Searchlight warns of “Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine” scam

June 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm (apologists and collaborators, fascism, Jim D, John Rees, Lindsey German, reactionay "anti-imperialism", stalinism, Stop The War, strange situations, wankers)

Above: sub-Stalinist and Putin supporter Andrew Murray addresses the meeting

The following warning to the Left comes from Gerry Gable of Searchlight, the UK’s longest-established anti-fascist publication. It was published on 1st June, the day before the inaugural meeting of ‘Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine’:

The so-called Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine has called a meeting on the evening of Monday 2 June at SOAS. The British left and anti-fascist movement has been canvassed to take part.

The warning below, which exposes these political crooks, comes from genuine anti-fascists in Ukraine. President Putin’s media Trojan Horse, the Russia Today TV station, presents as commentators Nazis from Germany and the UK, and people involved in the far-right LaRouche cult group without explaining who they really are.

Over the past few weeks RT has featured Paul Weston from the tiny Islamophobic Liberty GB party, who has been associated with the English Defence League. Weston was described on screen as a civil rights activist. Also on was Manuel Ochsenreiter, editor of Zuerst!, a glossy German Nazi magazine. Then came the man from LaRouche’s international Executive Intelligence Newsletter, the happy hunting ground of several intelligence services. This is the group responsible for the death in 2003 of the British student Jeremiah Duggan in Germany, a death that will be subject to a new inquest in the North London Coroner’s Court next February.

Our comrade who has written the paragraphs that follow, is one of the most experienced investigators of what really goes on in Moscow and  Kiev. He expresses his sorrow, as do I, about the way part of the British and European left are being manipulated by these enemies of the true anti-fascist struggle.

The so-called “Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine” is simply a scam.

Borotba, which “represents” the Ukrainian side (their guy will address the meeting on Skype), is a fake left-wing organisation the representatives of which are now travelling across Europe to get funding for their dodgy activities. No decent left-wing group in Ukraine is cooperating with them. This is very much worth reading:

At the same time, Borotba has been cooperating with the so-called “Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine”. Its leader, Natalya Vitrenko, is a long-time associate of LaRouche:

Borotba also supports the self-proclaimed Donetsk People Republic, the “constitution” of which proclaims an authoritarian clerical regime.

It’s really painful to see that so many people fall victim of the idiotic propaganda.


H/t to Comrade Coatesy for drawing our attention to this bizarre affair. Coatesy also gives more detail about Lyndon LaRouche (aka “Lyn Marcus”):

The name LaRouche should send alarm bells ringing.

I will just cite this (there are thousands of pages on the Net about him) about this creature, ” Why is LaRouche considered a crank in some circles? Consider the following tidbits drawn from numerous similar statements over 30 years. According to LaRouche, The Beatles (who “had no genuine musical talent”) were created by the “British Psychological Warfare Division” and promoted “by agencies which are controlled by British intelligence.”

Furthermore, the Queen of England and the British royal family run the global drug trade. 37 LaRouche asks: “Who is pushing the world toward war?” It is “the forces behind the World Wildlife Fund, the Club of Rome, and the heritage of H.G. Wells and the evil Bertrand Russell.”38 Having a hard time as a political activist? LaRouche has the cure! He is “confident and capable of ending your political-and sexual-impotence; the two are interconnected aspects of the same problem….I am going to make you organizers…by taking your bedrooms away from you….I shall destroy your sense of safety….” From here.

We urge you to read Coatesy’s account, which is rather more even-handed than we’re inclined to be, and includes a link to a statement from the ‘Anti-Fascist Resitance in Ukraine’ campaign and from Borotba, putting their side of the argument. But there can be no doubt that this so-called “anti-fascist” campaign is a quite extraordinary rotten bloc of genuine dupes of Putin, sub-Stalinists, degenerate ex-Trotskyists and far-right conspiracy theorists with Nazi links.

See also: Dale Street on the Prime Minister of  the Donetsk People’s Republic


  1. Searchlight warns of “Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine” scam | OzHouse said,

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  2. Jim Denham said,

    A peaceful protest may be in order:

    Dear Friends

    Thank you for attending our successful public launch on 2 June. We now aim to constitute the campaign formally and commence actions.

    Our first members’ meeting, which will be open only to supporters of our campaign, will take place on Sunday 8 June at 2pm until 4.

    Please come.

    The venue is CGIL, 124 Canonbury Road, N1 2UT, three minutes’ walk from Highbury and Islington tube station.

    The proposed agenda is below
    Draft Agenda1. Setting up the campaigna) Membership and affiliation structure and feesb) Steering Committee and officers2. Six month plan3. AOB
    I hope to see you there


  3. februarycallendar said,

    LaRouche’s comments about the Beatles actually shed perhaps the strongest light on why certain people (both unreconstructed Stalinists and Daily Mail Socialists of the Neil Clark / David Lindsay ilk) are amazingly sympathetic with some of his wingnuttery: large parts of the British Left always deeply distrusted the Beatles and the movement they represented, seeing them as a distraction from the great struggle of the Left, a form of false consciousness and betrayal of socialist nobility. For that sort of Leftist, the idea that the Beatles were MI5/MI6 plants wouldn’t be off the scale. So I think that might be some sort of key.

  4. Brian M said,

    I have read (somewhere) that modern abstract art was at least partly funded by the CIA because it was in many cases so anti-political and certainly the antithesis of “socialist realism”. 🙂

  5. Who are the anti-fascists in Ukraine? | Anti-National Translation said,

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  6. Hylozoic Hedgehog said,

    For a look at the LaRouche group’s emergence as the SDS Labor Committees in the late 1960s, please see my e-book How It All Began at

    For more on LaRouche and the group’s trajectory into cultism in the 1970s, see my Smiling Man from a Dead Planet at

    In that later work, I also devote an appendix to LaRouche and Gerry Healy.

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