Murderous Ukrainian ultra-nationalist dead – after 2 decades of violent thuggery
Published time: March 25, 2014 17:29
Notorious ultra-nationalist leader Aleksandr Muzychko has been shot dead by Ukrainian special forces after going on the rampage amid Ukraine's current turmoil. Muzychko’s death followed many years of unpunished militant activity in neo-Nazi organizations.
Born in Russia’s Urals in 1962, Muzychko served his military duty
in Tbilisi, Georgia, and then got his first experience of warfare
in Afghanistan as he served side-by-side with fellow Soviet
As the Soviet Union fell, Muzychko joined the militant wing of
the radical nationalist Ukrainian UNA-UNSO organization to fight
against his former fellow citizens.
Serving as combat instructor, propagandist and recruitment
officer, Muzychko soon rose up the ranks of neo-Nazi groups.
Muzychko, who also went under the name of Sashko Bilyi, came to
prominence for his part in the first Chechen War, in which he
headed a militant group of Ukrainians fighting alongside the
Muzychko personally tricked Russian forces into a deadly ambush
and bombed Russian tanks – acts he later proudly admitted in
interviews on camera.
According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, in 1994-95
Muzychko tortured and killed at least 20 captive servicemen,
breaking officers’ fingers, poking their eyes out and cutting the
throats of some of his victims.
Returning to Ukraine, Muzychko started a business and engaged in
criminal activities. In the local underworld he acquired the
reputation of a shell-shocked psychopath, frequently indulging in
aggressive and violent behavior.
Despite several criminal cases launched against him by the local
authorities, Muzychko got away with most of his antics,
portraying himself as an icon of Ukrainian nationalism.
However, he had to serve a three-year jail term in the early
2000s for kidnapping and torturing a businessman, from whom
Muzychko and his accomplices were demanding money.
Muzychko again rose to prominence amid the recent anti-government
riots in Ukraine as radicals quickly hijacked the protest
Here we see him brandishing a Kalashnikov, shouting: “I dare you
to take my gun!” to a group of horrified regional deputies…
And here, he’s threatening to drag a local prosecutor to a lynch
mob “like an animal” because the clerks’ “f**king time is over”…
In yet another clip, we see Muzychko vowing to fight “communists,
Jews and Russians” with a gun in his hand in a speech on Kiev's
Maidan (Independence Square).
But intoxicated with the atmosphere of lawlessness in Ukraine,
Muzychko failed to realize when enough was enough, even for the
“allied” coup-imposed authorities in Kiev.
Promising to hang the country’s interior minister “like a dog”
for daring to threaten to arrest him, Muzychko proclaimed there
was no higher authority in Rovno than his Right Sector thugs.
Afraid of persecution, he then claimed in YouTube videos that
special operations of the Kiev government and the Russians are
waged against him.
Muzychko was shot dead during a Ukrainian police raid in Rovno on
March 25, with controversy immediately surrounding his death.
Russia, which earlier put Muzychko on an international wanted
list for his militant activity in Chechnya, has said it will not
recognize the nationalist leader is dead until an official notice
arrives from Kiev.
But although the thuggish figure in military fatigues did have a
history of “resurrections” to escape the rule of law, it appears
this time that Muzychko/Sashko Bilyi is gone for good. His legacy
may be dividing an already polarized country, even in death.