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When the Saints Go Goose-Stepping In: Ukraine’s “Joan of Arc” Is a Nazi Cop-Killer

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COMMENT: The West­ern medi­a’s orgias­tic fawn­ing over the fas­cists who have been installed in Ukraine is reach­ing new heights, or depths, depend­ing on one’s per­spec­tive. Seek­ing to mint heroes (and hero­ines) from the ranks of the OUN/B heirs gov­ern­ing Ukraine, the French edi­tion of “Elle” mag­a­zine anoint­ed one Vita Zaverukha as Ukraine’s ver­sion of Joan of Arc. One of the com­bat­ants grouped in the “pun­ish­er bat­tal­ions,” Zaverukha is actu­al­ly a Nazi, recent­ly arrest­ed for her role in rob­bing a gas sta­tion, a crime in which two Ukrain­ian police­men were killed.

The oth­er mem­bers of the gang to which Zaverukha belongs are also mem­bers of Nazi pun­ish­er bat­tal­ions.

Zaverukha’s sta­tus as a “hero­ine” imped­ed her arrest, despite the fact that she and her Nazi com­rades had “long ter­ror­ized the city [Kiev–capital of Ukraine].” She also appears to have been one of the par­tic­i­pants in the attack on The Odessa House of Trade Unions, in which 46 peo­ple were burned alive, while “Sve­ta” (as she calls her­self) and her Nazi com­rades voiced cel­e­bra­to­ry chants.

They just aren’t mak­ing those saints like they used to.

This brings to mind Gand­hi’s response when he was asked what he thought of West­ern civ­i­liza­tion: “I think it would be a good idea.”

Good grief, Charley Brown!

It is impos­si­ble in the scope of this post to relate the detailed his­to­ry of the Ukraine coup and the instal­la­tion of the OUN/B heirs in that unfor­tu­nate coun­try. Pre­vi­ous pro­grams detail­ing the Ukrain­ian cri­sis are: FTR #‘s 777778779780781782, 783784794800803804, 808811817818824826829832833, 837.

“Teenage Girl Sol­dier Hailed as Ukraine’s ‘Joan of Arc’ by Elle Mag­a­zine Is Revealed as Neo-Nazi and Is Arrest­ed over Cop Killing” by Will Stew­art and Flo­ra Drury; Dai­ly Mail; 5/08/2015.

A neo-Nazi por­trayed as Ukraine’s ver­sion of Joan of Arc by French fash­ion mag­a­zine Elle for her ‘brave’ fight against the Russ­ian sep­a­ratists has been arrest­ed in con­nec­tion with the deaths of two policemen.Vita Zaverukha was tak­en into cus­tody after two offi­cers were killed and three more injured on May 4, fol­low­ing a gang’s failed attempt to rob a petrol sta­tion in the cap­i­tal Kiev.

The gang, who all have links to the far-right in Ukraine, and alleged­ly were involved in a shoot out as they tried to flee the scene.

At first glance, it seems shock­ing that this slight, blonde teenag­er could be involved at all.

But Vita, 19, is charged with ‘an attempt on an offi­cer of the law’, report­ed news out­lets in Moscow — and a quick search reveals she is an active pro­moter and sup­porter of vile neo-Nazi ideals.

What’s more, she is also sus­pected of being linked to an attack on a traf­fic police post in Bykovnya two days before­hand, and it is also claimed she par­tic­i­pated in bloody attacks on the Odessa House of Trade Unions in May last year in which 46 per­ished and 200 were injured.

Yet just six months ago, Elle magazine’s French edi­tion was por­tray­ing her as a Joan of Arc-type fig­ure, brave­ly defend­ing her home from Russ­ian sep­a­ratists — tak­en in, it seems, by her inno­cent appear­ance.


Vita — who uses the name Sve­ta in the piece — pos­es dressed in her army fatigues, star­ing at the cam­era in a pose which is rem­i­nis­cent of the hun­dreds of oth­er female fight­ers fet­ed as heroes for their stance against their attack­ers.

The mag­a­zine shows ‘Sve­ta’ as a brave young woman vol­un­teer­ing as a fight­er to save her coun­try from being over­run by Russ­ian-backed mil­i­tants.

In a cap­tion along­side the pho­to­graph, she is quot­ed as say­ing: ‘If the Rus­sians return to my town, I will shoot. If not me, then who will do it?’

But the magazine’s mis­take was quick­ly picked up: Vita is a well-known mem­ber of the Aidar Bat­tal­ion, which last Sep­tem­ber was slammed by Amnesty Inter­na­tional for its cam­paign of ter­ror through the war-torn Luhan­sk region.

Among the 400-strong vol­un­teer unit’s alleged crimes were abduc­tions, unlaw­ful deten­tion, ill-treat­ment, theft, extor­tion, and pos­si­ble exe­cu­tions.

The bat­tal­ion is known for its links to the far-right, and mem­bers have pre­vi­ously been pic­tured with Nazi insignia.

But it is Vita’s VK page — the Russ­ian equiv­a­lent of Face­book — which pro­vide unequiv­o­cal evi­dence of her own extreme views.

Pic­tures of the blonde teenag­er per­form­ing the Nazi salute, pos­ing in a t‑shirt cov­ered in the fas­cists’ emblem and even dec­o­rat­ing her tent with a colour­ful swasti­ka pop­u­late the page, while pic­tures she shares include things like ‘Ukraine with Yids’.

What Vita — who says she is ‘Aidar from the begin­ning’ and will con­tinue to be so — writes on the page makes her vile views even more star­tling obvi­ous.

‘I pro­mote Nazism, ter­ror, geno­cide,’ she wrote in Decem­ber last year. ‘For all this, I’m not a bad per­son. The jus­ti­fi­ca­tion is the “War for Peace”. If you go bring­ing the work to the end, only in this case, jus­tify my actions would not. Win­ners are not judged.’

In one of her more recent posts, she writes: ‘The vic­tory may be only rad­i­cal action — cam­paign­ing and mur­der.

‘Ral­lies , pick­et­ing and oth­er dress­ing did not achieve. Action should always be sharp. The less time costs for the action , the longer it takes effect.’

The rev­e­la­tions meant Elle France was forced to print an apol­ogy — although whether they were refer­ring to Vita in par­tic­u­lar was unclear.

The state­ment explained they had met her in Luhan­sk, but there was noth­ing to sug­gest — from her clothes to her words — that she was in any way attached to a far right move­ment.

ELLE’s edi­to­r­ial board, as well as the two jour­nal­ists in charge of the cov­er­age, were shocked to learn the true ide­o­log­i­cal beliefs of this woman,’ the state­ment con­tin­ued. ‘We vig­or­ously con­demn all and any xeno­pho­bic, anti-semit­ic, racist and Nazi ide­olo­gies.’


Eka­te­rina Roshuk, for­mer Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at The Kyiv Times, claimed she had ‘long ‘ter­rorised’ the city, with no one able to do any­thing about her.

’The police were afraid to touch a hero of the Anti-Ter­ror­ist Oper­a­tion, which in turn was used as license to engage in law­less­ness.’

The state-owned Russ­ian broad­caster Sput­nik News Ser­vice also claimed: ‘She is also sus­pected of attempt­ing to destroy a ther­mal pow­er sta­tion in mili­tia-con­trolled Luhan­sk, and of attempt­ing to orga­nize the rob­bery of the office of a Russ­ian firm oper­at­ing in her home city of Vin­nitsa, cen­tral Ukraine.’

It added: ‘In March, a video appeared show­ing Vita shoot­ing an RPG into a vil­lage in Don­bass ‘just for fun’.’

Vesti report­ed that Vita’s four male accom­plices were mem­bers of vol­un­teer bat­tal­ions fight­ing in country’s east­ern con­flict zone.

They were named as Vadim Pinus, 23, a dec­o­rated Azov Bat­tal­ion fight­er who was killed in the shootout with police, Evgeniy Koshe­lyuk, 20, sniper Andrei Romanyuk, 17, and Niko­lai Mon­ishenko, 17.

She and ‘friends’ were ear­lier accused of stag­ing a row with a shop in Vin­nitsa, blam­ing man­agers for links to Rus­sia.

It was not pos­si­ble to reach Zaverukha or her lawyer.



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