Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Toronto's Nazi Nexus: Munk School of Global Affairs

We would like to share some troubling information with you that comes from those who sincerely desire to help Ukraine to become a prosperous and democratic country. Several institutions in Canada have welcomed in the past few days a person who is known as one of the founders of the modern far-right party in Ukraine. Canada does no favour to Ukraine by such actions.

We are talking about Andriy Parubiy, the former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the current First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament. He was invited to speak on February 22 at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto. The next day, he visited the Canadian Parliament. Parubiy’s political curriculum vitae looked impeccable on the Munk School’s website (http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/20005). However, there was not a word about Parubiy’s active participation in the Ukrainian extreme right movement since the early 1990s.

Andriy Parubiy was a co-founder of the Social National Party of Ukraine in 1991 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2014/02/12/who-are-the-protesters-in-ukraine/) which was officially registered in 1995. The official doctrine of this party was “social nationalism”, apparently inspired by German National Socialism. The party proclaimed its program as revolutionary and ultra-nationalist. It blamed Russia for all of the Ukraine’s misfortunes. The official symbol of SNPU is Wolfsangel, a slightly modified Wolf’s Hook (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social-National_Party_of_Ukraine), used by the German SS division Das Reich which is recognized as a war criminal organization. The same symbol is now placed on the flag of the infamous ultra-nationalist Azov Battalion, a far-right paramilitary battalion which together with other similar formations has committed war crimes during the nearly two-year civil war conflict in eastern Ukraine. This has been recognized by international organizations such as Amnesty International (https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/pol10/0001/2015/en/). The founder of this battalion, Andriy Biletsky, is the disciple of Andriy Parubiy.  (more...)

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