Ukraine: A Far Cry From Europe’s Far Right 

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Kyiv, 27 May, 2014. An early presidential election took place in Ukraine on May 25. Despite ongoing instability and violence in the east of the country, a record-breaking turnout of voters – more than 61% – came out to vote nationwide. According to preliminary results, the vast majority of Ukrainians – nearly 60% – have voted for Petro Poroshenko, an active participant in the Euromaidan protests and a multi-millionaire businessman. The two far-right nationalist parties, Svoboda and Right Sector, received less than 2 percent of the votes between them. These results debunk the Kremlin-sponsored myth about neo-Nazis coming to power in Ukraine.

The May 25 presidential elections ended a transitional period in Ukrainian politics: since former president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in late February, Ukraine has been governed by an Acting Head of State, an Acting Prime Minister and an Acting Government. Under these circumstances, with only the Parliament being without the prefix “Acting”, some have raised questions about the legitimacy of Ukraine’s institutions of power.

Others, primarily Russian propagandists and their apologists in the West, have gone even further, stating that Ukraine’s new government was not only illegitimate, but nationalist and fascist. To justify their blatant propagandistic rhetoric, the Kremlin’s advocates pointed to an alleged dominance of ultra-right political forces in the government, allegedly formed at gun-point by the “radical” leaders of the Euromaidan protests.

The prime targets of the “outbreak of fascism in Ukraine” line of argument were the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda and the radical revolutionary movement Right Sector. Over the last six months both have been vilified and demonized – largely unjustly – by Putin’s propaganda and its western stooges.

More importantly, the myth about Neo-nazis roaming and ravaging the streets of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities was the main weapon of a mass-media campaign intended to delude the local population, and used by Putin in Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, as well as in Russia’s military subversion aimed at destabilizing the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donbass and Luhansk. All of Putin’s recent public statements about Ukraine, without exception, were peppered with insulting – and inaccurate – references to fascists and blood-thirsty Gestapo torturers in the illegitimate Ukrainian government, who torment and kill peaceful Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine.

The outcome of the early presidential elections, however, has blown Russian propagandists out of the water: the core, as Kremlin would have the world believe, of Ukraine’s new fascists – Svoboda and Right Sector – received a mere 1,9 percent of the votes nationwide.

At the same time, far-right nationalist parties in other European countries are on the unprecedented rise. In the most recent European Parliament elections, which took place on the same day as Ukraine’s Presidential vote, right-wing forces have caused what some commentators have described as a “political earthquake” or a “tsunami”.

Nationalist parties claimed astonishingly high results in such countries as France (25 percent), Denmark (23 percent), Austria (20 percent) and Belgium (30-32 percent). These are results Ukrainian “fascists” could only dream of.

Ukraine’s Presidential elections, therefore, pose an awkward challenge for Putin’s propagandists: how to explain, at least to their domestic audience, the absence of fascists in Ukraine, the crusade against whom was used by Putin as a justification for most of his recent internationally-recognized crimes against the Ukrainian people.

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Ukraine’s Enemies In Europe

By Artem Bidenko: Political Scientist; Expert in Marketing Communications; Member of the Central Leadership Council of Ukrainian Platform

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Aggression by the Russian Federation is limited not just to the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine. This has truly become an information war; as events get portrayed into the minds of the world community. Realizing the vagueness and weakness of its position,The Kremlin is desperately mobilizing all of its lobbying resources; to persuade various radical European organizations to support it.  Continue reading

Far-rights and neostalinists observing so-called ‘referendum’ in Crimea

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The list of foreign observers that came to monitor the illegitimate ‘referendum’ in Crimea are representatives of the far-right Hungarian party famous for their attacks on Jews and Romas, and a left-wing MP of the Europarliamen, famous for his neostalinist views, as EuromaidanSOS informs, referring to the list of foreign observers.

The list contains the names of Béla Kovács, a representative of the far-right Hungarian party Jobbik, Johann Stadler, “who asserts that Anna Politkovskaya had ordered her own assasination”, Zoran Radoncic, who has been banned entry to Canada for denying the Holocaust. Continue reading

The Right Model for the Right Europeans

How Vladimir Putin has become an example to European right-wing radicals
By Roman Hobryk

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“Putin is an honest and resolute leader and is to be respected. At this stage, I don’t know if he is going to be our best friend or our worst enemy. But I’d prefer not to see him among our enemies.” These are the words of a European citizen. Not some chief of a French-Russian friendship society, president of an energy concern or British lawyer cashing in on Russian oligarchs. These are the words of Anders Breivik, a Norwegian mass murder and an icon of present-day neofascism in Europe. Why, then, does the most infamous contemporary Nazi criminal want to meet the Russian leader who is anti-fascist in his speeches? Continue reading

The Right, the Left, and the Ukrainian Protests

Ukrainian artist Ivan Semesiuk on the nature of Ukrainian protest.

The revolutionary events in Ukraine are full of noticeable phenomena and know-hows. One of the most remarkable things is a clearly delicate and respectful treatment of private property and respect for human dignity by protesters. In Kyiv until now none of the privately-owned businesses situated within the conflict zone were damaged. None of the policemen were humiliated by the opposite side of the conflict. Some shop-fronts in Lviv were crushed, those which belong to businessmen affiliated with current Ukrainian authorities and connected to the mafia. At the same time, protesters are being killed, tortured, kidnapped, their property is being ruined, and their dignity and rights are being despised by and spit on by those who represent the regime. Looks unusual, doesn’t it?

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The “Right Sector” – unto Ukraine a stumblingblock, and to the West foolishness

The Far-right political forces seem to be the stumbling stone on the path to understanding between those who live in Ukraine and in the West. As Andrij Bondar writes on his FB page,

“A short resume of communicating with civilised Europe on the matter of spreading Euromaidan ideas:

Europe often demands Maidan and all the people that write about it to condemn the “right” people of Maidan – brand them, bring them to light, and, desirably, blame them for everything. For her it is often more important than deaths, kidnapping, terror, intimidation by the regime. You say: “The regime is killing us”. And she relplies: “The Rights are to blame. Bring us the scalp of this Hitler of yours”.

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