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DECEMBER 2020

Ukrainian Prime Minister Appears To Be Neo-Nazis’ Supporter

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Appears To Be Neo-Nazis' Supporter

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On the evening of October 13th, Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk attended a concert of the Ukrainian ultra-right rock band Sokira Peruna, and it took place in Kiev.

This group is famous for its neo-Nazi texts, notably it has a song praising Rudolf Hess – Adolf Hitler’s Deputy Fuehrer. The song’s lyrics praise August 17th, which was the Nazi’s birthday, saying that he is always in their hearts and gives them strength in battle.

A photo of his appearance there was published by the head of “C14” Eugene Karas. A concert was organized by Andrei Medvedko, a suspect in the murder of writer Oles Buzina.

A veteran neo-Nazo musical evening was held at the Docker Pub on Bogatyrskaya Street in Kiev. In addition to Sokira Peruna, the bands To Come Down and Fram performed there.

Honcharuk not only attended the concert, he spoke on stage, and he allegedly also sang along, all the while behind him was the Sokira Peruna logo, a Nazi symbol.

In a video posted on Facebook, the prime minister, addressing the assembled nationalists, says “thank you for being here.”

“Thank you that you are here. The fact that you are gives us the opportunity to live on a peaceful earth under a peaceful sky and do what I think we can do well. We work for you. I work for you. For Ukraine to become stronger. We really want our country to become truly strong. For us to have the resources to finance our army, our men and women who give their lives every day, part of their time, so that the rest of Ukraine has the opportunity to live normally in a peaceful and successful Ukraine … Thank you and congratulations! You are very cool,” Honcharuk said, addressing the audience in the hall.

After a Sekira Peruna concert in Kiev in the spring of 2018, law enforcement authorities opened a criminal case – due to the use of the swastika and other Nazi symbols, as well as because of fascist calls and quotes of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

There are photographs of the audience during the 2018 concert:

Ukrainian Prime Minister Appears To Be Neo-Nazis' Supporter

Audience during the 2018 Sekira Peruna concert, clearly singing and expressing their support for democracy. Click to see full-size image.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Appears To Be Neo-Nazis' Supporter

Audience during the 2018 Sekira Peruna concert, clearly singing and expressing their support for democracy. Click to see full-size image.

Sokira Peruna was founded in 1998, and in the beginning, the themes of neo-Nazism and white power prevailed in their lyrics. Not much has changed since.

It is also reported that ex-drummer Dmitry Volkov in 2002 took part in the pogrom of the central synagogue in Kiev.

Notably, the group’s soloist Arseniy “Belodub” Klimachev ran for the summer parliamentary elections in the top twenty list of the Freedom party.

Sokira Peruna is also close to the Azov “volunteer” battalion and the National Corps. Its soloist Belodub visited the Azov’s Children camp to sign autographs for the children being educated in the ways of White Supremacy, and how to shoot an AK-47 against “the enemy.”

Ukrainian Prime Minister Appears To Be Neo-Nazis' Supporter

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After the conflict in Eastern Ukraine began, the group released its second album, “The Road to the ATO,” in support of the “volunteers” fighting on the front lines and it is primarily performed at nationalist rallies.

In this way, the pro-Nazi views of the cabinet chosen by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky become quite apparent.

However, the rallies against the disengagement in eastern Ukraine continue, and still there is no effective withdrawal, despite both the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics repeatedly signaling that they are prepared to disengage.

Essentially, the Ukrainian government is currently attempting to present it as if it is trying to carry out the disengagement, but the neo-Nazi “volunteer” battalions are impeding it. At the same time, its support of their ideology and ranks is becoming more and more apparent.

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