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Ukrainian crisis and the “Left”: Necessary clarification

Ukrainian civil war caused another heavy blow to those social forces in Russia, who call themselves “left”, “anti-fascist” or “anarchist movement”. Unable to withstand the tests about the infamous “national question”, or more precisely the examination on internationalism, this milieu splinted into supporters of one of the bourgeois camp who grappled with each other in the struggle for power in Ukraine.

The logic of support of Maidan coup and the regime in Kiev established by it, on the one hand, or of pro-Russian regimes in Donetsk and Lugansk, declared their secession from Kiev, on the other hand, inevitably led their apologists to the justification either of imperialist interests of NATO, or 0f predatory expansionism of Kremlin – that is, those powers which confront each other on the Ukrainian soil through their puppets and satellites.

The failure of the “left”

Many of the “left wingers” and “anarchists” in the former “Soviet Union” long time ago abandoned internationalist position and – in the pursuit of popularity in the “masses” – were ready to compromise with the various forms of nationalism. The Ukrainian war was the push that helped complete this evolution toward “right”. The left camp in Ukraine crashed into two main groups. The Leninists of “Borotba”, faced with open anti-left and Ukrainian nationalist rhetoric and practice of the Maidan, in fact, supported the opposing “Antimaydan” movement and declared the pro-Russian eruptions in the East of the country “anti-fascist”, despite of an active presence of ultra right-wingers on the very first roles in these activities. At the same time, leaders of the “Autonomous workers union” (AST) not only welcomed Maidan as “antidictatorial” protest, despite the leading role of ultra-rightist fighters on Maidan, but then got up on the side of Ukrainian centralized bourgeois state, denying any existence of dissatisfaction with the Kiev coup in the East of the country and reducing the whole problem solely to the aggressive actions of the Kremlin. Some groups suffered a brutal split. For example, some members of platformist RKAS went to the Maidan, others condemned the struggle for power in Kiev, but then proclaimed the intention to defend the “homeland against the aggressor”, Russia, the third is rumored to have entered into military formations of separatist “Donetsk People`s Republic” (DPR)…

No less confusion reigned among the Russian “left”. Some people (including most of the “anarchists”) from the outset sympathized Maidan as the alleged “people`s” and “self-organized” movement, ready to justify a tactical alliance with the Ukrainian nationalists and ultra-rightists. Someone supports Kiev in its conflict with the East and the Kremlin, guided by simplest “anti-Putin” motives and by the motto “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Others are still in captivity of idea of “progressive” national “liberation” movements, and have seen in the Maidan orientation toward NATO a manifestation of the progressive struggle against centuries-old yoke of “Russian Empire”. Fourth group, on the contrary, leaned in favor of the Republics of Donbass or even began to express more or less cautious support for the Kremlin’s policy by announcing the Russian imperialism a counterweight to “more terrible” enemy – imperialism of the West. Fifth group continues to declare the insurgency in the East an anti-fascist manifestation, claiming that “anti-fascism” should unite the entire political spectrum from the ultra-right-wing up to the ultra-leftists. Sixth tendency interprets the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the secession of Ukrainian East in the sense of “the right to self-determination” …

The inability of most of the “left” (in the broadest sense of the word) movement in Ukraine and Russia to take a consistently internationalist position in this conflict, of course, is not an accident, and – unfortunately – not a surprise. Its roots are the same, that once, with the onset of the First World War, splinted the Second International: nationalism, patriotism, statism and political logic of opportunism (“lesser evil” and “graduality”).

The position of KRAS-IWA

The anarcho-syndicalists of Russia from the outset took a position against all confronting bourgeois groups in Ukraine and against the imperialist powers behind them – NATO and Russia. Our anti-nationalism was formulated clearly in the statement “war on war” signed by the Russian section of the IWA in early March. We condemned the struggle for power between the oligarchic clans in Ukraine, manifested in the confrontation between the Maidan and Antimaydan, and we emphasized expansionary policy of powers with regard to Ukraine, which has become a bone of contention between the emerging military-political blocs. Even before the annexation of the Crimea, we warned that “Russian capitalism intends to use redistribution of Ukrainian state power in order to implement their long-standing imperial and expansionist aspirations in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine where it has strong economic, financial and political interests. On the background of the next round of the impending economic crisis in Russia, the regime is trying to stoking Russian nationalism to divert attention from the growing workers’ socio-economic problems: poverty wages and pensions, dismantling of available health care, education and other social services. In the thunder of the nationalist and militant rhetoric it is easier to complete the formation of a corporate, authoritarian state based on reactionary conservative values and repressive policies”. And we warned from the interests and aspirations of Western powers too, because “their intervention in the conflict could lead to World War III” (http://www.aitrus.info/node/3607)

We were well aware that – in the situation of the current weakness – the workers movement and of the social-revolutionary forces in the Ukraine and Russia will hardly be able at this stage to provide an organized resistance to the war. But this does not mean that they should not resist the nationalist hysteria and they must go to shed their blood for the interests of their masters, whoever they may be. We called for the deployment of a wide antinationalist, anti-war, anti-capitalist and antistatist agitation, seeing it as a necessary step on the way toward the future social-revolutionary upsurge.

This internationalist position was reaffirmed in an extensive interview that one of our militants gave to German anti-militarist libertarian newspaper “Graswurzelrevolution”. Although he did it in a personal manner, his words reflect on this issue the point of view of our organization. The comrade said that “pro-Russian movement in the East and in the Crimea is as heterogeneous as the Maidan. And just in the same degree nationalist and reactionary in its predominant orientation. The leaders of pro-Russian forces in the Crimea are prominent representatives of the local Russian-speaking bourgeoisie”. He said about “the participation of Russian (Russian-speaking) ultra-rightists in the current anti-Kiev protests in the east, south of Ukraine and Crimea. First of all, they are the Cossacks, which are now something like the KKK in the United States, and members of various pro-fascist groups”.

Of course, special attention was paid in the interview to the plans and actions of the imperialist powers. “It is clear that Putin’s regime took advantage of the chaotic situation in Ukraine in order to carry out its own hegemonic plans”, our comrade said. “The interests of the Russian state and capital in the Crimea are diverse. Geopolitically, Russia sees itself as a regional superpower, which claims at least for hegemony in the former space of the “Soviet Union”. Ukraine has become a conflict zone in the imperialist contradictions between Russia and the EU. In contrast to association projects of Ukraine with the EU, Moscow launched membership of the southern neighbor in the block under its domination, the Customs Union. Logically, Russia is not would like to tolerate an anti-Russian government in Kiev. (…) Putin’s regime even prefer to take the risk to find a stable and lasting enemy with future revanchist aspirations in Kiev, only to capture the region of Crimea. Crimea is for the Russian state of great military importance. There are the main bases of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, and these term expires in 2017. From a strategic point of view, the peninsula jutting out into the deep sea is the key to the Black Sea. And possible prospects of Ukraine’s membership in NATO scares the Russian government. Also and economic interests having an importance. Russian capitalists make their business in the Crimea and have real estate there. New profitable projects are in planning. (…)The information about the presence of rich oil and gas resources in the sea in the vicinity of the Crimea gives the additional excitement”. Finally,” there are clear internal political motives (for the intervention). The Russian government is increasingly intensifying its neo-liberal policies of austerity, and on the background of very low salaries. Many analysts based on the fact that the economic crisis in the country this year will worsen. So that incitement to nationalist and military hysteria is the best means to distract discontent of population, which is pushed to patriotically close ranks around the government “.

“(…) We have to deal with competing imperialisms, with another round of struggle for the re-division of the world”, our comrade said. “In the world, there are many players: imperial aspirations of the USA, China, etc. Each state would like to expand its influence and to imperial policy. Not everyone can, but everyone wishes. Hence hypocrisy on all sides. Each state allows such a policy to itself, but denies it to everyone else. I think that the first and most urgent task of the anti-nationalist is to unmask this position and such a situation and to explain it as much as possible to general population. We have always – and as systematically as we can – to explain that the imperial policy and militarism are inseparable part of the system. If we can not contribute to a change of consciousness, we can never break the discursive domination of capitalist-statist system”(http://www.aitrus.info/node/3650)

The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on

Since then, our position has not changed. We continue to oppose NATO and the Kremlin, Kiev and Donetsk-Lugansk, Maidan and Antimaydan. Our slogan is still all the same: “A plague on both your houses, bourgeois!”

But adherence to principle annoying the Russian and Ukrainian “left” which are restless in the chaos. Forgetting what it is, they are willing to condemn any loyalty to the (betrayed by them) ideals of internationalism and class resistance as something naive, marginal and sectarian, and if they can`t, then simply to slander it.

It is clear that today we are burning hatred by both the advocates of Maidan / Kiev and the adherents of the Donetsk and Lugansk “people`s” republics (DPR & LPR) / Kremlin. Someone really does not understand how you can not support any of the warring parties: because politics it’s “art of the possible”. It is useful to reminder to such persons that the anarcho-syndicalists did not engage in “politics” in their understanding, so to get such a sparrow, we simply do not need to bend down. We are not interested in the names and covers of politicians, but in the struggle for social and economic interests of working people.

Someone lives in the logic of Stalinist State prosecutor Vyshinsky: “Who is not with us is against us”. Bifurcating the world schizophrenically, these people believe that anyone not supporting “liberation struggle of the Ukrainian people” (under the leadership of patriotic oligarchs, of course) is direct or indirect agent of the Kremlin. Not being a psychiatrist, we do not know how to treat their political schizophrenia.

Finally, there are those who prefer to just open lies and slander. So there were liars, who invent that the KRAS-IWA refuses to criticize the pro-Russian republics in Eastern Ukraine and even supposedly supports them.

Anyone who understands the logic of our position and who is familiar with the above quote, can notice very easy that this is certainly not the case. Yes, there were more material about social problems and anti-war protests in the area controlled by the Kiev regime on our website until now. But it is, first and foremost, because there was no coherent information on these topics from the areas controlled by the separatists. We know nothing about strikes broke out in these areas, if there are protests against the war, rising prices, mobilization… As soon as we receive the relevant information, we intend to publish and distribute them in the same way as we do with the materials about strikes in the Crimea annexed by Russia.

Nevertheless, in order to avoid any misunderstanding (we believe unnecessary to refute open slander of our enemies), we can only confirm frankly that we don`t consider the regimes of DPR/LPR some “better” than the Kiev regime. Even with all the widely scattered and fragmentary nature of objective information, we have enough sufficient grounds for this opinion:

– The regimes of DPR and LPR are bourgeois (as the regime of Kiev). At the head of them, there are representatives of the local middle or petty bourgeoisie and the security forces, and behind them is quite clearly seen the interests of large Russian corporations, repeatedly sent their trusted men to the governing structures of these republics;

– The regimes in Eastern Ukraine are extremely nationalistic, but, in contrast to Kiev, it is not Ukrainian nationalism but Russian. To see this, it is enough not only to get acquainted with the constitution of the DPR saturated with the Black Hundreds style exclamations about “Russian World” and “Russian civilization”, about the primacy of Orthodox Christianity and traditional values, but also to listen to or read the relevant statements of statesmen and military leaders of the two republics. Evidence of this give also direct references of these leaders to the traditions of the Russian White Guards.

– The regimes in eastern Ukraine (as well as in Kiev) are ready to receive support from their own and foreign neo-fascists. It is hardly possible to believe that the militants of “Russian national unity”, of “National bolshevist party”, the Cossacks and the heirs of the White Guards are something “better” than the battalion “Azov”, an openly neo-Nazi Ukrainian unit of “the National Guard.”

– The regimes in Eastern Ukraine are extremely repressive (as in Kiev). International human rights organizations fix numerous human rights violations in the both zones of the country. As in the territory controlled by the Kiev authorities, the DPR and LPR installed and practice censorship, the political opponents are persecuted; arrests, kidnappings and beatings occur. Of both parts of Ukraine, there are reports about forced mobilization in the army or the construction of fortifications. In August, the DPR adopted a law on the establishment of courts-martial and the restoration of the death penalty. We have no reliable information about who and when it was executed, but the fact that such laws are extremely disturbing .

– The regimes in Eastern Ukraine are antisocial (though, unlike the Kiev government, yet do not follow the dictates of the IMF and the EU in matters of “austerity”). None of the leaders of the republics doesn`t want to encroach on the property of the capitalists; there is no information about any attempts to freeze prices, to raise the salary or to declare additional social guarantees…

Enough said. Those “leftists” who can declare their support for such regimes, are just out of mind … or they are not more than “left” fig leaf of the bourgeoisie.

Anarcho-syndicalists remain in their principled positions. We have never supported, will not support and will not support any state, any ruling class, or any bourgeois or national movement. Our course toward social revolution and anarchy is unchanged. Here we stand and we can do none other.


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Using Ukraine to Cook the Planet
The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress – one in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6), one in the Senate (S. 2083) – that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean itself from Putin’s fossil fuels, and enhancing US national security.

According to Cory Gardner, the Republican congressman who introduced the House bill, “opposing this legislation is like hanging up on a 911 call from our friends and allies”. And that might be true – as long as your friends and allies work at Chevron and Shell, and the emergency is the need to keep profits up amid dwindling supplies of conventional oil and gas.

For this ploy to work, it’s important not to look too closely at details. Like the fact that much of the gas probably won’t make it to Europe – because what the bills allow is for gas to be sold on the world market to any country belonging to the World Trade Organisation.

Or the fact that for years the industry has been selling the message that Americans must accept the risks to their land, water and air that come with hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in order to help their country achieve “energy independence”. And now, suddenly and slyly, the goal has been switched to “energy security”, which apparently means selling a temporary glut of fracked gas on the world market, thereby creating energy dependencies abroad.

And most of all, it’s important not to notice that building the infrastructure necessary to export gas on this scale would take many years in permitting and construction – a single LNG terminal can carry a $7bn price tag, must be fed by a massive, interlocking web of pipelines and compressor stations, and requires its own power plant just to generate energy sufficient to liquefy the gas through super-cooling. By the time these massive industrial projects are up and running, Germany and Russia may well be fast friends. But by then few will remember that the crisis in Crimea was the excuse seized upon by the gas industry to make its longstanding export dreams come true, regardless of the consequences to the communities getting fracked or to the planet getting cooked.

I call this knack for exploiting crisis for private gain the shock doctrine, and it shows no signs of retreating. We all know how the shock doctrine works: during times of crisis, whether real or manufactured, our elites are able to ram through unpopular policies that are detrimental to the majority under cover of emergency. Sure there are objections – from climate scientists warning of the potent warming powers of methane, or local communities that don’t want these high-risk export ports on their beloved coasts. But who has time for debate? It’s an emergency! A 911 call ringing! Pass the laws first, think about them later.

Plenty of industries are good at this ploy, but none is more adept at exploiting the rationality-arresting properties of crisis than the global gas sector.

For the past four years the gas lobby has used the economic crisis in Europe to tell countries like Greece that the way out of debt and desperation is to open their beautiful and fragile seas to drilling. And it has employed similar arguments to rationalise fracking across North America and the United Kingdom.

Now the crisis du jour is conflict in Ukraine, being used as a battering ram to knock down sensible restrictions on natural gas exports and push through a controversial free-trade deal with Europe. It’s quite a deal: more corporate free-trade polluting economies and more heat-trapping gases polluting the atmosphere – all as a response to an energy crisis that is largely manufactured.

Against this backdrop it’s worth remembering – irony of ironies – that the crisis the natural gas industry has been most adept at exploiting is climate change itself.

Never mind that the industry’s singular solution to the climate crisis is to dramatically expand an extraction process in fracking that releases massive amounts of climate-destabilising methane into our atmosphere. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases – 34 times more powerful at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, according to the latest estimates by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And that is over a 100-year period, with methane’s power dwindling over time.

It’s far more relevant, argues the Cornell University biochemist Robert Howarth, one of the world’s leading experts on methane emissions, to look at the impact in the 15- to 20-year range, when methane has a global-warming potential that is a staggering 86-100 times greater than carbon dioxide. “It is in this time frame that we risk locking ourselves into very rapid warming,” he said on Wednesday.

And remember: you don’t build multibillion-dollar pieces of infrastructure unless you plan on using them for at least 40 years. So we are responding to the crisis of our warming planet by constructing a network of ultra-powerful atmospheric ovens. Are we mad?

Not that we know how much methane is actually released by drilling and fracking and all their attendant infrastructure. Even while the natural gas industry touts its “lower than coal!” carbon dioxide emissions, it has never systematically measured its fugitive methane leaks, which waft from every stage of the gas extraction, processing, and distribution process – from the well casings and the condenser valves to the cracked pipelines under Harlem neighbourhoods. The gas industry itself, in 1981, came up with the clever pitch that natural gas was a “bridge” to a clean energy future. That was 33 years ago. Long bridge. And the far bank still nowhere in view.

And in 1988 – the year that the climatologist James Hansen warned Congress, in historic testimony, about the urgent problem of global warming – the American Gas Association began to explicitly frame its product as a response to the “greenhouse effect”. It wasted no time, in other words, selling itself as the solution to a global crisis that it had helped create.

The industry’s use of the crisis in Ukraine to expand its global market under the banner of “energy security” must be seen in the context of this uninterrupted record of crisis opportunism. Only this time many more of us know where true energy security lies. Thanks to the work of top researchers such as Mark Jacobson and his Stanford team, we know that the world can, by the year 2030, power itself entirely with renewables. And thanks to the latest, alarming reports from the IPCC, we know that doing so is now an existential imperative.

This is the infrastructure we need to be rushing to build – not massive industrial projects that will lock us into further dependency on dangerous fossil fuels for decades into the future. Yes, these fuels are still needed during the transition, but more than enough conventionals are on hand to carry us through: extra-dirty extraction methods such as tar sands and fracking are simply not necessary. As Jacobson said in an interview just this week: “We don’t need unconventional fuels to produce the infrastructure to convert to entirely clean and renewable wind, water and solar power for all purposes. We can rely on the existing infrastructure plus the new infrastructure [of renewable generation] to provide the energy for producing the rest of the clean infrastructure that we’ll need … Conventional oil and gas is much more than enough.”

Given this, it’s up to Europeans to turn their desire for emancipation from Russian gas into a demand for an accelerated transition to renewables. Such a transition – to which European nations are committed under the Kyoto protocol – can easily be sabotaged if the world market is flooded with cheap fossil fuels fracked from the US bedrock. And indeed Americans Against Fracking, which is leading the charge against the fast-tracking of LNG exports, is working closely with its European counterparts to prevent this from happening.

Responding to the threat of catastrophic warming is our most pressing energy imperative. And we simply can’t afford to be distracted by the natural gas industry’s latest crisis-fuelled marketing ploy.

Ukraine Riots – The New Cold War


news  The laws which were passed on January 16th showed that the faction of the ruling class which now control the government is ready to install a reactionary bourgeois dictatorship on the model of the Latin American regimes of the 1970s. The “dictatorship laws” criminalize any protest and limit the freedom of speech. After dystopian laws were enacted, protestors seized the capital. “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” That’s a text message that thousands of Ukrainian protesters spontaneously received on their cell phones as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went into effect. It was the regime’s police force, sending protesters the perfectly dystopian text message to accompany the newly minted, perfectly dystopian legislation, which further ignited riots. A peaceful protest in Ukraine has grown violent over the past 72 hours as police and government agents are responding to protesters with incredible brutality. The Government in Ukraine has shown incredible force against once peaceful protesters who are now promising to “attack” if the president does not step down.

In the morning of January 23, the number of the killed constituted newsfrom 5 to 7 persons. The Ukrainian government has killed and tortured protesters, and just recently approved the use of water cannons in cold weather. Death squads are also in action. Special forces are also using pinpoint firing against protesters, and not only from traumatic guns. It has been reported that protesters are disappearing from hospitals; According to confirmed information, two people were kidnapped from a hospital and tortured, one activist, Yuri Verbitsky, was later found tortured and killed in the woods near a protest. Another protester who was killed, according to a photo of his body, was shot in his heart – a victim of a sniper.

It’s not just Kiev engulfed in the flames of protests, demonstrations are going on in many other Ukrainian cities. In some of them (mostly cities in western Ukraine) protesters have attempted and even been successful in seizing local administration buildings. Protesters, who seized the Trade Unions Building and Kiev’s mayoral office, have “a fair quantity” of guns. Ignorant Anti-Semitic violence has begun with beatings, by the purge of Nazi supporters coming out of the chaos. On January 25, Ukraine’s president offered the opposition leader the prime minister post, in a show of desperation to quell riots, but no one cares.

While protests rage in Ukraine, globalists prepare for Davos and the World Economic Forum. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov won’t be attending Davos however, as the organization ’disinvited’ him, the official stance suggesting it is due to the chaos raging in his home country. The destabilization has connections reportedly to John McCain, George Soros and pro-EU agenda – U.S. political energy interests. The Davos rejection may be less about protestor deaths and more likely about Ukraine’s refusal to work with the IMF and it’s energy deals with Russia.

As Ukraine’s revolution seeks justice, John McCain’s pro-EU movement rebels are causing chaos igniting further civil war in the nation. McCain’s ‘movement’ for a pro-NATO government is creating chaos. Russia is targeted to relieve its powers as the ‘War on Terror’ and Global Revolution march onwards. Other protests, angry with the big banking cabals, have pointed financial terror organized by the Rothschild banks to rip Ukraine apart. By well orchestrated and foreign backed insurrections all over the country, Ukraine is prepared to “negotiate” ; the surrender of her National Sovereignty.

The cold war is not over as far as U.S./NATO are concerned. This is another attempt by the imperial West to destabilise Russia’s allies (Syria, Iran, Georgia, Ukraine etc) so that Russia can eventually be encircled and contained by U.S./NATO friendly countries. This is also the purpose of the U.S./NATO missile defense shield that W. Bush pushed for to fulfill the PNAC agenda. On top of it all, Obama’s Syria War failed to ignite the regional war that was required, as NATO Chief General Wesley Clark exposed publicly. The West is in no position to criticize the democratically elected Ukrainian government. Remember what the U.S. government did to the mostly peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters? They were violently rounded up, arrested and labelled as terrorists. The protests were quashed. Individuals associated with the movement are under surveillance in the expanding police state.

Police in Kiev face serious challenges, as nothing can justify the vicious beatings documented. Ukraine has said NO to the EU once. Now look what’s happening… The problem is hate. Fear. Anger. False Ego. Greed. Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and Libya have fallen to central bank invasions, collapse, and drone bombings. Bush’s AFRICOM division has expanded across Africa. Egypt’s Revolution ended after the U.S. armed and financed the military coup takeover. Revolutions have sparked across South America in Mexico, Brazil, Chile… Nations everywhere are at war. We are living in war and so many are acting like its just another day. That is the problem…. What is happening in Ukraine is very important. End this madness. Save the world and end war. Evolve and don’t look back.

You might also be interested in:
1) Ukrainian protesters Received Visit From John McCain
2) Ukraine: Mass Unrest In Kiev After Two Protesters Die From Gunshot Wounds


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European anarchists are warning about the wave of protests in Ukraine. According to reports, those involved are almost all neo-Nazis, along with people from middle / upper class and party of the extreme right. Unlike the first wave, this does not have the participation of workers and ordinary citizens or even people from political orientation left or anarchist.


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Autonomous Workers Union Statement on the Current Political Situation:

The laws which were passed on January 16th showed that the faction of the ruling class which now controls the government is ready to install a reactionary bourgeois dictatorship on the model of the Latin American regimes of the 1970s. The “dictatorship laws” criminalize any protest and limit the freedom of speech; also, they establish responsibility for “extremism”. Parliamentary mouthpieces of the class dictatorship of corrupted bureaucracy and monopolist bourgeoisie are the Party of Regions and the so called “Communist” Party of Ukraine which has long ago become a political force serving interests of capital.

The Ukrainian repressive system leans on the police apparatus and street gangs of pro-government stormtroopers. Sometimes such paramilitary structures are commanded by retired police officers. Death squads are also in action. According to confirmed information, two people were kidnapped from a hospital and tortured. One of them died in a forest. Special forces use pinpoint firing against protesters, and not only from traumatic guns. One of the killed, according to a photo of his body, was shot in his heart. According to all indications he was a victim of a sniper. In the morning of January 23 the number of the killed constituted from 5 to 7 persons. And we don’t know the real scale of violence.

The ideology of the ruling regime is a mixture of Putin-style nationalism, conspiracy theories and conviction in their right, as elite, to rule over stupid populace. Groups of support to Berkut (the main riot police force) in social networks are full of anti-Semitic articles which claim that the opposition leaders are Jews and want to vitiate the people by legalizing same-sex marriages. This hardly differs from the rhetoric of Ukrainian right radicals.

Over the last days not only the far right confront the government, but also people of more moderate views. And they constitute the majority of the protesters. Many of them are indifferent to nationalism or negatively predisposed to it. Many of them don’t support integration into the EU. People go into the streets to protest against police violence. And a significant part of them is unenthusiastic or even skeptical about the clashes in the Grushevskogo street. Often one can hear that right radicals are a “Trojan horse” of Yanukovych and special services, designed to discredit the protest. Certainly there would be many more Kievites participating in the protests if there was a way to take those idiots useful to the government out of the streets. Top of their demands is to give them jobs in the Security Service of Ukraine after the “victorious revolution”.

Anarchists ought to participate in demonstrations and pickets which are dedicated to defense of the rights and freedoms usurped by the laws of January 16th. It makes sense to take action at one’s workplace or neighborhood and to help sabotage the dictatorship’s decisions. There’s not much sense in participating in the activities in Grushevskogo street, which were meaningless from the very beginning. These activities only give the government pretty picture for television and enable it to identify radical elements by locating mobile phones and videotaping.

In the case of the opposition’s victory, as well as in the case of the government’s victory we’ll have to wage long and hard war against any of those regimes. This should be understood. We need to gather forces in order to start dictating our own libertarian and proletarian agenda in Ukrainian politics.


No gods, no masters! No nations, no borders!


Autonomous Workers’ Union, Kiev local

January 23, 2014