Morning Star’s ‘anti-fascist’ label for rebels in East Ukraine crass and niave

March 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm (anti-fascism, democracy, fascism, history, imperialism, posted by JD, reactionay "anti-imperialism", stalinism)

Ever since the Maidan uprising against Putin’s stooge Yanukovych just over a year ago, the Morning Star (indirectly controlled by the British CP and funded by many UK trade unions) has persisted in referring to the Kiev government and its forces as “fascist” and the pro-Putin rebels as “anti-fascists.” The M Star‘s circulation is small, but it carries some weight within the trade union movement and sections of the left. This makes its grotesque misrepresentation of what’s going on in Ukraine, and its uncritical repetition of Putin’s propaganda, so politically poisonous. No article or letter published in the paper has challenged their version of events, until this letter, published today. Shiraz Socialist has no idea who the author is; we’re republishing here because we broadly (but not in every detail) agree with it and because letters published in the M Star‘s print edition do not appear on its website:


Naïve ‘anti-fascist’ label for rebel Russians breathtaking in its error

YOUR description of the eastern Ukrainian rebel soldiers as “anti-fascist fighters” is breathtaking in its crassness and naivety.

They’re no more fighting fascism than Mussolini was.

As ethnic Russians whose ancestors were moved in during the Soviet era (and possibly before), they have simply spotted an opportunity to have the area they live in returned to Moscow’s control.

In this we have seen the encouraging hand of Vladimir Putin, just as in Crimea and Georgia.

Please don’t insult our intelligence by describing Putin as some sort of defender of the left — he is a dictator who maintains his position by imprisonment and assassination of political opponents and by strict control of the media to ensure re-election.

At least in the (later) Soviet era there was some sort of brake by the Communist Party on excesses by the leadership.

Hitler, Franco, Mussolini, Pinochet and their like were fascists.

You are simply losing all credibility by desperately trying to tar the Ukraine government with the label. Shame on you.

I am considering ceasing to buy the Morning Star, despite your support (with which I agree) for the Jack Jones Square campaign in Madrid.

PETER CARR, Sawbridgeworth


  1. Jim Denham said,

  2. Steven Johnston said,

    The moral compass of the Morning Star: –

    West = bad

    Russia/China/Cuba/anyone fighting the west = good.

    The letters page is always good for a laugh as they print any old rubbish.

  3. dagmar said,

    That crazy Putin has now only gone and admitted he made the decision to annex the Crimea and (again) that Russian troops were/are (of course) involved. This has been obvious to all, I presume, except for the Morning Star and the like – who, I imagine, have been denying this as “NATO propaganda” etc.

    So what will they do now? Explain Putin away as an Obama-Merkel stooge?

  4. Steven Johnston said,

    How about that he is saving the Ukranian working class for the imperalist west?

  5. dagmar said,

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he directly debunks that myth in the same interview/hagigomentary as well

  6. dagmar said,

    I am waiting for Putin to totally diss all his supporters in the west as useless idiots (or similar) and then see how they praise him for doing so.

  7. Chris said,

    I hate islamism far more than you do but fascism has never been about forcing Islamic law on people. Fascism is based on nationalism, whereas islamism is transnational. Went can’t we just accept that islamism is bad on its own terms?

  8. Steven Johnston said,

    I agree Chris, I’ve looked at the precepts of Islam and do not want it here!
    Nor do I want anyone to live under them, if they want to believe in Islam fine, but there should be a total separation of Church and state.

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