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Russia blacklists three Ukrainian nationalist organizations

In September, Russia’s Supreme Court recognized these organizations as extremist

MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Financial Monitoring Service included Ukrainian nationalist organizations Sich-S14, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Black Committee (all outlawed in Russia) on its list of terrorists and extremists, the financial watchdog’s website reported on Monday.

In September, Russia’s Supreme Court recognized these organizations as extremist.

The OUN is a far-right Ukrainian nationalist political organization which mainly operated in Galicia and Volyn with its peak activity from the end of the 1920s through the early 1950s. Its members, in units formed by the SS, fought against the Soviet Union and its allies as well as attacked those civilians who supported the Soviet government. The organization was led by Stepan Bandera. After the 2014 state coup in Ukraine, the new regime again adopted a policy of glorifying Bandera’s followers.

Sich-S14 is a nationalist organization created in Ukraine in 2008. Its members are known for attacking Gypsies and participating in the 2014 coup d’etat. The organization’s leader Yevgeny Karas was arrested on suspicion of murdering writer Oles Buzina but was later released.

The Black Committee emerged in 2009. Its members participated in attacks on the Russian Embassy in Ukraine, Sberbank’s offices in Kiev as well as in rallies against Ukrainian communists.