27 Facts About Right Sector


Right Sector is a right-wing to far-right, Ukrainian nationalist organization.

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Right Sector has been described as right-wing, far right, hardline right-wing nationalist, or neo-fascist political party and paramilitary movement, and part of the European radical right.

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Right Sector was the second-most mentioned political group in Russian media during the first half of 2014, and Russian state TV depicted it as neo-Nazi.

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Right Sector stated he and his faction were against pseudo-revolutionary activity that threatens the state, fringe radicalism, and were against violent revolts against the government.

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Right Sector was formed in late November 2013 as a confederation of street-fighting soccer fans and right-wing nationalist groups: Patriot of Ukraine, the Social-National Assembly, Trident, UNA–UNSO, White Hammer, and Carpathian Sich.

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Yarosh, Right Sector's leader, has trained armed nationalists in military exercises since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Right Sector became one of the main actors in the January 2014 Hrushevskoho Street riots, a part of the Euromaidan protests, in their later and more violent stages.

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Right Sector has been described as the most organized and most effective of the Euromaidan forces when it came to confronting police.

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Right Sector became a dominant theme of Russian propaganda, which grossly exaggerated its strength and influence in the new Ukraine.

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Right Sector said that Muzychko had fought for Chechen separatists against Russian troops and been charged with banditry.

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Right Sector was captured alive and arrested but died from his wounds before paramedics arrived.

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Right Sector representatives held Interior Minister Arsen Avakov accountable for his death and vowed to avenge him.

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On 27 March 2014, Right Sector supporters demanded Avakov's resignation and tried to storm the Verkhovna Rada.

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On 31 March 2014, a drunken Right Sector activist started shooting near a restaurant in central Kyiv.

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Right Sector was officially registered as a political party by the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice on 22 May 2014.

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On 15 October 2014, around 125 masked men with Right Sector insignia blocked the company Zaporizhstal; Right Sector denied involvement in this blockade and labelled it as an attempt to discredit the organization.

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Right Sector did not take part in the October 2015 Ukrainian local elections.

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Right Sector seized military weaponry from an Interior Ministry arsenal in western Ukraine, near Lviv, towards the end of the Maidan revolution.

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Right Sector delivered some weapons to Ukrainian authorities in the aftermath of the revolution, and kept others.

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Right Sector told Newsweek that, "as in any army", it has specialists who are trained to use S-300 antiaircraft missiles.

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Right Sector has its own volunteer battalion that is fighting in the War in Donbas, the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps.

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On 19 July 2014 Right Sector said it was ready to contribute 5,000 people to fight, if the military provided suitable combat equipment.

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Right Sector lost twelve fighters when ambushed outside Donetsk in August 2014.

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On 17 August 2014 Right Sector accused the Interior Ministry of harbouring counterrevolutionary forces seeking to destroy the Ukrainian volunteer movement.

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Scholars Andreas Umland and Anton Shekhovtsov have written that Right Sector formed as a loose collection of small groups, outside parliament, that were ultraconservative and included a neo-Nazi fringe.

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Right Sector's website says that its members distrust the "imperial ambitions" of both Russia and the West.

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Right Sector has the position that the population should keep and bear arms, as in Switzerland.

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