Veterans-turned-mafiosos in Lviv

Post-Communist problems.


Last week the Lviv City Palace of Culture. Hnat Khotkevych broke up a group of men who demanded that the “anti-Ukrainian fascist measures” be stopped. Although it turned out that nothing like this happens in the palace, men refused to leave the premises, threatening and humiliating the workers of the institution. The restoration of the palace of culture succeeded only after the intervention of the police.

ZAXID.NET has been studying video and photo material from the scene to tell more about the group members who dare to storm the communal institution of culture. And it turned out that they are equally close to the authoritative ex-deputy Ihor Krivetsky known under the nickname “Pops” and to the head of the Lviv regional state administration Oleg Synyutki.

Not “National Corps”, then who?

Immediately after the incident, the workers of the palace of culture named after him. Hnat Hotkevich spread the information that representatives of the “National Corps” broke into their institution. Svyatoslav Seryry, head of the regional headquarters of the National Corps, denied this information, while clarifying that only one member of their organization, the head of the Lviv branch Stepan Vinyar, was in place.

56-year-old Stepan Vinyar, a long-time participant in various types of paramilitaries, in the early 1990’s he represented the “battle wing” of the Social-National Party of Ukraine (SNPU), which was created in Lviv in 2004, which was transformed into “Liberty” in 2004. In 2015, Stepan Vinyar became a member of the civil corps Azov, which later became the basis for the creation of the “National Corps”.

ZAXID.NET was able to recognize photos and videos from the scene of another four members of the group who broke into the Palace of Culture. These are Sergey Favorsky, Maxim Kamenetsky, Ruslan Mutsin and Oleg Dudok. None of these men is a member of the National Corps, but they all have much in common with each other.


Night at Sokolniki robbed and shot their leg 37-year-old Lviv


“Lviv is already divided between Kopytk and Mordov. If we come here first, then this is ours”

Pislya vykhodu materialu «Fantastychna chetvirka» do ZAXID.NET pochaly zvertatysya meshkantsi Lʹvova ta oblasti z informatsiyeyu pro diyalʹnistʹ fihurantiv statti. Sered zvernenʹ buv lyst vid meshkantsiv m. Vynnyky. Vony stverdzhuvaly, shcho kolyshni atovtsi obsluhovuyutʹ interesy firmy, yaka nezakonno zabudovuye yikhnye podvirʺya. Tsi lyudy zalyakuyutʹ meshkantsiv i bʺyutʹ yikh navitʹ u prysutnosti pravookhorontsiv.

Zakhystyty vynnykivchan ne spromihsya navitʹ mer Volodymyr Kvurt. Dopomohty lyudyam z·holosyvsya narodnyy deputat Dmytro Dobrodomov. ZAXID.NET vyrishyv pereviryty tsyu «fantastychnu» istoriyu.

Chy domovytʹsya Dobrodomov?

«Do p’yatnytsi vy stattyu ne davayte. My chekayemo rezulʹtatu vid Dobrodomova. Vin vzhe zustrichavsya z Veremeyenkom. Nam mayutʹ podzvonyty i skazaty, chy viddayutʹ podvirʺya. A todi my hotovi na budʹ-yaki intervʺyu», – poyasnyuye meshkanka Vynnykiv Tetyana Kizyma.

Tetyana Kizyma, yiyi cholovik Taras ta susidy zvernulysya do ZAXID.NET pislya toho, yak vpiznaly v publikatsiyi «Fantastychna chetvirka» cholovikiv, yaki vzhe druhyy rik zalyakuyutʹ i napadayutʹ na nykh.

«YA khochu, shchob vony viddaly lyudyam zemlyu, ale za stav ya budu sudytysya i dali», – zvertayetʹsya do Tarasa i Tetyany susid Yaroslav Semenyuk. Vin rozkladaye na stoli kupu sudovykh rishenʹ, skarh i prypysiv.
After the release of the material “Fantastic Four” to ZAXID.NET began to appeal to residents of Lviv and the region with information about the activities of the contributors of the article. Among the appeals was a letter from the inhabitants of Vinniki. They argued that former attacks served the interests of a firm that illegally built their yard. These people intimidate the inhabitants and beat them even in the presence of law-enforcers.

Even the mayor Volodymyr Kvurt failed to protect the vinnikivschans. People’s Deputy Dmytro Dobrodomov called on people to help. ZAXID.NET decided to check out this “fantastic” story.

Do Dobrodomov agree?

“Until Friday you do not give the floor. We are waiting for the result from Dobromodov. He has already met Veremeyenko. We have to call and say, give the yard. And then we are ready for any interviews, “says Vinnikov resident Tatiana Kizima.

Tatiana Kizima, her husband Taras and his neighbors turned to ZAXID.NET after finding out in the publication of the Fantastic Four men who have been intimidating and attacking them for the second year.

“I want them to give land to people, but I will continue to judge myself afterwards”, – addresses Yaroslav Semenyuk, Taras and Tetyana. He lays a bunch of court decisions, complaints and orders on the table.

The state of Utah recognizes Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people

The press service of the Ukrainian Embassy in the US reports that the American state of Utah recognized the Holodomor (famine) of 1932-1933 as the genocide of Ukrainian people.

“On October 10, in Salt Lake City, in the presence of the Ukraine Ambassador to the USA, Valeriy Chaly, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Utah Jonathan Friedman and the Governor of the State of Utah, Gary Herbert signed the Declaration of Victims Commemoration of the Holodomor genocide of 1932-1933 in Ukraine,” the statement reads.

The state will honor the memory of the Ukrainian victims on November 24, 2018. The US Senate also recognized the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people on October 4th.

The Holodomor has been recognized as agenocide in 12 more states: Ohio, Missouri, Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Kansas. Moreover, in June, the governor of Illinois declared 2018 the Year of Memory of the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine.

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s billionaire sponsor imprisoned in Russia

After vacating his title, Connor McGregor is returning to the UFC to challenge interim champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov is from Dagestan. During a recent press conference, Connor dove into Dagestani-Chechen-Russian politics, looking, as always, for some psychological lever.

REALLY interesting!

There’s a chance that Ziyavudin’s imprisonment is why Khabib has been expressing Russian nationalism and not Dagestani nationalism. Khabib petitioned Putin directly for his release. And for Russia, this, like everything, is a propaganda outlet.

Poland wants Military Base called “Fort Trump”

After months of pushing for a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland as a bulwark against Russia, the Polish president offered President Donald Trump a new incentive tailored to his real estate sensibilities: naming rights.

“I would very much like for us to set up a permanent base in Poland, which we would call Fort Trump,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said Tuesday in a joint press conference at the White House. “I firmly believe that this is possible. I am convinced that such a decision lies in the Polish interest and in the interest of the United States.”

Standing nearby, Trump smirked and raised his right eyebrow before pursing his lips as he appeared to consider the possibility of an American military base in Poland emblazoned with his name.

Russian trolls will have an identity crisis.

The Castle in Radomysl

It had been a paper mill and a regular mill, but built by a creative builder in the form of a castle. A Ukrainian philanthropist took over in 2009 and now it is a hotel, tourist attraction, and museum of ancient Ukrainian society and religious life.

Part of the structure is built without a foundation on the natural granite:

The museum included religion icons organized by region. The blue skies with radiance are from Poltava. The icons with leather clothing attached to the them are from Luhansk. The black and blue halos are from Kyiv. The red backgrounds are from Chernivtsi. The naive style art is from the Carpathians. The three-piece fold-out icons are also Hutsul.

These straw pitchers were waterproof and held wine:

Family Moments

My toddler used to correctly answer “two”, when asked his age. But he was told that some other boys were four. Now he answers “five”, when asked about his age.

Tonight we played chess. His favorite part of the game is when I hide a black pawn in one fist, and a white pawn in the other and ask him to choose colors. We (mostly I ) set up the pieces. Sometimes we make a few moves. Then he runs the board over with one of his toy cars. This evening, he walked to the other room to get one, having mistakenly sat down to chess without it. Several times I started putting the pieces away, but he kept insisting that we play again. I was tired. We played several more times, and I, trying to wind things down, suggested we read a book. We went together to the other room, and returned with a book to sit on the sofa and read. He was more attentive than usual, really looking at every picture and listening. When we finished, he took the book and threw it. Then he said “more book”, and climbed off the sofa. “I’ll wait here,” I said. He ran to the next room, and returned with another, his smile beaming as he returned. When we’d read this one, he also threw it, and went for a third. This time he waved and said “goodbye”. “Goodbye,” I replied. “Will you come back?” “Yes,” he said. During the fourth book, he fell asleep on my shoulder. I continued reading, and then talking to myself when I reached the end of the book, until he seemed pretty sound asleep. Then I carried him into the bedroom from where he’d been getting the books. His mother was collapsed there on the bed, amid the toys she was putting away.

Fatherhood moments

1. We’ve been telling our son to expect a trip to the US by airplane to visit “baba Maria.” Yesterday we were sitting by a lake near his mother’s town here in Ukraine. His grandfather, standing in the shallow water near the shore pushed him around in a canoe. A small prop plane puttered over us from the nearby flying school, we pointed it out to our son. He said “i dania bude letity do baby mariji . . . jisty kobasku.” (“And Danny will fly to baba Maria to eat Keilbasa.”)

2. When I was grabbing his nose, he said: “Romchyk, ne chipai.” (“Romchyk [diminutive Roman] – don’t grab me.”)

3. Somehow, he learned that ice cream was a thing. Apparently not wanting to be forward, he made a general inquiry with his mother. In a cautious voice, he asked “mamu, a morozevo liudy jidiat?” (“Mom, ice cream is eaten by people?”) She asked him where he’d seen ice cream. He’s two and a half and doesn’t really go anywhere without his mother. “In restaurants,” he answered.

Ukrainian Soros Employee Deported from Poland

The George Soros Open Dialog Foundation called this an “act of political nature carried out by the Polish authorities in order to stop the activities of the organisation in the country and abroad.”

The Soros agitators were organizing disruptions against the Polish government and can’t understand why they were kicked out!

Kozlovska’s husband, Mr Bartosz Kramek, Head of the Open Dialog Foundation’s Board, who had been calling for various civil disobedience actions in Poland.

Friday Evening in Lviv

I walked through the city center with my wife, and with my son on my shoulders. Cafes, street musicians, dancers — swing in the center square, and tango on the porch of a small unexpected corner coffee shop near the Dominican church – it’s statues lit blue, purple and pink.

People everywhere. Trams. Young couples sitting on park benches.

Lviv is everything Paris used to be, and pretends like it still is.

Now we are home. I’ve build a fortress for my son out of couch cusions. Outside the open window, we can hear girls singing a Ukrainian folk songs. We couldn’t spot them when we looked out the window, though they seem quite close.