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Right Sector: Structure and Leadership

Photo Right Sector

by Gordon M. Hahn

Below I present the structure and leadership of Ukraine’s influential neo-fascist movement and political party, Right Sector (Praviy Sektor or RS). Right Sector was founded on November 29, 2013 on the Maidan by three neo-fascist groups, including the notorious neo-Nazi party, the Social-National Assembly, of which the Maidan regime’s first chairman of the Ukrainian Defense and Security Committee Andriy Parubiy was a founding leader ( Its leader, Dmitro Yarosh was appointed an advisor to the Ukrainian Armed Forces last month. RS’s armed forces, the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps, has refused to subordinate itself to the Ukrainian armed forces’ command, however. RS has claimed responsibility for the 2 May 2014 terrorist pogrom in which 48 people were killed, most of them burned alive.


LEADERSHIP, April 2015

Central Leadership

Leader (“Coordinator”) – Dmitro Yarosh, advisor to the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff

Deputy Leader – Andrei Tarasenko (political and social work)

Leader of Information Department – Borislav Beryoza (Ukraine Supreme Rada deputy)

Armed Forces

Ukrainian Volunteer Corps (DUK) Commander – Andriy Stempitskii

DUK Chief of Staff – Valeriy Voronov

Press Secretary – Artyom Skoropadskiy

Chaplain of DUK – Father Mikola

Regional Structures (leader)

Rivne Oblast – Roman Koval

Ternopil Oblast –  Vasili Labaichyuk

Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast – Vasili Abramiv

Zakarpatiya Oblast – Olaksandr Sachka

Sicheslavsk Oblast – Rostislav Vinar

Chernivetsk Oblast – Volodimir Ryasov

Kyiv (Kiev) Oblast – Igor Mazur (Topol’)

Kyiv (Kiev city) – Andriy Tarasenko

Vinnitsa Oblast – Sergiy Chumak

Sumy Oblast – Mikola Surzhenko

Cherkask Oblast – Andriy Cherevan

Lviv (Lvov) Oblast – Artyom Lutsak

Zaporozhe Oblast – Sergiy Kanivets

Volyn Oblast – Pavel Danilchuk

Odessa Oblast – Sergiy Sternenko

Donetsk Oblast – Sergiy Volkov

Zhitomir Oblast – Artyom Bakhuro

Poltava Oblast – Ivan Balatskii

Kirovograd Oblast – Igor Svyatokumo

Chernogiv Oblast – Vladislav Litvin

Kherson Oblast – Volodimir Vedenko

Mikolaivsk Oblast – Mikhail Borsuk

Kharkiv Oblast – Andriy Sanin

Khmelnitskii Oblast – Anatoliy Medvedchuk


PS newspaper Praviy Sektor” (1st issue, 21 August 2014) (Yarosh’s VKontakt page)


SOURCES: “Zvernennya Lidera ‘Pravogo Sektora’ Dmitra Yarosha,”, 15 July 2014,; “Organizatsiya,”,, last accessed 16 July 2014;, last accessed 10 May 2015; and, last accessed 10 May 2015.


Gordon M. Hahn is an Analyst and Advisory Board Member of the Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation, Chicago, Illinois; Senior Researcher, Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), Akribis Group, San Jose, California Analyst/Consultant, Russia Other Points of View – Russia Media Watch; and Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor, MonTREP, Monterey, California. Dr Hahn is author of three well-received books, Russia’s Revolution From Above (Transaction, 2002), Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007), which was named an outstanding title of 2007 by Choice magazine, and The ‘Caucasus Emirate’ Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond (McFarland Publishers, 2014). He also has authored hundreds of articles in scholarly journals and other publications on Russian, Eurasian and international politics and wrote, edited and published the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report at CSIS from 2010-2013. Dr. Hahn has been a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2011-2013) and a Visiting Scholar at both the Hoover Institution and the Kennan Institute.


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