Murderous Ukrainian ultra-nationalist dead – after 2 decades of violent thuggery
Born in Russia’s Urals in 1962, Muzychko served his military duty in Tbilisi, Georgia, and then got his first experience of warfare in Afghanistan as he served side-by-side with fellow Soviet troops.
As the Soviet Union fell, Muzychko joined the militant wing of the radical nationalist Ukrainian UNA-UNSO organization to fight against his former fellow citizens.
Serving as combat instructor, propagandist and recruitment officer, Muzychko soon rose up the ranks of neo-Nazi groups.
Muzychko, who also went under the name of Sashko Bilyi, came to prominence for his part in the first Chechen War, in which he headed a militant group of Ukrainians fighting alongside the Chechen separatists.
Muzychko personally tricked Russian forces into a deadly ambush and bombed Russian tanks – acts he later proudly admitted in interviews on camera.
According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, in 1994-95 Muzychko tortured and killed at least 20 captive servicemen, breaking officers’ fingers, poking their eyes out and cutting the throats of some of his victims.
Returning to Ukraine, Muzychko started a business and engaged in criminal activities. In the local underworld he acquired the reputation of a shell-shocked psychopath, frequently indulging in aggressive and violent behavior.
Despite several criminal cases launched against him by the local authorities, Muzychko got away with most of his antics, portraying himself as an icon of Ukrainian nationalism.
However, he had to serve a three-year jail term in the early 2000s for kidnapping and torturing a businessman, from whom Muzychko and his accomplices were demanding money.
Muzychko again rose to prominence amid the recent anti-government riots in Ukraine as radicals quickly hijacked the protest movement.
Here we see him brandishing a Kalashnikov, shouting: “I dare you to take my gun!” to a group of horrified regional deputies…
And here, he’s threatening to drag a local prosecutor to a lynch mob “like an animal” because the clerks’ “f**king time is over”…
In yet another clip, we see Muzychko vowing to fight “communists, Jews and Russians” with a gun in his hand in a speech on Kiev's Maidan (Independence Square).
But intoxicated with the atmosphere of lawlessness in Ukraine, Muzychko failed to realize when enough was enough, even for the “allied” coup-imposed authorities in Kiev.
Promising to hang the country’s interior minister “like a dog” for daring to threaten to arrest him, Muzychko proclaimed there was no higher authority in Rovno than his Right Sector thugs.
Afraid of persecution, he then claimed in YouTube videos that special operations of the Kiev government and the Russians are waged against him.
Muzychko was shot dead during a Ukrainian police raid in Rovno on March 25, with controversy immediately surrounding his death.
Russia, which earlier put Muzychko on an international wanted list for his militant activity in Chechnya, has said it will not recognize the nationalist leader is dead until an official notice arrives from Kiev.
— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) March 25, 2014