Tryzub (organization)

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Formation14 October 1993; 30 years ago (1993-10-14)
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Tryzub (Ukrainian: Тризуб) is a Ukrainian paramilitary organisation founded in 1993 by the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists.[1][2][3] Its full name is the Stepan Bandera All-Ukrainian Organization ″Tryzub″ (Ukrainian: Всеукраїнська організація ″Тризуб″ імені Степана Бандери). Its main goal is to create the Ukrainian United Independent State (Ukrainian: Українська Соборна Самостійна Держава, УССД). According to Tryzub, its enemies are ″imperialism and chauvinism, fascism and communism, cosmopolitanism and pseudo-nationalism, totalitarianism and anarchy, any evil that seeks to parasitize on the sweat and blood of Ukrainians″.[4]


It was created in October 1993 by the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists.[1][2] Tryzub's leader since 2005 is Dmytro Yarosh.[3] Among other important figures are Ternopil's Officer Union member Eugene Fil (Євген Філь) and Ivan Suta (Іван Сута).[5] Yarosh pointed out the presence of educated theorists, naming Serhiy Kvit (Сергій Квіт) and Peter Ivanishin.[6]

Tryzub became the basis for the formation of the Right Sector, and Yarosh became the leader of the coalition.[3]

As of 5 February 2014, the Investigative Committee of Russia claimed to have issued an international arrest warrant for Dmytro Yarosh.[7]

Name and symbols[edit]

The name ″Tryzub″ (″Тризуб″) is the name of the coat of arms of Ukraine. The front shape resembles a trident. Ukrainian includes the special term ″тризубець″ (tryzubetsʹ) for a trident per se, the shape on the coat of arms is specifically called by a derivative term "тризуб". The difference between ″тризубець″ and "тризуб" is not fully translatable in English, yet resembles the one between a trident and a trishula. While the first is more casual, the second is more symbolic.

The organization logo consists by the official description of "the Christ sword and the trysub, like that of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists[8]".


  1. ^ a b Kuzio, Taras (23 April 2013). "Contemporary Nationalism in Ukraine: Why we need a Broader Analytical Framework". Arriman Institute Workshop, Columbia University, April 2013. Creating paramilitaries also proved to be failure. In 1993, the Stepan Bandera Sports-Patriotic Association Tryzub (Trident) was established by KUN as its paramilitary arm, mimicking UNA, DSU and the SNPU who also established paramilitary formations. Tryzyb also followed in the tradition of a political organisation (KUN/OUN) having its military forces (Tryzub/UPA).
  2. ^ a b Likhachev, Viacheslav (September–October 2013). "Right-Wing Extremism on the Rise in Ukraine". Russian Politics and Law. 51 (5): 59–74. doi:10.2753/RUP1061-1940510503. ISSN 1558-0962. S2CID 144614340. Other notable ultraright groups in Ukraine include the Trident named in honor of Stepan Bandera (based on the Congress of Ukrainian Na- tionalists)...
  3. ^ a b c Simon & Schuster (2014-02-04). "Exclusive: Leader of far-right Ukrainian militant group talks revolution with TIME". Time. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  4. ^ Декларація наших принципів (in Ukrainian). Тризуб. Archived from the original on 2014-02-09.
  5. ^ Націоналісти у Тернополі відзначили 20-річчя "Тризубу" ім. Степана Бандери (in Ukrainian). 7 Днів-Україна. 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  6. ^ Мустафа Найем, Оксана Коваленко. (2014-02-04). Лідер Правого сектору Дмитро Ярош: Коли 80% країни не підтримує владу, громадянської війни бути не може (in Ukrainian). Українська правда. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  7. ^ Россия объявила лидера "Правого сектора" в международный розыск (in Russian). Лента.Ру. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  8. ^ "Cтатут" (in Ukrainian). Тризуб. Archived from the original on 2014-02-09.