Monday, February 23, 2015

Fashionable fascism in Ukraine - New Cold War: Ukraine and Beyond

By the editors, New Cold, Dec. 30, 2014

The weekly fashion magazine in France, Elle, has issued a sort-of retraction for a news/photo feature it published on the war in eastern Ukraine glamorizing the handful of young females joining far-right paramilitary battalions that fight alongside the Ukraine army against the people of eastern Ukraine. The five page feature article was published in the Nov. 14, 2014 issue of Elle.

The feature pictured six women in glamour-photo mode. ‘Vita’ is a member of the ‘Aidar’ battalion. Three sisters—’Vassilissa, Ludmila and Masina’–are said to be members of the far-right ‘Donbass Battalion’ (the first two sisters are pictured). ‘Sveta’ is a member of an unidentified battalion. ‘Nadejda’ is said to be a “graphic artist”; no other description is provided.

The sixth woman pictured is Vira Savtchenko, sister of the infamous Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadejda Savtchenko (Nadiya Savchenko) who is presently imprisoned and facing criminal charges in Russia. (See the Elle feature article at this weblink, pp 151 to 156.)

Nadejda Savtchenko is accused of providing coordinates to Ukraine army or militia artillery batteries whose shells killed two Russian journalists, Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, near Luhansk in southeast Ukraine in June of 2014. She was detained by pro-autonomy rebels in eastern Ukraine on June 17.

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