In Lvov the SBU Carried out Mass Searches at the Homes of Left-Wing Activists

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


On December 6 in Lvov investigators from Kiev, in accordance with the ruling of the investigative judge of the Podolsky district court of Kiev, carried out searches at the homes of the activists Taras Bogay and Oleg Kordiyaka, who are members of Environmental Platform and the anarchist movement Black Flag. They are suspected of attacking a veteran of the ATO from Right Sector – which has close ties with the far-right organisationC14” – in Kiev in May, 2018.

Despite the fact that the alleged attack on the right-wing leader in Kiev was recorded on camera, the Lvov defendants in the case claim that they were last in Kiev in January, 2017.

At the same time, searches and detentions connected to this case took place in Kiev, Dnepr, and Rovno.

As the coordinator of the “Uspishna Varta” human rights platform in the Lvov region Galina Chaika found out, the Lvov activists were not detained, but their computers, flash drives, hard drives, phones, and also environment-themed stickers and leaflets were confiscated.

It was also noted that the lawyers of the activists were not allowed into the apartments during the search, which is a gross procedural violation.

Activists from “Environmental Platform” and the anarchist movement “Black Flag” are known in Lvov for their environmental and oppositional activity, as well as their anti-fascist position. In addition, they actively opposed racial discrimination during the attack on, and pogrom of, the Romani camp by far-right organisations in Lvov.

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As a reminder, in the earlier report “Political and civil rights and freedoms in Ukraine: monitoring of observance in 2014-2018”, prepared by human rights activists from “Uspishna Varta”, it was noted that on November 5th 2016 the Lvov district administrative court, because of threats received from the far-right “Right Sector” and “Azov” forbade the left-wing nationalist organisation “Autonomous Resistance” from carrying out in Lvov the “Freedom march” in honour of the Ukrainian anarchist Nestor Makhno. At the same time “Right Sector” on November 6th carried out a rally and afterwards attacked the office of “Autonomous Resistance”. A year later, on November 17th 2017 activists from the “Autonomous Resistance” organisation said that “ultra-right titushki” prevented them from taking part in the March of UPA, and the police detained 16 activists of the organisation and planted weapons on them.

In addition, the activists said that the office of the organisation was attacked by members of nationalist organisations. The SBU reported that the employees of the intelligence agency recorded the participation of the “leaders” of the group in a number of acts of vandalism, including against the consular and diplomatic establishments of the foreign states functioning in the region.

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