Anti fascists across the globe have paid tribute to Alexey Markov, Russian communist and commander of the Ghost Brigade, a dedicated anti-fascist fighting force in the Donbass conflict primarily made up of Ukrainian and Russian communist volunteers, who has sadly passed away in a car accident this October.
Markov was originally a Russian volunteer who assisted with getting supplies into the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics when the war broke out in 2014 after the EU backed coup that saw fascists maraud around the streets of Ukraine.
Speaking in July 2017, Markov spoke of his arrival describing how, “Since 2014, I was involved in bringing humanitarian supplies [from Russia] to militia units. In the summer we decided that we should go there ourselves. We formed a small detachment of 18 people, and went to the city of Alchevsk to join the Ghost Brigade with Alexei Mozgovoi. Since 2014, I’ve been here in the Ghost.”
In a separate interview, speaking about why he and the soldiers he commanded fought, he said, “And for many fighters in the Ghost the task is not just serving, but changing the world for the better, let’s say. If Ukraine succeeds in cleansing itself of the brown plague that has invaded it for the last five years, this is a task for which it is worth risking your life, your health, and spending years of your life. Maybe, due to the fact that a large part of the fighters are ideological, we have a good professional level and training of these fighters.”
The Ghost Brigade has extensive links to the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF), speaking of their relationship in the aforementioned interview, Markov said, “We have very good, close relations with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Personally, Gennady Andreyevich [Zyuganov] helped us repeatedly and very significantly, Kazbek Taysayev helps us, Rodin helps us. In this regard, we have developed good, normal relations.”
Though Markov is gone the Ghost Brigade will continue to fight on to defend the thus far internationally unrecognised but very real Donetsk and Luhansk republics, the fight against fascism and capitalism continues in not just Ukraine but across the whole world. To end, a quote that from Markov that shows his and many of his fighters hopes for a better world…
“We have already shown once that a state can exist without professional corrupt politicians, without oligarchs, without capitalists — and this state can achieve global accomplishments”