Ukrainian taxpayers’ money to violent neonazis

This 2012 video is called Ukraine far-right Svoboda party anti-Semitism.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Human rights groups condemn Ukraine over its funding of nazi militias

HUMAN rights groups in Ukraine hit out today after it was revealed that nazi militias involved in brutal and violent attacks against minorities have received cash from the government.

A report published on YouTube by the Ministry of Youth and Sports showed officials voting to fund the far-right Svoboda party along with the violent neonazi C14 group via grants for “national-patriotic education projects”.

In the C14 name, the C alludes to C18, the (originally English, later international) neonazi terror gang Combat 18. In which 18, the first and eighth letters in the alphabet, stands for ‘AH’=Adolf Hitler. The 14 in the C14 name stands for the ’14 words’, a racist neonazi slogan.

In a statement on its website the ministry admitted that, while it does not directly finance any public groups, including the far-right, it does fund the projects of those groups.

“Through project contests, budget funds are allocated solely to support the implementation of projects of public organisations”, it said.

The government refused to respond to questions regarding C14, which won its funding bid to host a children’s summer camp and a series of festivals.

The group has engaged in violent homophobic and anti-Roma attacks, including the burning of a camp in Kiev in April.

Freedom House Ukraine director Matthew Scharf criticised the selection process.

“It shouldn’t be too difficult to add another criterion to grant selection — not implicated in or publicly approving of violence”, he said.

Freedom House is an organisation, financed by the United States government with close links to the United States establishment. Usually, it only criticizes people or countries which have conflicts with the United States establishment. It did not criticize United States allies like the Uzbekistan dictatorship which boils dissidents alive, because the Uzbek government helped the United States war on Afghanistan. Rarely, like in this case, it criticizes allies like the Ukrainian government or right-wingers.


Ukrainian nazis’ anti-Roma violence

This 2016 Euronews video is called Roma forced to flee violent mob in Ukraine village.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, April 27, 2018

F 2nd: Ukraine Roma attacks

HUMAN rights groups are demanding an “urgent investigation” after Ukrainian far-right nationalists torched a Roma camp, throwing stones at women and children as they fled.

Members of the neonazi C14 group

In the C14 name, the C alludes to C18, the (originally English, later international) neonazi terror gang Combat 18. In which 18, the first and eighth letters in the alphabet, stands for ‘AH’=Adolf Hitler. The 14 in the C14 name stands for the ’14 words’, a racist neonazi slogan.

“wreaked havoc” in the capital Kiev’s Goloseevsky district, setting fire to 15 tents and forcing the Roma to leave.

They boasted about their actions on social media, claiming to have “disposed of the litter” and “safely burnt” the tents, describing their attacks as “convincing and legal arguments”.

Footage posted online showed the neonazis chasing a group of Roma, using gas canisters on women and children.

Amnesty International’s Ukrainian office director Oksana Pokalchuk said that a number of people were injured in the attack and she accused the fascist group of using “bladed weapons and possibly even firearms.”

A statement by the NGO claimed that police who arrived on the scene told the Roma that the camp was burning and advised them to leave Kiev as soon as possible.

Ukrainian authorities have been accused of turning a blind eye to rising neonazi attacks in the country. The C14 group are closely associated with the far-right Svoboda party and two of its members are suspected of involvement in the 2015 murder of journalist Oles Buzina.

Ms Pokalchuk said that, by continuing to ignore the actions of fascists, Ukrainian authorities give them a “feeling of impunity.”

“It is important to understand that anyone could become a target of such attacks — Roma, women, anti-corruption activists, Jews, the LGBT [community], as well as journalists, artists, students or writers”, she said.

A group of 57 US Congress members have asked Secretary of State John Sullivan to put pressure on Ukraine over “state-sponsored Holocaust denial” and “glorification of nazi collaborators, including Stepan Bandera.”

This video is on the 2018 C14 anti-Roma attack.

Members of the far-right Ukrainian paramilitary group C14 recently attacked a Roma camp in Kiev, forcing families and children to flee. The incident was just one of many assaults in Ukraine committed by right-wing groups against ethnic minorities and those opposed to the oligarchic government of Petro Poroshenko: here.

Violent anti-Semitism in Ukraine: here.

Ukraine jails Dutch journalist to please Azerbaijan dictatorship

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Dutch journalist already jailed for more than half a year in Ukraine

In Ukraine, the Dutch-Azeri journalist Fikret Huseynli has been in prison for more than half a year. He was arrested on 14 October last year at the request of Azerbaijan, which wants his extradition for … illegal crossing of the border. Huseynli fled from Azerbaijan and says that that country wants to arrest him because of his critical reporting.

Earlier this month, a court in Kiev ruled that he can not be extradited and that he must be able to go where he wants. But even before the verdict, his Dutch passport had been taken away, confirms the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. A spokesman said that there is regular contact with him and that the Netherlands “on a high political level” emphasizes that he has refugee status and that the Netherlands disapproves of extradition. At the same time, the ministry says it can not “enter into legal proceedings of other countries”.

Masked men

Huseynli fled from Azerbaijan in 2008 and received political asylum in the Netherlands. In Azerbaijan, Huseynli worked for the newspaper Azadlyg. Two years before he fled, he had been attacked by masked men. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that the journalist was granted refugee status and now has Dutch nationality.

Huseynli runs the Azerbaijani online news organization Turan in Amsterdam, which is critical of the government of Azerbaijan. He was in Ukraine in October to investigate whether a local department of Turan could be opened. Because Azerbaijan had put him on a list of police organization Interpol, he was arrested in Ukraine. Huseynli says that Azerbaijan is out to shut him up.

At the end of October, two weeks after his arrest, a court in Kiev ruled that Huseynli could be released on bail, but he had to stay in the country for two months. After that time a decision was supposed to be taken on extradition. Since then, this term has been extended twice, Huseynli said last month in conversation with the international journalist organization Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Recently, on April 2, the court ruled that he can not be extradited, but the public prosecutor refuses to give him his passport back and wants a new session to impose new restrictions on him, the Kyiv Post, an English-language newspaper in Kiev, says.

Attacked in apartment

Huseynli is also being intimidated in Ukraine. The CPJ writes on its site that on March 5 he was attacked by strangers in the apartment he is renting in Kiev. According to the Dutchman, his assailants spoke Ukrainian and Azeri. He was beaten up and worked against the ground. The CPJ calls on Ukraine to investigate the incident and give Huseynli his passport back so that he can leave the country.

The international journalist organization Reporters sans Frontières (RSF, Reporters without Borders) has also called for the release of Huseynli. The organization also speaks of a political matter and emphasizes that Azerbaijan in terms of freedom of press 162 is on a list of 180 countries. The country violates press freedom in a crude way, according to RSF.

The Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is establishing a database of the public activities, “sentiments” and personal information of hundreds of thousands of news publications, journalists, bloggers and “media influencers” around the world. The project was revealed in an April 3 notice on the governmental Federal Business Opportunities website requesting proposals from private contractors to administer the project: here.

Update: Huseynli has been freed.

South Asia the most dangerous part of the world for journalists, press freedom campaigners warn: here.

Nazi Salutes and Fascist Chic Put Ukraine’s Jews on Edge: here.

The New York Times and the [Babchenko] murder [in Ukraine] that wasn’t: here.

Ukrainian neonazis and the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Max Blumenthal: US is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

4 February 2018

Max Blumenthal reports that the US has provided military assistance to the Azov Battalion, known as a bastion of neo-Nazism within the Ukrainian armed forces.

Stop persecution of Ukrainian anti-war journalist

This video is called Imprisoned by Ukrainian regime: Ruslan Kotsaba appeal to international community [2017].

Translated from the peace site in the Netherlands:

30-1-2018 Ruslan Kotsaba, pacifist and journalist, supported the [2014] protests on Maidan Square. However, he also criticized the war in Eastern Ukraine and refused to participate in it as a conscript. He was accused of being a traitor but was acquitted. Now again conviction is threatening. You can support him.

Connection e.V., which supports international conscientious objectors and deserters, has a web page on which you can send a supporting postcard to Ruslan Kotsaba and a fax to the court. You will also find more information about this case there.

British historian banned in Ukraine for mentioning anti-Semitic massacre

This video says about itself:

Savchenko called Jews … in Ukrainejudes” on air – English subtitles

29 March 2017

Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko said that she doesn’t identify herself as antisemite, however she doesn’t like “judes”. Savchenko told that on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel on March 25 during her interview with Dmitry Gordon.

Right-wing Ms Savchenko used to participate in the war in eastern Ukraine as a member of the neofascist Aidar batallion. She names as her heroes Chilean dictator Pinochet and Margaret Thatcher.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Ukraine prohibits book by prominent British historian Antony Beevor

Today, 13:41

The British writer and historian Antony Beevor has reacted indignantly to a ban on one of his books in Ukraine. The country has blacklisted the Russian translation of his world-famous book on the Battle of Stalingrad, because it contains a passage about a Ukrainian [nationalist allies of nazi Germany] crime during the Second World War. 30,000 books have been banned from entering the country.

According to the director of the Ukrainian authority on the media, the book is banned because Beevor tells how a Ukrainian militia killed ninety Jewish children. “That’s a provocation,” said director Oliyinyk against Radio Free Europe.

According to Oliyinyk, people have never been convicted for that act of war. “When we looked at his sources, we discovered that he had used the Ministry of the Interior of the Soviet Union as a source.” This was reason enough for the regulator to submit the book to a panel of experts, which confirmed the legality of the ban. “We are very pleased with that”, says the director.

In 2016, Ukraine adopted a law restricting the import of books from Russia if they contain ‘anti-Ukrainian’ texts. A team of ‘experts’ assesses which books may and may not be imported.

The historian himself denies to the radio station that he used Soviet sources for his book. He states that the source was a book by the highly respected German anti-Nazi officer Helmuth Groscurth. “He wrote to his wife at that time about this crime, so shocked was he about what he had seen”, says Beevor, who demands apologies from Oliyinyk.

The writer still wants his book to be on Ukrainian shelves.

“It’s utterly outrageous that this is happening. … This ban is pretty depressing from the point of view of Ukraine itself – they want to show themselves as being so much more democratic than Russians to the north and then they’re doing this”, he told The Guardian.