In Digest, Solidarity with Ukrainian people, Ukraine

Date: Friday 23rd October 6.30pm
Location: Ukraine Cultural Centre
154 Holland Park Avenue, London  W11 4UH

Andriy Parubiy is the deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament and a politician with long record on the extreme right. Next week, he will visit the UK to meet with government officials and with ‘think tanks’. On visits to Ottawa and Washington earlier this year, he begged for lethal arms to be sent to Ukraine, arms that will be used in the continuing onslaught against the civilians of the Donbass.

Andriy Parubiy, commander of right-wing vigilantes on Maidan Square in 2013-14

Andriy Parubiy, commander of right-wing vigilantes on Maidan Square in 2013-14

Parubiy founded the Social National Party of Ukraine in the early 1990s. It is a fascist party styled on Hitler’s Nazis, with membership restricted to ethnic Ukrainians. He also founded its paramilitary wing, Patriot of Ukraine, and initiated Nazi-like torchlight marches. The Social National Party would go on to become Svoboda, the far-right nationalist party.

After leaving these organisations in 2004, he continued to defend a far right nationalist ideology based on the glorification of Nazi-collaborator Stepan Bandera and his OUN-UPA.

As commander of the paramilitary Maidan defence forces, he is implicated in the sniper attacks which led to the coup that overthrew the elected government of Ukraine in February 2014. Parubiy was name secretary of the National Security & Defence Council after the coup. That body was responsible for launching the so-called “Anti Terrorist Operation” against the Donbass as well as incorporating far right paramilitary battalions into the state apparatus, the same battalions he commanded in the Maidan movement. There is also evidence that he played a role in the Odessa massacre on May 2nd 2014.

A detailed dossier on Parubiy can be read here.

Solidarity with Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine is organising this demonstration outside the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Holland Park, London, where Parubiy is due to speak on 23rd October at 7pm. We call on the British government to ban him from entering the UK.

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