Let it be no special introduction. Let the following just cause the reader some thoughts.
(1) June 22, 2018. Estonia. Mustla. Installation of a commemorative plaque to Waffen-SS Standartenfuhrer Alfons Rebane.
The installation in Estonia of the memorial plaque to Waffen-SS standartenfuhrer Alfons Rebane purposefully, extremely cynical and «symbolical» took place on June 22, 2018 — the day when fascist Germany attacked the USSR 77 years ago. June 22 is Russia’s day of national tribulation.
Coverage of the event in the Estonian media — one and two.
It is worth recalling that in 2004 a monument to A. Rebane was erected in the village of Viitna in western Estonia. A member of the Estonian Parliament, Trivimi Velliste, speaking at the opening ceremony, called Rebane a national hero. Velliste noted that «it is extremely important, given the need to preserve the historical memory for our descendants, to preserve the spirit of the Estonian nation». Rebane’s deserts to Nazi Germany were marked on the monument with the inscription: «For the chevalier of the Order Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves». Source.
You don’t have to be a great specialist to guess that the Nazi Germany bestowed such a high reward as the «Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves» only to the most select personalities, as they say, for special merits. It was necessary especially to try for war crimes in order to deserve this award. Alfons Rebane was awarded it.
June 26, 2018. A special comment was made by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs — video + text.
«We were shocked to read about a ceremony held in Estonia on June 22 to unveil a memorial plaque on the 110th birth anniversary of Waffen-SS Standartenführer (Colonel) Alfons Rebane, who commanded punitive operations against civilians in the Soviet territory occupied by Nazi troops during the Great Patriotic War. We consider this policy to be unacceptable and urge the international organisations concerned to convince Tallinn to put an end to this unashamed propaganda of neo-Nazism in Estonia».
June 26, 2018. A well-known news source ANNA NEWS also mentioned this event (at 1’51).
June 27, 2018. The event was commented on, in particular, by the famous Russian publicist, historian and political scientist Armen Gasparyan:
«[A.Rebane is] The diligent and consistent enemy of the Soviet Union, with all the ensuing consequences. One of nine people, foreigners, awarded by the Third Reich with Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross. In 1943, Rebane in the rank of Haupsturmfuhrer, i.e. captain, headed the 658th Eastern Battalion, which committed many war crimes in the Kingisepp area. Khabalovo and Chiperinka — two villages from this list [of war crimes] were burned in full force. Does anyone in Estonia remember this today, where Rebane is most actively glorified? Of course not. Or maybe the EU reacted somehow to the deplorable circumstance that a memorial plaque on which a person in the form of the SS Standartenfiihrer (with all the consequences, with the same Knight’s Cross) is depicted on its territory? There is no reaction to this. I repeat, not a military man was heroized. The most ordinary war criminal was heroized, for the very crimes that were condemned at the Nuremberg Military Tribunal. If Brussels says that this is not the case, and Rebane was a fighter against tyranny — well, this will at least be a designation of the position, we will no longer feed ourselves with unnecessary illusions [as to] what views the EU is currently holding».
Internet source Voltaire Network unambiguously characterized the event:
«Estonia celebrates a Nazi Criminal».
Sputnik news portal, of course, also covered this event.
(2) Spring — Autumn 2018. Ukraine. Attacks and smashing of the gypsy camps. Killing people.
The persecution of gypsies in Nazi Germany is a well-known story. Today’s Ukraine (patronized by the West) is no less «remarkable» in this regard. Here’s a brief chronology of a recent events:
October 23, 2018 — Source:
Neo-Nazis from the C14 group attacked a camp of gypsies, which was located near the railway station in Kiev. Video from the site of the pogrom was posted by Sergey Bondar on his Facebook page, who is a member of the radical nationalist group C14. The incident occurred on the evening of October 23. According to Bondar, after gypsies were expelled from the station square, public services began to clean the territory.
July 1, 2018 — Source1 / Source2:
In the city of Beregovo, in the territory of the railway depot, unknown persons killed a Gypsy woman. The mortally wounded woman ran away from the attackers and went to the house of one of the local residents where she died from the injury.
June 25, 2018 — Source (photo, video):
In the evening of June 25 in Kiev near the metro station «Akademgorodok» neo-Nazis from the ultra-right group «Nemesis» smashed another camp of gypsies, consisting of a couple of dozen tents.
June 23, 2018 — Source:
«Late on the evening of June 23, an attack was committed on a gypsy camp on the outskirts of Lviv, as a result of which people were killed and injured. All the victims and one dead — gypsies from Transcarpathia».
«As a result of the attack, one person was killed, four were injured, including a child. According to human rights activists, this is the sixth attack by supporters of ultra-right groups on gypsy settlements in Ukraine over the past 2 months».
The attackers were in the ultra-right organization «Sober and Evil Youth», which, apparently, is one of the units of the Nazi group Misanthropic Division (an extremist organization banned in Russia), closely associated with the structures of the «National Corps» and «Azov«. Source.
Media reports (videos) — one and two.
The attack on the Gypsy camp was condemned by the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Daniel Holtgen:
June 11, 2018 — Source1 / Source2:
Radical football fans from the ultras group «Trouble Company» attacked gypsies who settled at the train station. It turned out that these are the same gypsies who were expelled from Goloseevskiy Park by the radicals from the «National Teams». About 100 people were attacked. The victims and witnesses said that the ultras threw a smoke bomb at the tent with the children — the children began to choke, attackers also beat up the elderly and the pregnant woman.
June 7, 2018 — Source:
The paramilitary ultra-right organization «National Teams» announced a raid on the Gypsy camp in Goloseevskiy Park in Kiev. Activists issued an ultimatum to Gypsies: to leave the camp within 24 hours. But radicals did not wait even for this time. After about four hours, about 30 young people shot a video, which clearly shows how a group of radicals with axes and hammers heads towards the camp site. Source.
Media report (video).
Btw, the police was present, watched indifferently and did not interfere. No «activists» were detained.
May 22, 2018 — Source:
According to eyewitnesses, in the evening on Mikulinetskaya Street in Ternopil, aggressive-minded people with baseball bats broke into the territory of a temporary Gypsy settlement. They threatened its inhabitants with violence and demanded to get out of the city. Several police patrols arrived at the scene and detained 12 people. As noted, the case in Ternopil was the first when someone from the rioters was detained.
In the camp lived both adults and children. At the time of the attack, there were seven adults and thirty-three children. They came to the regional center from the Transcarpathian region. They earned their living by collecting and delivering scrap metal. Source.
May 9, 2018 — Source:
On May 9, 2018, about 30 unknown young people in black clothes burned gypsy camp, located near the village of Rudnoye, Lviv. As a result, the property of gypsies was destroyed, and the residents of the camp were forced to leave the settlement.
April 23, 2018 — Source:
Radicals from the ultra-right extremist group «Nemesis» burned down several houses in Rusanovskiуe Sady (cottage area on the left bank of the Dnieper river in the Dnieper area of the city of Kiev), which were temporarily occupied by Gypsy families. The victims claim that four children were burned alive in a fire. The left activist and journalist Rita Bondar (formerly Moskalets) wrote about this on her Facebook page (screenshot only, because the original post was deleted, apparently due to threats from the radicals from «Nemesis», which came to the woman because she began to cover the event):
«Yesterday I was grabbed by the hand of a gray-haired gypsy woman with glassy eyes when I asked her where else there had been arson. She led me along. Showed the house in which four children were burned alive. My friend and I built a microaltar. She just stood there and then left. When we returned, she was going towards us. We crossed eyes, and she, turning around over her shoulder, shouted to me «two of these children were mine*«. P.S. — Sorry, friends, this week I will not write about good things until this is all over».
* Apparently, the gypsy children did not burn, they managed to run out of the house in a last moment, however, they received minor burns. The gypsy woman herself talks about this in a report that Rita Bondar made from the scene and posted on her YouTube channel:
Also, a video appeared on the Internet, showing unknown people set fire to one of the Gypsy houses:
April 20, 2018 — Source:
In Kiev, the militants of the neo-Nazi group C14 dismantled and burned the camp of gypsies, who for a long time lived on Lysaya Mountain.
Neo-Nazis were not stopped by small children and frightened women in the camp. Dozens of people in black clothes and balaclava broke into the middle of the night. With them they had pepper spray cans, bits and air guns. The inhabitants of the camp had no choice but to escape. Source.
Btw, on July 26, 2018 the Russian MFA commented on the persecution of Gypsies in Ukraine:
«We are following developments in Ukraine with concern. Numerous acts of violence against ethnic minorities and representatives of certain ethnic groups, particularly Romani, have not gone unnoticed. We have repeatedly drawn the international community’s attention to the frenzy of nationalism and neo-fascist ideology in Ukraine. Acts of violence against religious people, violating the language rights of residents, restricting freedom of speech, the murder and intimidation of journalists, and assaults on representatives of ethnic minorities have long become the norm in that country. The most cynical thing is that all these actions are performed with the connivance of the official authorities in Kiev, who either cannot or do not want to curb violent radicalism. In fact, what we are witnessing now is attempts to divide citizens into Ukrainians and other second-rate people. We know from history what such a policy can lead to.
International monitoring mechanisms for human rights cannot be blind to this outrage occurring in Ukraine. Experts from the United Nations Human Rights Council have made a rather strong statement in connection with another assault on a Romani community that resulted in one of its members being murdered. In his twitter account, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Daniel Holtgen also condemned this crime. We are pleased that the international community is beginning to see the human rights situation in Ukraine clearly. We expect the international community to respond to other crimes committed by Ukrainian radicals, as well as to the Ukrainian authorities’ discriminatory treatment of all ethnic minorities, and we expect the guilty to be held accountable».
These are just some of the events of 2018. Attacks on Gypsies in Ukraine have occurred in previous years also, not once.
(3) May 2018. Ukraine. Nazism in the high echelons of power.
The employee of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Hamburg, Vasil Marushchinets, for many years remained unknown to the public about his hobbies and worldview. However, recently the dubious activity of the Ukrainian official was exposed and the data became public. The Ukrainian diplomat turned out to be an ardent anti-Semite and a Nazi.
Publications in the media:
May 14, 2018. Internet sourse ‘Focus’ reports:
«Ukrainian consul in Hamburg accused of anti-Semitism».
May 14, 2018. Newspaper ‘AIF’ reports:
«Europeans who sympathize with Ukraine once again found themselves in an awkward position — while they talk about the «European choice of Ukrainians», it turns out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine employs people who are able to give 100 points ahead even to diplomats of the Third Reich».
May 20, 2018. Internet source ‘Lenta.ru’ reports:
«Consul of the highest race. The Ukrainian diplomat did not like Jews and considered himself an Aryan. Colleagues were silent».
Among other things, it is worth noting the following:
In February 2016, the Consul of Ukraine in Hamburg, Vasil Marushchinets, received for his birthday from colleagues a cake in the form of a book by Adolf Hitler «Mein Kampf» (post on Facebook of February 20, 2016).
Btw, this post was ‘liked’ by such people as the first secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States Valery Stupak, the first secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Valentina Krotova, the advisor-envoy of Ukraine in China Vasyl Gamianin and others.
In addition, the odious official was photographed in a Nazi helmet, pronounced anti-Semitic / fascist speeches, actively denied the Holocaust.
Here are some statements by Vasil Marushchinets in his facebook:
— «It’s honourable to be a fascist!» (facebook comment of June 28, 2014)
— «Hail Ukraine! Death to antifascists!» (facebook comment of August 21, 2015)
— «Death to antifascists!» (facebook comment of October 11, 2017)
— «Hail Roman Shukhevych, a hero of Ukraine! (facebook comment of March 5, 2018)
— «Oh Lord, do punish Yids and Moskals« (facebook comment of September 23, 2013)
— «Passing by zionist, hit him in the face with bayonet and butt-stock» (facebook comment of February 8, 2014)
— «Yids are sh*t!» (supposedly January 2014) / * — edited by ALAFF
Vasil Marushchinets have, for example, these people among his facebook friends:
— Valentina Krotova, an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
— Valentin Adomaitis, worked as the ambassador of Ukraine in Nepal, India.
— Vyacheslav Tsyvatiy, Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine.
— Natalia Zadorozhnyuk, an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
— Igor Lossovsky, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Ambassador of Ukraine to Vienna, Austria).
— Miroslava Zinkevich, an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
— Valery Stupak, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
— Anna Tertychna, works at the Ukrainian Embassy in Bulgaria.
Not the full list, of course. As one can see, all these are Ukrainian diplomats, and many of them pressed ‘like’ button seeing the posts of neo-Nazi and anti-Semite Vasil Marushchinets.
A famous Ukrainian blogger, Anatoly Shariy, conducted a detailed exposure of the strange hobbies of a high-ranking Ukrainian official.
Here are 3 video clips that are worth seeing (English and other subtitles available):
May 12, 2018 — the first part of the exposure.
May 13, 2018 — the second part of the exposure.
May 13, 2018 — the third part of the exposure.
Be sure to check out these videos!
By the way, a few months after the dismissal (Marushchinets was fired at the end of May), our “hero” again showed himself. Thus, at the end of October 2018, there was news that a former high-ranking Ukrainian official took part in the celebration of the fourth anniversary of the Ukrainian nationalist battalion «Karpatska Sich». Source1, source2.
The director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, Eduard Dolinsky, published on his Facebook a photo of the ex-consul of Ukraine in Hamburg, Vasil Marushchinets, on which he, standing behind the podium, without embarrassment, throws up his hand in a Nazi salute.
The scandalous trick of the Ukrainian was noticed including by the Polish source. Well, surely when Marushchinets was a consul of Ukraine in Germany, such a person could bring a lot of useful things to the relations between Ukraine and Germany. Isn’t he?
In addition, it’s interesting to mention one more case. On the morning of April 20, 2018 the deputy of the Lviv City Council from the «Svoboda» party Maryana Batyuk posted on her Facebook page congratulations on the birthday of Adolf Hitler. Source.
English translation of her post:
«A great man, whatever one may say…
Nation and Fatherland — this is the only, truly important doctrine for me and for all true National Socialists.
Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live».
Maryana Batyuk writes that A.Hitler is a great person, and then places two quotes from his infamous book «Mein Kamph».
About an hour after the publication, the deputy deleted her message. Maryana Batyuk herself then claimed that her facebook page allegedly was «hacked».
A wide response was received by a photograph in which Maryana Batyuk together with her students (in addition to her parliamentary activity, Maryana Batyuk is a history teacher in secondary school) in the school corridor throws up hands in the Nazi salute:
In particular, this scandalous picture was commented on by the Head of the Jewish Committee of Ukraine Eduard Dolinsky on his Facebook page.
Earlier Maryana Batyuk was remembered for having the proposal to hang a red-black flag of OUN-UPA (an organization whose activities are banned in Russia by court order) on the tower of the Lviv Town Hall and on the flagstaff in the High Castle. However, Ms. Batyuk’s colleagues decided that it was too much. Lviv already has to wriggle out before foreign tourists every time, explaining to them a kind of [their] nationalistic «features».
(4) Ukraine, Baltic States, Europe. The manifestations of Nazism in the form of desecration of (Soviet) monuments and the destruction of (Soviet) burials.
A selection of numerous cases of desecration of monuments mainly to Soviet soldiers in Eastern Europe (and not only):
May 12, 2008 — Lithuania, Vilnius — video:
August 11, 2009 — Estonia, Tallinn — video:
December 13, 2010 — Latvia, Riga — video:
The inscriptions were covered with white paint strips, without a swastika. It was quickly eliminated. Earlier, an act of vandalism was committed in a new Jewish cemetery [in Riga], where 89 graves were mutilated by swastikas (see photos).
August 23, 2013 — Bulgaria, Sofia — video:
September 13, 2013 — Poland, Legnicy — source1 + source2:
December 9, 2013 — Poland, Warsaw — video:
February 3, 2014 — Latvia, Riga — video:
Btw, the action with the installation of the gallows near the Victory Monument was sanctioned(!) by the authorities, and local police officers followed it.
May 22, 2014 — Poland — video:
May 29, 2014 — Germany, Hannover — source:
September 7, 2014 — Bulgaria, Sofia:
Attempted desecration. Prevented.
Russian MFA’ comment.
September 24, 2014 — Ukraine, Kiev — video:
September 2014 — Poland, Nowy Sącz — video1, video2:
The court acquitted the vandal, who desecrated the monument to the soldiers of the Red Army.
December 6, 2014 — Russia, Volgograd — video:
February 23, 2015 — Austria, Vienna — video1 + video2:
«On the night of February 23 this year, a memorial to the Soviet soldiers-liberators on the Schwarzenbergplatz square in the center of Vienna was desecrated».
April 14, 2015 — Bulgaria, Sofia — video, text:
September 25, 2015 — Poland, Milejcicc — video1, video2:
Vandals splitted the red stars from the tombstones. Official statement of the Russian MFA.
September 30, 2015 — Poland, Szczecin — source:
«Theft by unknown offenders of five gravestone stars at the Szczecin cemetery, where over 3,000 Red Army soldiers were laid to rest«.
October 3, 2015 — Russia, Oha — video:
November 2, 2015 — Germany, Berlin — video1, video2:
November 11, 2015 — Poland, Warsaw — video + media report:
Warszawa, 11.11.2015. Zdewastowany Pomnik Wdziêcznoci ¯o³nierzom Armii Radzieckiej, 11 bm. w Parku Skaryszewskim w Warszawie. Pomnik zosta³ oblany farb¹ w tym samy czasie gdy na lew¹ stronê Wis³y przechodzi³ Marsz Niepodleg³oci 2015. Tegoroczny marsz organizowany pod has³em «Polska dla Polaków, Polacy dla Polski» przeszed³ z ronda Dmowskiego na b³onia Stadionu Narodowego. Organizatorzy przewidywali udzia³ ok. 50 tys. osób. (mgo) PAP/Jakub Kamiñski
November 27, 2015 — Poland, Garwolin — video, media report:
December 22, 2015 — Poland, Kalisz — video1, video2:
January 17, 2016 — Poland, Szczecin — video1, video2:
Russian MFA’ statement.
February 3, 2016 — Kazakhstan, Aktau — video1, video2:
Vandals wrote on the walls of the monument someone’s name.
February 7, 2016 — Hungary, Chor — video:
February 26, 2016 — Poland, Slavno — video:
«Vandals tore off a memorial tablet from the monument».
March 9, 2016 — Russia, Perm — video1, video2:
Disrespectful attitude, mockery. The teenager used the monument as a skate ground and dried his feet at the Eternal Flame. He was detained by the police and apologized.
September 6, 2016 — Lithuania, Miroslavas village — source:
«In Lithuania, vandals painted a monument to a Soviet soldier with red paint».
September 17, 2016 — Poland, Makow Mazowieckie — source1, source2:
November 15, 2016 — Russia, Saransk — video:
December 22, 2016 — Ukraine, Kiev — source:
January 16, 2017 — Austria, Vienna — source / video1, video2:
«In the capital of Austria, unknown people doused the monument to Soviet soldiers who died during the liberation of the country from fascism».
February 22, 2017 — Bulgaria, Plovdiv — source1, source2 / video:
March 25, 2017 — Latvia, Riga — video:
April 20, 2017 — Ukraine, Mariupol — source:
October 3, 2017 — Poland, Szczyrk — video:
October 5, 2017 — Poland, Strzegom — video (statement):
«In the town of Strzegom (Lower Silesian Voivodeship), vandals attached a tablet with an insulting inscription to the monument to Red Army servicemen killed in battles for the town’s liberation from Nazis».
Russian MFA’ statement.
November 4, 2017 — Bulgaria, Plovdiv — video1, video2:
December 14, 2017 — Ukraine, Kiev — source:
«Unknown vandal-fascists mutilated recently installed Hanukkah menorah».
January 8, 2018 — Ukraine, Gayvoron — source:
«A monument to the soldiers of the Great Patriotic War is disfigured in the city of Gayvoron, Kirovograd region [of Ukraine]».
January 10, 2018 — Austria, Vienna — source / video:
January 22, 2018 — Poland, Olsztyn — source1, source2:
«The Polish radical, Vojtech Kozel, an oppositionist from the times of the People’s Republic hung a banner with the words «Monument of gratitude for captivity» on the monument of gratitude of the Red Army in the Polish city of Olsztyn. The inscription is accompanied by a picture depicting a Soviet soldier harassing women».
Russian MFA’ comment.
February 2, 2018 — Ukraine, Kiev — source / video:
«Neo-Nazis destroyed the Wayside cross, established in Kiev».
February 16, 2018 — Ukraine, Lviv — video:
February 20, 2018 — Lithuania, Gribine village — source / video1, video2:
March 6, 2018 — Austria, Vienna — source:
March 19, 2018 — Ukraine, Berdichev — source1, source2 / video:
«Radical Ukrainian nationalists have desecrated the monument to General Nikolai Vatutin in the town of Berdichev in the Zhitomir Region of Ukraine, where neo-Nazi young men in broad daylight broke the commemorative plaque and mocked, with impunity, the memory of the commander who led the Red Army to liberate Ukraine from Nazi invaders».
April 13, 2018 — Ukraine, Kiev — video:
April 18, 2018 — Ukraine, Odessa — source / video:
«In Odessa, on the Alley of Glory, neo-Nazis from the fascist group C14 smeared with red paint the names of Russian cities-heroes of the Great Patriotic War».
April 22, 2018 — Poland, Warsaw — video1, video2:
April 23, 2018 — Ukraine, Poltava — source:
April 27, 2018 — Estonia, Rakvere — source / video (comment):
Btw, some days later, on May 10, 2018 the monument was again desecrated — the vandals scattered flowers and smashed the candles. Estonian source with photos.
May 1, 2018 — Austria, Vienna — source:
Attempt for desecration. Prevented.
«On May 1, Russian tourists prevented an attempt to desecrate the Monument to the Soviet Soldier-Liberator in the center of Vienna, driving the intruders away from the monument. This was reported on Wednesday, May 2, to the TASS correspondent at the Russian Embassy in Austria».
June 6, 2018 — Czech Republic, Prague — source1, source2:
«Press Secretary of the Czech President Jiří Ovčáček personally took part in the restoration of a monument to the Soviet soldiers-liberators desecrated by the vandals».
July 5, 2018 — Austria, Vienna — source:
«The memorial to the Soviet soldiers-liberators on the Schwarzenbergplatz square in Vienna was desecrated for the fourth time (in six months). The monument was built in memory of 17000 Red Army soldiers who died during the Vienna Offensive Operation. Vandals poured black paint on the pedestal and flowers assigned to it».
On July 5, 2018 Embassy of the Russian Federation in Austria responded to an outrageous case of vandalism:
«[We] Declare Strong Protest! This is a blatant act of vandalism, aimed at combating the memory of the sacrifices incurred by the Soviet people in the war against Nazism».
Of course, this list is not complete and exhaustive. This is only a superficial survey, which, however, shows a trend of a certain definite orientation. The vandals’ actions in Europe and Ukraine, which have become more frequent in the past few years (at times) and, in fact, remain unpunished, are a direct reflection of the Russophobic policy of the authorities of the countries concerned. Attempts to rewrite history, denigrate the role of the USSR in the WWII, distort historical facts, the heroization of Nazi criminals, wild Russophobia, as a matter of fact elevated to the rank of a cult in some countries (Ukraine, Poland etc)… — all this educates the societies of the respective countries in a very definite mood. At the same time, impunity and connivance once again assure the vandals of the correctness of their actions.
Btw, following the results of the first half of 2018 Poland became the leader in the number of acts of vandalism against Soviet monuments — there are 39 such cases in the country. One can imagine what statistics will be now, at the end of the year…
(5) Ukraine. Glorification of Waffen-SS division «Galicia». Nazi propaganda among children.
Just some of recent «remarkable» events in Ukraine:
April 28, 2017 — Ivano-Frankivsk. March of the memory of Waffen-SS division «Galicia»:
In Ivano-Frankivsk, the far right held a march in honor of the 73rd anniversary of the creation of the Waffen-SS division «Galicia». About 100 people went with torches through the streets of the city to the Memorial Park, where a memorial service was held for the deceased members of the division. Source / Video.
July 23, 2017 — Solemn reburial of the remains of 23 soldiers of the division «Galicia«.
The ceremony was attended by people dressed in the SS uniform (strictly forbidden not only in Russia, but also in Europe). As a mockery of the Nuremberg trials, banners with swastikas, skulls and eagles developed in the cemetery. Source / Video.
April 18, 2018 — Lviv. Opening of the exhibition dedicated to the troops of Waffen-SS division «Galicia»:
In Lviv, near the monument to Vyacheslav Chernovil opened an exhibition of weapons and uniforms, dedicated to the 73rd anniversary of the creation of the Waffen-SS division «Galicia». Source.
More photos of an exhibition: here and here (Ukrainian source).
Commentary of the famous Russian publicist, historian and political scientist Armen Gasparyan in his twitter (Source):
«In Lviv, an exhibition dedicated to the division of the SS troops «Galicia» was opened. Two photos from the event. Don’t need more for understanding».
Btw, the mentioned above [see (3)] deputy of the Lviv City Council and part-time history teacher in secondary school Maryana Batyuk also visited this exhibition, which she gladly described in her Facebook:
On the photo Batyuk smiles and poses with a machine gun in her hands. In another photo the smiling Batyuk, along with her students, posing with a group of SS soldiers. Translation of her facebook post:
«Together with the students of the secondary school number 100 [we] visited a remarkable exhibition dedicated to the history of the «Galicia» Division. That’s just what one need. Thank you. We were very interested».
April 22, 2018 — Lviv. Neo-Nazis rides a car around Lviv in fascist uniform and under Ukrainian flags — source / video.
Pay your attention to the car’s number with SS symbol:
April 28, 2018 — Lviv. «March of greatness and spirit» in honor of the 75th anniversary of the creation of Waffen-SS division «Galicia»:
Almost a thousand people passed through the streets of the city. During the procession, participants shouted slogans: «Galicia — a division of heroes», «Ukraine above all». Source / video1, video2 .
Commentary of the famous Russian publicist, historian and political scientist Armen Gasparyan on his twitter (Source):
«In Lviv, a march took place in honor of the 75th anniversary of the SS division Galicia. Don’t have to remind that the West did not notice this coven».
April 2018 — Issue of postage stamps depicting soldiers of Waffen-SS division «Galicia»:
«For anyone who still doubted the presence of Nazism in Ukraine, Kiev issued postage stamps with the «heroes» of the fascist SS division «Galicia». Many are portrayed directly in Nazi form». Source.
Ukrainian organization called «Union of Orthodox journalists» noted this news on its twitter.
Famous Russian publicist, historian and political scientist Armen Gasparyan commented on this issue too:
«Postage stamps of one democratic country».
Ukrainian source mentioned that the illustrator is a Ukrainian artist Oleg Kinal and that cancellation of a stamp will be held in Lviv on Saturday morning (at 11 am), April 28 at St. Jura Square.
! Note: there’s no 100% confirmation that this news about Waffen-SS division «Galicia» postage stamps is not a fake. On the other hand, to this date (November 2018) there’s no info or details that this news is not real. I.e. presumably this news is reliable, but still there is a possibility that this may be a fake.
Indirect signs speak for the reliability: Ukrainian source mentioned above reported the concrete name of the illustrator, as well as the exact place and time of stamps cancellation (the source had to find out somewhere about this data). Artist Oleg Kinal on his Facebook page on April 28 (the day of the march in honor of the «Galicia» division) wrote an unambiguous post that he considers the soldiers of Waffen-SS division «Galicia» as the national heroes of Ukraine (this means he could well be an illustrator of the stamps). The general situation on Ukraine speaks in favor of this (the heroization of Nazi is commonness for today’s Ukraine). Plus, the fact that such unofficial stamps (of course you’ll not find them in the official Ukrainian Mail catalogs) in honor of the «Galicia» division are freely sold and available. But still, all this is indirect signs.
November 7, 2018 — In Kiev gymnasium No.315 a military valor lesson was held, and the Waffen-SS division “Galicia” became a role model. Source.
This was reported by the Director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Eduard Dolinsky in his Facebook:
«In Kiev gymnasium №315 a lesson of military valor was held. A model of valor was the Nazi formation — SS division «Galicia». A lecture on the “glorious” SS men was read to the children by a representative of the Ukrainian Military Honor community, which is dedicated to praising Ukrainians who served in the Nazi units. This is the newest trend for schools, when valor and courage are taught through examples of collaboration, service in the SS, schutzmannschaft, auxiliary police and the fight against civilians».
In the UMH community itself, commenting on the lesson, they stated: “It should be noted that the references to this glorious military formation in the school curriculum are not adequately covered. Therefore, we decided to correct this situation. Listeners liked it. To be continued”.
Speaking of Nazi propaganda among children in Ukraine, in March 2018 Lviv Department of Science and Education announced a drawing competition on the topic «Ukrainian volunteers in the ranks of the division «Galicia» 1943-1945″. To participate in the competition adolescents aged between 14 and 18 are admitted. Source1, source2.
Here is the advertising poster of the contest:
The prizes were distributed as follows: for the first place 3000 hryvnia (~ $114), for the second place 2000 hryvnia (~ $76), for the third place 1000 hryvnia (~ $38).
Head of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Committee Eduard Dolinsky commented on the event:
«If you are from 14 to 18 years old and you draw well — hurry up. Lviv Department of Education and Science holds a drawing competition on the topic «Ukrainian volunteers in the ranks of the division «Galicia» 1943-45″. If you’ll draw well an SS officer or a meeting of Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler with the personnel of the [«Galicia»] division , you will win a prize of 3,000 hryvnia. The award will be held on April 28 during the march dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Waffen SS division».
Children sent a variety of drawings. A few samples (more drawings here and here):
The last photo where the girl is holding a drawing is the winner of the contest.
The drawing contest is just the tip of the iceberg. In Ukrainian schools lessons are held, where children are given lectures on the history of Waffen-SS division «Galicia», information and educational activities are carried out under the name «Galicia Division — Heroes of Ukraine», where the children are inspired with the idea of the «heroism» of Waffen-SS division «Galicia»
Thus, in Lviv State Secondary School(!) No.34 operates the Museum of the SS division «Galicia». This was reported by the famous Ukrainian historian Vasyl Rasevych. It is interesting that during the Second World War in this school there was a German Sonderkommando, who came to organize the extermination of the Jews. Source.
Inscription on the plate: «Museum of «Galicia» division».
Deputy Chairman of the Anti-Fascist Committee of Ukraine, Chairman of the Lviv AFC A. Kalynyuk in 2012 reported:
«Since [Ukrainian] local government bodies finance schools, designate leadership, they set the rules. Thus, in the secondary school No.34 in Lviv, a museum of the [Waffen-SS] «Galicia» division was created, and in secondary school No.21 they even came up of creating a museum of kryivka, i.e. Bandera’ cache (kryivka — the military-defensive structure of the UPA, located under the ground). In the secondary school No.7 in Borislav city, at the entrance to the school in the hall, they made a corner of the nationalists (corner — a special place with all the information, i.e. photos, text, pictures etc). Surprising is not the creation of this corner, but the presence of the national flag [of Ukraine] together with the flag of the OUN(b).
State propaganda, especially when Viktor Yushchenko was the president of Ukraine, fooled the people. Many openly believe that the veterans of the «Galicia» division in no way fall under the category of Nazi, because their division belonged to the category of «Waffen SS». I have to disappoint everyone who thinks so. In the materials of the tribunal in Nuremberg it is clearly written:
«The International Military Tribunal recognized the following organizations as criminal (…) Die Schutzstaffeln der Nationalsozialistischen Deutschen Arbeiterpartei (known as the SS), in particular, also all members who were formally recognized as members of the SS, including:
(Information — Atle Grahi-Madsen, «The Status of Refugees in International Law», Leyden, 1996, pp. 277, 279)».
In the secondary school of the village of Malyi Khodachkiv, located 20 kilometers from Ternopil, a memorial stand was erected dedicated to Theodor Barabash — a native of the village, a veteran of the Waffen-SS division «Galicia».
The director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, Eduard Dolinsky, reacted violently to the opening of the stand. Source.
Facebook post translation:
«Look at how the school is being reformed, how history is being rewritten, and how children are being fooled. In the secondary school of the village of Malyi Khodachkiv, located 20 kilometers from Ternopil, a memorial stand was erected dedicated to the veteran of the SS division «Galicia», a native of the village Theodor Barabash. The stand tells about the life of a veteran, a short battle path, a captivity, further life in Spain. But, most interestingly, there is not a single word that Theodor served in the German SS division «Galicia».
It says that veteran served not with the Nazis, but simply in the Ukrainian division. You see: there is not a single word on the stand about who fought with whom, about the SS, about the Nazis, or about Germany. Everything is extremely simple: Theodor Barabash joined the Ukrainian division «Galicia», «around which there are many unsolved secrets, which the Soviet historians-ideologists and their heirs in our time diligently hid».
In was «The Galicia Division Reserve» organization who installed a stand at the school. A solemn ceremony was held with a march through the village. The priest sprinkled the stand with holy water. What happened to the Jews in the village of Malyi Khodachkiv and how their memory is honored — you can guess for yourself».
It’s very funny when the Western elites, like stupid little kids, continue to insist that «there is no Nazism in Ukraine»™, «there’s no Nazi propaganda», and that «all this is a Russian propaganda». Sure.
(6) Ukraine. Nazi camps for the «patriotic education of children».
This paragraph echoes the previous one, which dealt with the Nazi propaganda among children in Ukraine. In this case we are talking about a phenomenon that is worth to allocate it into a separate paragraph. These are camps for children, where they are trained to be «patriots of Ukraine». The «trainers» themselves are no less interesting… But let’s get everything in order.
Recently, the newspaper Associated Press came out with a «shocking» and «sensational» material that caused a resonance in the West — the newspaper’s reporters visited one of the camps in Ukraine, where children are trained to kill «the enemies of the country». In the West, it was called the propaganda of Nazism among children. Strange behavior. What, before you did not see all this? For four years now, Russia has been talking about turning Ukraine, in fact, into a Nazi state (with the patronage and connivance of the West), including the propaganda of Nazism among children. Oh, sorry, that was a “Russian propaganda”. Of course. But what about the statement that «There is no Nazism in Ukraine»™? Well, now Western reporters suddenly recovered their sight and saw the truth. Anyways, better late than never.
Well, let’s show a cursory chronicle of events.
July 2014. The «Russian Spring» source comes out with an article entitled «Children’s Fascism in Ukraine: the girls in the summer camp shout Nazi slogans and raise their hands».
In the summer camp of Ukraine, girls go in line, raise their hands in a German greeting, shouting football chants, as well as nationalist slogans: “Ziga zaga!”, “Glory to Ukraine!”, “Glory to the nation, death to the enemies!”.
One of the top Russian political analysts, Sergei Mikheev, believes that the propaganda of Nazism for children is part of an anti-Russian project designed to split the neighboring nations:
“This is the construction of some kind of anti-Russia, which is the only content of the Ukrainian Nazi idea. And so it has been since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even before, all Ukrainian nationalism was based on this “anti-Russia”. On the creation in Ukraine of a certain ethnic community, which purposefully opposes Russia. This goal was pursued by the creators of nationalism. At one time it was Austria-Hungary and Germany, nowadays the Poles, Americans and partly Europeans have picked up this baton”, the expert believes.
“For Russia, undoubtedly, this is a danger, because there is an attempt to create a neo-Nazi state directly on our borders with an extremely radical anti-Russian orientation”, Mikheev summarizes. “As for the cynical methods of using children, this is a common practice of neo-Nazism”. Source.
February 2015. The «Russian Spring» source reports: «The Nazis from the battalion «Azov» in Mariupol prepare the «Hitlerjugend» of adolescents 14-17 years old».
In Mariupol, the punitive battalion «Azov» organized the youth battalion «Azov» of adolescents and boys 14-17 years old. Ideological young men who have sports training were selected.
The first task and verification of loyalty for young “Azov guys” was the proposal to make each a list of 100 names of separatists and anti-Ukrainian minded citizens from among acquaintances and social circle.
June 2015. The «Russian Spring» source published an article entitled «In Dnipro, they opened the camp of the young Nazis called «Ukropchik».
On Saturday, June 20, the first three hundred children were sent to the camp. The opening of the camp was reported by the people’s deputy of Ukraine Boris Filatov in his Facebook. In particular, the children learned nationalist slogans.
The camp is sponsored by the Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoyskiy. The camp program is free, designed for children 10-14 years old (they can hold a machine gun). Its goal is to enhance the patriotic spirit of young people and familiarize children with the basics of orienteering, scout skills, and elements of Cossack life. Duration of stay in the camp — 3 days. Source.
After the coup d’état in 2014, “Ukrop” (in English — “Dill”) became the generally accepted contemptuous name for Ukrainians who were hostile to Donbass. The name appeared as a response of the residents of Donbass, whom the Ukrainians called «Separs» (i.e. separatists). «Ukropchik» is a diminutive form of the word «Ukrop» (i.e. «Little dill»).
August 2015. «Neo-Nazis from «Azov» battalion teach children to kill» — new report on the «Russian Spring» source.
The neo-Nazi battalion «Azov» opened a children’s camp «Azovets» near Kiev. The “counselors” from among the militants of the extremist group teach children between the ages of 9 and 18 to handle weapons and other intricacies of the art of war. The camp is primarily designed for children of the Azov regiment fighters, however, it is also proposed to visit the rest of the children.
Volunteer battalion «Azov», part of the National Guard of Ukraine, was formed in May 2014. In September, it was decided to turn the battalion «Azov» into the regiment.
In June 2015, the US House of Representatives (the lower house of the US Congress) unanimously supported the amendment of Congressman John Conyers to the law on military appropriations, according to which the US military is forbidden to train the Ukrainian National Volunteer Battalion «Azov» of the National Guard of Ukraine, because the ideology of this armed group was recognized as neo-Nazi.
Sputnik reported about the article in the German magazine «Blauer Bote»:
The English-language Ukrainian newspaper Kiev Post praised the Ukrainian battalion Azov for training children at its summer military camp, German magazine Blauer Bote reports.
«Kiev Post follows the line of one song. This song is about Ukrainian soldiers defeating their enemies. Now, Russia is the enemy. ‘I want the war to end and all Russians to be killed’, a little boy whispered«, a Blauer Bote journalist comments.
Famous Ukrainian blogger Anatoly Shary exposed fake of Ukrainian media, which claimed that it is about the usual «scout camps». In his video, Shary showed that children in the camp are taught by representatives of the «Right Sector» (extremist organization banned in Russia). Source.
Surprisingly, but propagandists from the British tabloid The Daily Mail were also “shocked” by the discoveries about the children’s Nazi camp in Ukraine.
September 2015. Pavel Astakhov, the ombudsman for the President of the Russian Federation for the rights of the child, sent a message to the UN calling for a check of the «Azovets» children’s camp, in which the soldiers of the Ukrainian battalion «Azov» teach children military affairs.
Relevant appeals were also sent to the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. Source.
August 2016. Information source «Ridus» reported on training in the children’s camp of the radical gang formation “Azov”, which the Kiev media prefer to call a “volunteer battalion”.
According to the author of the video, Donetsk journalist Konstantin Dolgov, the video shows the morning parade — classes for young Ukrainians begin with a collective repetition of the “Prayer of the Ukrainian Nationalist”.
“The similarity of the camp students with the Hitlerjugend is obvious, and the text of the Prayer itself glorifies Bandera, Konovalets, Shukhevych and other Ukrainian fascists”, the author notes.
September 2016. «Warming up at the barrel of the machine-gun: shocking pictures from the Ukrainian children’s camp» — with this title comes a new article on the «Russian Spring» website.
At first, we see one of the children squat in front of the line, apparently for some kind of offense, after which the neo-Nazi, putting a gun on the children, commands the army to spread out in a line on a distance of an outstretched arm.
Judging by the way children tremble, the morning is cold. One of the children is wrapped in a blanket, which a neo-Nazi forces him to take off with a rough shout: «Hey, blonde, you won’t need a blanket!». Until the end of the warm-up, he does not lower the sight of the machine gun from the children.
Apparently, the «leader» is a Ternopil nationalist and neo-fascist Nikolay Marko, a former member of a punitive operation in the Donbass. Source.
The Dutch journalist Michiel Driebergen described in the English version of the Arabic edition of The National, how for twelve days the militants of the punitive battalion «Azov» of fifty children between the ages of eight and sixteen make “true patriots” in the summer camp near Kiev. Source.
June 2017. On the shores of the Azov Sea, in the children’s summer camp «Azovets», created by the eponymous nationalist formation «Azov», under pseudo-patriotic songs, Ukrainian children are taught Nazism and hate everything Russian. Source.
At the end of the video, one can clearly see how the children shout the Nazi slogan «Glory to Ukraine, Glory to the Heroes!» (see (25) for more info about this slogan).
The Ukrainian Nazi party «National Corps«, created on the basis of «Azov», opens children’s camps, where they will educate «patriots». The opening video was posted on the party’s Youtube channel:
In such camps, children are taught how to handle explosives, disguise, skills of handling military topographic maps.
The Ukrainian invaders have never really concealed their plans for the population of the lands of Donbass they control. When one of them was asked about such plans about a year ago, he called only two words: the gallows and the schools. The policy of «gallows» the [Donbass] population has already experienced in the full extent. Now it was the turn of the «schools». This is an old truth: if you want to break a nation, educate its children. That’s what they actually do. Source.
July 2017. The American media have made the «discovery» — television company NBC News published a documentary film, which tells about the Ukrainian nationalist formation «Azov» (banned in the Russian Federation). The material contains cadres of teaching children to military affairs in one of the summer camps of an extremist organization. It is about «Azovets» camp near Kiev.
Particular attention is drawn to the chants, which Ukrainian ultranationalists teach children in the camp. For example:
We are children of Ukraine! Let Moscow lie in ruins, we spit on it! We will conquer the whole world! Death to Moskals!
We’ll return the Crimea, we’ll return the Kuban, and we’ll throw off the Moskals’ filth.
An NBC correspondent reports that children in the actual Nazi camp can be woken up at 3 am by breaking grenades and getting involved in the imitation of hostilities. Source.
NBC shows interviews with camp instructors. They proudly and with obvious pleasure talk about their mission: they say, children do not know what war is, and we have to tell them what it is, because the return of the Crimea and the seizure of the Kuban are ahead. Source.
The camp instructors advocate hatred of Russia and Russians as nation, and also “lay the ideological foundation for future generations”. But that’s not all. The tasks of “patriotic” education include the promotion of hatred towards compatriots who sympathize with Russia. Source.
Ukrainian Nazis use every year in power for mass recruitment of the younger generation in their ranks. Thus, nationalist battalion «Azov», whose fighters «became famous» for their particular cruelty in the Donbass, published a video of the new group in the children’s camp, where boys and girls from childhood will be inculcated with the Nazi ideology and hatred of Russia. Source (with photos).
Camp activity was also «noticed» by ABC News and Foreign Policy (back in 2016).
Hundreds of such camps are functioning all over Ukraine, where they teach to hate everything Russian, to passionately love their homeland, to kill enemies and, without thinking, to give up their lives. The truth is, all this is similar to what happened in fascist Germany, where the Hitlerjugend was cultivated. Then these children not only marched and shouted nationalist chants, but, already as part of the German army, they burned and killed people in the Great Patriotic War. Source.
Military training is paid by politicians and the Ukrainian elite. Each camp has its own sponsor. It is their so-called support that helps sell vouchers to the camp at bargain prices.
Experts compare such a parenting program with radical methods of ISIS* militants, forcing their children to kill almost from birth. Little infantrymen, as NBS’ filmmakers call them, do not understand anything, shout what they are told, and do what they said to do. They absorb the hatred of adults, and it’s not hard to imagine what these Ukrainians will be a few years later. Source.
* Organization banned in Russia.
September 2017. Antifashist.com source reported that «A stay in the Nazi camp for children, where they will make child «a patriot of Ukraine», costs 3,000 hryvnias (about $108).