Nazi leader killed in Ukraine

by our European Affairs correspondent

A leading neo-nazi has been gunned-down by Ukrainian security as the Kiev-regime desperately tries to clean up its act in the face of mounting international concern at the growing fascist influence within the “interim” government and across the whole of the west of the country.

But while the Kiev regime struggles to hold together the alliance of neo-nazi and nationalist leaders that overthrew the legitimate government last month, its authority in the east and south of the country is diminishing by the day. Unable to rely on the loyalty of the existing army and police the puppet government is now considering hiring foreign mercenaries to put down the protests.

Meanwhile US and European imperialism is stepping up its anti-Russian efforts following the formal admittance of the Crimean Republic into the Russian Federation. They’ve frozen Russia’s participation in the Group of Eight (G8) and Visa and Mastercard temporarily blocked the bank card operations of several US-sanctioned Russian banks.

The Russians have responded by moving to launch their own card payment system either through an existing Russian bank or in partnership with the Chinese UnionPay card, which is operates under the supervision of the People’s Bank of China.

Huge anti-Kiev regime protests are sweeping the provinces dominated by the pro-Russian Party of the Regions. Some are calling for the return of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia in February. Others want union with Russia. All are demanding greater autonomy and a federal constitution. In Odessa, the third largest city in Ukraine and the biggest port in the country over 25,000 people chanted “Russia! Russia” when they took to the streets last weekend to demand the release of the leader of the People’s Alternative co-ordination council and an end to the persecution of activists accused of separatism.

Aleksandr Muzychko, one of the leaders of the neo-nazi Right Sector movement, was killed during a gun-battle between his followers and the police outside a café in the western Ukrainian city of Rovno. The man who only recently vowed to fight against “Jews and Russians until I die” was killed “resisting arrest” though some of his men claim he was taken prisoner and shot dead later.

Muzychko, also known as “Sashko Bili”, had fought in the Soviet army in Afghanistan. But following the collapse of the Soviet Union and Ukrainian independence he embraced the ideas of Ukrainian Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera and led a bunch of thugs to join the rebels fighting the Russians in the Russian Caucasus. He was put on an international wanted list on suspicion of torturing and murdering at least 20 Russian servicemen in Chechnya in the early 2000s and tried in absentia by a court in southern Russia earlier this month.

Following the defeat of the Chechen rebels he returned to Ukraine and turned to organised crime before coming to the fore during the “Maidan Square” protests in Kiev, which brought down the Yanukovych government. His militia controls part of western Ukraine and his movement was a major ally of the neo-nazi Svoboda party that wants to free Ukraine from the “Muscovite- Jewish mafia” and has four ministers in the “interim” government.

Though Muzychko and his militia led many of the violent clashes in Kiev his base was in Rovno. The man, who never appeared in public without a Kalashnikov, terrorised the town half-throttling a public prosecutor during an argument and promising to hang the new interior minister “like a dog” for daring to threaten to arrest him. Now, no longer of further use to imperialism, his death was the obvious resolution to an increasing embarrassment to his former allies.