Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine

Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine

The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region.

When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine's opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok.

This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" rule Ukraine and that "Germans, Kikes and other scum" want to "take away our Ukrainian state."

This is the party's logo, it can be seen on flag throughout the crowds in Kiev every day.

Svoboda is Ukraine’s fourth biggest party holding 36 seats out of 450 in parliament. They're also part of the Alliance of European National Movements along with the BNP and Jobbik.

This is their old logo, a Wolfsangel rune, a common symbol for European neo-Nazi organizations.

It was also the symbol of the Patriots of Ukraine, a paramilitary organisation Svoboda went hand in hand with until 2004.

A typical crowd shot of Kiev's protests, Svoboda and their fellow travellers have been present throughout the protests.

Here we see a battalion of Patriots of Ukraine paramilitaries tooled up in the midst of the protests.

Pro-EU protesters took over the town hall, we learned from international news reports in December, demanding the government resign.

While it is a broad movement, mainly of the right, it's hard to see a BNP or Golden Dawn led takeover of a town hall getting quite the same publicity.

Here a white power flag takes pride of place centre stage, black circle with a plus sign through it. You can always check the top of stormfront.org if you don't buy it.

Here protesters clash with riot police, one carries a homemade shield painted with a white power symbol and the numbers 14 and 88.

These numbers are common neo-Nazi slogans;with 14 standing for David Lane's slogan (We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children) and 88 as code for HH, or Heil Hitler.

Patriots burn flags, while white power flags are flown throughout the crowd. In almost every action shot from these protests far-right symbols are clearly visible.

National socialist group Wotan Jugend has described the experience they are gaining from the protests; "Leaderless resistance What is happening now in Kiev - is a lesson, a lesson to all those who so eagerly watching national revolution taking place in Ukraine, blowing drool with envy at the keyboard."

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Comments

baboon
Feb 20 2014 19:59

Vanucci, I don't understand your position. You say that this "is a proxy war of the superpowers" - which I believe sums up in a nutshell exactly what's going on here and yet you call it a "legitimate and righteous struggle" where "the radicals will hopefully take power". What radicals? A legitimate and righteous struggle for what?

buzzbay
Feb 23 2014 20:42

The notion that somehow Germany is behind the Fatherland and Udar party is so farfetched that it isn't even worth debating. For getting a sense of the level of participation in Maidan (which was not "infiltrated" by Svoboda), just look at the casualties -- a broad age range, and different political backgrounds (two of them were members of the Demoncratic Alliance, for example). To turn around in retrospect and demand that the "Maidan" should have done something to distance themselves from the ultras of western Ukraine is preposterous. Yes, we in thee west have to vigilant about the various confluences in the new Ukrainian politics. The prospect of Yuliya Tymoshenko running the country again is as frightening as a turn to the right. But the bravery of the activists should be celebrated, not belittled.

Karel
Mar 24 2014 01:29

What is a bit strange in this compilation: I see Tyahnybok with his hand making the German fascist greeting while - at the same time - this page quotes him as saying anti-German sentence. A bit of contradiction, isn't it..
Interestingly, the here mentioned Jobbik as an extremist movement had its MEP in Crimea during the rigged pseudo-referendum. You mention it agaist the UA revo and it "worked" on the other side actually. Same with one Polish fascist (I forgot his name), he was very welcome by Russia in Crimea while at the same time bashing fascists in UA where they are in an insignificant minority just like everywhere else.
So basically this is the Putin narrative having large holes in its arguments.

baboon
Mar 24 2014 15:35

Buzzbay above downplays the role of Germany in Ukraine and the fundamental role of imperialism, unlike protests in Spain, Turkey, Brazil, etc., which are underlining and dictating events here - whatever individual "bravery" is being shown here or there.

German government contact with Svoboda and the rest of the Ukrainian gangster elite has been ongoing. CDU politician, Elmar Brok, chair of the European Foreign Affairs Committee, who himself, alongside delegations of western politicians, diplomats, etc., were present at Maiden, said words to the effect that he didn't like fascism but the past was the past and these forces were now contributing to democracy in Ukraine.

The German media has expressed its fulsome praise for "the German diplomatic offensive" within a framework of a recent declaration by Bundespresident Gauck, of a "more determined foreign policy". The Foreign Minister has also said that Ukraine has shown that Germany had "lived up to its leading role in Europe" and the Frankfurter Allaegemeine Zeitung praised the "dogged work of persuasion by the Foreign Ministries of Germany, France, Poland and Ukraine". Germany's Foreign Office said that there were "good strategic reasons" for German involvement in Ukraine including those of "a military interest".

Klitschko's UDAR party (as a boxer he is surely used to being surrounded by gangsters) has been built up and financed by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation which has close links to the CDU.

Why Buzzbay, in a world where imperialist tensions are becoming more and more acute and dangerous for the working class (effectively the same world as the beginnings of the 1900's) do you think that a major power like Germany would not be flexing its imperialist muscles faced with a degrading situation?

Quotes from here: http://www.leftcom.org/en/articles/2014-03-21/war-games-%E2%80%94-ukraine-as-the-focus-of-imperialist-conflict#fn9