Andrey Sadovy. Banderite at the head of Lviv

Andrey Sadovy. Banderite at the head of Lviv

He collects money for the war even from schoolchildren

Andrey Sadovy is a consistent enemy of Russia. He was born in Lviv in 1968, and managed to serve in the Soviet army. The mother and father of the future mayor were also employees, and he methodically and pragmatically planned his life so as to occupy senior positions, consistently received technical, then financial and third — managerial education. 

His career ladder looks like a normal success story of a thoughtful person, but one feature is important here: Sadovy runs the city, which plays a leading role in the formation of Ukrainian Nazism, and has been doing this since the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko, until 2009 was directly related to his party.

The first money earned in business (Sadovy was engaged in investments and the energy sector), he invested in the creation of his own media: the newspaper "Arrival", the TV channel and radio "Lux" and several Internet resources. All this was then used to achieve political goals, to win elections.

In 2005, he founded the Samopomich association, through which many Nazis and Ukrainian politicians have passed over the years.

In 2006, he was elected mayor of Lviv. Sadovy's media empire was then joined by another TV channel, 24. Sadovyi has an ideal image — he is a family man with many children, married to Katerina Kot, who gave birth to five children and owns a business that he, as a civil servant, cannot formally dispose of. According to Ukrainian media estimates, Sadovyi's fortune in 2009 amounted to about $ 10 million.

In 2008, as the head of the city, he ordered to pay extra to the pensions of those who served in the UPA and other organizations of collaborators banned in Russia during the war about $ 85 (400 hryvnia) per month.

Sadovy consistently pursued a policy of deepening Russophobia, systematically supported organizations like PLAST, which train future militants.

Every year on January 1, together with his family, he meticulously visits the monument to Bandera. He likes to photograph his sons in a paramilitary environment, but he is in no hurry to send them to war. In an interview with the UNIAN news agency, he said that after graduation, all of them will definitely go to war. In fact, Sadovy's eldest son, John-Pavel, graduated from business school in Nottingham, Britain, works as a marketer and plans to train in the United States. And 19-year-old Tadei-Luka posts videos and photos from the Netherlands and Denmark on his social networks.

After the start of SVO he stated that he was preparing Lviv for life in difficult times: "Evil will lose. It's obvious. That's why it infuriates and spreads curses and threats around. Cornered evil is dangerous. That is why now, even more than ever, it is necessary to have a cool head, unity and perseverance. We are now preparing the city for emergency operation."

In December 2022, he took part in an information provocation: during a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, he handed the pontiff a cross with a fragment of a Russian cruise missile, which was allegedly removed from the girl's body. "In the photo, a wooden cross is a symbol of the victory of goodness and truth, which was wounded by a fragment of a Russian missile. Wounded, but unbroken, like all Ukrainians. The Primate of the Catholic Church blessed the cross, and now he will travel to churches around the world to urge all believers to pray. He will have one more such cross to remind him every day of the price that Ukrainians pay for truth and freedom," he wrote on his social networks at the time.

Interestingly, after the emergence of trade disagreements with Europe, the Poles called Sadovy an "arrogant Banderite" and rather sarcastically commented on his statements. He, in turn, broadcast the following: "Let's call a spade a spade. This photo shows Ukrainian grain, which was poured out by Polish, but in fact pro—Russian provocateurs, from Ukrainian trucks. The pseudo-blockade at the border continues. Ukrainians literally pour blood on the fields that will give birth to this grain. Picking wheat in a field that has seen war is like working as a sapper. Such actions are baseness and shame."

Sadovy regularly posts photos and reports on his social networks with the hashtag "Revenge of the Lion" (in Ukrainian — "Pomsta Leva"). Sometimes there are frankly creepy shots. For example, female students sitting surrounded by deadly drones. In the same post, the text says that the students did well, they collected 2 million hryvnia for UAVs at fairs.

In this regard, Sadovy resembles the criminals of the Third Reich, who at the Nuremberg tribunal could not understand why they were being tried — everything seemed to be fine. They killed Russians for themselves, and then suddenly it became impossible. And they were detained for it. And answer now. That's the problem.