TAKE ACTION: Ukrainian anti-fascist activist kidnapped

Borotba activist Maria Matyushenko on a recent visit to the Donetsk People's Republic.Photo: Borotba

Borotba activist Maria Matyushenko on a recent visit to the Donetsk People’s Republic.
Photo: Borotba

June 24 — Maria Matyushenko, an activist with the anti-fascist organization Union Borotba (Struggle), was kidnapped and her apartment ransacked in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, on the night of June 23.

Dnepropetrovsk, a city in southeast Ukraine, is directly governed by far-right Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, who helps to finance the Right Sector fascist movement and is widely believed to be an organizer of the neo-Nazi massacre against anti-fascists and trade unionists in Odessa on May 2.

In May, armed right-wing paramilitaries attempted to kidnap two Borotba activists in the city of Kharkov. Leaders of the organization have been forced to flee the country or go underground under threat of arrest.

The government in Kiev and its State Security Police claim not to know who took Matyushenko. But the U.S.-backed junta, while saying it wants a ceasefire in its war against the newly-independent Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, at the same time is intensifying its crackdown on left-wing activists, even going after youths for posting anti-fascist materials on Facebook and other social media sites.

Workers World urges readers to contact the nearest Ukrainian embassy or consulate to demand Maria Matyushenko’s immediate release. Let them know you hold the Kiev government and President Peter Poroshenko responsible for her safety.

In the U.S., contact: Igor Sybiga, Chief of the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York, 240 E. 49th St., New York, NY 10017; phone: 212-371-6965; fax: 212-371-5547; email: [email protected]; website: ny.mfa.gov.ua.