Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
“At the time of holiday there is no desire to write about the ugly. But the reality that is shown on the air of all TV channels of Ukraine causes horror and confusion to at least ten million of the population, as to me. Torchlight procession of the Nazi-Banderists, brought mainly by buses from the Western regions, is a nightmare that lasts for several years. Looking at the screen, I see how the torches of the dozens marching from Shevchenko Boulevard to the Khreschatyk are extinguished by a strong gust of wind… the very nature of the ancient and eternal Kiev opposes the brown stench.
The fires are lit. The column continues to move like the stinking, red-hot magma of a volcano, poisoning and burning Orthodox love and freedom, the air of the once prosperous state,” wrote on his page on social networks the Kiev inhabitant Yury Dudkin.
This is probably the most accurate description of the so-called “march of honor”, which took place on 1st January in the Ukrainian capital and in several cities of Ukraine – on this day nationalists celebrate.the anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera (Stefan Popel), this time the 108th. And although many media outlets noted the “low attendance” of the event, which “traditionally” has for many years been held in Ukraine on the first day of each new year, but in reality everything is not so rosy.
In the ranks of Banderists just in Kiev several thousand participants of the march walked, some of which were brought from the Galician regions. Ten times fewer nationalists gathered in torchlight processions in other Ukrainian cities, however, “tradition” slithered to Odessa, Dnepr (former Dnepropetrovsk), Zaporizhzhia and even to Kherson and the legendary Slavyansk.
And this is not the only feature of this year’s torchlight march.
On the streets of Kiev Banderists were walking not only accompanied by drummers, but also by priests of “the traditional Ukrainian churches,” as was reported by the initiators of this event from the all-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” (the former Social-nationalist party of Ukraine). Ukrainian priests together sang praise of Bandera, who acquire more and more in the eyes of his admirers features of Superman: in addition to the traditional slogans of the nationalists “Bandera, Shukhevych – heroes of Ukraine!” “We are Banderists! We are coming!”, “Ukraine above all!” – the current torchlight procession showed the world a new claim: “Our Prophet is Bandera!” Eloquent preachers also appeared, claiming that the dead Banderists will help the ones alive to fulfill “the will and testimony of Bandera”. The meaning of this “will and testimony” is to “complete the national revolution.”
The new Banderists didn’t consider the coup of 2014 (the “revolution of dignity”) as a revolution. The main appeal heard on the torchlight procession on 1st January 2017 was the slogan “The revolution continues!”
Another innovation of the latest Banderist march was the expression of the open hostility to Jews: “Jude, get out!” was added to the “traditional” slogan “Moskal on the branches!” Neither the “Jewish hundred” on Maidan, or sewn-on patches with a menorah “cynical Bandera” or the participation of Jews in the anti-terrorist operation in Donbass helped. Fans of Bandera did not change at all: before, the Fuhrer of “Svoboda” Tyahnybok urged to hang guns around the neck and to fight against “Moskals and Jews”, now he is at the head of the torchlight column, requiring that the Jews leave Ukraine.
Over the last decade, Nazism in Ukraine produced strong shoots from the old trunk. And it is already impossible to say with stories about the allegedly small number of participants of the torchlight procession in honor of Bandera to hide the fact that today Ukrainian Nazism represents in itself real power. With the “march of honor” in the cities of Ukraine, which was announced by “Svoboda” and the military sports organization “Sokol” (which has as its emblem a stylized swastika) were joined by “Azov” and “Right Sector”, as well as smaller and less organized radical nationalists.
The Ukrainian brown horde does not hide its future plans: the change of power in the country in their favor, war with the Russians, the expulsion of Jews.
Nothing new. Nazism. It is strange that this is not noticed in either neighboring-with-Ukraine Belarus, which already is being drawn into the orbit of neo-Nazi activities, or in Europe, which takes the fire of the torches on the streets of Kiev, Odessa, Lvov, and Slavyansk for the sparkle of festive lights.
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