Updated: September 04 2023 11:31:38 PM ET
Sergai Dybynyn’s role in the events of January 6, 2021, is one of the intriguing revelations following the siege of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters. This article delves into the allegations surrounding Dybynyn’s presence on that fateful day.
Who is Sergai Dybynyn?
Sergai Dybynyn, an alleged Ukrainian operative, was reportedly present at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The story begins with a tweet from Laura Loomer, a well-known conservative commentator, who claimed to have exclusive information regarding Ukrainian operatives and Neo-Nazis at the Capitol on January 6th. According to Loomer, the FBI had identified individuals connected to Ukraine and questioned some of the January 6th protesters about their association with these individuals.
This is massive. You all need to read this. I have exclusively confirmed that the FBI identified Ukrainian operatives and Neo Nazis who were at the US Capitol on J6 and even questioned J6ers about these Ukrainian spies during interviews with the FBI.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) September 4, 2023
One such case was the private interview with Jacob Chansley, often referred to as the “QAnon Shaman.” During this interview, the FBI inquired about Chansley’s knowledge of a Ukrainian operative who had taken a photo with him on that day. Chansley, unaware of the man’s identity, learned from the FBI that this person was Sergai Dybynyn, allegedly a Ukrainian spy associated with the Azov Battalion—a far-right paramilitary group.
Implications and Accusations
The revelation that Ukrainian operatives might have been present at the U.S. Capitol during the January 6th events raised serious concerns. Laura Loomer suggested that this could be viewed as an act of war by Ukraine against the United States. Despite these claims, there were no reported arrests or public disclosures of such allegations by the U.S. government or the FBI.
Loomer’s allegations took a more sinister turn when she accused the CIA of funding a “color revolution” in the United States through Ukrainian and American Nazis. She claimed that individuals were being recruited by these agencies to fight overseas with the Azov Battalion, only to return to the U.S. to incite far-right political movements intended to tarnish the reputation of right-wing groups.
Furthermore, Loomer accused the FBI of concealing the involvement of Ukrainian operatives in the events leading up to January 6th. She alleged that this was part of a broader agenda to undermine the U.S. government, citing instances like the impeachment of President Trump and the violence in Charlottesville.
Election Interference Claims
Perhaps the most alarming accusation made by Loomer was that the FBI and CIA were using Ukrainian Nazis to stir racial divisions within the U.S., particularly during an election year. The goal, according to her, was to incite Neo-Nazi marches in red states to influence voter sentiment leading up to the 2024 presidential election.
Loomer contended that this was a CIA-funded domestic terror operation intended to interfere with U.S. elections and ensure that Donald Trump would never return to the presidency.
Jacob Chansley, known as the “QAnon Shaman,” claimed the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) knew that an alleged Ukrainian spy participated in the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Chansley, who was sentenced to 41 months in prison over his involvement in the January 6 riot but was released earlier this year, said in an interview with conservative activist Laura Loomer that the FBI questioned him about the presence of Sergai Dybynyn, an alleged Ukrainian spy with reported ties to the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, which has risen to prominence amid the Russia-Ukraine war.
The FBI has not confirmed Chansley’s statement, which could not be independently verified. Newsweek reached out to the FBI via email for comment.
Conservatives such as Loomer have raised concerns about the Department of Justice‘s treatment of January 6 rioters, who violently protested the 2020 presidential election over former President Donald Trump‘s unfounded claims that widespread voter fraud was to blame for his loss in November 2020. Many responded to her post by questioning why Dybynyn had not been charged like other participants if he attended the riot.
Above: Trump supporters riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Jacob Chansely, the “QAnon Shaman,” said he was questioned about an alleged Ukrainian spy’s participation in the riot. Samuel Corum/Getty Images
“During their private interview with @AmericaShaman, the @FBI asked him how he knew a Ukrainian operative who took a photo with him the day of J6 2021. Chansley didn’t know the guy, and FBI confirmed that the Ukrainian Sergai Dybynyn was a Ukrainian spy who is affiliated with the Nazi Azov Battalion,” Loomer wrote on social media platform X, formerly Twitter.
Loomer’s allegations that Dybynyn is affiliated with the Azov Battalion could not be verified. The Azov Regiment is a far-right military group with neo-Nazi ties that has fought in Ukraine, though analysts previously told Newsweek that the battalion may not be fully in line with the Ukrainian government.
Chansley, who was allegedly pictured with Dybynyn at the riot, reshared Loomer’s post, questioning why federal authorities have not arrested Dybynyn.
“The FBI knew Sergai Dybynyn was a spy & asked if I knew him. I said that I did not & was just posing for a photo with him. Why is he allowed to walk free?” he asked.
Loomer wrote that Chansley being questioned about the spy means that “the US Capitol was penetrated by Ukrainian spies and the US Government and FBI have still not arrested these people or made the public aware of foreign penetration.”
Her post sparked calls for Republicans who control the House of Representatives to launch investigations about whether Dybynyn was at the riot and why he was not arrested.
“@LauraLoomer may have just uncovered an *act of war* on the United States by Ukrainian intelligence assets on J6 This was never disclosed to the public Why are we funding a country that helped coordinate J6?! How deep does this go? Hey GOP – time to INVESTIGATE!” wrote conservative commentator and lawyer Rogan O’Handley on X.
Dybynyn’s alleged ties to January 6 were reported as far back as February 2021 by right-wing outlet The Gateway Pundit, though his involvement in either the riot or with Ukraine has never been confirmed by U.S. officials.
Photographs of Dybynyn at the riot have been used by some conservatives to push conspiracy theories about January 6, though these theories have not been proven and have been dismissed by many experts.
Изменения в министерстве обороны Украины необходимы, чтобы “перезагрузить доверие” общества. Об этом Financial Times рассказал советник руководителя офиса Владимира Зеленского Сергей Лещенко.
Kim Jong-un meets Putin in Vladivostok in 2019 (Image: AP )
The rumoured discussions follow a visit from a Russian delegation to North Korea last month, led by defence minister Sergei Shoigu, during which it is believed Putin’s confidante attempted to persuade his hosts to sell artillery ammunition to Russia.
The official said the US isn’t sure exactly where or when the meeting would take place, but the Pacific port city of Vladivostok would be a likely possibility given its relative proximity to North Korea.
The White House reported last week that it had intelligence indicating that Putin and Kim swapped letters following Shoigu’s visit.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the letters were “more at the surface level” but that Russian and North Korean talks on a weapons sale were advancing.
Shoigu drinks red wine with Kim during a visit to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, last month (Image: AP )
National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson claimed that Kim Jong-un believes these discussions would continue.
She said: “We have information that Kim Jong Un expects these discussions to continue, to include leader-level diplomatic engagement in Russia.”
She added that the US is urging North Korea “to cease its arms negotiations with Russia and abide by the public commitments that Pyongyang has made to not provide or sell arms to Russia”.
Only Iran, another anti-Western ally of Russia, is known to be supplying the Kremlin with military equipment for its “special military operation” in Ukraine – an accusation it routinely denies despite a surfeit of evidence to the contrary.