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Unite Against Fascism Goes Russia Today

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Goes on Putin Telly. 

The Tendance refuses to ‘take sides‘ on the Ukraine.

As me sister pointed out on the phone, the Crimean War is not going to take place.

But yesterday  a “spokesperson” for Unite Against Fascism was on Russia Today (news around late).

She appeared to support the Russian line.

Indeed more than endorse – actively back it.

It does strike one as highly inappropriate.

Could I remind UAF of Pussy Riot, to name but one case.


Written by Andrew Coates

March 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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  1. I would presume that the SWP UAF would be more interested in protecting statues of Lenin than what’s good for the people of Ukraine.

    Kevin Algar

    March 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  2. Eamonn McCann hadd a pro Putin line as well. Where is the neither Moscow nor Washington.

    Jim Monaghan

    March 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

  3. Without knowing further detail you’d think that this was another excellent example of the UAF (SWP) just turning up to any demo.

    But then again with further reading http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/13/russian-propaganda-ukraine-fascist-protesters-euromaidan it does seem highly inappropriate. Perhaps instead this is another example of the UAF supporting the fascists they like?

    Chris W

    March 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm

  4. It seems they are also lying about the turnout on the demo yesterday. Have a look at the pictures. I can’t see ten thousand people, can anyone?


    March 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  5. I can’t quite fathom why so many people who know little or nothing about Russia, Ukraine or Crimea have been so keen to “take sides” in this dispute anyway. Or why campaigning organisations which ostensibly have nothing to do with the issue insist on narrowing their appeal by broadening their remits to pronounce on these questions. It really is very strange behaviour.


    March 23, 2014 at 11:08 pm

  6. The AWL reports, ” It had been mainly organised by Unite Against Fascism and the SWP; Socialist Worker placards and sellers were another big part of the protest. Apart from that the SWP split RS21 was the most visible activist left presence.”


    Andrew Coates

    March 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  7. A major problem that is barely being addressed is that of the potential impact of the parallel intensification of Russian and Ukrainian nationalism upon Ukraine. Some on the left have shown a remarkable complacency towards the former as they point, quite rightly, to the alarming presence of outright fascists in the Ukrainian government, whilst others, besotted by the site of people on the streets of Kiev forcing the fall of a corrupt government, downplay the fascist menace in Ukraine as they point with justification to the inflammatory role played by Russian nationalists in the Crimea and the dubious tactics that Putin & Co employ.

    When considering tensions in Ukraine, it’s worth recalling that the old Soviet borders, like the ones in Yugoslavia, were largely administrative and often left members of one nationality in the territory of another. Furthermore, there often social mixing of the nationalities — this was especially the case in respect of Russians and Ukrainians in the east and south of Ukraine. So when the federations break apart and regions become separate countries, there are a lot of unresolved questions, or, to put it better, things that were of little importance and consequence could suddenly take on a crucial significance.

    The biggest danger in Ukraine is that the growing nationalist fervour of both a Ukrainian and Russian brand is threatening to make a factor that was implicit in the establishment of Ukraine as a sovereign state an actuality — that is, forcing the population of the mixed areas to choose their identity and allegiance: Ukraine or Russia; Ukrainian or Russian? With large numbers of mixed marriages, friendships, neighbours and workmates, it doesn’t take much imagination to see the poisonous consequences this would have, particularly, as in the case of Yugoslavia, there are no significant political forces encouraging unity amongst the different nationalities.

    Here, Putin’s official policies and the unofficial Russian nationalists are as responsible as the fascistic Ukrainian nationalists. The parallel rise of Ukrainian and Russian national fervour threatens to set half of Ukraine ablaze.

    I think that left-wingers have three things to do here. We must oppose the blast of anti-Russian propaganda in Western countries, we must show that the words and actions of both Russian and Ukrainian nationalists are adding greatly to the tensions in Ukraine, and we must try to help those in both Russia and Ukraine who are trying to promote policies that will defuse the growing tide of nationalism.

    Dr Paul

    March 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm

  8. There are several other dangers in the situation as well. There are other ethnic Russian communities bordering the Russian Federation which may well now feel encouraged to see the RF as their sponsor and protector in the case of any grievances they have with the political leadership of the republic where they live. The “ethnicisation” of the definition of “Russian” could serve to increase tensions both in other neighbouring states, and in turn within the RF itself, which has a large proportion of “non-Russians”. It is not hard to see why Putin has acted as he has, and in the short term it has worked well for him. In the longer term, what he has helped unleash may cause immense harm, and not only to Russia’s neighbours.


    March 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

  9. […] Here Ipswich’s Barmy Bolshevik Blogger, Andrew Coates mentions that Socialist Rapists Workers party front, Unite Against Fascism support Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea. […]

  10. “The Tendance refuses to ‘take sides‘ on the Ukraine.”

    Oh I beg differ my drone supporting leftist. This sudden discovery of ‘balance’ in your reporting is not a sign of not taking sides but a desperate attempt to try to justify the madness and breathtaking hypocrisy of the imperialists.
    The fact that you stoutly and loyally fail to ever mention this is a not so small a clue and it doesn’t take Miss Marple or Hetty Wainthropp to notice that your articles on this subject take a certain bias.

    Stop being modest, you are the loyal and servile apologist for imperialism that you ever were.

    On the madness of the West, it is either Madness or they planned this all along. I said pretty early on that this would lead to Ukraine breaking up. I suspect this is what the West wanted.

    It is good to know though that whatever lunacy the imperialists undertake, it’s drone supporting left apologists will never waver in their support.

    I guess we should now add Unite Against Fascism to the naughty list,

    Pilger (agent of Jihadists everywhere)
    Milne (hates to see young girls going to school)
    Ali (He just looks like a clerical fascists apologists)
    Galloway (friend of the dictators)
    Snowden (enemy of the enlightenment)
    Assange (rapist who assists clerical fascism)
    Manning (the little shit got what he deserved, we hope the Islamist enabler is enjoying his incarceration)
    Monbiot (wants to take us back to Feudalism)
    Anyone who has ever supported the Palestinian cause (what could they possibly have against the only democracy in the Middle East, where gay people can sip coffee in cafes)
    Most Muslims (women would be free without them)

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    March 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm

  11. Pinkie,

    Ok bedroom, who are the good guys?


    March 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

  12. This is very good:

    Pilger (agent of Jihadists everywhere)
    Milne (hates to see young girls going to school)
    Ali (He just looks like a clerical fascists apologists)
    Galloway (friend of the dictators)
    Snowden (enemy of the enlightenment)
    Assange (rapist who assists clerical fascism)
    Manning (the little shit got what he deserved, we hope the Islamist enabler is enjoying his incarceration)

    All true. I left out the stuff about Monbiot, which wasn’t.

    So where do you stand on the rights of the Tartars, bedroom-boy?

    Jim Denham

    March 25, 2014 at 12:21 am

  13. PS I shouldn’t have endorsed Bedroom-boy’s comment bout Manning in the above.

    Jim Denham

    March 25, 2014 at 12:22 am

  14. I see it is now the night of the long knives in Kiev, as they have shot the leader of the far right street thugs who brought them to power.

    My view on East Ukraine and Crimea is this, they should split. Why? Because Kiev cannot tolerate the views and opinions and aspirations of the East. So a democratic vote made by someone in the East will not be tolerated by those in the West, unless they vote as the West desires. You cannot expect those in the East to put up with this state of affairs.

    I portion the vast majority of the blame for this on the imperialists. Their desire for world supremacy has created a new cold war and Ukraine is a very unstable and volatile front line.

    The imperialists have returned to a very old and trusted tactic, destabilise an elected government, use some useful idiots to bring about the fall of said elected government, sideline useful idiots, ban the old elected government from office, purge their supporters and clamp down on protests will lethal force. What is not to love here for any self-respecting drone supporting leftist?

    I support the rights of the Tartars, but that battle is now in a very different context than it was before the imperialists targeted Ukraine.

    Lastly, you don’t have to agree with the naughty list, as I am simply reproducing your list!

    You could add a few more:

    Ridley (Look at what that woman is wearing, a terrorist sympathiser if ever there was one)

    Booth (A mouthpiece for Islamism, if we let her get her way we will all be singing, Sharia law is coming to town, Sharia Law is coming to town (set to the music of Santa Claus is coming to town))

    German (anti war efforts are nothing more than a front for the destruction of the enlightenment)

    Anyway, back to the day job.

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    March 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

  15. We will update Manning:

    Manning (Dim witted and sexually repressed fool used in to aid arch reaction)

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    March 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm

  16. I cant get over the ineptness of western policy, and the blatant bias in the MSM. Syria redux.

    What was the plan? Help overthrow a democratically elected government next to Russia with lashings of western cash, then expect Putin to roll over over. What happens if Putin decides NOT to take it up the gary glitter? Then what? Europe NEEDS Russian gas. The last thing we want is to become even more reliant on the Arab absolutist monarchies.

    It’s shambolic and amateurish. And the western media is losing credibilty day by day, soft power is getting spent and not replaced. We’ve given Putin a ridiculously easy win.

    Paul J

    March 26, 2014 at 2:26 am

  17. Just like to point out that in the case of Manning, ‘he’ is now ‘she’. Bradley is undergoing a sex-change and has changed his/her name to ‘Chelsea’. Make of that what you will.

    Sue R

    March 26, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  18. While in Madrid on Sunday, I saw a pro-Ukraine demonstration backed by Svoboda flags and the CNT red-and-black- rather an interesting combination! If my language skills had been better I’d have gone over to investigate.

    Igor Belanov

    March 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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