Far-right activist “Manson” on trial in Kyiv for killing of pro-Russian journalist Buzina

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Article by: Oleksandr Volodarskyi

Andriy Medvedko, also known under his alias “Manson”, is a 26-year-old far-right activist who has recently been named as the main suspect in the murder of Oles Buzina, a Ukrainian publicist who was known for his explicit pro-Russian views and was found dead in April of 2015. As of now the police have two suspects in custody, one of them Andriy Medvedko, a fighter of Kyiv-2 battalion, ATO veteran. Before joining the Kyiv-2 battalion, “Manson” had been a member of C14 – the most influential far-right street group, one which had changed its course of action with the beginning of ATO but is now making a comeback into political hooliganism.

The most common rhetoric which can be heard in defense of the suspects in this murder case can be described in two ways: the first insists that they are innocent ATO fighters being framed by the police due to their having taken a stand against corruption, while the second claims they are brave patriots who should be rewarded for having eliminated an enemy. Sadly, both points can sometimes be heard from the same people, which means that the contradiction of them is going straight over their heads. Needless to say, this doesn’t make the defense any more believable.

This, as well as the recent arrest of the “Tornado” fighters, clearly demonstrates that the ultra-right didn’t get the license for violence they thought they did. It is true that in January they were the main storm force at Maidan, but in February their place was taken by the apolitical Samooborona (“Self-Defense”). The same applies to the armed forces. In the spring of 2014, voluntary battalions, whose numbers contained many far-right activists, had been the core of Ukraine’s defense. Today, most military operations are conducted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and most of the volunteers and those who help them do not share this far-right ideology. Furthermore, the far-right volunteers are usually the ones the army blames for misconduct, both tactical and reputational, as these are the units who are generally most likely to disobey orders and act on their own. The harm inflicted by these units can sometimes even outweigh the good they do.

Therefore, even though the modern Ukrainian government can be blamed for many things, it cannot be accused of acting illogically. This means that the so-called “repressions against patriots” are going to continue for however long said patriots are going to assume they are above the law. Although, admittedly, this will cause many problems to those who are still theorizing about the “fascist junta in Ukraine”: most probably, they are going to have to raise the level of absurdity in their mythology, otherwise the junta myth is not going to last.

Translated by: Jay Jaroslav
Edited by: Melodia Kouklewsky
Source: shiitman.net

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  • Kruton

    Killing Bolshevik savages is God’s work,they should build a monument to this brave man!No man is guilty if he kills a communist!Glory to Right Sector!

    • MPK

      Agree; this is no different than killing russian or separatist scum in the Donbas. Ukraine is fighting a war against russia – a UKR citizen killed somebody guilty of treason in a time of war… Where is the crime??

      • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

        Idiоt number one in this thread.

        • Kruton

          Death to all Putlerite child rapers and killers of old women!Glory to Azov batt.

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

            Confirmed diagnosis.

    • Nowhere Girl

      Life is life, regardless of political views.

      • Kruton

        Stalin shot his wife in the face.

      • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

        Where do you come from?

    • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

      Glory to Right Sector?
      Another Idiоt.

      • Kruton

        Stop murdering children and old women Communist pig!

        • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

          No need to confirm my conclusion. Take your needs and go to bed.

        • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

          Communist pig?

          An old hippie stuck in 1960s. Pity you.

    • Murf

      I disagree.
      I don’t want Ukraine to become all that it abhors in their former overlords.
      It’s not enough just to win.
      You have to deserve it.

      • Kruton

        Agree to disagree.

  • Oknemfrod

    First, neither Medvedko nor the other man arrested have been convicted. Therefore, they are innocent until proven guilty.
    Second, the author had better explain what it is exactly that he means by “right” and especially “far-right ideology”. It appears he thinks that these things are somehow intuitive or rather can be understood by guilt association, akin to “Far right? Oh, that’s like the Right Sector”. If so, I’d like the author to point it to me in the Right Sector Party program (for all on their web site to behold) what part of their “ideology” he finds objectionable and how it is “far right” in his understanding what “far right” is (so a coherent definition is due first).

    • Nomid

      I agree… The Author seems to be skating over some apparent inconsistensies…
      “far right ideology” as you said Oknemfrod, a descriptive “catch all” And intutive? Only if guilt by association is allready being thought about.. Ah, I Digress.. You were saying something about a coherent definition? The party program, and the objectionable behalf?… I have it the same as you, it is a very vague and undescriptive “far right” that is being pulled here? MHH, No?

      • Oknemfrod

        Thanks, Nomid, – “guilt by association” is exactly the expression I was looking for when writing and could not find. Assigning a label (in this case, “far right”) is a typical appeal to emotion (“everyone knows far right is bad!), and taking about the Right Sector at the same time is a typical ad hominem fallacy known as ergo decedo.
        It’s one thing to use pre-defined monikers as used in science where everybody agrees on what exactly they encompass – and quite another to throw a word without any explanation what is being meant by it in political discourse. In Russia, everyone opposing Putin is a “fascist”. To some people in the US, everyone voting Rep is a “right-winger”, to others – anyone who votes Dem is a “libtard”, and so on, and so forth. None of that makes any sense to me. Not sure what “MHH” means ;).

        • Nomid

          The MHH, Is the equivalent of a grunt.. a low vocalisation, going with the big MM and proceding into the low H…. As in LVIV (o; It takes a couple of realisatitons an then you kick yourself (o;

          • Oknemfrod

            I see, thanks.

          • Nomid

            I edited… Please indulge me and read again…

          • Nomid

            I will ask you to be my proofreader… You have a grasp of the english language I am not that familliar with…. As said… As to Medveko, is he going to be another nail in the coffin of the lie of the “junta”? He most certainly is if you ask me…

          • Oknemfrod

            By all means, Nomid, be my guest, yet keep in mind that I’m not a native English speaker, either. As far as I can see, you’re doing fine. If I knew Danish half per cent as well as you do English, I’d be elated.

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Har du nogensinde tjekke din postkasse? :)

          • Nomid

            Vil jeg da gøre nu (o;

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Jeg skrev til dig samme dag, du gav mig din e-mailadresse. Det var bare en kort “hej”. Måske jeg stavet forkert adresse?

          • Nomid

            Måske… [email protected] jeg må sige at dit dansk er ret godt.. Det er en god oversætter du har

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Hans navn er Google Translator :) Jeg gætter det er let at oversætte fra engelsk til dansk. Hvis jeg prøvede at oversætte fra polsk, jeg er sikker på du ville ikke forstå noget :) Google Translator er hjælpeløs med slaviske sprog :)

          • Nomid

            I like that google guy! I was pretty sure it was him.. I am just surprised at how good he has gotten lately (o;

          • Nomid

            But yes… I have tried him on Russian and Ukrainian, he just fails miserably

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

            Despite it is owned by ethnic Russian Sergei Brin – haha.

          • Nomid

            Hmm.. No mail..

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Strange… Ok. My e-mail is [email protected].

          • Nomid

            I just sended you a test mail

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            I know :)

  • puttypants

    I agree with Oknemfrod these men need a fair trial. They are being pronounce guilty before trail.

    • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

      If you demand being unbiased for one side, you must do the same for the other.
      But it’s not your rule. You prefer hypocritical justice.

      • Kruton

        We prefer dead Bolshevik murderers!