Why is a Leading Estonian Think Tank Working Alongside Ukraine’s Far Right?
On the night of April 20, 2018, members of Ukrainian far-right group C14 filmed themselves attacking a Roma camp in Kyiv. One senior member of the group even boasted about the attack in social media posts that have since been deleted. Subsequent video published on the Leviy Bereg news site showed a terrifying scene of Roma women and children fleeing from C14 members throwing stones and spraying tear gas.
But just over four months later, representatives of a leading Estonian think-tank, the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) — organizers of the annual Lennart Meri Conference that draws leading politicians and public figures from around the world — were working alongside a C14-linked organization, and even notorious C14 leader Yevhen Karas, at a “summer school” in Kyiv. And they will apparently be doing so again in 2019.
A photo posted on Facebook by C14-linked Освітня Асамблея (Education Assembly) from their Resilience League “summer school” in August 2018, which took place alongside representatives from two Estonian think tanks
The “Resilience League” and Ukraine’s C14
For the second year in a row, a leading think tank in Estonia, the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), will be working alongside an organization linked to notorious far-right group C14. “Education Assembly” (Освітня Асамблея) is a group linked to C14 that, as revealed in our previous investigation, has received funding from the Ukrainian state for “national-patriotic education” projects.
On its Telegram channels on Friday, July 26, both Education Assembly and C14 shared an announcement about a “summer school” scheduled to take place in August 2019. With funding provided from Ukraine’s Ministry of Youth and Sports under the banner of “information security and national-patriotic education,” the “Resilience League” summer school will apparently focus on information …read more