Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The State Office of the Public Prosecutor of Ukraine initiated proceedings in relation to the former officer of the Committee for State Security of the USSR, the veteran of the Great Patriotic War Boris Steklyar for the killing of the nazi collaborator, artist and member of OUN Neil Hasevich in 1952.
“The act of Steklyar, the KGB officer, has no statute of limitations. A crime decades ago remains a crime. The murder of Hasevich, the fighter for independence, must be investigated, and everyone involved will receive a sentence,” quotes the Ukrainian website “Historical Truth” from the words of the representative of the National center of legal assistance Denis Polishchuk.
This concerns the operation on the search and elimination of the collaborator, underground artist, and member of the Volyn regional branch of OUN Neil Hasevich in 1952. It is claimed that allegedly Steklyar personally threw a grenade into the bunker where Hasevich and other bandits of OUN-UPA were hiding.
Steklyar’s case started being considered on August 5th, 2016, in the Rovno district administrative court. At the time Steklyar appealed to the court with the statement to leave his case without consideration.
Steklyar is 94 years old. With the beginning of the Great Patriotic War the volunteer left to the front, where, surrounded near Uman, he was severely wounded. He fought in artillery reconnaissance near Rzhev and Stalingrad. He reached Berlin as a Commander of a platoon of artillery reconnaissance. During the war he was presented the order of the Patriotic war of the 1st degree.
Who is Neil Hasevich?
Ukrainian “historians” humbly call Hasevich “a member of OUN and an artist who created agitprop posters for UPA”, “forgetting” that Hasevich during occupation by Ukrainian fascists was appointed as a judge in the village of Derazhno (the modern day Kostopol region). Upon Neil Hasevich’s sentences, inhabitants of the area were subjected to repressions for the non-performance of deliveries of food to Wehrmacht troops, being absent from work, and helping the partisans. Thus, Hasevich himself participated in executions or drew pictures of how peasants were flogged by German ramrods.
At the end of his activities Hasevich was the main head of the OUN central underground organization and a representative in the Rovno region of the so-called “Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council”. Here Neil Hasevich was the artist-Nazi lackey-judge-executioner-head of OUN. It is important to note that from 1930 Hasevich was familiar and cooperated with Stepan Bandera.
After the war he cooperated with the diaspora organization “Prolog” – a structure under the roof of the CIA.
There is much dispute on the topic of how Hasevich died on March 4th, 1952. According to the most widespread version, the artist was killed during a round-up by employees of the Ministry of State Security, however many modern Ukrainian historians believe that Hasevich didn’t surrender alive, and killed himself with his personal weapon together with his two bodyguards — Vyacheslav “Matvey” Antonyuk and Anton “Ignat” Melnichuk, previously destroying all important documents. According to the description of this event presented in “Stories of Colonel Bondar”, Chekists really suggested to the artist and two other insurgents to surrender in exchange for indulgence, however there wasn’t any reaction from their side. When employees of the Ministry of State Security from distance opened the manhole, the burst fire of an automatic gun sounded from inside. Having again locked the manhole from outside, the participants of the round-up resorted to the help of smoke rockets, however the smoke didn’t force Hasevich, Antonyuk, and Melnichuk to come out. Chekists didn’t throw grenades, and decided to go down.
There was no one alive in the bunker. With the light of an accumulator lamp Steklyar saw three corpses. One had no foot — “Zot”. The bandit continued to squeeze the machine gun. It was visible from his pose that the last round of burst fire was aimed not at the manhole, but at one of his security guards — “Pavlo”, who should’ve tried to surrender. “Pavlo”, as it was then established by investigation, was skilled in drawing and sculpturing on a tree. Probably, he helped “Zot” to make a cliche. The second security guard “Bogdan” was killed by a grenade explosion.
In the three rooms of the bunker where Hasevich took cover, members of the group “Bondar” found six trunks of weapons, grenades, a stock of food, cartridges and candles for some months, a large number of anti-Soviet leaflets, and declarations, adaptations for graphic works, and also — according to Steklyar — certain “horrible drawings” that imprinted “agonal torments of the Soviet people executed by fascists and their accomplices” and documents confirming communication between Hasevich and foreign intelligence services.
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