[Marxism] Left liberals under attack in Ukraine

Roger Annis rogerannis at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 1 14:00:11 MDT 2015

Left Opposition member Vitaliy Dudin was attacked on March 31 late in the evening near a metro stop in Kyiv by a right-wing mob of some ten people. The attackers justified their brutal violence by stating that Dudin and his comrades are supporters of the Donetsk Peoples Republic. The Left Opposition, of course, is a harsh critic and opponent of the DPR. A news report is here (use Google Translate): http://socportal.info/2015/04/01/u-kiyevi-stavsya-chergovij-napad-na-profspilkovogo-aktivista.html.

This is only the latest such attack on the left-liberal opponents of the autonomy movement in eastern Ukraine. Other attacks include:
* Some days ago – Oleh Vernik of the small trade union group 'Zakhyst Pratsi' was attacked and severely beaten in Kyiv region. 
* The pro-Maidan union activist Eugeniy Derkach was beaten in Dnipropetrovsk. 
*( Before that, the left liberals Denis Pilas (Left Opposition) and V.Cherepanin (liberal NGO activist) were beaten by far-right. 
* Denis Denisov (Left Opposition) reports about constant threats in an interview to Russian media. 

All these cases, including a photo of the beaten Vitaliy Dudin, are reported here on the Alterra group on the social network Vkontakte: http://vk.com/alter_tiera?w=wall-77412543_1403.

On March 17 in Odessa, a small protest against rising transit tariffs staged by  'Zakhyst Pratsi' was attacked and broken up. The attackers, again, accused the activists of supporting 'seperatism' in eastern Ukraine and were told to get to work for Ukraine instead of breaking it up. http://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2015/03/20/appeal-for-solidarity-peaceful-protest-of-trade-unionists-and-community-repressed-in-odessa/

The severity of these attacks actually pale compared to those that have taken place against the Ukrainian Communist Party and against several Marxist groups, including Borotba. They have suffered killings (Odessa Massacre of May 2, 2014), beatings, offices arson-attacked and otherwise closed down by threats, and kidnappings. Not to mention arrests and illegal detentions of hundreds of left-wing activists by official authorities. Many Ukrainian leftists have been forced to take refuge in Russia and Crimea, or further abroad.

As a Ukrainian colleague has explained to me, "We warned those guys that as Borotba and the Communist Party were being attacked, the right wing will eventually turn on them."

Roger Annis


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