Nationalist groups containing Cossacks; treatment of ethnic minorities by Cossacks; treatment of Cossacks by the state (January 1991 - July 2001) [UKR37579.E]

A 29 July 1999 NTV emission states:

Seventeen members of this organization [ultranationalist organization UNA-UNSD Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian National Self-Defence] were arrested in Kharkiv Region while in combat training. Sixty-four petrol bombs and sharpened spades were confiscated from them...All the arrested turned out to be Cossacks.

No additional information on nationalist organizations in Ukraine containing Cossacks, nor on the treatment of ethnic minorities by Cossacks, or on the treatment of Cossacks by the state, could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


NTV [Moscow, in Russian]. 29 July 1999. "Ukraine: Ultranationalists Arrested for Possession of Arms." (BBC 30 July 1999/NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Correspondence sent to one oral source

Unsuccessful attempts to contact other oral sources

IRB databases

Internet sites including:

Amnesty International

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism

BBC News Online

CrossPoint AntiRacism

European Centre for Minority Issues

European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations

Hokkaido University Slavic Research Centre

Human Rights Information Centre - Ukraine

Human Rights Watch

Institute on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity

Minority Rights Group

Nationalities Papers

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

Slavic search engines: ukraina, kazak, kozak, kazachestvo, ukrainskii

The Ukrainian Quarterly

World News Connection