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Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine? Exposing troubling ties in the U.S. to overt Nazi and fascist protesters in Ukraine. by Max Blumenthal, February 24, 2014, Alter Net.

A man attempts to drape a white supremacist banner on a pillar adjacent to a wall that sports a confederate flag in the Kiev City Hall.

White supremacist and Nazi SS graffiti over a toppled Lenin statue.

A statue commemorating Ukrainians overthrowing the Nazis during World War II is removed.

Blumenthal reports that in Maidan Square, some people now openly greet one another with Sieg heil salutes, and one sees the Nazi Wolfsangel symbol more and more.  When anti-fascist anarchists attempted to protest, skin heads threatened them with violence and called them Communists, blacks, and jews.

One of the “Big Three” political parties behind the protests is the ultra-nationalist Svoboda, whose leader, Oleh Tyahnybok, has called for the liberation of his country from the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” After the 2010 conviction of the Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk for his supporting role in the death of nearly 30,000 people at the Sobibor camp, Tyahnybok rushed to Germany to declare him a hero who was “fighting for truth.” In the Ukrainian parliament, where Svoboda holds an unprecedented 37 seats, Tyahnybok’s deputy Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn is fond of quoting Joseph Goebbels – he has even founded a think tank originally called “the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center.”
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Ukrainian opposition leaders Oleh Tyahnybok (L), Vitaly Klitschko (2nd R, back) and Arseny Yatsenyuk (R) pose for a picture with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland during a meeting in Kiev February 6, 2014.

In addition to distributing cookies to protesters in Kiev's Maidan Square and dropping the F bomb in reference to the EU, Obama's Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, former deputy foreign policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and wife of Neocon Robert Kagan, co-founder of the Project for a New American Century, a think tank which called for regime change in Iraq, called for Arseniy Yatsenyuk to head the Ukraine, along with Klitsch and Tyahnybok, following the ouster of the democratically elected President Viktor F. Yanukovych:

I think Yats is the guy who's got the economic experience, the governing experience. He's the... what he needs is Klitsch and Tyahnybok on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week, you know. I just think Klitsch going in... he's going to be at that level working for Yatseniuk, it's just not going to work.
during her tapped and subsequently youtubed telephone conversation with US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, on January 28, 2014.

Victoria Nuland: Leaked call shows US hand on Ukraine

As Mark Mardell of the BBC points out:

Swearing scornfully about your allies isn't great diplomacy - but it is the revelation of the depth of the US involvement in the Ukraine crisis that really catches the eye.
Ms Nuland could instead plot with the ambassador on who should and shouldn't be in a new Ukrainian cabinet.

After all the NSA revelations, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's umbrage at them, saying a naughty word about the main players in the region is excruciatingly awkward.

But it's the larger conversation, which shows the US is manipulating Ukraine just as much as Russia, that is the real diplomatic disaster.

John McCain met with Oleh Tyahnybok and Arseniy Yatsenyuk on December 14, 2013.


in 2004 leader Oleh Tyahnybok gave a speech attacking what he called "the Moscow-Jewish mafia ruling Ukraine" and in another speech declared: "the Moskali, Germans, Kikes and other scum who wanted to take away our Ukrainian state."

Despite the controversy his statements attracted in the West, Tyahnybok was voted Person of the Year by readers of Ukrainian news magazine Korrespondent last year.

In another outburst from the party their deputy chief, Ihor Miroshnychenko, wrote an anti-Semitic attack on Mila Kunis on Facebook: "Kunis is not Ukrainian, she is a Yid. She is proud of it, so Star of David be with her."

John McCain Went To Ukraine And Stood On Stage With A Man Accused Of Being An Anti-Semitic Neo-Nazi by Adam Taylor, Business Insider,  Dec. 16, 2013.   
Svoboda [which means "freedom"] openly calls for Ukrainian citizens to have their ethnicity printed onto their passports.
Soon after the coup, the interim government that took control outlawed the Russian language in Ukraine, which makes it difficult for Crimea, once a part of Russia, whose sovereignty switched to the Ukraine under Nikita Khrushchev, an ethnic Ukranian, and where 97% of the people speak Russian.

Now that Russian forces have assembled in the Crimea, President Obama spoke with President Vladimir Putin for 90 minutes on the telephone.

In a statement released by the White House:

President Obama made clear that Russia's continued violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia's standing in the international community
Meanwhile, Bomb, bomb, [fill-in-the-blank country] McCain had this to say:
Every moment that the United States and our allies fail to respond sends the signal to President Putin that he can be even more ambitious and aggressive in his military intervention in Ukraine.
He called on Obama to "make clear what costs Russia will face for its aggression and to impose those consequences without further delay."
Ukraine mobilizes troops amid crisis with Russia
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  •  I don't see anything in the diary to confirm (3+ / 0-)
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    Texas Lefty, Flying Goat, Lib Dem FoP

    the claim in the title that neo-Nazis "threaten Russians."

  •  Complex But Disturbing Patterns - - (11+ / 0-)

    Although the vast majority of protesters in Kyiv could be described as "pro-democracy" there is a small but significant element of neofascist and even neonazi adherents. To a degree, these forces are part of Svoboda - which is part of the interim government. Even more extreme is the Pravy Sektor or Right Sector which is openly neofascist, antisemitic, and antigay.

    The image below is from a 500-person parade in Lviv in western Ukraine:

     photo NeonazisLviv_zps70668ec8.jpg

    •  In Its Attempts to Be Inclusive - (7+ / 0-)

      The interim government has refused to distance itself from these elements. Were any other government to include such forces, it would be instantly ostracized.

      •  This is the problem with revolutions (2+ / 0-)
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        johnnygunn, ChadmanFL

        when you are willing to use violence to effect a political outcome, you create a precedent.  Which means that even small minorities, if well organized (and sufficiently violent), become veto players.  This is most certainly what happened with the accord between the opposition and government, signed by Svoboda (who are hardly moderates), which was effectively vetoed by Right Sector.

        I sincerely doubt that more than 25-40% of the protestors are associated with Right Sector or Svoboda.  But, I think that these guys are the vanguard of the revolution.  They crack skulls, and that wins fights.  Forgive me if this all makes me a little reticent about embracing the "revolution."

        Now that they've managed to pull off this putsch, these folks  are under the impression that they are in charge. So now you have Aleksandr Muzychko, a leader of Right Sector intimidating lawmakers, prosecutors, and having an ambigious relationship with terrorist groups in Chechnya.  While Right Sector is claiming that the tweet they sent out calling for Chechen Islamists to make common cause with Right Sector, and attack Russians, the fact remaisn that Muzychko apparently did fight with the Chechens during their war with Russia. And they have effectively adopted a strategy of tension with the Russians, which does little to de-escalate.  And that has to be the goal right now.

        http://www.economicpopulist.org

        by ManfromMiddletown on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 09:57:09 AM PST

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      •  Inclusive? (1+ / 0-)
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        ChadmanFL

        of Nazis?  WTF?   they are Nazis.  

    •  regarding Nazis . . . (7+ / 0-)

      Not then,

      Not now,

      Not ever.

      And the US Govt. seems to be enlisting these creeps as allies everywhere, not just Ukraine.  Look who we support in Venezuela, for another example . . .

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 08:23:09 AM PST

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      •  Look who the US supported against Syria! Al Qaeda (5+ / 0-)

        affiliated rebels who committed atrocities such as cannibalizing a Syrian Army soldier by ripping his heart out of his chest and chomping down on it.  

        The latest is the tweet of chopping off someone's hand publicly in Syria.

        Syrian extremists amputated a man’s hand and live-tweeted it

        These neocons want regime change, and they need goons to throw molotov cocktails and shoot policemen.  It's not by chance.  These extremists are really good at toppling governments, democratically elected or not.  If the neocon MSM shills/trolls repeats over and over a democratically elected president is a dictator people eventually believe it is so.

        What I cannot comprehend is why, after the Iraq debacle, are these discredited neocons in President Obama's cabinet, calling the shots and putting him in the position of having to play multi-dimensional chess against their foregone coups and forced interventions masquerading as "peaceful protests"?  This is not change we can believe in.

        Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

        by CIndyCasella on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 09:14:54 AM PST

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        •  Because President Obama (1+ / 0-)
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          What I cannot comprehend is why, after the Iraq debacle, are these discredited neocons in President Obama's cabinet, calling the shots and putting him in the position of having to play multi-dimensional chess against their foregone coups and forced interventions masquerading as "peaceful protests"?
          is one of them?  That's the only answer that makes any sense.

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 09:50:40 AM PST

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          •  Obama may be a company man, judging from (0+ / 0-)

            his support of the status quo on Wall Street, drones, FISAAA, the NSA,

            ... but is he aligned with the neocons?

            No, I don't think he is,

            which is why I voted for Obama.  He was against the neocon plan of bombing Iran, while Killary was talking about obliterating Iran to suck up to the neocons.  Clearly Bomb, bomb, Iran McCain is fully inside the neocon camp.

            There is a schism in Washington on just how far this regime change neocon PNAC plan will be allowed to go, not just under the Capitol dome, where most of Congress quake in their boots before the neocons, whose boots they lick, but among the military brass and intelligence agencies.  Let us not forget how the CIA stood up to Bush on his Iran has nukes lies by releasing their intelligence estimates to the press in 2007 and again in 2012.  http://www.nytimes.com/...

            The recent spate of anti Putin propaganda hitting the airwaves during the Olympics comparing him with Hitler, while supporting those who are aligned with Hitler, points to a desire among the neocons to attack not only the Ukraine, but Russia, too, to affect regime change.  The neocons were mighty upset they didn't get their full all out war with Syria, then Iran, and I think Obama was not on board with their intrigues there.

            Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

            by CIndyCasella on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 10:22:37 AM PST

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            •  The neocons were plenty POed with Putin for (2+ / 0-)
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              coming up with detente to derail their bomb Syria plan, too.  

              Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

              by CIndyCasella on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 10:27:48 AM PST

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              •  Now you've hit on (4+ / 0-)
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                Musial, corvo, CIndyCasella, protectspice

                the "why" of all the Putin demonization.

                It reminds of the Saddam demonization, although in retrospect it becomes obvious that he ran a better (however imperfect) government in Iraq than the US ever managed to.  Or Libya.  Or Syria.  All of which are just so much better off since our "interventions" . . .

                Not . . .

                Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

                by Deward Hastings on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 10:41:46 AM PST

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                •  These guys are not interested in democracy, (2+ / 0-)
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                  Deward Hastings, protectspice

                  legitimacy, decency, human rights, sovereignty, logic, humanity,  and certainly they don't give a fig for the United States of America

                  ...only making $ for themselves and hegemony.  

                  That's about it.

                  Sociopathic, evil, scheming parasites.

                  Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

                  by CIndyCasella on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 12:50:58 PM PST

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            •  naah, (1+ / 0-)
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              Deward Hastings
              He was against the neocon plan of bombing Iran, while Killary was talking about obliterating Iran to suck up to the neocons
              Obama knew baggage when he saw it.  He's a DLC kind of guy too, but was smart enough not to be a member.  In the same way, he's a neocon (or a neolib -- same difference), but made sure not to associate himself with such types . . . until it was too late for the rest of us.

              Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

              by corvo on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 11:11:51 AM PST

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              •  Maybe, maybe not. I do see the outlines of a (1+ / 0-)
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                amyzex

                battle that seems to be between the neocons and Obama.

                No one can call me an Obama apologist, but I did vote for him twice, and my perception that he was better than the other candidates was why.

                I just wish he would throw off the meddlesome beastly neocons out of his cabinet pronto and use the judgment that impressed me so much when I rolled up my sleeves and volunteered on his campaign the first go around.

                Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

                by CIndyCasella on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 12:53:58 PM PST

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                •  Why would he throw out the guys (0+ / 0-)

                  whose ideas he values -- and whose ideals he shares?

                  Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

                  by corvo on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 05:47:15 PM PST

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      •  Damn those Venezuelan Nazis! (0+ / 0-)

        Sometimes I think we're drinking the same Stupid Serum as conservatives.  Obviously it's not in short supply.

        It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

        by Rich in PA on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 11:51:26 AM PST

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  •  It's really hard to comprehend why Nuland (4+ / 0-)

    and McCain would ally themselves with someone like Tyahnybok.  Disturbing diary.

    •  It's really hard to comprehend why Obama (3+ / 0-)
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      would ally himself with someone like Victoria Nuland and her neocon family, the Kagans.  

      Look at how her sister-in-law and brother-in-law led Petraeus around by the nose.  Unbelievable how these "volunteers" had so much access to the military commander in Afghanistan.  

      Read this:  Civilian analysts gained Petraeus’s ear while he was commander in Afghanistan

      UNBELIEVABLE!  OUTRAGEOUS!  

      Kick the neocons out on their keesters.  They are the architects of the Iraq War, Iraq surge, Afghanistan War, Afghanistan surge, ...  How many more civilians and soldiers must be maimed and killed for what?  

      Letting leftover Dubya neocons continue to run our army and nation into the ground to have Sharia Law prevail in once secular nations is not change we can believe in, President Obama.  And now look who the neocons are sidling up to in the Ukraine.

      What leverage do they have over Obama for him to keep them on like this after failure after failure?  That's what I want to know.  

      They write Op-Eds, and the MSM publishes them.

      The Kagans should have been thrilled, but they soon grew concerned. They thought McChrystal’s headquarters was not providing enough information to them about the state of the war. The military began to slow-roll their requests to visit Afghanistan. In early 2010, they wrote an e-mail to McChrystal, copying Petraeus, that said they “were coming to the conclusion that the campaign was off track and that it was not going to be successful,” Fred Kagan said.

      To some senior staff members in McChrystal’s headquarters, the e-mail read like a threat: Invite us to visit or we will publish a piece saying the war is lost.

      Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by CIndyCasella on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 09:42:11 AM PST

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    •  Why? (3+ / 0-)
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      The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

      Except for when they aren't...... like I don't know..... Bin Laden and the Mujahideen. Or the numerous other bastards we've supported over the years because elements of our government are convinced that they are thug-whisperers.

      http://www.economicpopulist.org

      by ManfromMiddletown on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 10:00:05 AM PST

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  •  Every protest movement has it's nuts. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's impossible to keep them out. "Hey, those guys, we aren't with those guys". I don't think that Euromaidan is controlled by Nazis. But I could be wrong. Nazis are everywhere.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 08:02:06 AM PST

  •  To put it in perspective (1+ / 0-)
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    Valatius

    Is Svoboda any worse than the Republican party here?

    "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

    by Texas Lefty on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 08:03:23 AM PST

  •  Fascists now control streets of Kiev and are part (4+ / 0-)

    of gov. Shame of those demanding Krim should take orders from those groups in Kiev calling themself "government". Shame on "west" for supporting this government without any conditions.

  •  What I find stunning is (5+ / 0-)

     that the US media have completely silenced the fact that neo-Nazi gangs are among the leaders of the new government of Ukraine.   There is no longer independent journalism in this country.  

  •  Good thing Russia itself doesn't have anyone... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...like you've described.  Cindy, you have a perverse gift for making the worst possible argument even for positions that are in themselves defensible.  It's defensible to say the Russian invasion of the Crimea is the inevitable righting of a historical wrong, or even that it's just none of our beeswax.  But your bat-sense for finding the worst possible argument leads you to claim that Ukraine is in the hands of neo-Nazis, a claim that only makes sense if every reporter who's not explicitly in the employ of "alternative" outfits is blind or mendacious.  

    The idea that any presence, however marginal, of anti-Semites disqualifies a progressive movement would, of course, be devastating news for our own, which has embraced all sorts of people like that in the wider interest of sticking it to the US, not to mention Israel.  

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 11:50:28 AM PST

    •  I don't doubt for a second (0+ / 0-)

      that MSM reporters in Ukraine have been specifically instructed not to report on the neofascist elements of the Maidan movement.  Do you doubt they would follow orders from their corporate masters?

      The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

      by amyzex on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:19:24 PM PST

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  •  If the Maidan crowd is hanging the Stars and Bars (0+ / 0-)

    inside the Kiev City Hall, that to me is really all that needs to be said or shown.  Were I in Ukraine, particularly the east, I would be on the Russian side.

    The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

    by amyzex on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:13:08 PM PST

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