Right-Wing Thugs Are Hijacking Ukraine’s Liberal Uprising

Simon Shuster, Yahoo! News, January 28, 2014

Not long before midnight on Sunday, a few dozen men in ski masks and camouflage surrounded the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice in the center of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and smashed out the first floor windows with baseball bats. They made short work of the bars over the windows, prying them out of the walls with their clubs, and climbed inside. It was the third federal ministry the group had seized in a week.

Calling themselves members of Spilna Sprava, or Common Cause, the group has emerged as one of about a dozen obscure organizations competing for distinction, if not outright leadership, in the uprising against President Viktor Yanukovych. These groups range from right-wing radicals and soccer hooligans to military veterans and mobs of stick-wielding goons. And to the gall of more-established opposition figures, like the world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, they have become the revolution’s most commanding presence. {snip}

Two months ago, few people in Ukraine had ever heard of Common Cause. In the vibrant patchwork of activists that make up the country’s civil society, they were a minor presence, best known for picketing against corruption, monitoring elections and rallying for human-rights and democratic change. In late November, when President Yanukovych turned away from an integration deal with the E.U., mass demonstrations broke out against him in Kiev’s Independence Square, and the activists of Common Cause joined the crowds to call for closer ties with Europe.

But the government’s attempts to clear the streets over the past two weeks have marked a dark turn for this uprising. Several protesters have been killed in clashes with police, and the revolt has become increasingly violent, erratic and unpredictable. The radicalization of Common Cause is so far the starkest example in this shift.

Its leader, Oleksandr Danylyuk, a clean-cut and eloquent lawyer, responded to the crackdown with a brazen strategy: seize as many government buildings as possible. “We are out to paralyze the work of this corrupt dictatorship,” he told me outside the captured ministry building just after midnight on Sunday. It was his third conquest in as many days. On Jan. 24, his fighters captured the Ministry of Agriculture—far from a dusty, bureaucratic post in a country whose grain harvests once made it the bread basket of the Soviet Union. The next day, Common Cause briefly seized the Energy Ministry, which oversees some of the most vital transport routes for Russian natural gas to Europe, but abandoned it after just a few hours.

The following night, the Justice Ministry became Danylyuk’s most symbolic trophy. Not only did it contain legal documents and sensitive case files going back years, but the woman in charge of it, Justice Minister Elena Lukash, is one of the most hated members of the cabinet. “We need justice in Ukraine, and we need peace in Ukraine,” Danylyuk said near the entryway. “And right now, unfortunately, our President is a threat for justice and for peace. That’s why there is only one way to stop the violence in Ukraine and to stop this very dangerous situation for Europe.” And what is that? “The immediate and unconditional capitulation of the state.”


It was impossible to tell how much of this was braggadocio. Tough talk and extravagant threats are part of the banter in Kiev these days. But the seizure of the Ministry of Justice on Sunday showed that such boasts among the fringe groups of the uprising are not always empty. “Common Cause just up and decided to do this, without asking anyone,” says Igor Yankiv, a member of the federal parliament for the right-wing party Svoboda (Freedom), whose activists have also been on the front lines of the revolution. “It’s a dangerous precedent. Next we’ll have marauders going around. We can’t let it come to that,” he told me.

So, on Monday afternoon, Yankiv arrived at the Ministry of Justice with a group of other revolutionary lawmakers to help convince Common Cause to stand down. After a few hours they agreed. The band of toughs who had been guarding the entrance all night was then replaced with another one—the right-wing youth group of the Svoboda party, also dressed in ski masks and fatigues, also brandishing bats and knives. By lunch time, they invited a ministry official to enter the building and survey the damage—a middle-aged woman rushed past the guards with a look of abject terror. But her presence didn’t make it much more apparent who exactly was in charge.


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  • Puggg

    It says “Ukraine,” so my floppy ears perked up.

    Best I can tell, this situation back in what is for me and my ethnic heritage half of the “old country” is a matter of a big food fight over whether the Ukraine should be hooked to Moscow’s hip or to Berlin’s/Washington’s hip.

    Well, for a good chunk of the last century, the Ukraine was hooked up to Berlin’s hip and to Moscow’s hip at various times, and it never really worked out well.

    Why hasn’t anyone thought of a real free independent Ukraine hooked to nobody’s hip? Or if not that, an alliance of non-Russian Eastern European countries?

    • slash345

      They should stay away from the U.S.

      The U.S. and its thug allies will flood Ukraine with blacks and muslims.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Indeed, that is why I think there is a much larger number of anti-EU Ukrainians than the controlled media would have us believe.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Yeah, like in Russia where the crypto-Marxist MSM can’t stop staring at “Pussy Riot” and a few highly visible “Inteligentsia” types who like to get attention while the silent majority rank and file Russians are happy with Putin.

          A few trouble making narcissists do not a revolution or movement make.

          But like in Syria, all the MSM can focus on is what they want us to see, poor oppressed “freedom fighters” (terrorists and malcontented liblefty dupes).

          Death to the Intelligentsia, long live death!

          Chop chop and snicker snak…

        • bilderbuster

          I’ve seen Jaun McInsane over there with the US Ambassador supporting the “Protesters” & I’ve read George Soros is involved so “right wing” isn’t a term that should even be mentioned in the same sentence with the “Protesters” & their AmeriKan supporters.
          I don’t give this story any credibility.

        • Orbiting a Russian Putinistan as a satellite state isn’t very good for ordinary Ukrainians, either.

      • Laura Dilworth

        russia has ALOT of muslims

        • slash345

          That’s unfortunate…

          Why doesn’t Putin try and throw the savages out?

          I always understood Putin to be sympathetic to white nationalism.

        • Laura Dilworth

          not sure, slash345

    • MBlanc46

      You’ve Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic states tucked in between German and Russia. They’ve been gobbled up by one or the other for centuries. It’s unlikely that that will change anytime soon.

  • TheLastAngel

    This is tiring. I hope they grow some balls and go to civil war with each other.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Oooh! Right wing thugs! Scary!!!!

      Ukraine needs to stay out of the EU. Good work Ukrainians with some sense.

      Good job Mr. Putin. Do what you have to.

    • bilderbuster

      So you enjoy White people killing each other?
      You should call yourself D’Jango.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    So the right wing protestors allegedly smashed windows and they are thugs, yet when Occupy left wing protestors smashed windows in Oakland the media tried to bury the story. When rebels in Libya and Syria raped and beheaded they were treated as freedom fighters in the American media. When Ukrainians take far less harmful action they are thugs. Is there any doubt that the American media has a Liberal, anti-white bias?

  • Spartacus

    This is not gonna end well… Which is good for us .

    • WR_the_realist

      This is not going to end well, but I wouldn’t assume that’s good for us. In a rational world Ukraine would be able to trade with both Russia and the EU. But leave it to the politicians to insist that it be either one or the other.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Of course, the real rulers of America and Europe would like nothing better but to create another Holodomor against Ukraine. I’m personally glad to see nationalists do there what will also be coming here, young white men with everything to lose by doing nothing taking action to save their own people.

  • MekongDelta69

    Left-wing protestors =
    ‘Speaking truth to power.’
    ‘Standing up to The Man.’
    ‘Fighting for the little people.’
    ‘Struggling against racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, imperialism…’ (you know the rest)
    ‘Standing tall against oppression.’
    ‘Working class heroes.’ (updated to, ‘Welfare class heroes.’)
    ‘Noble and glorious freedom fighters.’

    Right-wing protestors =

    • Pro_Whitey

      How can you call them thugs? They’re white! Everyone knows “thug” is just another word for “ni99er”!

    • KevinPhillipsBong

      It is no coincidence that he used the word ‘thug’ to describe his foes. Shuster knows well what he does. Funny, when I type ‘Shuster’ autocorrect wants to change it to ‘Shyster.’

  • Fathercoughlin

    Ha! A “middle-aged woman…a look of abject terror.” Yes feminist hogs,when the SHTF your feminism isnt gonna count for a whole lot.

  • bigone4u

    The violent Ukraine protests are primarily the work of communist/globalists who would see that country ally with the EU and then be overrun by third world parasitic diversity. I would prefer to see the Ukraine ally with Russia, while largely maintaining its independence and its paleness of skin color.

  • Pelagian

    Ukraine as a “Cuba”-like outpost so the West can keep homo-phobic, pro-Christian, pro-white Russia “honest” and militarily ever-on-guard?. I dunno. Just a thought.

  • I remember during the Orange Revolution of 2004-5. President Bush commented on, and here’s his exact quote: “The situation in Ukrania.”

    Yeah, he was known for his malapropisms for a reason.

    • bilderbuster

      It runs in the family.

  • IstvanIN

    Why would the Ukraine want to join the USSR-west (EU)? For the first time in history they have a real chance to develop as a fully independent, self-governing nation without having the Russians, Poles or Turks bossing them around. They are the breadbasket of Europe, not a bad position to be in. They should develop their own industries and work towards improving the material life of their own people. Building a solid, stable middle-class will help improve the birth rate. They should avoid all foreign military entanglements and become neutral, like Sweden and Switzerland, trading with those for whom it is economically profitable and staying out of other nations internal affairs. Especially don’t tick off the Russians and don’t get involved with the US and its puppets, bad allies if there ever were any. Show the world that independence after empire can ultimately work.

    • Jotun Hunter

      they have a long standing hatred and mistrust of russis thanks to stalin, which makes it harder to see clearly that things have changed and the west is now idealistically aligned with their ancient, wandering enemy.

  • Long Live Dixie

    Ukraine should be a link in a future white, Euro-Russian alliance. They should not get into the doomed and despised EU.

    That would be great but western Europe is in a deep slumber. Even Putin’s Russia is far from nationalistic. Muslim immigration into the heart of Russia is out of control. Putin is probably the least bad white leader, but that does not make him a good leader.

    One place of hope right now is Greece. I will be watching their elections in May.

    • Jotun Hunter

      How appropriate, Greece, where it all began. Pericles would be proud.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        So would Leonidas and his 300.

  • scutum

    “Right-wing radicals and soccer hooligans to militaryveterans and mobs of stick-wielding goons.” According to whom? The MSM whose credibility is non-existent? If George Soros is involved it is more likely that these protesters are radical leftists in the image of the occupy movement. Soros is a Europhile who has worked ceaselessly to prop up the European Union and undermine the United States. He sees the soft communism of the EU as the foundation for the utopian society all Marxists envision, and hopes that the European Union will someday supplant theUS as the world’s dominant power. This is what motivates Soros, not the gibberish and hogwash we hear from the MSM about what an advocate Soros is for civil liberties etc. blah, blah, blah. Given a choice between Putin and Soros, I would choose Putin.