A screenshot from the film Credit for Murder about one of Botsun’s most infamous crimes. [Source: cyprus-daily.news]

Why was Nazi Butcher Botsun at Bucha?

[The story below by Evan Reif raises an important challenge to the official storyline of the Bucha massacre promoted in the mainstream media. The U.S. military has admitted that it cannot independently verify Ukrainian accounts of the atrocity alleging that Russian troops were behind it. The Russian Defense Ministry reported that Russian troops had left Bucha, on March 30, while “the evidence of crimes” emerged only four days later, after Ukrainian Security Service officers had arrived in the town outside Kyiv. The Ministry stressed that on March 31, the town’s Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk had confirmed in a video address that there were no Russian troops in Bucha. However, he did not say a word about civilians shot dead on the street with their hands tied behind their backs. Reif’s article points to the presence of a notorious neo-Nazi commander in Bucha at the time of the massacre, suggesting that he was a key figure implicated in it.—Editors]

Sergey Korotkikh is a man with many names. Botsun, Malyuta. Bandit. Terrorist. Nazi. All of them are fitting.

Born in 1974 in Tolyatti, USSR, his early life is not well documented. It is known that, as a child, his family moved to Belarus, where he would live for several decades. He served in the Soviet Marines as a young man, and allegedly attended the KGB Academy in 1994 (Belarus retained the name KGB for its secret police but there is no relation other than the name to the Soviet-era KGB) and was expelled in 1996 for his involvement with center-right anti-Lukashenko groups. [Alexander Luakashenko is the socialist leader of Belarus since 1994 who is allied with Vladimir Putin].

In 1999, Korotkikh joined the Belarussian chapter of Russian National Unity (RNU), his first neo-Nazi organization. The gang mostly sustained itself through petty gangsterism and racketeering, at which Korotkikh excelled. His training and skills meant that he rose quickly up the ranks, becoming one of its most feared muscle men.

Later that year he was involved in a fight with two of his former comrades in the Belarussian Popular Front. While much has been made of this encounter that made him appear as a stooge of Lukashenko, this was his only altercation with BPF activists as far as anyone knows. It was brutal, however, with some accounts saying Sergey beat one of the BPF men to death, which Sergey denies.

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Sergey Korotkikh [Source: wikidata.org]

In 2001 the leader and founder of the RNU, Gleb Samoilov, was murdered while standing at the entrance of his home. Sergey was a prime suspect, but he and all other RNU members refused to co-operate with the police so the case was dropped. The RNU fell apart soon after that and Sergey moved to Russia in 2001. In 2004, he founded the National Socialist Society (NSO), which quickly became one of the wealthiest and most dangerous neo-Nazi organizations in Russia.

Unlike most other groups at the time, the NSO had a rigid hierarchy and offered military-style training to its members. It was able to pay its members a generous salary thanks to the backing of gangster Maxim Gritsay, which made it far more attractive than other Nazi groups.

The group itself could be the subject of many articles, but under the leadership of Korotkikh it carried out countless murders, robberies, extortion schemes and even bombings. It would become so successful and wealthy that, when finally shut down in 2010, the Russian authorities would find over 200 million rubles in its accounts.

In 2007, Korotkikh had himself filmed murdering two innocent Caucasian immigrants against the backdrop of a swastika flag in a video entitled “The Execution of a Dag [Dagestani] and a Tajik.” This video was so vile that it was initially believed to be a fake, but was quickly found by Russian prosecutors to be legitimate. The footage spread like wildfire throughout the internet and caused an outrage, possibly provoking the previously reluctant Russian authorities to action.

Only a few months thereafter, Korotkikh was expelled from the NSO. The reasons for this are not entirely clear, with the official NSO statement accusing him of theft and “financial mismanagement” which were likely true, however, almost certainly not the whole story. Over the next few years, Russian authorities launched a comprehensive attack on the remainder of the organization, arresting nearly all its members for a combined 28 counts of murder.

Sergey, however was untouched by this crackdown. At this point, rumors of police and/or intelligence collaboration also began to emerge. While I do believe he collaborated with the police to save his own skin, his ties to the FSB are much less clear. Ukrainian hackers have released what they say are chats between Sergey and his FSB handlers (now scrubbed from the site, for reasons unknown); however, while Sergey’s participation is clear, we have only their word that the other party is FSB.

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[Source: zaborona.com]

While the content is suspicious—discussing smuggling, payment for illicit activities and so on—it is not out of the ordinary for a gangster, which Sergey very much still is. At one point, Sergey says he does not trust FSB, and it is specifically denied that he will be working for them.

I should point out here that there are very few trustworthy sources regarding Botsun, his life and his activities until about 2014. He is a loudmouth who loves publicity, with active YouTube, Instagram, and Telegram channels. I will not link to them to avoid giving this thug any more fame or fortune.

He loves to sit down for long interviews with anyone who will have him. His stories seem to grow ever more fantastical with each telling, claiming to have been a mercenary in the Middle East, in South America, and the founder of a Private Military Contractor (there is a company registered in his name called X-Trident, but I have found no evidence of its activities and it is registered out of an MMA gym).

The only evidence ever provided is the word of a scumbag Nazi thug or his equally repugnant Nazi friends, and these are not exactly trustworthy people.

I do not believe that he is an FSB agent or informer currently. He probably was one previously, but there are a variety of reasons I believe he went rogue, or perhaps defected to the other side.

Chief among them is that, upon arriving in Ukraine in 2014, he quickly became one of Azov’s top soldiers and has spent his entire time in Ukraine brutally slaughtering the separatists the FSB is backing.

It seems rather counterintuitive for the FSB to hire someone to kill its other employees, and while many liberals claim he is a provocateur, Ukraine had plenty of home-grown provocateurs long before Botsun arrived. It would not have been necessary to import terrorists into post-Maidan Ukraine. As for the second reason, I will elaborate below.

Living in a Nazi’s Paradise

Petro Poroshenko in ceremony after awarding Botsun Ukrainian citizenship. He was the first foreign fighter to be awarded Ukrainian citizenship. [Source: twitter.com]

After the destruction of the NSO, Sergey kept a low profile for several years. Very little is known about his activities during 2010-2014. Uncharacteristically of him, he does not seem to want to talk about it.

It is likely that his betrayal of his former comrades ruined his reputation and earning potential among Russian Nazis, and his extensive criminal background meant legitimate work was not possible. If he became a mercenary as he claims, this would most likely have been when he did so.

When the Maidan coup occurred in 2014, however, Sergey saw an opportunity. The ground has rarely been more fertile for a bloodthirsty fascist thug to ply his trade than 2014 Ukraine.

In 2014, Sergey moved to Ukraine. He did not just join Azov: By his own admission he was one of its original members and has been a military leader since day one. While this should be taken with a grain of salt, I have yet to find any information to refute it. His skills and experience meant that he climbed the ranks very rapidly in the early days of Azov.

He would become its first intelligence leader, a leader of the civic corps and eventually leader of Azov special forces. Once Poroshenko legitimized Azov as part of Ukraine’s security apparatus, Sergey was given command of a Ukrainian federal police force.

[Source: zaborona.com]

Sergey was a busy boy in his new home. Beyond playing an important role in the daily atrocities carried out by Azov and Ukrainian forces, he was also incredibly active in Azov’s “business ventures,” including racketeering and extortion. Kharkov became his fiefdom, one which he ruled with an iron fist. Between this and generous funding from Ukrainian gangster Ihor Kholomoisky, Botsun became very wealthy, amassing a fortune of more than a million euros by 2015. He would even acquire a private jet, an L-39 Albatross. This advanced jet trainer can be configured for a variety of combat roles.

[Source: zaborona.com]

He would ruthlessly consolidate power, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, while also gaining friends in high places, including former Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, whose son Oleksandr trained at Botsun’s MMA gym, and even Petro Poroshenko himself.

Son of Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Oleksandr Avakov (L), who is under investigation over suspected corruption, attends a court hearing in Kiev, Ukraine November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Oleksandr Avakov [Source: reuters.com]

Despite his incredibly sordid background, he was the first foreign fighter to receive Ukrainian citizenship, as a reward for his service (torturing, murdering and robbing) in the anti-terrorist operation zone (ATO). In response to widespread condemnation, the SBU carried out exhaustive background checks.

While I know the Ukrainian government of Poroshenko was incredibly corrupt and incompetent, it beggars belief that it would allow a man with so many red flags to walk in the door unless it was very sure he was not working for the enemy. Even Poroshenko is not THAT stupid. This also would have given Sergey a huge incentive to come into the Ukrainian camp and stay there.

All of this leads us to Bucha, Ukraine. What has been widely publicized is the massacre of civilians that took place there on the outskirts of Kyiv some time between March 31 and April 2, 2022.

Tearful Zelenskyy visits Bucha massacre as satellite images contradict wild  Russia claims - LBC
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits scene of alleged Bucha massacre outside Kyiv. [Source: lbc.co.uk]

What has not been so widely publicized is that the Nazi murderer and terrorist, a well-paid agent of the Ukrainian state, Sergey “Botsun” Korotkikh was not only among the first Ukrainian forces in the town along with his squad of terrorists, he was making jokes about shooting civilians as he entered. He would later happily post these videos on his official telegram channel.

At 6 seconds, you can hear the dialogue, a rough translation of which is:

“There are guys without blue armbands, can I shoot them?”

“Fuck yeah.”

The Ukrainian government clearly has a lot of explaining to do. Not just for allowing this bloodthirsty Nazi terrorist free reign in Donbas, not just for making him rich, not just for arming and supporting his death squads, not just for granting him citizenship, status, and power within its society, but for allowing this right-wing fanatic to breathe the same air as decent people.

I doubt we will ever receive satisfactory explanations.

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  1. You know, we have had situations where the nazis blocked cvilians from leaving areas because the nazis were using them as human shields. so when someone alleges that someone like the russians bombed a train station; what is the motivation? For the nazis, it would be losing their human shields. What is it for the russians cuz I can’t think of any. . . .

  2. Today the Russians bombed a railway station killing at least 50 Ukrainian civilians. There seems to be no end to Russia’s brutality.

  3. It’s terribly sad when war involves civilians. There are even some people in this world who think that modern day Japanese civilians should suffer for the crimes of the imperial Japanese government, personally I think that’s messed up

    • Do you really believe that everyone is a sheeple, troll ?! ‘ Interesting ‘ for the mindless zombies/idiots box watchers…those who got the jabs…

  4. Anruf des ukrainischen Geheimdienstes SBU , vom Russischen FSB abgehört

    6. April 2022, Anruf Zitat:

       “we should kill some of our own ukranien  people, who cooperated with the Russian army in Bucha. .”

    Achtung Link funktioniert in der EU nicht, nur über VPN


    P. S.    RT – Meldungen können noch am besten  in  der      RT.com  App   gelesen  werden 
    (in der App  die  Redaktion auf Deutsch umstellen). 

     Allerdings ist die sehr gute   RT.com  – newsapp   nicht mehr im   google  playstore   zu finden, also  erst im Netz   nach der “RT com
       APK – Installationsdatei” : 

        APK  RT.com   suchen, 

    sie  downloaden  und sie dann direkt installieren…
    (ist ne ganz einfache  side loading – Installation). 

  5. Anruf des ukrainischen Geheimdienstes SBU , vom Russischen FSB abgehört

    6. April 2022, Anruf Zitat:

       “we should kill some of our own ukranien  people, who cooperated with the Russian army in Bucha. .”

    Achtung Link funktioniert in der EU nicht, nur über VPN


    P. S.  RT – Meldungen können immer noch am besten  in  der      RT.com  App   gelesen  werden 
    (in der App  die  Redaktion auf Deutsch umstellen). 

     Allerdings ist die sehr gute   RT.com  – newsapp   nicht mehr im   google  playstore   zu finden, also  erst im Netz   nach der “RT com
       APK – Installationsdatei” : 

        APK  RT.com   suchen, 

    sie  downloaden  und sie dann direkt installieren…
    (ist ne ganz einfache  side loading – Installation). 

  6. Anruf des ukrainischen Geheimdienstes SBU , vom Russischen FSB abgehört

    6. April 2022, Anruf Zitat:

       “we should kill some of our own ukranien  people, who cooperated with the Russian army in Bucha. .”

    Achtung Link funktioniert in der EU nicht, nur über VPN


    P. S.
       RT – Meldungen können noch am besten  in  der      RT.com  App   gelesen  werden 
    (in der App  die  Redaktion auf Deutsch umstellen). 

     Allerdings ist die sehr gute   RT.com  – newsapp   nicht mehr im   google  playstore   zu finden, also  erst im Netz   nach der “RT com
       APK – Installationsdatei” : 

        APK  RT.com   suchen, 

    sie  downloaden  und sie dann direkt installieren…
    (ist ne ganz einfache  side loading – Installation). 

  7. Evan: Thanks for that very thorough research on this Neo-Nazi scumbag. Regarding the Bucha false flag event, Botman’s “F*ck yeah” pretty much says it all — none of the victims depicted were wearing *blue* armbands!

    Take whatever flak you’ve received here as a “badge of honor”. The nay-saying nitwits are consistently shooting blanks.

    • Yup, the ‘ freedom fighters ‘ a-la ISIS/Al-CIA-da promoted on ‘ faux-news ‘ in ALL ZOG Countries…BTW, the guy in the video, with beard, it’s not an European, in my opinion…but a mercenary from M.E. ( probably a ‘ veteran ‘ from Libya, Syria, and/or other Countries under Zionist siege ). We all saw how the mercenaries/thugs ( under U.N ‘ leadership ? ) in police/commando uniforms ‘ treat ‘ the truck-drivers in Canada…google the name Vizi Csaba. A warning to the Americans: let them to take your 2nd/guns and expect something like this to happen to you and your families ! MOLON LABE !

  8. […] Who Gains From Bucha Massacre But There’s Hardly Any Media Left To Say It, by Finian Cunningham Was Massacre of Civilians at Bucha Actually a False Flag Event Staged by Ukrainian Nazis? by Evan Ri…      Was Bucha A False Flag, A Massacre, Or Both: A Review Of The Evidence – Ryan […]

    • ‘ Cui prodest ‘ ( who benefits ) is the first question any independent/open mind should ask…Do not expect to be asked by the sheeple who consider Fauci & Co. to be saviors of the humanity…Let’s go Brandon !

  9. By the way, you should look to see what a body looks like after one month of decay. By this point the bodies would have liquified and become unrecognizable, with only bones remaining. That’s even without the presence of any scavengers, which will accelerate the process.

  10. Many Bucha residents who have survived the massacre have been interviewed and they all confirm that it was the Russian army that committed the atrocities. As most people are aware the Russian media is broadcasting a lot of disinformation, misinformation and propaganda. and most Russian media outlets cannot be trusted. Even a lot of Russian people are starting to become aware of Russian disinformation after many years of trusting the media. So now Putin and Russia are becoming more and more isolated as the world sees through all the lies and deception.

    • You for real, man ?! ‘ Russian disinformation ‘ and ‘ lies and deception ‘…really ?! What about the lies of the Anglo-American-Zionist Empire, liar ?! Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and many, many other places…huh ?! Do you believe for a second that we are all brainwashed and ‘ discovered ‘ instantly ‘ the horrors of the war ( and who is ‘ our enemy ‘ ), because the Masonic/Zionist mass-media and trolls like you, is telling us now ?!…What a pathetic creature you are…

  11. It is likely a “false flag” operation that was perpetrated by the Azov battalion or other neo-Nazi group inside the Ukrainian military. The Russians would have NOTHING TO GAIN by killing civilians; it would generate a lot of bad publicity and hatred for them. You can’t win a war by killing innocent civilians that happen to be along your path. Remember the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” hoax that was perpetrated against Saddam Hussein in 2003 in Iraq. That provided the excuse for the U.S. to attack. But it was a complete fabrication. And also recall the two alleged attacks by the North Vietnamese against U.S. boats in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964. That was also fabricated, as U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara admitted years later.

  12. In reference to this propaganda article, I am giving this analogy to express why this article is not logical and makes no sense. Supposing Country A invaded Nazi Germany and massacred 1000 German citizens. Afterwards Country A denies that it this ever happened and claims that it was staged by the German Nazis. This makes no sense at all. There is no logical reason why the Nazis would massacre their own people.

    • The Nazis murdered many of their own people, though. What do you think happened to the German Jews, Communists, Roma and other “undesirables”? They were the first victims of the Nazi regime.

      Not to mention, as the war dragged on the Nazis became increasingly brutal in their own territory, shooting German civilians for “treason” and “cowardice” in large numbers. Constant witch hunts for collaborators and “saboteurs” or partisans (a tactic the Ukranian army has enthusiastically continued) left many more dead. Indeed, even a lot of Nazi party members were sent to the camps once things got dire, often for simply not being rabid enough in support of the dying regime. Status would not save you.

      The situation in Ukraine, where there is a mix of Russian and Ukranian speaking peoples is complicated. What is known, is that Ukranian police announced a special “anti-saboteur” operation shortly before the bodies were found, and Botsun was in town at around the same time.

      I find it hard to trust the word of the people who have been murdering civilians in Donbas for over 8 years.

    • No, man there is no ‘ logical reason ‘ and ‘ make no sense ‘ to even consider your BS, because a false flag operation is what it is: carried out to blame your enemy ! Operation Northwoods is just one example, but trolls like you think that we are all brainwashed mindless zombies…Trump is going to be remembered for one thing: exposing the ‘ fake news ‘ and the army of trolls, like yourself and other few spinless/mindless trolls on this site. Get a life, man !

  13. Okay, now you’ve really outdone yourselves. There is geolocated video evidence of streets strewn with dead bodies from March 1st. There are the Maxar sat photos showing some of those same dead bodies on March 11. You are not better than the criminal American warmakers and torturers that you oppose. This is either inhumanly evil or completely insane.

    • The Russians murdered people, then left their bodies lay for over a month, not bothering to bury them in the mass graves the same satellite images supposedly show? Even after they received the orders to retreat?

      I find this difficult to believe. Even the Nazis were more cautious.

    • So why are they showing us those photos only now? It’s more than 3 weeks later. Furthermore at the beginning of March there was snow, but the snow doesn’t appear in those photos, as well as there is no evidence of russian troops or tanks in the area.

      • For the same reason they blamed Saddam for the ‘ WMD ‘, Assad of poisoning his own people, Gaddafi for murdering his opponents and so on…The agenda of the NWO/MIC/War-Street is full spectrum dominance ( I strongly recommend the book with the same name, of F. William Engdahl ). The CONvid PLANdemic didn’t ‘ work ‘ out exactly as planned, so Ukraine is a plan B…Expect plan C and so on…keep the cattle/sheeple on line…

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