Radicals’ Pressure on Government

February 2018


Radicals from the nationalist organization C-14 surrounded the court building during the court hearing in the case of murder of journalist and writer Oleg Buzina. The two defendants in the case are members of C-14. Several people’s deputies affiliated with right wing nationalist organizations were also present at the hearing.  The signs outside the building read “Soldiers are jailed, Separatists are let go” and “Freedom for patriots.” 


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A march of 600 representatives of the formation called National Brigades took place in Kiev on January 28. This demonstration by the recently formed “street army” was organized by the party “National Corps,” whose leader is the founder of the battalion Azov, People’s Deputy Andrei Biletsky.

The organization “National Brigades” claims that it was created “to ensure order in the streets of Ukrainian cities.” At the same time, they will do that through the use of force: “We are many, we are not afraid to use force to establish Ukrainian order on the streets!”

The appearance on the streets of such a large number of young people in the same uniform – warm insulated jackets with the inscription “National Brigades”, black raincoat trousers and balaclava – with pyrotechnics and a professional organization naturally provoked a question as to at whose expense and for what purpose this street army was organized.

Doubts have been generated by ambiguous statements made by the organization itself, in which at first they assured that there function exclusively on the personal money of its members and that they buy the uniforms themselves. However, later the speaker of the National Corpus, Roman Chernyshov, admitted that the brigades exist on the donations of businessmen whose names are kept secret.

Since earlier in the political environment Biletsky’s projects were correlated with the interests of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, social networks started talking about the fact that it was the latter who showed his strength with the demonstration. Moreover, this idea was prompted by a rather calm attitude of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the appearance of such a structure that directly declares that it is ready to use force. The initial reaction of the department was indeed the one of tolerance: conscious citizens have a full right to form organizations to help the police. This forms the basis for the legitimate existence of the National Brigades – they say they are people who work closely with official law enforcement agencies to combat the plagues of society – drug addiction, street crime, gambling.

Later, unexpectedly for many, Avakov denied claims of being associated with the organization and its march, saying that in Ukraine “there is only one monopoly on violence – the state monopoly: the National Police, the National Guard, the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

Journalists and commentators discuss two versions of what is happening: either Biletsky is already pursuing his own way, without patronage of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, or Avakov only imitates his innocence in creating a street army and in fact controls this process “from a shadow.”

According to Ruslan Bortnik, “The tactical goal [of the organization] is to ensure the function of ideological public police in the society, to create structures parallel to official law enforcement agencies, which would participate in the redistribution on the markets, could protect or violate someone’s business interests, or to exert pressure on politicians by forcing them into certain decisions, as it has been recently done in the Cherkasy City Council; the strategic goal is to get into the Parliament and then come to power in one way or another.”



August 2017


Odessa activists are going to put pressure on the court in the case of May 2

The head of the Odessa public organization “The All-Ukrainian Volunteer Network “Free People” Vitaly Kozhuhar calls on “everyone who can” to come to Ilyichevsk on Monday to hear the court hearing in the case of May 2. “According to the information we have, the judges are planning an acquittal, we must come and remind the judges whom they judge,” Kozhukhar wrote on his Facebook page.

Editor’s note: There is a long history of right wing radicals disrupting court hearings and threatening judges who hear the case in order to prevent the release of those currently under detention in the case of May 2.


June 2017


After a court session in the case of May 2 in the city court of Chernomorsk (a city near Odessa) a group of activists of nationalist organizations attacked the lawyer Valentin Rybin, who defends one of the accused.

Valentin Rybin is the lawyer of Yulia Mefyodova, an activist of the Kulikova Field, who is one of the accused in the case of the riots on the Greek Square on May 2, 2014. According to eyewitnesses, the nationalists used tear gas against the lawyer, as well as struck him several times, accusing him of helping the separatists.





On June 7, around 13:15, representatives of the public organization Ukraine It’s Us gathered to conduct their action near the building of the Odessa Economic Court of Appeals.

As the press service of the National Police of Ukraine in Odessa Region reports, about 50 activists tried to break into a closed court session: they started a fight with police officers near the building and began spraying on them tear gas. Moreover, several activists managed to break the entrance door of the courthouse.We add that the NGO “Ukraine It’s Us” is headed by Vitaly Golodok, a former law enforcement officer who was accused of extortion and torture. Golodok, his friend Sauljak and Ukraine It’s Us often take part in various conflicts around land and building issues in Odessa and its surroundings: for example, earlier he helped to “squeeze out” [jargon for raider seizure] a piece of land in the Fontanka district (supposedly also for the needs of ATO veterans, but in fact, in the interests of specific individuals).





May 2017


“Automaydan” activists demand the dismissal of the chief Odessa policeman and are going to a rally. The leader of the Odessa “Automaydan” Vitaly Ustimenko (not to be confused with “Automaydan Odessa” of Evgeni Rezvushkin) accused the city police of indulging the “separatists”.

The activist commented on his Facebook page an event in Odessa on May 9 for laying flowers on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the Great Victory. As Ustimenko complained, it was “an organized crowd with anti-state exclamations and anti-state symbols” that came to the Eternal Fire on the Alley of Fame, and it was law enforcerment agents who provided them with security. He also announced a rally to be held on May 10 at the building of the regional police chief in the Jewish Street. The main requirement of this action will be dismissals of Dmitry Golovin and his people – Ishchenko and Forostyak.





Activists of the Odessa “Automaydan”, headed by Vitaly Ustimenko, are outraged by the fact that on May 9 the police officers guarded the “Immortal Regiment” procession and did not examine each participant of this action. On May 10, “Automaydan” activists organized a protest on this occasion near the building of the Main Police in the Odessa region.





Arsen Avakov signed the order of dismissal of the head of the National Police in the Dnipropetrovsk region, the head of the city police department and the deputies for ensuring public safety from their posts.

This was announced by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine on his Facebook page, where he also noted that there was an official investigation scheduled in the city in regards to skirmishes that took place on May 9. “A special investigation team has been set up and sent to the Dnieper to investigate actions of civilians and their coordinators within the framework of criminal proceedings that have been initiated. The results will be publicly announced, “the minister said.





On May 12, the ex-leader of the Odessa “Right Sector” Sergei Sternenko and his comrades attacked the lawyer Andrei Karkishchenko. The incident occurred after a session of the Odessa Region Court of Appeals in the case of the staged kidnapping of the People’s Commissar Goncharenko. Karkischenko is also the lawyer of one of the accused, Alexander Kushnaryov, the father of one of the victims of May 2.

According to eyewitnesses, Sternenko inflicted several blows on the head of the lawyer, knocking him off his feet. “Andrei Karkishchenko, an ardent supporter of Russia, can be often seen on the channel Russia24 “, he constantly defends those accused of terrorism and separatists who committed crimes against the foundations of national security. Has ideological convictions. A frequent guest in pro-Russian actions. He was seen visiting the Russian consulate in Odessa. Agent of the enemy “, – explained his actions Sternenko.





The Day of Vishivanka [Ukrainian traditional embroidered blouse]: Ukrainian activists thwarted a meeting of the executive committee of Belgorod-Dnestrovsky.

On May 18, a group of Ukrainian activists from Odessa arrived at a meeting of the executive committee of the Belgorod-Dnistrovsky City Council to force members of the executive committee to take the decision the activists needed.We are talking about the approval of a detailed plan of the territories along Olimpiyskaya Street 29, where the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate intends to build a church. The draft decision had already been submitted to the meeting of the executive committee, but then the Akkerman authorities did not support it. In order to ensure an effective vote this time, the activists broke into the meeting of the executive committee and threatened its members with “problems” if they did not vote as the activists wanted them to. Member of the executive committee, entrepreneur and philanthropist Vasily Kashchy was indignant over the threats, after which activists poured over his face the “green”*, dragged him out of the building and tried to shove him into the garbage can. Then Vasily Kashchi was detained by police officers and taken to the police station.

*“Zelyonka” (зелёнка=the green) is a dilute alcoholic solution of brilliant green, sold as a topical antiseptic in Eastern Europe and Russia. The compound may lead to serious injuries if it comes to contact with the eye. In Eastern European countries, especially in Russia, it is used to physically attack political opponents, see Zelyonka attack. (Wikipedia) Source:




Beaten by Odessa right-wing activists, ab Akkerman official remains in the hospital: he has a severe eye burn.

As a result of the attack by right-wing radicals and “Euro-Maydan” activists on May 18, the member of the executive committee of the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky City Council, Vasily Kashchy, has more serious consequences than it was believed.We remind that on May 18, a group of activists from Odessa arrived in Belgorod-Dnestrovsky in order to get the members of the executive committee of the local city council to vote “as they should” for the elaboration of a detailed plan for territories on which to construct a church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate. During the meeting, activists attacked the member of the executive committee Vasily Kashcha, beat him and poured a green* antiseptic on his face.

*“Zelyonka” (зелёнка=the green) is a dilute alcoholic solution of brilliant green, sold as a topical antiseptic in Eastern Europe and Russia. The compound may lead to serious injuries if it comes to contact with the eye. In Eastern European countries, especially in Russia, it is used to physically attack political opponents, see Zelyonka attack. (Wikipedia)





The Primorsky District Court refused to satisfy the petition of the prosecutor’s office to detain a career criminal Vladimir S., better known under the nickname “Shusharik”, detained yesterday in Odessa, and released him under house arrest. This information is reported by Ruslan Forostyak, an adviser to the head of the national police department in the Odessa region, on his Facebook page. According to him, the court did not take into account either the fact that during the detention of “Shusharik” there were found weapons and cartridges on him, or that he had also allegedly a significant amount of drugs on him. Apparently, the soft decision of the court was influenced by the presence in the hall of the “support group” of about 20 activists who demanded release of their comrade.





The Lviv regional council was seized by “right” activists. On the afternoon of May 30, about 100 activists broke into the session hall of the Lviv regional council: they threw several smoke bombs into the building and shouted nationalist slogans. Initially, activists of political and public organizations (“Freedom”, “Right Sector”, “National Corps”) gathered at the building of the Lviv regional council to demand that the deputies support the manifesto adopted by the nationalist forces in Kiev.”This manifesto is the basis for the continuation of the revolution of dignity. Manifesto on how to get out of the crisis in the country. The central government is not just the authorities in Kiev, but also people on the ground, ” explained the essence of the action a member of “Freedom” Ruslan Koshulinsky. However, after the action at the administration, the activists decided to show up also at the session of the regional council.

“They broke into the session hall, let the gas in, they declare themselves as representatives of nationalist organizations. Throwing smoke bombs, they shouted nationalist slogans. At the same time, a Russian-language accent was noticeable,” thus the local publication IA ZIK describes what was happening in the regional council.






The leader of the “National Corps”* threatens to storm regional councils throughout Ukraine. A non-factional MP and leader of the National Corps, Andrei Biletsky, said activists would storm regional councils in all regions of Ukraine, following the example of an assault in Lviv, demanding an amnesty for ATO participants.

*National Corps – a Ukrainian nationalist party, established on October 14, 2016 on the basis of the public organization Civil Corps “Azov.”

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April 2017


Activists of “Automaydan” and “Self-Defense of Odessa” attacked judges’ panel of the Malinovskiy district court of Odessa who consider the case of the accused in the explosion of the train at Slobodka in 2014.

According to the investigation, the accused, a resident of Transnistria Vladimir Dyachenko, in December 2014, laid an explosive device under a train in the area of ​​the railway station Zastava-1. However, the charges are based solely on confessions from Dyachenko himself, which he denied later in the courtroom, saying that investigators have obtained them through beating. Other evidence available to the investigation could not withstand any criticism: for example, witnesses called to court could not identify Dyachenko, etc.

As a result, the prosecutor’s office was faced with the probability of losing the case and hence began to delay its consideration: in particular, representatives of the state prosecution repeatedly failed to attend meetings without explaining the reasons.

When it was no longer possible to drag on the proceedings, activists of “patriotic” organizations joined the case. At a meeting on April 13 representatives of “Automaydan” and “Self Defense of Odessa” demanded that one of the members of the panel, Judge Perederko, write a statement of self-withdrawal on the grounds that the judge allegedly sympathizes with the separatists. If he had agreed, the case would have been referred to a new board, which would start considering the case from the very beginning. In this case, the prosecutor’s office would have received additional time to obtain new evidence of Dyachenko’s guilt – for example, to find arguments to convince him to admit his guilt.

However, Judge Perederko reasonably stated that the activists are not a party to the process and can not file any petitions. Then the activists attacked the judges, covered the entire hall with “zelyonka” [the green]*, and thereby disrupted the meeting, finally stating that there would not be a single session with Judge Perederko on this matter.

*“Zelyonka” (зелёнка=the green) is a dilute alcoholic solution of brilliant green, sold as a topical antiseptic in Eastern Europe and Russia. The compound may lead to serious injuries if it comes to contact with the eye. In Eastern European countries, especially in Russia, it is used to physically attack political opponents, see Zelyonka attack. (Wikipedia)





A session of the Odessa Region Court of Appeals in the case of the activist of the “EuroMaidan” Sergei Khodiak, accused of killing of an activist of the Kulikovo field, Yevgeny Losinsky, on May 2, 2014, was disrupted due to a telephone call about a booby trap in the building.

The investigation into the Khodiak’s case was completed in February 2015, after which the indictment was sent to the Primorsky Court. Since then, more than two years have passed, but the court has not even started to consider it. The reason is that court sessions were held under the pressure of Khodiak’s companions, who demanded to release him from criminal liability: they claim that he did not shoot anyone, and if he did, he acted out of patriotic motives and performed a feat rather than a crime. For example, on August 3, the People’s Deputy Igor Mosiychuk, accompanied by activists of the Radical Party, came to exert pressure on judges in Khodiak’s case.

On April 19, the court made another attempt to decide what to do further with the case, but once again it could not do it: the police received a message that an explosive device had been placed in the building of the court, in connection with which the court session was canceled.

It should be noted that all this time, Sergei Khodiak has been at liberty, unlike activists of Kulikovo Field, accused in the less serious articles of the Criminal Code. He takes an active part in various actions of “EuroMaidan”, incl. in persecution of judges and other participants in proceedings in regard to the events of May 2, 2014

Source: http://timer-odessa.net/news/v_odesse_sorvali_zasedanie_suda_po_delu_evromaydanovtsa_ubiytsi_572.html



The case of May 2: Sternenko calls his comrades to the Malinovsky court. The Malinovsky District Court of Odessa is considering the issue of the expediency of extending the measure of restraint for the accused in the case of the riots in Odessa on May 2, 2014.

The term of detention of the accused in custody expires on 3 May. The leader of the Odessa “Right” Sergei Sternenko has already called on all his supporters on his Facebook page to come and support the radicals in court in order not to let “separatists” go free. Currently, about 15 representatives of the “Right Sector” are in the courtroom and near the building.




March 2017


In 2016, there were recorded 170 cases of pressure on judges in Odessa and Odessa region, while 850 sessions were disrupted due to false reports of booby-traps.

This is reported in a message published on the website of the Economic Court of Appeals of the Odessa region. The department claims that in 2016, the number of episodes of pressure on judges increased by 35%, compared to 2015, which, according to the authors of the document, is due to inactivity of law enforcement agencies in dealing with those who resort to such pressure – primarily, various “activists”.





The so-called headquarters of the blockade of Donbass has put forward an ultimatum to the Ukrainian government, to be fulfilled by the latter until April 2, otherwise blockers will pass to the second phase of their plan.

This was stated by the head of participants of the blockade Anatoly Vinogrodsky at a press conference.

“The blockade headquarters had only two demands: to release our prisoners of war and to pass a law on the occupied territories. To date, state leaders are doing everything to make sure that these requirements are not fulfilled. In this regard, we pass to the second stage of the blockade. We give the government time until April 2 to sign contracts for the supply of coal from countries that do not conduct military actions with Ukraine, as well as review their policies on trade with Russia. Starting on April 2, our observation posts, which will have been installed by that time on all major railway crossings to Russia, will begin an active phase of the blockade. First of all, we will stop passage of any coal from the Russian Federation, “he said. In addition, participants of the blockade of Donbass intend to close all the branches of “Sberbank of Russia” all over Ukraine on their own. “We give 2 weeks to all depositors of Sberbank of Russia to withdraw funds from there. We support Minister of Internal Affairs Arseniy Avakov, who stated that actions of this bank are anti-Ukrainian and anti-law. Therefore, if in two weeks the government does not bother to close this enterprise, we will close it ourselves – all the branches that exist in Ukraine, ” Vinogrodsky summed up.





An activist of the Odessa “EuroMaidan”, a member of the “Democratic Alliance” party, Pavel Lenets, believes that a forced dispersal of participants in the action to block the trade with the Donbas will mark the beginning of the end of the Poroshenko regime.

He wrote about this on his Facebook page. “I think the date 03.13.17 will become a new historical date in Ukraine,” writes Lenets. “The forced dispersal by the authorities of ATO veterans blocking trade with military adversaries and invaders will be the first day of the current authorities’ decline.”





South Ukrainian participants in the antiterrorist operation will hold a protest of unlimited duration in connection with the forced dispersal of the blockade of the Toretsky Redoubt (former city of Dzerzhinsk) in the Donetsk region.

This is stated in a letter by the head of the South Ukrainian NGO “Warriors and Veterans of ATO” Vitaly Fukolyak to the city head of Yuzhnoukrainsk Victor Parokonnoy.

The action will be held on March 15 at 17:00 at Friendship of Peoples St, 1, where the local branch of the Security Service of Ukraine is located. Veterans and participants of the ATO demand that the President Petr Poroshenko obey the Constitution; they demand from the Verkhovna Rada an adoption of the law on the occupied territories and from the Cabinet of Ministers an adoption of a resolution on the blockade of the temporarily occupied territories and the Russian Federation.

In addition, ATO fighters demand to punish the head of the Interior Ministry Arsen Avakov, deputy head of the National Police Abroskina and to condemn actions of the head of the Anti-Terrorist center of SBU Malikov. In the event of a forced dispersal of the blockade, ATO members reserve the right to seize city institutions with weapons in their hands. “We warn that with further attempts to forcefully disperse the blockade, we reserve the right to conduct any actions or blockades of any institutions with weapons in hands to protect our brothers and Ukrainian citizens, as well as Ukraine’s borders,” the letter says.




February 2017


Pro-Maidan activists, who disrupted today a round table on the Minsk agreements in Mykolayiv, were managed from the outside.

This opinion was expressed in a telephone comment by the deputy of the regional council, the head of the territorial council of the “Ukrainian Choice” in the Mykolayiv region Maxim Nevenchany: “At the moment (16:20) I’ve just left the police station of the Central District. Local policemen were hardly able to liberate me from an illegal restraint by radicals: I was not allow me to pass, pushed in a circle, they beat me in the stomach, into the kidneys. Accused that the war is my fault and the fault of people like me. It was possible to talk to some of the “activists” who came, but several people were present in their ranks who prevented a possibility of dialogue. ”





A session of the Malinovsky District Court scheduled for February 10 in the case of the tragic events of May 2, 2014 was interrupted.

The reason was the riots in the hall. At the present time, law-enforcers are removing accused defendants from the hall.

UPDATED. Activists of right organizations kind continue coming to the court building. In their opinion, the court can postpone the meeting, since new lawyers of the accused ask for time to get acquainted with the case materials. Otherwise the accused would be freed, as the term of preventive detainment expires on Tuesday, February 14.





On February 13, law enforcers seized weapons from Ukrainian nationalists who came to a session of the Malinovsky district court of Odessa in the case of bloody riots of May 2, 2014.

This was announced by the head of the department of preventive activities of the Main Directorate of the National Police of Ukraine in the Odessa region Ivan Ischenko. “Employees of the special police battalion found objects dangerous to life and health of people on two activists who came to the court session – a telescopic baton and a Stalker gun. An investigative and operational group is working on the scene, ” Ishchenko wrote on his Facebook page, adding that at the moment they decide the question of entering information about the incident in the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations.