by Gordon M. Hahn
The following is an update for the structure and leadership of Ukraine’s neo-fascist ‘Right Sector’ (RS) party and military organization.
RIGHT SECTOR LEADERSHIP AND STRUCTURE, 29 May 2015
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
Press Secretary – Artyom Skoropadskiy.
Party Structure and Leadership
Kyiv (Kiev city) – Volodomir Zagazei (2015). Predecessor: Andriy Tarasenko (2014)
Kyiv (Kiev) Oblast – Volodomir Gubok. Predecessor: Igor ‘Topol’ Mazur (2014)
Rivne Oblast – Roman Koval’
Ternopil Oblast – Vasil’ Labaichyuk
Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast – Andriy Podolskiy, 26 May 2015 (http://pravyysektor.info/news/povidomlennya-schodo-kadrovyh-zmin-na-ivano-frankivschyni/). Predecessors: Vasil’ Abramiv 2014-26 May 2015
Zakarpatiya Oblast – Unknown. Previous: Oleksandr Sachko (killed 11 July 2015 in Mukachevo attack, http://pravyysektor.info/news/news/348/vidomo-pro-nashogo-odnogo-zagiblogo-kerivnik-ps-na-zakarpatti.html)
Sicheslavsk Oblast – Rostislav Vinar
Chernivetsk Oblast – Ivan Balandyuk. Predecessor: Volodimir Ryasov (2014)
Vinnitsa Oblast – Igor Gembo, 26 May 2015 (http://pravyysektor.info/news/informatsijne-povidomlennya-6/). Predecessors: Rostislav Romanyuk (2014-26 May 2015); Sergiy Chumak (2014).
Sumy Oblast – Vitaliy Lyashko. Predecessor: Mikola Surzhenko (2014)
Cherkask Oblast – Andriy Cherevan
Lviv (Lvov) Oblast – Artyom Lutsak
Zaporozhe Oblast – Oleksandr Taran. Predecessor: Sergiy Kanivets (2014)
Volyn Oblast – Serhiy Druzhinovich. Predecessor: Pavel Danilchuk (2014)
Odessa Oblast – Serhiy Sternenko
Donetsk Oblast – Serhiy Chirina (2015). Predecessor: Serhiy Volkov (2014)
Zhitomir Oblast – Artyom Bakhuro
Poltava Oblast – Mark Anatoliovich Chauso. Predecessor: Ivan Balatskiy (2014)
Kirovograd Oblast – Igor Svyatokumo
Chernogiv Oblast – Vladislav Litvin
Kherson Oblast – Dmitro Semyon. Predecessor: Volodimir Vedenko (2014)
Mikolaivsk Oblast – Mikhail Borsuk
Kharkiv Oblast – Andriy Sanin
Khmelnitskii Oblast – Anatoliy Medvedchuk
Military Organization and Leadership – Ukrainian Volunteer Corps ‘Right Sector’ or UVC
(20 batalions numbering 2,000 fighters, http://www.slovoidilo.ua/2015/07/17/infografika/bezpeka/20-bataljoniv-yarosha-z-koho-skladayetsya-pravyj-sektor)
Commander – Andriy Stempitskii
Chief of Staff – Valeriy ‘Wolf’ Voronov, appointed 15 July 2014.
Deputy Chief of Staff – nickname ‘Falcon’ (Sokol); real name is unknown, appointed 12 March 2015.
Press Secretary – Andriy ‘La Boehme’ Sharaskin.
Information Department Head – Alla Megel
Chaplain of DUK – Father Mikola Medynskiy-Zaliznyak (http://pravyysektor.info/news/kapelan-ps-o-mykola-medynskyj-zaliznyak-pro-informatsijnu-brehnyu/).
Corps Headquarters’ Departments and Divisions:
Office for Relations with the Armed Forces, volunteer military and other government and non-government institutions: Head – Andriy ‘La Boehme’ Sharaskin, appointed 12/03/2015.
Office for Logistical Support and Work with Volunteers: Head – Irina Makarovskaya, appointed 12/03/2015.
Administration of Medicine and Rehabilitation of Fighters: Head – Yana Zinkevich, appointed 03/12/2015.
Office of Intelligence and Operational Planning: unknown.
Administration of Combat Training: Head – friend ‘Berkut’ (real name unknown), appointed 03/12/2015.
Office of Military Intelligence: Head – ‘Gaunt’ (real name unknown), appointed 03/12/2015.
Administrative Department: Head – ‘Purple’ (Bagryana) (real name unknown, female), appointed 03/12/2015.
Information Office ‘Duk-info’: Head – Alla Mehel, appointed 12/03/2015.
Mobilization Division: Head – Christine Shakhtay, appointed 07/09/2015.
Department of Financial Security: Head – ‘Dana’ (real name unknown), appointed 07/09/2015.
Department of Military Police: Head – ‘Spruce’ (Semerka), appointed 09/07/2015.
RS website: http://pravyysektor.info
RS Military Organization ‘Ukrainian Volunteer Corps website: http://sectorpravdy.com/ua/
RS Military Organization ‘Ukrainian Volunteer Corps website: http://banderivets.org.ua
RS Twitter page: https://twitter.com/PravyjSektorRus
Right Sector Kiev Group on VKontakte: http://vk.com/ps_kyiv
Right Sector Group Ukraine on VKontakte: http://vk.com/ps_ukraine
Yarosh’s VKontakte page: http://vk.com/yastrybd
Right Sector’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/groups/223479324489867/
VKontakte page of RS’s Military Organization ‘Ukrainian Volunteer Corps: http://vk.com/vo_truzyb
PS newspaper Praviy Sektor” (1st issue, 21 August 2014)
SOURCES: “Zvernennya Lidera ‘Pravogo Sektora’ Dmitra Yarosha,” Pravyysektor.info, 15 July 2014, http://pravyysektor.info/news/zvernennya-lidera-pravoho-sektora-dmytra-yarosha-2/; “Organizatsiya,” Pravyysektor.info, http://pravyysektor.info/organization/, last accessed 18 May 2015; http://pravyysektor.info/news/kapelan-duk-ps-ukrajina-bude-todi-koly-bude-ukrajinska-vlada/, last accessed 10 May 2015; http://pravyysektor.info/news/kapelan-ps-o-mykola-medynskyj-zaliznyak-pro-informatsijnu-brehnyu/; http://issuu.com/33569/docs/ps_kinceve_2/1?e=13233382/9013358, last accessed 10 May 2015; and http://banderivets.org.ua/shtab-duk-ps.html.
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.