Chaos as Ukraine Far-Right Leader Slain in Police Shootout

Allies Claim 'Conspiracy,' Vow Revenge on Interior Minister

In the wake of the protester-imposed regime change in Ukraine the big question was how the neo-Nazi themed Right Sector and the pro-West bureaucrats from the old Tymoshenko government would be able to work together. The answer is, they’re not.

The split of the Right Sector from the rest of the “interim government” came dramatically today with the death of Oleksandr Muzychko, a top Right Sector leader, wanted for war crimes in Russia for his involvement in the Chechen War, slain under disputed circumstances during a police shootout.

At least “police shootout” is the official story from the interim government. The Right Sector claims a conspiracy, and that Muzychko was loaded into a car alive and well, before being shot twice and dumped on the street elsewhere in the city.

Muzychko had made no secret of his dislike for the interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, threatening repeatedly to kill him in the past several weeks. Right Sector MP Roman Koval vowed the faction would “avenge ourselves on Avakov for the death of our brother.

Author: Jason Ditz

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