After burning people alive, anti-Jewish pogrom in Odessa, Ukraine?

Holocaust monument in Odessa, Ukraine, before anti-Semites vandalized it

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today, about Ukraine:

Kiev also made efforts to restore control over the city of Odessa.

The coup government sent a national guard unit to re-establish control over the Black Sea port city, prompting fears in the local Jewish community that they would be targeted by neonazis linked to the new regime.

Jewish leaders in the city told Israel’s Jerusalem Post at the weekend they had prepared to flee the city if necessary. Last month a monument to the 34,000 Odessa Jews killed during the nazi occupation was vandalised and painted over with swastikas and symbols of the Right Sector fascist group.

Kiev is escalating attacks on cities which do not recognise the new regime.

Odessa had been largely unaffected by Ukraine’s deepening conflict — until 46 people died on Friday, most incinerated in the trade union centre as they sought refuge from a pro-Kiev mob.

Anti-fascists gathered in Odessa yesterday morning at the funeral of regional member of parliament Vyacheslav Markin, who died in the fire and was known for speaking out against the interim government in Kiev.

New York Times covers up fascist atrocity in Odessa: here.

A politically conformist media has long been considered a characteristic of dictatorships. Not any more. One can also speak of such a conformist press in the coverage of Ukraine in the German media: here.

2015 commemoration in Odessa: here.

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12 thoughts on “After burning people alive, anti-Jewish pogrom in Odessa, Ukraine?

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  3. You’d be better off coming to the country and seeing and hearing things for yourself before reporting hearsay. The Maidan Revolution, which overthrew the Yanukovich government, was made up of and funded by prominent members of the Jewish community. I enjoy your blog but you need to check your sources much better. What’s going on right now involves many provocations and counter-provocations.

    One shouldn’t let the Right Sector overshadow what essentially has been a battle for freedom, transparency and anti-corruption. Talking about the Right Sector is precisely what Russia wants the rest of the world to do while Russia continues destabilising this country.

    • Hi, a standard sentence by defenders of apartheid in South Africa used to be: “Have you been to South Africa yourself? No? Then you don’t have the right to an opinion on that country”.

      Overthrows of governments by rich Jews’ money, as you suggest about the violent overthrow of the Kiev government, sounds too much like a page from the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Maybe some anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist in Moscow will believe that, but I won’t.

      Anti-corruption? Yes, some participants in the Maidan movement genuinely disliked corruption. However, there was corruption before Yanukovich, during Yanukovich, and now, after Yanukovich, there is still corruption and oligarchs.

      Some Maidan people naively believed the European Union would bring prosperity. Well, to paraphrase your words, they did not “come” (reading about it might have been enough) to Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Ireland, where the European Union “austerity” destroyed the economy, health care, education, etc.

      Angela Merkel’s Sweatshop Europe plan:

      Transparency? Edward Snowden provided transparency about billions of people being spied upon by the United States NSA. For this, US government officials threatened his life.

      The Right Sector and Svoboda neo-nazis played a major role in the escalation of violence which drove away the old government of Ukraine. They were rewarded with positions like Vice Premier in the new government. So, why not talk about them? The first time ever since 1945 that nazis are in a European government.

      Let us suppose there would be a new coalition government in London, Britain. A government which would include the nazis of the British National Party and the English Defense League. I can very well imagine that people who had never ever been Scottish, Welsh, or Cornish nationalists, would suddenly become very eager to declare independence from London for Scotland, Wales or Cornwall. And no need for “Moscow gold” theories to explain that.

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  10. Urgent appeal to support activists in Odessa, Ukraine:

    Join Ramsey Clark, Cynthia McKinney,
    John Pilger, Sara Flounders & more!

    The International Action Center endorses this appeal from the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) on behalf of besieged activists and family members in Odessa, Ukraine. We urge you to support UNAC’s delegation to Odessa and share this information widely.

    From UNAC Co-coordinators
    Marilyn Levine & Joe Lombardo:

    It’s been nearly two years since the world was shocked by reports of the deaths of scores of pro-democracy activists at the hands of extreme right-wing forces in the city of Odessa, Ukraine.

    It was barely three months after a violent, right-wing coup overthrew the elected Ukrainian government. The activists had set up a tent city in Odessa’s historic Kulikovo Square to publicize their demand for a national referendum to decide the legitimacy of the coup.

    On May 2, a large mob led by organized fascist groups set fire to the camp, forcing the activists to retreat into the nearby five-story House of Trade Unions. The building was then set on fire. Many died of smoke inhalation or were burned alive. Some jumped to their deaths. Some of those attempting to flee the building were shot or beaten to death. One pregnant woman was strangled. At least 46 activists were killed and many more were injured. (You can find many Internet videos. A good overview is here:

    Every week since the massacre, family members, friends and supporters, organized as the Mothers Committee for May 2, have held memorials in Kulikovo Square. These memorials are often harassed by the same or similar right-wing thugs, many of whom belong to neo-Nazi organizations.

    The Mothers Committee is now planning a large memorial for this May 2 to mark the second anniversary of the massacre. The fascist organizations have publicly declared that they will not allow the memorial to take place.

    In response to this very serious situation, and in consultation with our contacts in Odessa, UNAC is working to re-focus the world’s attention on Odessa, in the hope that this might help convince the U.S. and Ukrainian governments that allowing an attack on the memorial would not be in their best interests.

    As part of this effort, UNAC will be sending a delegation of U.S. human rights activists to Odessa to monitor the memorial. We also sent a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Committee endorsing the call by the Mothers Committee for an international investigation into the 2014 massacre. Significantly, one of the leading fascist organizations, called Maidan, has formally asked the U.N. to deny this request.


    We also have drawn up the attached statement calling on the city government of Odessa, the federal government of Ukraine and the U.S. government to ensure that the civic rights of those attending the May 2 memorial, including the U.S. monitors, are respected. The statement also again endorses the Mothers Committee’s call for an international investigation into the events of May 2, 2014.

    We are now appealing to human rights and progressive organizations and prominent individuals to sign on to this statement. We are asking you to help with this effort. Please send endorsements to:


    In order to be effective, we will need to send the statement to the Odessa, Ukrainian and U.S. authorities as soon as possible. At the same time, we will be releasing the statement to the world media.
    Statement in support of May 2 memorial in Odessa and for a United Nations investigation into the tragic events of May 2, 2014
    On May 2, 2016, a memorial will be held in Odessa, Ukraine, to honor the memory of scores of pro-democracy activists who were brutally murdered on that date in Odessa two years ago. There is no reason for the City authorities to forbid a peaceful memorial, but right-wing radicals – some of whom are believed to have been involved in the events of 2014 – have declared that they will not allow it to proceed.

    Partial list of endorsers:
    Ramsey Clark – Former U.S. Attorney General; Human Rights Activist
    Cynthia McKinney, Ph.D – Former Member, U.S. Congress;
    2008 Green Party U.S. Presidential Candidate
    John Pilger – Award-winning Journalist
    Marilyn Levin & Joe Lombardo – Co-Coordinators, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
    Ray McGovern – Former CIA Analyst; Co-Founder,
    Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
    Margaret Kimberley – Editor and Senior Columnist, Black Agenda Report
    Bernadette Ellorin – Chairperson, Bayan USA
    Ana Edwards – Chair, Virginia Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, Richmond, Virginia
    Sara Flounders, Co-Director, International Action Center
    U.S. Peace Council
    See full statement and full list here:

    This statement was initiated by the United National Antiwar Coalition, a broad coalition of peace and justice organizations in the United States. UNAC encourages the circulation of this petition among human rights organizations all over the world. Please send all new endorsements to: UNAC, PO Box 123, Delmar, NY 12054 USA; Phone: 518-227-6947; Email:; Web:

    International Action Center
    c/o Solidarity Center, 147 W. 24 St.,
    Suite 2, New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212-633-6646

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