Skip to comments.Ukraine: A Far Cry From Europe’s Far Right
Posted on 05/28/2014 1:58:13 AM PDT by hubel458
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 Ukraines institutions of power.
Others, primarily Russian propagandists and their apologists in the West, have gone even further, stating that Ukraines new government was not only illegitimate, but nationalist and fascist. To justify their blatant propagandistic rhetoric, the Kremlins 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 Putins 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 Russias illegal annexation of Crimea, as well as in Russias military subversion aimed at destabilizing the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donbass and Luhansk. All of Putins 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 Ukraines 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 Ukraines 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.
Ukraines Presidential elections, therefore, pose an awkward challenge for Putins 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.
Ukraines Presidential elections, therefore, pose an awkward challenge for Putins 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.vranyo
The mere fact that Russian culture has a type of lying that nobody else has says a lot about Russia ...
and how much we should trust them.
Notice how “nationalist” is now a dirty word in politics?
This is only astonishing to clueless, braindead state-run media types, the establishment ruling class types and their acolytes.
This is a completely predictable development and its happened at least twice, with socialist/nationalist parties taking over in two major European countries and other smaller European countries. I've refering to Mussolini, who turned his pro-war socialism into fascism and Hitler left-wing, nationalist-sytle socialism took over Germany in the 1920's and 1930's.
The Ruling Classes have created mass immigration into socialist countries. The immigrants immediately get all kinds of free welfare state goodies. This is paid for by the remaining working people and by the reduction in benefits for the native people in all of these European countries. It's paid for by rationing of medical care, by delays in receiving care. It's paid for in the deterioration of public schools, by the increase in crime, by the created divisions in society with "no-go areas" in France, UK, Sweden, etc.
It's obvious that the "charge of racism" will lose it's sting and reality can be denied for only so long. A reaction was inevitable. This reaction by voters has just started and it's going to get bigger as the fear of social disapproval is reduced and more people become willing to support the anti-immigration parties.