Block FACT

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Block FACT
Founded Autumn 2010
Founding location Saint Petersburg, Russia
Years active 2010–present
Territory Russia, Ukraine
Ethnicity Ukrainians (core), Russians, Jews and Caucasians[1]
Criminal activities Assaults, battery, arsons, vandalism

Block FACT (Russian: Блок «Фаланга антикоммунистического тарана», lit. 'Block "Phalanx of Anti-Communist Ram"') is part of a Russian far-right group, operating in St. Petersburg and established in the autumn of 2010.

Publicity[edit]

The public statements from Block FACT often represent hard anti-communism. The organization's criteria for labeling a group as communist are quite broad. For example, the regimes of Muammar Gaddafi, Bashar Assad, and even the Kingdom of Bahrain were labeled as "communist" by Block FACT.[2]

Activities[edit]

Block FACT claimed responsibility for the beating of St. Petersburg Marxist-Leninist historian Igor Pykhalov (ru), setting fire to a Communist Party car (September 2011),[3] and assaulting magistrate Alexei Kuznetsov (April 2013).[4] Block FACT claimed responsibility for beating Communist Party secretary Alexey Rusakov (August 2012),[5] burning a Communist Party car (February 2012),[6] desecrating and destroying a series of Soviet memorials (plaques Lenin, Uritsky, Romanov, Trefolev, Voytik), and attacking several activists of Communist organizations.[1]

Some commentators characterized the actions of Block FACT as a relaxed variant of European neo-fascist terrorism of the 1970s.[7] It is assumed that the activists of Block FACT attacked a former Duma deputy, Viktor Tyulkin. The leader of the St. Petersburg communist organizations, Tyulkin, was beaten on 4 October 2013, after a communist demonstration commemorating the 20th anniversary of the events of October 1993. One of the attackers congratulated Tyulkin with "happy holidays".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Godovikov, Nikolay (22 April 2013). "Питерские бандеровцы против судьи Кузнецова" [St. Petersburg Banderovtsy against Judge Kuznetsov]. Nasha Versiya na Neve. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Призраку коммунизма опять накостыляли Archived 2013-06-26 at Archive.is
  3. ^ Сегодня ночью подожгли автомобиль городского комитета КПРФ, burning down the official St. Petersburg`s branch site of the Russian Federation Communist Party, 11.09.2011
  4. ^ Самосуд над судьей Archived October 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Novaya gazeta, 14.04.2013
  5. ^ О нападении на секретаря ленинградского обкома РКРП-КПСС Алексея Русакова, Krasnoye TV, 09.08.2012
  6. ^ Коммунистов не запугать, the official site of St. Petersburg`s branch of the Russian Federation Communist Party, 09.02.2012
  7. ^ Кулак белой ленты, Website of the Perm Civic Chamber, июнь 2013
  8. ^ На лидера партии «Рот Фронт» мог напасть «Блок ФАКТ», Без формата.RU, 07.10.2013