immediately attempted to hide.
Pursuing them, [the Antimaidan] people have caught up with the attackers at the Rymarskaya Street, where the headquarters of the “Patriot of Ukraine” was located. The leader of [this organisation] was Andriy Biletsky, who was just released from jail. The organisation was infamous among the Kharkovites; several years prior to the events in question her members marched through the streets of Kharkov with neonazi banners…
In those days, the “Patriot of Ukraine” found haven at the building of local “Prosvita”, and have turned their office into a real fortress. As one of Biletsky buddies describes: “They began building a fortress at Rymarskaya, they have boarded the windows with sandbags. We have place “cocktail bars” (Molotow cocktail preparation spots) on the roof from both sides. Imagine, the centre of the city, there is a Russian flag on the Kharkov Regional Administration Building. We gathered arms, traumatic, hunting, shovels, pickaxes, Molotow cocktails. We have organised a mobilisation centre, small headquarters.”
A Russian flag flying over the city is common Maidanite lie. A Russian flag was raised on 1 May but was immediately changed to a state flag. Not only Biletsky was present at the headquarters but also Vadim Troyan (Biletsky’s future depute in the “Azov”, today First Depute Head of the National Police of Ukraine), and Ihor Mykhailenko (has taken over the command of Azov, when Biletsky entered parliament, and now leads “Natsionalni Druzhyny”, the “National Squad”, a civilian branch of Azov).
On 14 March, the attempt by the Antimaidan to approach the headquarters were met with lethal fire. The “Right Sector” goons were texting about the event. “Today 4 March, the Antimaidan plague has been preparing provocations and measures against the Social-National Assembly (SNA), and the Right Sector in the city of Kharkov. Around 20:00, on the Freedom Square, the anti-Ukrainian masses have attacked a car with members of the SNA and the Leader (Biletsky); stones and bottles were thrown at them, the attack was repulsed, and after the car went to the SNA office. Around 21:00, the pro-Russian masses have approached the office of the SNA and have been throwing stones, bottles and other, and have made the first attempt to storm the building, which was repulsed by our boys. During the first attack, the assailants attacked the police to cause a provocation (according to unverified information there are dead). Later, the untermenschen (as per text) have attempted another attack on the office in which Molotow cocktails and firearms were used. Even though they been reinforced with people and arguments, our fighters were able to hold, and have not suffered any losses. Several thousand gopniks are besieging our boys, and we will fight to the victorious end. Glory to Heroes! …. Cocktails are flying at us from the yard, and we are receiving rounds from an AK … We will not surrender, our Fuhrer is awaiting us in Valhalla (Is the Fuhrer in Valhalla? I thought he dishonourably committed suicide) … We have been visited by Kernes for talks (the mayor), we have shown, who is the boss in Kharkov))”
But now, [we will talk] not about Fuhrer, who awaits his supporters in Valhalla, and not about the “untermenschen”, whom they cynically killed, and not about the ecstatic comments of the Maidan wenches under each comment of the “Right Sector” goons. The first point, they have lied shamelessly about the thousands of attackers. The Kharkov Antimaidan simply didn’t have such a force, not to mention the adequate weapons. In the end, the dead victims were from the Antifascist camp. The second moment is the very mention of the SAN, an openly neonazi and racist organisation, the leader of which was Andriy Biletsky, who had the title among his subjects: “White Leader.”
The ideology of the organisation suggests that SAN view as humans (Homo Sapiens) only the white race. (my note: there are many Jews present among the leadership and sponsors of the Right Sector, so I guess if this is a part of their ideology, it is there for the idiots) (they don’t include the Southern Europeans, such as the Italians and Spaniards, in this). Ukrainians are not considered to be Southerners, and other ethnic groups of Ukraine are to undergo Ukrainisation or deportation. “From a mass of individuals, a nation shall appear, and from the weak contemporary man -a “Superman” -say the Social Nationalists. We have seen this somewhere.
As a result of secret talks between the Maidan putschists and Social Nationalists, the government has received in its ranks a new division of disciplined fighters. And after the deadly events of the night of 14-15 March, the regime has happily used their services in Kharkov and elsewhere, for instance during the suppression of the citizen uprising and the murder of policemen in Mariupol on 6-9 May. Biletsky was in turn rewarded by the government and became a member of parliament. It ought to be mentioned that in his favour, Avakov’s advisor, Zoryan Shkyryak, has withdrawn from the race, and the current general prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko called this vulgar nationalist a “hero”.
Yesterday, the National Corpus, a civilian branch of the National Guard Battalion “Azov”, that is widely reported to be made up of neo-nazis, protested at Bankova, the seat of the Presidential Administration in Kiev, and also attacked the police at a Poroshenko rally in Cherkasy…
Soon after, a video of a younger looking leader of Azov, (I see banners of the Patriot of Ukraine, an organisation that preceded Azov) Andriy Biletsky, surfaced and was carried by pro-Poroshenko media. I have uploaded it to my youtube channel and given it English subtitles:
His thesis basically boils down to, if Ukraine is to succeed, she needs Russia’s natural resources. Which is a no brainer! I have heard about Biletsky’s pan-Slavism before but I would not say he is happy with Putin and his regime in Russia, I think their ideology presupposes a neo-nazi revolution in Russia before there can be any unification with Ukraine. Anyway, recently he abstained from the vote on the changes to the Ukrainian constitution, which enshrined an EU and NATO geopolitical course.
The Ukrainian embassy literally wants American cinemas to ban a film about Soviet soldiers using a tank to escape German captivity…
Jeez I really wonder what is it about this film? Under normal circumstances I would not pay any attention to Russian Great Patriotic War films, there are way too many in my opinion. But now I can’t help myself, I must see this film now. Matter of fact, I would have never heard of this film if it wasn’t for the Ukrainian embassy campaign.
The initiative however did not come from the Ukrainian embassy but a Belorussian immigrant, who has made a habit of opposing Russian cultural products:
Smelansky, a software engineer who emigrated from Belarus in 1999 and is an opponent of Putin’s government, fired off an e-mail to the owner of the cinema.
“As a longtime Boston resident and neighbor of your cinema,” Smelansky wrote in the e-mail shared with RFE/RL, “I would love the chance to dissuade you from allowing the screening of this film — or at least to convince you to have an open public discussion of this film’s propagandistic purpose, not only to preserve the reputation of your theater but also the reputation of Boston as a cultural hub.”
I have uploaded couple of new videos yesterday to my channel. They are from a demonstration in protest against a policeman, who shouted: “lie down, Bandera!”, while arresting a neo-nazi.
It was lit:
Meanwhile, on the Prospect of Stepan Bandera in Kiev, hackers have managed to break into the computers of the Gorodok Shopping Centre, and projected a large swastika on a staircase. There are two possible culprits, vatnik prankers, or nazi prankers…
We have been told ever since 2013 that the claims of neo-nazi presence in Ukraine is overblown, and part of Kremlin hybrid warfare information campaign to discredit the Maidan regime…
But what do we have here? Bellingcat finds Nazis in Ukraine because the latter have been building contacts with ideologically similar individuals in the West.
Bellingcat has confirmed that in January 2016, Azov, via its online podcast, was in contact with the late Andrew Oneschuk, an imminent member of the violent American neo-Nazi organization Atomwaffen Division. On Azov’s podcast, Oneschuk discussed issues facing Americans that wanted to join Azov, and expressed interest in learning methods of attracting youth to nationalism in America. He was encouraged to try to join Azov.
In another previously unreported case from the autumn of 2018, the political wing of Azov, the National Corps, supported an effort by Joachim Furholm, a Norwegian citizen and self-described “national socialist revolutionary,” to bring American right-wingers to Ukraine to fight against Russian aggression. The effort specifically framed participation in Ukraine’s war against Russian aggression as an opportunity for American right-wingers to acquire combat and other practical experience to be deployed later within the United States after returning home. Furholm also spoke at a political rally held by the National Corps in front of Ukraine’s Parliament in September 2018.
Evidence uncovered by Bellingcat points to recent contacts between the National Corps and alleged former U.S. armed services members who are currently in Ukraine. In one instance, an alleged U.S. Army veteran named “Alex” made an appearance on an American white nationalist podcast to comment on the ease of joining the war in Ukraine. Also, an alleged U.S. Navy veteran, “Shawn Irwood,” is currently enlisted in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and maintains contact with the National Corps. Shawn had stated his intention to join the Azov Regiment online, and was linked to the aforementioned Joachim Furholm prior to arrival in Ukraine in early 2018.
The International Secretary of the National Corps, responsible for Azov’s global strategy, told Bellingcat that the movement sought “all potential sympathizers” and “potential lobbyists” in the U.S., and hoped to “establish contacts with the American military.”
Andreas Umland to the rescue with the trope about the low electoral support for Azov’s political ambitions. This is commonly used to create the illusion that the Ukrainian neonazis are anything important. I have discussed this argument before (I must say I am not very proud of that post). My explanation is as follows:
Ukraine is a large country and you need large financial and human resources to score victory in the elections. The Azov leader, Biletskiy, is in the parliament as an independent.
The major parties, and the general public in Ukraine, seem very accepting of the Ukrainian nationalist programme. That is Derussification and the Bandera cult.
Many small nationalist parties may deprive each other of votes, and there are quite a few small nationalist outfits in Ukraine.
The human rights organisation Amnesty International has produced a report, where they criticise human rights violations in Ukraine.
2018 was marked by a sharp surge of violent attacks against a range of individuals and groups, often in the name of patriotism and “traditional values”. Those subjected to violence come from different walks of life, and include journalists, human rights defenders, especially those working on women’s rights and the rights of LGBTI people, members of ethnic minorities – particularly Roma – and those whose political views the attackers regard as “pro-Russian”. In almost all instances, the law-enforcement authorities have been slow to react and perpetrators were rarely, if ever, brought to justice. The Ukrainian authorities have not explicitly condemned the violence, while those who perpetrate it have continued to enjoy near-total impunity. Moreover, allegations have been made by various commentators in the media, including on social media, regarding financial and other support these groups may be receiving from certain members of the authorities. Altogether, this has contributed to a feeling among the human rights community in Ukraine that members of these groups are often deliberately allowed to be above the law. This also has a chilling effect on members of Ukraine’s civil society and has discouraged them from holding or taking part in public events, and has reinforced the intimidation sought by the far-right groups who attack the relevant events.