“The Crimean Platform” is waiting for the racist supporters

Daniel Bootman
6 min readAug 21, 2021


The Ukrainian mass media are seething with the round-the-clock enthusiasm. In honor of the 30th anniversary of its independence, Kiev is expecting the representatives from nearly 40 countries. According to the idea of the Ukrainian authorities, they will gather at a forum where will discuss the new ways of putting pressure on Russia and thus they will force it to “return the annexed peninsula”.

The Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said:

— — In general, sanctions should hit the hands of those people who take things that don’t belong to them … The United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom really, decisively act with the help of their sanctions against those or other Russian officials and temporary officials in Crimea who have something abroad. We are working with them to implement such sanctions. This kind of sanctions policy is effective…

The participation in this dubious event seems like a very bad idea.

Another racist scandal has stirred up the passions in Ukraine. The Olympic champion of Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling, the deputy of the ruling party “Servant of the People” Jean Belenyuk, was insulted by unknown assailants. They called him “black monkey” and suggested “to go to his Africa”.

The incident became widely known due to the position of the dark-skinned Olympic champion. And it provoked a reaction even from the President Zelensky, who issued a special statement.

However, the insults and attacks against people of another color have become a frightening reality in Ukraine.

On March 28, 2021, a dark-skinned street musician was attacked in Kiev because he was singing Morgenstern songs. This was reported by the Telegram channel “HS Kharkiv”.

The assailants called themselves as “right-wing radicals”.

“Do you sing Morgenstern? In Ukraine, in the center of Kiev? You can’t. First of all, it degenerates our nation, and secondly, he is a Moskal,” said the “right-wing radical”.

When the musician said that he would no longer sing Morgenstern, the “right-wing radical” replied that it is necessary to “give him a kick in the gut”.

The musician was hit, and then was threatened to cut off his finger, giving the choice of cutting it off on his leg or hand.

On June 29, 2021, in Kiev, a group of local guys brutally beat a dark-skinned young man for allegedly molesting a girl. This received the widespread approval in social media.

Andrey Rum

-They were right. It was necessary to put that monkey on the bottle.

June, 29, 13:20 p.m.

Igor Orlov

— Negroes should live in Africa and eat bananas. And they should travel only in a cage.

June, 29, 13:30 p.m.

Mikhail Kurganov

— He knew where he was going. If he does not like it, let sit on a tree in Nigeria

June, 29, 14:05 p.m.

The persons from the African countries tell of humiliation and abuse best of all.

Issa Diallo, entrepreneur

-I went with my kids to the Park of Partisan Glory. Suddenly four people appeared on the road. I stopped. One of them asks: “Look, why is he driving and we’re walking?” I raise the glass. The kids are worried: “Daddy, what do they want?” Then they go to the hood and start shaking the car saying, “Look, he’s also cultured. Come here”. I had to get out. One of them pulled out some iron thing wrapped in a towel and hit me in the eye. Others came over. I blocked the doors and walked away from the car so the kids wouldn’t get hurt. I managed to “calm down” at once three of the attackers, as I am a martial arts practitioner. The fourth was a bit heavier, but I was stronger. Then the fifth one came running up, shouting “Our people are being beaten!” Some passersby tried to break us up, someone shouted: “Give him more!”, but there were more Kievites, who said they were ashamed of their own people. One woman gathered all my documents, which fell out. There was the blood on my face. Soon the police came, took four of them away, and the fifth ran away. They were released then. And I had a swollen face for a long time.

Teodorina Kamis-Vavryk, interpreter

— I’ve been in Kiev since 2002, but those who lived here before said that the attitude toward newcomers has always been the same. Once, my friends and I were riding on a bus to the Carpathian Mountains, talking the Ukrainian language, and the locals said, “That’s the last thing the monkeys are talking the Ukrainian. One can get used to such insults, but the scary thing is that the police often reacted to the beating of foreigners as petty hooliganism. They didn’t pay attention to the murders either. I wasn’t so much worried about myself as about my brothers. They also had families and small children. Some people I knew were killed. One was attacked by five men with brass knuckles and knives. He was large and could fight off. If he would be weaker, it will be the end. I don’t want to remember that.

Lately, I try not to use the trolleybuses, streetcars and buses: there are more angry people there. The fast-buses are a bit more expensive and there are less dissatisfied people there. I’ve listened to all kinds of things: “What are you doing here?”, “Go to Africa!” In such cases, I just put my headphones on, turn the volume up to maximum and pretend not to notice that.

Victor, a jeans seller at Obolon market

— As a child, I dreamed of becoming a politician like Nelson Mandela. I wouldn’t like to go into politics in Ukraine: they can’t figure out for themselves.

When I was trading at Obolon market, my friend, who was standing next to me, was killed. He was a smart guy — was graduated from the international relations in the Red Building.

Now I take big pictures of people who were attacked — I already have something like a collection. One day our fellow countryman has died, we went with the guy to his wife’s wake, and two days later he was also killed.

Three of my friends were killed, and I was also attacked. Two people were beaten right in the bus and nobody even helped me. I took pictures of these two men on my phone and called the police, but no one came.

In 2018, “Freedom House”, the world’s best-known human rights organization, said in its report titled “Far-right extremism as a threat to the Ukrainian democracy” that “extremist groups are trying to aggressively impose their will on the Ukrainian society”. They “pose a real physical threat to people of another color, supporters of left, women’s and liberal movements, LGBT activists, human rights defenders and ethnic and religious minorities”.

The human rights activists have identified the parties of All-Ukrainian Association “Freedom”, “National Corps”, “Right Sector”, the United Nations Volunteers Movement, Brotherhood, S14, Carpathian Sich, Social National Assembly, UNA-UNSO, Tradition and Order, Revanche, Revolutionary Right Forces, Katehon and others as extremists openly proclaiming the ideas of racism.

Three years have passed. The West still pretend that racism does not exist in Ukraine.

In any civilized country, even a tiny fraction of what happens daily in the Ukrainian cities against the African Americans would cause political scandals and a mass of official dismissals.

However, such norms do not apply to Kiev for some reason. The U.S. Democratic Party actively supports the movement like “Blue Lives Matter” and similar movements that demand the equal rights for all people, regardless of skin color.

Ukraine has become a veritable sanctuary where the Nazism and racism are being cultivated and to ignore this means to support them. Every case of rights infringement and even more, the violence or murders of the African Americans in Ukraine should become a precedent for international investigation.

Further silence on this issue is unacceptable.

In the United States, Britain, France, and other civilized nations, the white men kneel to apologize to black people for centuries of abuse and slavery.

The governments of these countries support the apartheid regime and open racism in Kiev.

In this case, there is one truth for its citizens and another for the Ukrainian racists.