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Brown Revolution in Ukraine: The Odessa Inferno

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By:Eugene Girin | May 06, 2014

Last week, a brawl between supporters of a federalized Ukraine (known in the Western media as "pro-Russian separatists" and supporters of the neo-nazi dominated Brown revolution (known in the Western media as "pro-government demonstrators") escalated into a massacre. A crowd of anti-Maidan demonstrators was chased into the Trade Unions building.

The building was then torched by the Brown revolutionaries who prevented the trapped people inside from escaping. At least 46 people died from smoke inhalation, burns, and jumping down to the pavement.  Activists who managed to escape alive were beaten by the Brown revolutionaries and medical teams were prevented from performing first aid.  A physician from the city's ambulance service was pushed away by the pro-Maidan militants when he tried to come to the aid of their injured opponents. According to Dr. Igor Rozovsky, one of the Brown revolutionaries told him that the same fate awaits him and other Odessa Jews. The physician added that he personally saw a young man succumb to his injuries because the medics were physically prevented from taking him to the hospital.

Sources from the Odessa police and the medical examiner's office told the Odessa news website Timer that the real numbers of dead pro-federalization activists are much higher: from 72 to 116 people. Among the dead are local parliamentarian Vyacheslav Markin and Russian poet Vadim Negaturov. The pro-Kiev militants finished off Markin as he was lying on the sidewalk after jumping out of the burning building.

The reaction of the State Department's beloved pro-Maidan politicians to the horrific events in Odessa is telling, to say the least. Lesya Orobets, formerly the member of the "moderate" Fatherland party of current putschist PM Arseniy "Yats" Yatsenyuk and Yulia "Lady Yu" Tymoshenko, described the murdered anti-Maidan activists as "hordes of Colorado beetles" and characterized the murderous arson as "a more than adequate answer [to aggression]". Tymoshenko, who earlier called for the wholesale killing of Russians and a nuclear attack on Russia breezily dismissed the fiery massacre as "a defense of administrative buildings". And these are the "moderate", female pro-Maidan politicians! One shudders to think what the likes of Tyahnybok and Yarosh think about the Odessa inferno.

In Eastern Europe, the bloody events of history tend to repeat themselves. Over sixty years ago, another group of Ukrainian nationalists perpetrated a fiery massacre. On March 22, 1943, members of the 118th Schutzmannschaft battalion, made up of Galician collaborators, massacred 149 Belarussian villagers in the village of Khatyn.  The hapless victims were barricaded in a shed, which was later set on fire. Only a couple of Khatyn's inhabitants managed to survive. 

Their murderers were much luckier. Konstanty Smowski, who was the Ukrainian assistant to the German commander of the battalion peacefully ended his days in Minneapolis and Khatyn killer Vladimir Katriuk still lives in provincial Quebec, tending to his beehives. Many of their blood-drenched comrades returned to independent Ukraine and march down the welcoming streets of Kiev and Lvov, flaunting their uniforms and bragging about their wartime activities. After all, they are the ideological forebears and heroes of the Maidan movement.



John Sobieski
New York
5/6/2014 07:10 PM

  Mr. Girin, have you looked into the claim that this Dr. Rozovsky is actually Ruslan Hadji-Muratovich Semenov, who works in dental care in Karachai-Cherkess Republic in Russia.

Tom Piatak
5/6/2014 08:08 PM

  The mention of Khatyn is very interesting. The Soviets signaled Khatyn out of all the villages that suffered horrific Nazi reprisal killings for one reason: "Khatyn" and "Katyn" sound alike to Westerners. The Soviets wanted to deflect attention from the latter, which they cynically blamed on the Nazis until the end of the USSR. Then again, with Putin's new law criminalizing any "distortion" of the USSR's role in World War II, maybe the Russians will start blaming the Germans for Katyn again.

John Rutowicz
5/6/2014 08:28 PM

  Mr. Girin, For clarity's sake, you said: "the neo-nazi dominated Brown revolution." Do you mean that there are some Right Sector members in the crowd at some conflicts including the one in Odessa? Or do you mean the the interim government in Kiev is dominated by Neo-Nazis? It sounds like you mean the latter.

Eugene Girin
Forest Hills
5/6/2014 10:48 PM

  Tom, the reason I mentioned Khatyn is only because the massacre there was eerily similar to the one in Odessa. Ukrainian nationalists barricaded people in a building and burned them alive. Also, the Soviets only memorialized Khatyn in 1969, more than a quarter century of the massacre. I would argue that if they wanted to obfuscate the memory of the Katyn massacre using the Khatyn massacre, they would have done it earlier. In addition, for a long time, the Soviets did not allow any mention of Ukrainian collaborationist participation in the massacre in the name of the Soviet "brotherhood of the peoples" doctrine - the equivalent of Titoist "brotherhood and unity" doctrine, which prevented the truth about Ustasa and Bosniak massacres of Serbs and others from coming out. I do not think that right thinking Russians believe that Katyn was perpetrated by the Germans, the only ones that do are the same ones that believe that Americans never landed on the moon.

5/7/2014 02:35 PM

  It's a curious article, but to me, it seems more likely it was a situation of pure chaos, rather than an organized massacre. Also, some sources indicate that the irresponsibility of the police was actually condemned. It's Western media, but it gives multiple versions of the blaze:


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