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Crimea is Russia! U.S. and EU Imperialist Hands Off!
by Steven Argue
Sunday Mar 16th, 2014 8:13 AM
[Photo: March 11 in Kiev showing the terrorist neo-Nazi group, Right Sector, openly recruiting combatants for war against Ukraine's Russian and Jewish population. The group's red and black banner is designed after that of the forces of Nazi collaborator and mass murderer, Stepan Bandera]
Ukraine: Right Sector Neo-Nazis Kill 2 Anti-Fascists in Karkhov
Down With The U.S. / EU Sponsored Coup in Kiev!
For Ukraine's Self-Defense Militias!
For Crimea's Right To National Self Determination!

by Steven Argue

On March 14th Right Sector neo-Nazi forces in Kharkov attacked anti-fascist self-defense forces with Malotov cocktails and guns, killing two people and injuring others. The attack came as self-defense forces attempted to inspect a van that they had suspicion of being involved in a previous shooting. The Right Sector combatants took hostages and barricaded themselves into their headquarters. Police took 40 minutes to arrive. Hostages were, however, freed, and thirty Right Sector gunmen captured in the police operation that followed.

Previously, on March 8th, Right Sector gunmen in the same van attacked peaceful protesters returning from an anti-coup protest. This was according to activist Sergey Yudaev. He also complains that the Police Chief appointed by the new coup government in Kiev has little interest in doing anything about the crimes of the Right Sector.

Within the coup government the neo-Nazi party Svoboda has been given the positions of Prime Minister for Economic Affairs (Oleksandr Sych), Education Minister (Serhiy Kvit), Ecology Minister (Andriy Makhnyk), Agriculture Minister (Ihor Shvaiko), and Prosecutor-General of Ukraine (Oleh Makhnitsky). Not all posts have been given to neo-Nazis. Two other rightwing capitalist parties that have no problem working closely with neo-Nazis, the Fatherland Party and UDAR, have been given the rest of posts in the coup government. Most importantly, a co-founder of Svoboda, Andriy Parubiy, has been given the portfolio of Secretary of National Security and Defense.

Since the U.S. sponsored coup on February 22, the neo-Nazis of Svoboda and Right Sector have publicly kidnapped, beaten, and tortured political opponents; destroyed the offices of opposition political parties; delivered many death threats; and burned down the houses of political opponents. Except for the latest arrests in Kharkov (and we will see what happens with them) these crimes appear to be committed with impunity as the fascists who run the government now allow their thugs to terrorize the population.

On March 15th, Right Sector thugs assaulted Poltava’s mayor Alexander Mamaj demanding his resignation. In response, the police have arrested the mayor.

The Party of Regions reports, “armed thugs freely ride around the towns and villages, intimidating the population. The sense of impunity and support from some MPs prompts the creators of the ‘new order’ to urge the people in the southeast regions of Ukraine to humbly surrender to the winners.”

The U.S. and EU worked with these fascist thugs to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine because the elected government would not accept the terrible austerity being dictated by the IMF and EU. For the western imperialists, these fascists still are not a problem because it will likely take the continued mobilization of pro-government fascists to impose the conditions of austerity being demanded by the IMF.

While some fake Trotskyist groups like ISO sympathized with the Maiden protests, I wrote in my January article "Imperialists Out of Ukraine! Stop Supporting Neo-Nazis!":

"Instead of relying on the capitalist government of Viktor Yanukovych and his security forces, non-sectarian defense militias need to be organized immediately in Ukraine to defend leftists, Jews, and workers from fascist attacks.

"To combat the current power structure part of what is needed in Ukraine is the construction of a Leninist-Trotskyist party that defends Ukrainian sovereignty from imperialist / neo-Nazi attack, but at the same time fights for a communist Ukraine with true workers democracy. Part of building that party needs to be on a program that does not play into any illusions in the Euromaiden movement in the streets, but instead boldly defends the right of the elected government of Ukraine to defend itself from the current imperialist / fascist attack and works to organize workers self-defense militias across Ukraine."

In sharp contrast, the State Department "socialists" of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) advocated, "a grassroots effort involving independent workers’ organizations, trade unions and a strengthened left establishing an atmosphere of solidarity within the Maidan, in which the toxic message of hate will wither and die”. As I've reported in previous articles, workers who did try this were put in the hospital by the fascists who lead the Maiden movement. More importantly, those who would have been able to follow this advice would have been participating in an imperialist sponsored and fascist led coup!

The ISO recognized the important position of fascists in the Maiden movement saying “The menace of the far right in Ukraine cannot be understated” and that they are “increasingly at the forefront of the clashes with government forces”. Yet, they go on to argue that because the Maiden protests were an “action from below” that “it would be wrong to dismiss the protest movement wholesale because [of] its presence.” So there we have it. The fake Trotskyists of the ISO supporting any movement coming "from below", ignoring the fact that even Adolf Hitler's movement of Nazi thugs came "from below".

Crimea is Russia! U.S. and EU Imperialist Hands Off!

On March 16th Crimea will be voting on whether they are to become a republic with more sovereignty within Ukraine or become part of Russia. Besides defending Crimea's Russians, the referendum guarantees the language rights also of Crimea's Tatar minority. Historically, Crimea was part of Russia, but it was wrongly given to Ukraine under Khrushchev in 1957. In Crimea, 97% of the people use Russian in their everyday life. Nearly 60% are ethnic Russian and about 13% are Tatar.

The coup parliament (minus elected representatives who were driven out by violence) voted to take away the language rights of all national minorities in Ukraine on February 23rd. This was one day after the U.S. backed central government took power in a far right and anti-democratic coup. In Crimea, this destruction of language rights would have included both the Tatars and Russians, elsewhere the Hungarian, Moldavian, and Romanian minorities as well. Many, including myself, mistakenly thought this meant that language rights had been revoked in Ukraine. This is understandable, because at that time some decisions took effect without the signature of the president. In fact, the coup parliament hadn't even decided on who would be the new president at the time that the anti-language law was passed.

On March 1st, the new coup president decided not to sign the bill revoking language rights. The coup president of Ukraine waited so long to say anything or make a decision on this bill that the rebellion against the parliament's decision and fear of fascists was already taking place in Crimea when he finally decided not to sign the bill. His decision was surely motivated by the fact that the central government was starting to lose eastern portions of Ukraine to anti-chauvinist and fascist uprisings.

The coup government is made up of a closely knit coalition of three capitalist parties, one of which is the neo-Nazi party Svoboda. For neo-Nazi Svoboda leader, Oleg Tyagnibok, the prospect of taking away the language rights of the Russian minority is just the beginning. He recently spoke before supporters in Kiev calling for criminal penalties for speaking in the Russian language. In addition, he called for stripping all ethnic Russians of their Ukrainian citizenship, forcing them to become non-citizens in their own land. In 2010 the official Svoboda internet website included in its program their desire to "physically liquidate all Russian-speaking intellectuals and all Ukrainophobes (Fast, without a trial, shot. Registering Ukrainophobes can be done here by any member of Svoboda)."

The central government has also imposed the current deputy head of South Eastern Ukraine, Boris Filatov. Of Nazi collaborator and Nazi mass murderer Stepan Bandera, Filatov states, “I am proud of Bandera. He is my Hero. Particularly, as I see that people are ready to die under red-and-black flags.” Filatov has also stated his recipe for the solution to the anti-fascist uprisings in the region saying, “Give the scum promises, guarantees and then hang them.” When questioned on this later he explained it was just something he said on social media and not an official statement.

South Eastern Ukraine has a large Russian speaking population. In Crimea, the population rose up, took control of the of the government. Then local self-defense militias combined with alleged Russian troops were able to seize control of Crimea from the central government with the support of the local population. Their support was so widespread that these operations were carried out without spilling any blood. The Crimean population will now vote on becoming part of Russia on March 16th, despite this right being opposed by the U.S., EU, and the coup government in Kiev.

Obama, the EU, and the Kiev government blame Moscow for the anti-fascist uprisings in South Eastern Ukraine, especially Crimea. Reality, however, is far different. People in the region are begging for help from Russia to defend them from the far right chauvinistic government that has seized power in Kiev.

Obama speaks of Ukraine's right to self-determination after the U.S. has overthrown the elected central government in an anti-democratic coup. They overthrew that government because it would not accept the austerity being dictated by the IMF and EU. Likewise, Obama does not recognize the Crimean people's right to self-determination in voting on the status of their republic on March 16th because Obama knows that referendum will reject the imperialist puppets he has imposed on Kiev.

As the alternative to accepting the anti-fascist uprising in Crimea, Obama supports the deputy head of South Eastern Ukraine as appointed by the illegitimate government in Kiev. This is an appointee who loves Nazi mass murderer Stepan Bandera and whose program for the region is, “Give the scum promises, guarantees and then hang them.”

U.S., EU, and IMF Out of Ukraine and Crimea!

-Steven Argue of the Revolutionary Tendency

This is an article of Liberation News, subscribe free:

For three more in-depth articles on what is going on, check out my articles:

US & EU Imperialist Hands Off Crimea, Ukraine, Belarus, & Russia!

Belarus: President Lukashenko Vows to Prevent a Coup Similar to Ukraine

Imperialists Out of Ukraine! Stop Supporting Neo-Nazis! (An earlier article before the coup with in-depth analysis)

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by fox news for russians
Sunday Mar 16th, 2014 8:32 AM
this steven argue pro-russia propaganda is as bad as any pro-american propaganda
by Steven Argue
Sunday Mar 16th, 2014 12:14 PM
The difference between me and FOX News is FOX must tell lies. I tell the truth. I can give you references for anything you'd like in my articles.
by IndyRadio
Sunday Mar 16th, 2014 12:28 PM
I'm embarassed for the author. The fact that there was neo nazi involvement in Ukraine makes it no different than elsewhere. There is no news here, no analysis, just stupidity.

Note - the executuve director of RT resigned with a public apology to the people of Ukraine.
That's the news.

Heil Putler!
by IndyRadio
Sunday Mar 16th, 2014 12:32 PM
Steve you're saying you are not a liar. Take note.....
by Steven Argue
Sunday Mar 16th, 2014 12:43 PM
"The fact that there was neo nazi involvement in Ukraine makes it no different than elsewhere."

Actually, there is no other national government in Europe or even the United States that has a cabinet composed largely of neo-Nazis.
by Anti-Fascist
Sunday Mar 16th, 2014 12:47 PM
First, WE LOVE STEVE ARGUE and wish he would be interviewed on KPFA 94.1 FM. He should be on the Morning Mix, Guns & Butter and Flashpoints. It would be a milestone if he would also be on the 6 p.m. evening news, SEVERN DAYS A WEEK. The future is in good hands with young people like Steve Argue.

Second. 93% IN CRIMEAN EXIT POLLS VOTE TO REJOIN RUSSIA. Voter turnout was over 80% and no serious problems at the polls, according to international observers. American elections are never this fair nor with this high participation. For more, and hourly updates in English, see:

Russia Today

Voice of Russia

Ria Novosti

The election process did experience some sabotage by the United States, in particular hacking of the elections computer from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See

Quotable quotes:
“Botnets can be controlled remotely by hackers to swamp a web server with rapid fire requests of its web pages, a digital assault known as a distributed denial of service attack.
On Friday, denial of service attacks temporarily interrupted services on several Russian government websites, including those of the Kremlin and Central Bank of Russia.”

Meanwhile, the US taxpayer-funded Nazis who illegally took over the Ukrainian government are threatening to destroy Russia’s oil pipelines to Europe. See

The Crimean Tatars, a Muslim community, were given broader rights by the Crimean Parliament. See

Observers from 21 countries watched the election on site. See

You will notice the billboard picture accompanying the article correctly portrays the choice between Nazism and Russia. The Soviet Union lost 27 million citizens during WW2 in the fight against Nazi Germany, which they call the Great Patriotic War. The United States lost about 400,000, a serious figure, but not comparable to the lost Soviet citizens, both Russian and non-Russian, including Jews. The Soviet Union also experienced physical devastation in WW2 while the US did not. It is only because of the socialized planned economy that the Soviet Union (1) literally saved all our lives with the turning point of WW2, the victory at Stalingrad, (2) being the first to enter Berlin in 1945, ahead of the US, et al Race to Berlin that was the June 1994 invasion of Normandy, (3) forcing the Japanese to surrender first Manchuria with their invasion of Japanese-controlled Manchuria on August 8, 1945, and then Japan, (4) recovered from WW2 to begin a major industrialized nation capable of supporting the victorious Vietnamese through April 30, 1975, and thwarting US imperialism, the successor to Nazi Germany, until 1991, all IN SPITE OF COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY STALIN, who died in 1953. The Soviet people were defending their homes and their lives.

For more on the Soviet Union’s defeat of Japan, see You will notice one of the WW2 ending conferences was held at Yalta, in the Crimean Peninsula.

Here are live updates:

Should Nazi USA be so stupid as to pursue sanctions, Russia can also do the same with serious consequences. The US imports lots of oil from Russia, as does Western Europe. The French and Germans do not want Nazi Ukraine in the EU.

We have reached a milestone in history. The Russian bear hibernates no more, which it did from 1991 to today. The people of the world have had enough of US imperialism, better known as Nazi USA.
by Steven Argue
Monday Mar 17th, 2014 2:13 AM
Thank you. Great points and updates. If you want to contact me about KPFA or anything else you can email me at sargue [at] or send me a message on Facebook at

The asset freeze concerns such prominent Russian politicians as Upper House Speaker Valentina Matvienko, influential businessman, politician and Putin's ally Vladislav Surkov, Kremlin aide Sergei Glazyev, and Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin.

Other Russian high-flyers on Obama’s list are MPs Mizulina, Slutsky and Klishas. This is according to the White House statement.

The European Union also got in the act, see
EU foreign ministers have adopted sanctions against 21 Russians and Ukrainians who they accused of being responsible for the yesterday referendum on Crimea’s independence from Ukraine.
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in a tweet that the 21 would be targeted by travel bans and asset freezes, with "more EU measures in few days".
Read more:

Democracy Now, heard on KPFA Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., as well as read and heard at its website at, this morning, lied when she said that lots of people who happened to be Ukrainians and Tatars did not participate in the election. In fact, 82% of the population participated, including the 60% Russian speakers, 25% Ukrainians and 12% Tatars. The Russian press says 40% of the Tatars participated, because the Crimean parliament extended all kinds of rights to them as described above at The vote was 96.5% for rejoining Russia. They will be changing their time to Moscow time on March 30. Here is more on participation with pictures:

It is only reasonable that Russia is concerned because Nazi Ukraine is at their border. They cannot sit and do nothing. ANYTHING LESS THAN A JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF THIS VOTE ON KPFA IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Let us remember that Europe and the US sent armies to attempt to overthrow the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, and lost. The Russians are big enough and committed enough to deal with these thugs.

The Answer Coalition did picket the White House when the Ukrainian puppet showed up on March 12, to get his marching orders to exploit the Ukrainian workingclass. Their sign reads: “No Taxpayer Dollars for Neo-Nazis in Ukraine.” See On the same page, they have an excellent article describing who is who in Nazi Ukraine.

I have yet to hear on the KPFA news or Democracy Now about the hacking of the election computers, as described above, about the CIA agents demanding Crimean people’s internal passports on the streets, pretending to be police, and then tearing them up, making it difficult for them to vote. This is all on the 3 English language Russian websites described above.
Just as Nazi Germany lied, so too does Nazi USA. Steve Lendman described lies at Anti-Russian Propaganda Rages, 3/17/14 at

The US lied about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident of 1964, its pretext for bombing North Vietnam; it lied in order to invade Korea in 1950, and framed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell to make Jew, Communist and traitor synonymous in support of its anti-communist war against Korea, and the capitalist press lies daily. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE LIES ON KPFA AND WE WILL NOT PAY FOR LIES ON KPFA. We want Steve Argue and Steve Lendman on KPFA DAILY.
by Anonymous Hacktivist Collective worldwide
Monday Mar 17th, 2014 9:20 PM

Published on Feb 27, 2014
Greetings Citizens of the World, We are Anonymous Ukraine.

The Anonymous Hacktivist Collective worldwide is partially divided on the issue of Ukraine. This has to do with the western mass media propaganda and the conflicting reports that are coming out of the country. This is sad as some Anons are unknowingly supporting the dark forces at work in Ukraine. Members of Anonymous Ukraine are aware of the internal meddling by the United States, NATO and the European Union into the internal sovereign affairs of Ukraine.

Anonymous Ukraine supports peace and the right of the people to self determination. The Bandera Nazis and fascist thugs that are beating and killing police and members of the security services of Ukraine do not represent the will or the wishes of the people of Ukraine.

The people of Ukraine do not want European Union integration. The people of Ukraine do not want NATO on their territory. The people of Ukraine voted for President Yanukovich to lead them in fair and just democratic elections. The people of Ukraine plea to the President and to Russia for help in stopping the siege of Ukraine by Nazi thugs and murderous gangs. The people of Ukraine do not want to see their beloved capital Kiev occupied by Nazi killers and burned to the ground. The people of Ukraine want their independence to be recognized and be allowed to determine their own fate without pressure from US, NATO, European Union. The people of Ukraine want peace and want the Bandera Nazis to be stopped once and for all.

Anonymous Ukraine does not like nor support what is happening in Ukraine now. The so-called opposition is trying to tear Ukraine apart. Anonymous Ukraine has released the e-mails of one of the leaders of the so called opposition and will continue to expose the moves by the west to subvert the sovereign country of Ukraine.

The e-mails released by Anonymous prove that Vitaly Klichko is a puppet of the West and is being financed through intermediaries in Lithuania. The e mails also prove that Klitchko has bank accounts in Germany and is receiving funding for his coup d'état from the West. We will continue fighting these puppets. The western puppet opposition leaders will hurl Ukraine into chaos.

We appeal to the president of our country. The people of Ukraine urge you. President Yanukovich, to restore order and bring calm and stability and disperse the gangs of robbers and Nazis. Anonymous Ukraine will strike at all of the web resources of western hirelings and fascists.

Anonymous Ukraine calls for Ukraine to be unified and independent. The government of Ukraine promoted the country's integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions despite the reluctance of Ukrainian people. Ukrainian citizens realize that signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union will lead to the collapse of Ukrainian economy in the near future.

We express our support to the people of our country. We want Ukrainian government and EU leadership to understand that people of Ukraine do not want their country to become a raw material donor to Europe. Ukraine must be free. We do not want to be dependent on other countries or organizations. Ukrainian people do not need a speculative Association Agreement with the European Union.

Ukraine does not need to be a part of Russia-led Eurasian customs union. We do not need to be servants of NATO. Ukraine does not need European Union. Ukraine does not need NATO. Ukraine should not be anybody's servant.

We stand for independent Ukraine. We declare the continuation of Operation Independence. We will strike at the web resources of countries and organizations that pose a threat to freedom and independence of Ukraine!

We are Anonymous Ukraine.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We Do Not Forgive,
We Do Not Forget.
Operation Independence Continues,
Expect Us!
by Excapitate now!
Tuesday Mar 18th, 2014 7:16 PM
"the United States that has a cabinet composed largely of neo-Nazis"
a bit of an extreme statement, doesn't provide the answer you thought it did.

In fact, it convinces us you are stupid.

This article would not appear elsewhere, consider yourself lucky that indybay does give the benefit of the doubt to total losers with arguments pulled straight out of their ass just to make sure no gems of truth are lost and that everyone has their say.

My only question is whether you actually believe the stupid shit that you spew.
by anti argue
Tuesday Mar 18th, 2014 7:22 PM
a long winded diatribe based on the premise that "Nazi Ukraine is a threat at Russia's border".
HAHAHAHA HAHAHA oooh the pain I hurt myself laughing!
You are surprised that Democracy Now! does not share your warped thinking?
You'll be kissing Putin's ass alone, don't expect company.
by IndyRadio
Tuesday Mar 18th, 2014 7:27 PM
actually thiis is false. Dmitry Kiselyov, the homophobic moron who kisses Putin's ass on a daily basis is still in charge of Russia's state media outlet. did anyone here notice or care?

by John Thielking
Saturday Mar 22nd, 2014 4:10 PM
I did do some digging around in Google to try to find articles related to the claim by a head Jewish rabbi in Ukraine that Jews in particular were under threat by Neo-Nazis and that they should all leave the country. There were very few documented cases of Jews being attacked and/or synagouges being spray painted with graffiti. However it did seem that I had to enter exact search terms in google and to go three pages deep when I did get some results to get the more recent results, say within the past week. It would be nice if Steven Argue could provide some sources to back up his statements that various people have been attacked by Nazis in Ukraine.

I fully support his statement that Ukraine is the first govt in Europe in recent memory to have cabinet level positions (not just voting members of parliament) be members of Fascist orgs.

As to the credibility of Amy Goodman vs Steven Argue, I would take Steven's word over Amy's on most subjects, at least those related to politics and anti-war. I did happen to see a video on Youtube detailing the mainstream media's distortion of the history and deeds of a Boston Marathon Bombing "hero" named Carlos who allegedly works for the Red Cross. Amy Goodman did an interview with Carlos a few years ago where she supported the story that he had deliberately attacked an armed forces van with gasoline and accidentally set himself on fire. Over the years since that attack the MSM has distorted and misreported the story to be one where Carlos, realizing that the armed forces members were coming to his house to tell him that his brother had died, attempted to commit suicide. In her later interview with Carlos after the Boston Marathon bombing Amy Goodman faithfully stuck to the mainstream media account of the attempted suicide and either forgot about or deliberately covered up the statements made in the interview made years earlier. In my opinion, she either forgets the substance of her own interviews and relies on the MSM accounts for background on her interviews and stories or she is a tool of the establishment. Either way, this particular fruit has fallen from the tree and rolled down the hill, no longer a reliable source of anti-establishment information in my opinion. The rest of the story involving Carlos swinging a double amputee into a wheelchair using only one arm and other incredible/noncredible accounts of Carlos and his heroism following the Boston Marathon bombing, all of which add fuel to the speculation that Carlos'es heroism was staged as part of a false flag operation, should be the subject of a separate article. There is lots of info on this if you care to Google for it.