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Massive torchlit march to honor anti-Soviet fighters in the Ukraine

The march was held on the January 1st, 2015, the 106th birthday of Stephan Bandera.

Bandera declared Ukrainian independence in 1941. Adolph Hitler ordered his arrest and Bandera and many of his supporters were imprisoned in a concentration camp in Germany. In September of 1944, as Germany was losing the war, he was released and given weapons to fight the Soviet Union.

After WWII, he was a leader of anti-Soviet activity in the Ukraine.

He was assassinated by the KGB in Munich in 1959.

His father and two sisters were arrested by the NKVD in 1941. His father was executed and his two sisters were held in a GULAG in Siberia until 1960. His brother vanished around the same time.

In 2010, he was awarded “Hero of the Ukraine” by the outgoing president.

Russian officially brands him a “Nazi Collaborator” and claims his followers massacred ethnic Poles in 1943.