1 August 2013

More on ultranationalist activist Mike Shelby (aka Michael Chtcherbitski)

Recently, I've posted a message on ultranationalist activist Mike Shelby (who is actually Michael Chtcherbitski, a Canadian national of Ukrainian extraction). He sent several messages of similar nature to researchers of the Ukrainian far right and posted the same message online on various websites.

A few days after I posted my message, Mike Shelby wrote me an e-mail saying that someone was using his name and e-mail address and "sent some political message" to me and my colleagues.

Below you will find a full record of my correspondence with Mike Shelby. The reason why I'm putting this correspondence up is given in the last few messages.


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From:       Mike Shelby
To:     Anton Shekhovtsov <...>
Time: 26 July 2013, 23:39:44
Subject:     Your recent post about me on your blog
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Dear Anton,

I've accidentally discovered that someone using my name and e-mail address had sent some political message to you and your colleagues on Ukraine's politics.

I will be investigating this matter. Right now it's difficult to say something definite in this complicated issue.

I am not a political activist at all. I am not knowledgeable on Ukraine's political issues. I would ask you to delete your recent post on me allegedly as a Ukrainian ultranationalist as it is completely false about me.

Sincerely,
Mike Shelby
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From:       Anton Shekhovtsov <...>
To:     Mike Shelby
Time: 27 July 2013, 16:42:21
Subject:     Fw: Ukraine history and politics issues
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Hello,

When do you think your e-mail has been compromised?

All the best,
Anton
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From:       Mike Shelby
To:     Anton Shekhovtsov
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Time: 27 July 2013, 19:23:11
Subject:     Fw: Ukraine history and politics issues
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I'm not sure when and how exactly this happened. In the past I used to receive few e-mails. I was away for a few months and I did not check my e-mails. I did not have any valuable information on my computer. I don't use computer a lot because of my eye problems. I got my e-mail address not long ago and I don't have enough experience not to become a victim of some fraud I guess.
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From:       Mike Shelby
To:     Anton Shekhovtsov
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Time: 29 July 2013, 17:24:10
Subject:     Fw: Ukraine history and politics issues
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Hello Anton,

As I told you before I am not an ultranationalist as you described me in your post and you publicise falsehood about me which is to me unacceptable.

I condemn both Communist and Nazi ideology and crimes. If you accuse me of something you must explain why before publishing a post about me all of a sudden. Don't you think so?

I urge you to delete that post about me on your blog now. Otherwise I will consult a legal expert whether you slander me and tarnish my dignity spreading falsehood about me.

I've already read some professional articles about Jewish-Ukrainian relations especially in the 20th century and in my view those relations were more bad than good softly speaking.

Let me know soon what you think in this matter.

Sincerely,
Mike
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From:       Mike Shelby
To:     Anton Shekhovtsov
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Time: 31 July 2013, 20:21:17
Subject:     Fw: Ukraine history and politics issues
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Anton,

I showed a legal expert your post about me on your blog calling me an ultranationalist. He  believes that there is no  evidence to call me an ultranationalist and that you really slander me and tarnish my dignity by  publicising who I am to your readers. He thinks  that I have a valid legal case against you. Soon I will instruct him to take a  legal action against you if you do not delete that post about me on  your blog now. This is your final notice! Reply to me as soon as possible!

Michael Shelby
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From:       Anton Shekhovtsov
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To:     Mike Shelby
Time: 31 July 2013, 20:28:50
Subject:     Fw: Ukraine history and politics issues
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Hello,

My colleagues and I have received several messages of ultranationalist and anti-Semitic nature from Mike Shelby.
Calling anyone "an ultranationalist" is not slander but an interpretation of a person's political beliefs.

I haven't posted any e-mail address, so I don't really understand why you think that I referred specifically to you.

All the best,
Anton
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From:       Mike Shelby
To:     Anton Shekhovtsov
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Time: 31 July 2013, 20:42:17
Subject:     Fw: Ukraine history and politics issues
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Anton,

You deliberately spread a lie (slander me) that I am an ultranationalist. You have no evidence of that. I also believe that valid truthful criticism of Jews is not anti-Semitism.
Don't speak on behalf of your colleagues. Let them speak for themselves. Don't you know that you should speak for yourself only in this case?

Tell me clearly if you will delete that post about me now. Otherwise the matter will go to court!

Michael Shelby
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From:       Anton Shekhovtsov
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To:     Mike Shelby
Time: 31 July 2013, 21:19:17
Subject:     Fw: Ukraine history and politics issues
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Hello,

So you finally admit that this were you all along: Your phrase "I also believe that valid truthful criticism of Jews is not anti-Semitism" is almost the same that you used in your original message the authorship of which you denied: "It's wrong to call valid truthful criticism of Jews anti-Semitism".

I have zero tolerance for ultranationalists and anti-Semites. I'll tell you what I will do: if I receive any single message or a notice that reminds me of your existence, I will put all your correspondence on my blog and will make sure the information on you is widely disseminated and reached the Canadian Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

All the best,
Anton
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From:       Mike Shelby
To:     Anton Shekhovtsov
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Time: 31 July 2013, 21:30:20
Subject:     Fw: Ukraine history and politics issues
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It wasn't me who sent you that message. I just agree with the last sentence: "It's wrong to call valid truthful criticism of Jews anti-Semitism".

I do not spread lies about Jews. What is your problem? Why do you avoid telling me whether you will delete that post about me or not?

Do you want the matter to go to court? Reply clearly.
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From:       Anton Shekhovtsov
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To:     Mike Shelby
Time: 31 July 2013, 21:34:07
Subject:     Fw: Ukraine history and politics issues
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Hello,

I warned you not to remind me of your existence. I'm putting all your correspondence online soon. You asked for it.

All the best,
Anton
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