Far-right radical group C14, who are responsible for a string of attacks on the LGBT and Roma community, will receive thousands of dollars in funding from Ukrainian Ministry of Youth and Sport, Hromadske Radio reports.
C14, together with organizations Educational Assembly and Holosiyiv Hideout, won a competition for “national patriotic education projects,” held by the Ministry of Youth and Sport. The winners were announced on June 8 by the commission responsible for the competition, headed by Deputy Minister Mykola Danevych.
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The other two other successful organizations also have links to to the far-right – Educational Assembly was founded by C14 leader Yevhen Karas, and Holosiyiv Hideout was founded by members of the ultra-nationalist political party Svoboda.
C14 will receive around $16,800 for their children’s summer camp, as will Educational Assembly, who will use the money for three events. Holosiyiv Hideout won approximately $29,000 to be spent on four festivals.
What’s more, in Danevych’s absence, the meeting to announce the winners was chaired by Mykola Lyakhovych, head of the Ministry of Youth and Sport’s Department for National-Patriotic Education. Lyakhovych also has connections to far-right movements – in particular, the far-right political organization Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People's Self-Defence.
In a comment to Hromadske Radio, Lyakhovych noted that the competition had been carried out in accordance with the law and that the competition commission cannot analyse the ideology of the organizations applying to the competition.