This Sunday in Ukrainian port city Mariupol there was a large meeting by the local population and organized by volunteer Azov battalion. The main point of the whole meeting was the theatrical “March of the Brave” all the way to a location where Lenins statue was stood. On the location of ex-Lenin statue, a new statue was erected, it was the opening of the monument to the 10th century Slavic ruler Svyatoslav, the founder of the Rus states. Organizers of the even said there was over 5,000 activists that marched through the cities central avenue accompanied by Azov battalion fighters with burning torches and their battalion flags, probably for some dramatic and theatrical effect to the whole show.
By the looks of it, gathering was pretty massive and dramatic.
Марш хоробрых. Мариуполь. Азов. Начало шествия. pic.twitter.com/zsjDFZFd52
— Саша Негро (@sasha_negro) December 20, 2015
Interesting fact is that this statue opening and erection on Mariupol’s central square did not get a permission by the city authorities so it’s status for now is considered illegal.
“If they [the authorities or anyone else] are willing to demolish the monument, they are welcome to try,” Beletsky said announcing that the monument would be guarded by the Azov fighters.
The torch-lit procession dubbed “March of the brave” was later concluded with a rally called “Coming at You.”
Svyatoslav, Grand prince of Kiev
Svyatoslav, Grand prince of Kiev. The son of Igor of Kiev and Olga, Sviatoslav is famous for his persistent campaigns in the east and south, which precipitated the collapse of two great powers of Eastern Europe,Khazaria and the First Bulgarian Empire. He also conquered numerous East Slavic tribes, defeated the Alans and attacked the Volga Bulgars, and at times was allied with the Pechenegs and Magyars. In contrast with his mother’s conversion to Christianity, Sviatoslav remained a staunch pagan all of his life.