April 17, 2009, exactly 11 years ago, Max Chayka died. Over the 21 years of his life, he was able to do a lot, as well after his death. In the nationalist movement, he became a symbol of Ukrainian Odesa, the embodiment of the glory and honor of the capital of our Black Sea Coast.
In 2007, students of Odesa University with the fans of Chernomorets Football Club founded the new right-wing community “Glory and Honor”. Being both a student and a fan of the Chernomorets, Maxym Chayka joined the community. In 2007 the Glory and Honor was one of the headliners of protests against the monument to Catherine the Great in the city. The community gained popularity in Odesa.
In 2008 the members of Glory and Honor participated in joint events with the “Patriot of Ukraine” organisation from Kharkiv. A fairly tight communication was established between the Kharkiv and Odesa new right. October 18, 2008 they fought with the Berkut unit in Kyiv. It was after this that on the basis of the “Glory and Honor” the center of “Patriot of Ukraine” in Odesa was created. Maxym Chayka became the first foreman. The influence of the new rights was becoming more significant. Max was a serious problem for the pro-Russian left.
And in the spring of next year, Chayka was gone. The killer was allowed to flee to the Russian Federation. The name of the first dead new right-wing Ukrainian was imprinted in the memory of an entire generation. Max became a symbol not only of Ukrainian Odesa, but also a model for a whole generation of Ukrainian new right-wingers.
On May 2, 2014 patriots from Kharkiv along with Glory and Honor community defensed Odesa. There is no doubt that Odesa remained Ukrainian, thanks to the contribution of Maxym Chayka. The memory of the Hero of Ukrainian Odessa is alive!