We, the progressive people of the United States of America, in solidarity with all anti-imperialist and anti-fascist movements around the world, declare our firm opposition to Washington’s ongoing financing of racist and Neo-nazi organizations – both governmental and formally non-governmental – in Ukraine. Since the brutal murder of George Floyd, the American people have been fighting their latest battle in a prolonged struggle against the institutionalized racist practices of the U.S. government on American streets and in American cities.
This struggle will continue to be fought until victory is achieved – but in order to do so, progressive Americans must extend their demands to encompass Washington’s foreign aid budget that fund brutal armed racist / Neo-Nazi organizations around the world!
Ukraine is the perfect place to begin – as racist / Neo-Nazi ideology has spread like a disease throughout the state since the events of the 2014 Maidan Coup d’etat. Armed racist and Neo-Nazi military formations such as Azov, Centuria, Freicorps, C-14, Right Sector, White Hammer, Misanthropic Division, and others, have all been formally integrated into the Ukrainian state in one way or another – as police forces, national guard units, army units, and security service detachments.
The above-mentioned racist and Neo-nazi groups have long track records of racist crimes against humanity, attacking and murdering people of african, arabic, and jewish descent, Romani people, people from Ukraine’s Polish and Hungarian minorities, as well as members of the ethnically Ukrainian opposition.
These racist and Neo-nazi organizations are also used by the Ukrainian government to combat the Kiev regime’s growing opposition. The latest example of which is the widely announced “hunt” for members of the Shariy party, which organized peaceful protests against attacks on Ukrainian opposition journalists.
All of the above mentioned organizations in Ukraine are being financed by Washington’s national budget and, therefore, by the money of US tax payers – including those who face the threat of racist police brutality every day in the United States.
We are going to present several specific cases of the racist and Neo-nazi groups activityes that happened recently in one only area of Ukraine. For example, on July 12, 2020, in the city of Kharkiv, near the house at the address Aralskaya street, house 10, activists of Neo-nazi structures – the political party (officially registered and participating in the elections!) National Corps and the Freikor association, attacked the activists of the Shariy Party. Two women from the specified group were doused with brilliant green, one man was sprayed with tear gas in the face and hit several times, and one man was shot from an air pistol. One of the victims – Dotsenko Grigory Grigorievich, born on 04.04.1988 – turned to the Kharkov hospital №4. The operational-investigative group of the Shevchenko Department of the National Police Directorate in the Kharkiv region, which arrived at the scene, recorded the fact of the crime, but no further investigation followed.
Also, at the end of June 2020, the head of the Kharkiv cell of the National Corps political party, Konstantin Nemichev, published the following on his Facebook page: “We are announcing a safari for the cattle that Anatoly Shariy provokes while sitting abroad. And at the end we will get to Anatoly. Have a good hunting! Please send greetings to Shariy on video materials. If you have any information about the representatives of the party of Shariy in Kharkov, please inform me personally.”
Next example, in June 2020, a regular meeting of the so-called “Headquarters of Resistance to the Surrender of Kharkiv” (created in November 2019 by neo-Nazi organizations of the region, headed by Konstantin Nemichev) took place. During the discussion, the issue of holding forceful actions against activists of the political Shariy Party and actions against the office premises of the party was touched upon.
Further, in June 2020, militants of the Ukrainian political party National Corps attacked the Kharkiv politician Nikita Rozhenko. As a result of the blows inflicted on the head with baseball bats, the activist suffered significant damage to his health (partial loss of vision). The investigation of the criminal case by the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine is not being conducted.
Also, in that city of Kharkiv, militants of the neo-Nazi political party National Corps and right-wing radical associations annually attack participants in the Kharkiv Pride March of the LGBT community of Ukraine.
Together with this, we must look closely to the facts of cooperation between neo-Nazis and racists of Ukraine and representatives of the Ukrainian authorities.
The former leader of the neo-Nazi organization “Eastern Corps”, Oleg Shiryaev (former associate of the commander of the Azov regiment, leader of the political party “National Corps” Andriy Biletsky), intends, with the support of the governor of the Kharkiv region Alexei Kucher (party “Servant of the People”), to create a new right-wing radical public structure.
With the help of this association, he intends to expand his influence in the region. In this regard, Oleg Shiryaev held negotiations with Alexei Kucher and agreed to receive secret funding to implement his plans. The governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleksiy Kucher, regularly meets with the leaders of the political party “National Corps” Andriy Biletsky and A. Moshinsky. He is trying to enlist their support for his personal political interests. In particular, he plans to use the fighters of this nationalist structure to confront the mayor of the city of Kharkiv, Gennady Kernes.
At the same time, the leader of the National Corps political party, Andriy Biletsky, is expanding his influence in the Kharkiv region with the financial and administrative support of the mayor of Kharkiv, Gennady Kernes. So, in 2019, Gennady Kernes authorized and financed seminars by Andrey Biletsky, jointly with the organization “Wotan Jugend” (theorists, adherents of racist ideas) seminars called “Thule Signals”. During the events, a presentation of books promoting the ideas of racism took place. Let’s remember that the leader of the racist, neo-Nazi political party “National Corps”, Andrei Biletsky, is a lieutenant colonel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and he is officially on the staff of the said law enforcement agency.
The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, maintains close ties with Andrey Biletsky. It provides financial and administrative support to the National Corps party controlled by Biletsky. Most of the tacit agreements with neo-Nazis and racists, Arsen Avakov implements through his son – Alexander.
With the help of the militants of the National Corps and related structures (Freikor, Teren Skhid, National Druzhina, etc.), Arsen Avakov exercises control over his business in eastern Ukraine. In particular, in the Kharkiv region, the firm “Investor”, indirectly belonging to him, operates, the main activity of which is connected with natural gas production.
Now we came to the specific facts of the provision of material and financial assistance by Western countries, which is used by racists and Neo-nazis integrated into the power structures of Ukraine.
For the period 2014 – 2019, the United States allocated $ 1.4 billion to Ukraine for the needs of the armed forces and police.
According to the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, Volodymyr Yelchenko, in 2020 the United States plans to allocate another $ 1 billion to Ukraine, of which $ 400 million is for the needs of the army and police.
Financial assistance from the United States and the European Union is directed to the implementation of police reform in Ukraine. At the same time, the structure of the Ministry of Internal Affairs continues to include Neo-nazi units of the National Guard, in particular, the former Azov regiment (its ex-leader, Andrei Biletsky, is a neo-Nazi, a supporter of the ideas of racial discrimination, involved in numerous killings on national and political grounds).
In 2015 – 2016, $ 26 million of US aid went to support the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
The European Union also participates in financing the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. In particular, in 2019, the General Directorate of the National Police for the Kharkiv region, transferred equipment and material values worth more than 300 thousand euros from the Advisory Mission of the European Union. The staff of advisers to provide advisory assistance was expanded, and the cost of salaries increased.
The advisory mission of the European Union allocates funding for the implementation of its projects in the eastern regions of Ukraine, such as Community Policing, within the framework of which it conducts regular trainings for Ukrainian police officers, including the racists of their National Guard (Azov, White Hammer and others) in Ukrainian regions. The organization of such training comes from the budget of the European Union.
Now the western public and people in another parts of the World can see if this listed above encounters and practices are acceptable or not. We have no wonder if the people of USA will start to demand the US government not only defund racist / Neo-Nazi organizations in Ukraine, but call for an investigation of their crimes by international tribunal!