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Azov & Right Sector display Russian flag at Kiev demonstration

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Screen capture from the video below

by Systematic

A “Solidarity Rally” with Russian “nationalist political prisoners”, which was held in Kiev yesterday [July 25], has brought somewhat significant media attention and was covered by Ukrainian television.

The following slogans were proclaimed at the solidarity action in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev: “Send Putin to Magadan! (a city that once oversaw a better known labor camp in the USSR) – Russia needs Russian Maidan!”, “Exchange captive separatists for Russian nationalist prisoners” and “Reconquista: Today Ukraine, tomorrow Rus’ and the whole Europe!”

While there appeared to be about 35 people all together, what was an interesting change in terms of messaging was the display of the Russian flag alongside a ‘lustration’ banner.  This is important in terms of propaganda because one of the co-organizers was the English language ‘Minister of Information’ of the Pravy Sektor [Right Sector], Olena Semenyaka.  The event was also supported by Azov members who displayed flags at the small demonstration.

Much English language reporting on Pravy Sektor has incorrectly or unnecessarily lumped its position in with that of the post-coup government led by Poroshenko.  The PS is rebranding itself as the ‘National Liberation Movement’ and is attempting to more vocally assert the social aspect of its Third Position “social-nationalism” which may even resonate with those on the ‘left’. […]

Semenyaka has claimed consistently in social networking that the PS’s long term strategy was to build credibility and support among Ukrainians through acts of ‘courage’ in the ‘war against Russian occupiers’, while denouncing the Oligarchs represented by Poroshenko et al. Meanwhile, the Kiev Junta would work against itself by being unable to effect a victory against Russia whilst constrained by agreements with Russia and Europe.  A further source of undoing would be the pushing through austerity measures, which Yatsenyuk made public early on, and the Kiev government would also discredit itself by taking on more debt as the economy continues to implode and collapse. […]

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