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



2015/06/18 - 16:37 • News

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).

  • 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!