Bellingcat says Ukraine has a Nazi Problem

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.”

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. The major parties, and the general public in Ukraine, seem very accepting of the Ukrainian nationalist programme. That is Derussification and the Bandera cult.
  3. Many small nationalist parties may deprive each other of votes, and there are quite a few small nationalist outfits in Ukraine.

Amnesty International says Ukraine has a Nazi Problem

The human rights organisation Amnesty International has produced a report, where they criticise human rights violations in Ukraine.

I quote:

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.

Bandera was a Fascist, Sorry!

There is a serious problem with Ukraine’s fascist hero, Stepan Bandera. 

Bandera was a son of a Uniate Priest from Halychyna, who collaborated with the Nazis in their invasion of Ukraine. Let me expand on this statement, Halychyna was a part of Rus’ occupied and perverted by the Poles from the fourteenth century, and their identity developed in a peculiar way, towards the alienation of local identity from the rest of Rus’, and Bandera was a product of this culture, and he collaborated with the Nazis in the invasion of Soviet Ukraine, and my great grandfather fought against scum like this.

Bandera was given a new life by the Anglosaxons, who saved his followers from justice. His cult was transplanted to independent Ukraine like a virus. In order for Ukraine to become a normal country, it will need to be denazified. I don’t know who will do it, will it be East Ukrainians, will it be Russia, will it one of the oligarchs, and I don’t know when or how it will happen. But I am sure it will happen.

In Ukraine Nazis and Commies Are Banned

Says Baba i Kit (“Granny and Cat”), a twitter user…

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In Ukraine, Nazi and Communist ideology is banned…

That’s nice! In theory, the laws of Ukraine really do prohibit extremist ideologies… but what then are C14, Battalion Azov, and the Right Sector doing in Ukraine?

Ukrainian pundits would like to claim that those organisations are not Nazis but US Congress doesn’t think so. So either, the Americans are misinformed, they have been coopted by the Kremlin, or the Ukrainian ban is rather arbitrarily applied.

So which is it?

How the EU makes Apologetics for Naziism

The EU decided to use my taxes to save me and my fellow Europeans from nefarious disinformation, and fails…

I have come across an online project called “EU vs. Disinfo” of the European External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force. I was very much interested in what they have to say. I found there a collection of fabrications that put Russian media to shame but I also found a curious urge to protect the post-Maidan regime from accusations that are essentially true.

The project wants to claim the accusation that the slogan: “Slava Ukrayini! Heroyim Slava!”, that is “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!” has Nazi origins is wrong…

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They say the origin of the “disinformation” is the Russian evening news programme “Vesti”, on the First Channel…

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They continue to give some lame arguments as to why Vesti is wrong. I discuss everything below…

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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.

The “historian” from the Catholic University in Lvov makes an absolutely lame attempt to divorce the slogan from its origins. Imagine the Germans would stage a protest against the Christian and Social Democrat regime, and in the process would resurrect the “Heil Hitler! Sieg Heil!”, and then they would seize power and make it an official slogan of the military. This is essentially what happened in Ukraine. The slogan was introduced on the Maidan by the nationalists. Andreas Umland mentions the slogan began actively being used in Ukraine by Oleh Tyahnybok of the Svoboda Party.

So, the Slogan was created by Nazis, and introduced to Ukraine by Nazis, introduced to the Maidan by the Nazis. The EU hacks want to tell me everyone needs to be goose stepping, or what?

I have discussed the “poor ratings” on this blog before. The argument is easily dismissed by the following argument. Ukraine is a large country, and you need a lot of money to achieve electoral success. This causes the political landscape to be dominated by oligarch run political projects. If you want to win in elections, you need to join one of these groups. Boryslav Bereza is a good example of a person from “Right Sector” who is now a parliamentarian. The current Rada is swarming with people, who have more or less adopted the nationalist ideology.

Russia has a right to be concerned about a radical nationalist regime on her border, so I don’t get what these EU hacks are moaning about?

Poroshenko et al. rub Shoulders with a Nazi Leader in Istanbul

Poroshenko seems to not mind posing with Nazis, and so he doesn’t have a problem rubbing shoulders with them in a church. That’s because the post-Maidan regime actively encourages Naziism… 

The post-Maidan regime, with a silent support of its Western backers, promotes historical revisionism, and Nazi collaborators, and uses contemporary fans of Hitler as a force to harass the genuine opposition. A white version of the tonton macoutes of Papa Doc Duvalier in Haiti.

The C14 is Ukrainian neo-nazi gang likely named after the British C18, an abbreviation meaning: “Combat”, and the number 18 stands for the first and the eighth letter of the alphabet, the initials of Adolf Hitler. Number 14 is a no less significant cypher in the neo-nazi scene, and it stands for the 14 words of the late American neo-nazi terrorist David Lane: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

Evhen “Zheka” Karas’ is the leader of C14, probably by virtue of being the tallest and strongest of his gang of troglodytes. Below you can see a video of his gang attacking the defence lawyer of Vasyl’ Muravitsky, a journalist from Zhytomyr, who is being tried for treason. Apparently he did not love the Maidan enough in his publications. But he also wrote about local mafia which illegally mines amber and this may have irked some authorities even more.

In any normal country, Zheka and his gang would be sitting in jail now awaiting a trial for disrupting the court, and perhaps other offences. But this is post-Maidan Ukraine, and Zheka likely has powerful friends. On the photo below is he in Istanbul at the ceremony of Ukraine becoming a metropolia of the Ecumenical Patriarchate right next to Lutsenko and Poroshenko.


Ukrainian Fans of the SS Totenkopf Defend Their Honour

A Facebook page called “Ukrainian Military Honor” published her own analysis of the apology delivered by Ukrainian paratroopers, who were caught flashing patches featuring the emblem of SS division Totenkopf, see my post here…

Here come the screenshots:

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Fighter of the Ukrainian Military was forced to humiliate himself for his patch

The other day, there appeared on the internet a photo of a soldier with a patch similar to the symbol of the 3rd tank division of the SS “the Death’s Head.” The scandal originated because the president was present at this photo session.

The first reaction of the Ukrainian Army command was adequate; they have called for the military personnel to be more to be more responsible with their appearance, in order not to give enemy propaganda a chance to create new myths.

However, a week has passed and there appeared a humiliating video on the social network. (I have re-uploaded part of the video to my Youtube channel and have given it subtitles, see below) The soldier apologises before his brothers in arms and [fellow] citizens for giving ammunition to enemy propaganda.

Here the command has clearly overdone it.

Wanting to please the liberal loudmouths, they have forced their own soldier to apologise. A fighter, who according to their own words, has defended Ukraine for three years in the hottest spots on the frontline.

We think this was a grave mistake because:

  1. Orientation towards enemy propaganda is a bad strategy. And to sacrifice your own fighters to her is a crime.
  2. The soldiers is not guilty of attending the photo session. If somebody needs to be punished, it is president’s press service, which has openly overlooked this. It is them, who should “not give ammunition to enemy propaganda.” The role of a soldier is to obey commands, and not to show off in front of cameras.
  3. The majority of fighters in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (earlier this year renamed to Operation of United Forces) have similar patches and have positive feelings about them, even though some may not like it. Of course, this is a mischief but they are warming soldiers’ souls. And before you are going to ban them, ban Sovok (Soviet legacy) in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which crawls out of all the holes.
  4. Skull and bones, “Adam’s skull”, or “Death’s head” have been the symbol of all assault units since the old days. So its use among the paratrooper-assault troops is logical.

We hope that such a mockery will not become a norm.