This is how antifa in Ukraine ends: not with a bang, but with a whimper.
No luck for Antifa in Kiev
Kiev, January 19, a solidarity march dedicated to the memory of two prominent Russian antifascists – Stanislav Markelov (a high-ranked leftist lawyer) and Anastasia Baburova (a journalist involved in the “antifa” movement) was supposed to be held near the “Zhovtneviy” cinema on the anniversary of their murders.
Stanislav Markelov, aged 34, was a high-ranked leftist lawyer, who defended many left-wing political activists, including radical antifascists. He was also the main prosecutor at law in a number of publicized cases against Russian nationalists and right-wing activists. At some point, he publically defended the interests of the Chechen diaspora. Anastasia Baburova, aged 25, was his assistant and a journalist, who investigated the activities of the right-wing groups.
Both antifascists were gunned down on Moscow streets in the middle of the day on January 19th, 2009 by two members of “B.O.R.N.” – a para-military group of radical Russian National-socialists (some members of the group are sentenced to life, some are hiding in Ukraine, some are dead).
Since the day of the murder seven years ago, a series of commemorating events is held by lefties on a yearly basis in a number of post-soviet and Western European countries.
This year Ukranian antifascists decided to express their solidarity with dead comrades by organizing a public march “Against the right-wing terror”. Among other things, the march was supposed to bring people’s attention to “the threat of the rising right-wing radicalism in Ukraine” – a sentence that was explicitly targeting AZOV.
Right after the march was announced, it was clear that healthy forces in Kiev couldn’t stay aside. On January 19th, three dozens of AZOV Civilian Corps’ activists, together with several political émigrés from the “Russian Centre”, came to the venue looking forward to having a “fierce dispute” with their opponents. Although antifascists were supposed to be numerous, it eventually turned out that “the crowd” which they managed to mobilize, consisted of three unfortunate LGBT-activists and few elderly Trotskyites.