Category Archives: Ukraine

Ukraine | Die gescheiterte Demokratie Ukraine

Florian Rötzer

Für Dreiviertel geht das Land in die falsche Richtung, die politische Klasse und die Parteien haben abgewirtschaftet, Massenauswanderung ist die Folge der westlichen Politik

Wenn nächstes Jahr die Parlamentswahlen in der Ukraine stattfinden, wird das Land politisch sich stark verändern und vermutlich noch instabiler werden als heute schon. Eine aktuelle Umfrage des Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) bestätigt die Ergebnisse von vorhergehenden Umfragen: Die herrschende politische Klasse hat abgewirtschaftet, ein Drittel sagt schon jetzt, sich nicht an den Wahlen beteiligen zu wollen. Fast die Hälfte der Befragten würde unter keinen Umständen den amtierenden Präsidenten Poroschenko wieder wählen. Dreiviertel sagen, das Land gehe in die falsche Richtung, etwa so viele wie vor dem Regierungssturz 2014. Nach anfänglicher Hoffnung herrschen seit 2015 eine trübe Stimmung und Misstrauen vor, 70 Prozent sagen, es seien tiefgreifende Reformen notwendig. Das sagen vor allem die jüngeren Menschen.

Ukraine | Nazi glorification continues in West Ukraine

In West Ukraine on July 22 Nazi SS division Galychyna was commemorated by local authorities. Funny that it was commemorated on the anniversary of the battle of Brody when it was crushed by the Red Army. Commemoration took part in Lviv. But an interesting fact is that some US citizens and former Ukrainian SS came here to participate in the event. Former and contemporary Nazis celebrated their festive date burying the remains of the four dead SS fighters with an honor guard.

Ukraine | The Lynch Court in Ukrainian Chernigov

July 20, Ukrainian Nazis from the infamous regiment “Azov” and national squads arranged a Lynch trial over their political opponent. In the city of Chernigov they caught a local homeless resident, tied him to a pillar, hung on his neck a sign “I’m a vatnik” and spit in him. Vatnik (literally – quilted or padded jacket) is a humiliating stigmatizing nickname, which liberals and fascists use to opponents of Ukrainian nationalism. Organizer of violence Olexandr Tarnavsky argues that the homeless resident of Chernigov on July 15 threw bottles at the monument to the so-called Heavenly Hundred. So supporters of the Kiev regime denote a hundred people who died in February 2014 during a right-wing coup.

The purge of school teachers has begun in Ukraine

The mayor of a large Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk, Boris Filatov, said on July 18 that he began personnel purge in the city’s schools. School principals are appointed by the city’s mayor under the contract, and the mayor threatens those directors who oppose the Kiev regime and show sympathy for Russia. Filatov said that about a third of the directors and head teachers of schools will be dismissed because of pro-Russian views and “separatist sentiments.” The corresponding statement he published on Facebook.

Ukraine | Ukraine’s anti-Roma pogroms ignored as Russia blamed for far right resurgence

by Max Parry

Last month, former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a lecture at Trinity College Dublin made remarks condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin, blaming him for the resurgence of far right politics in the European Union and United States. Clinton stated that Putin…

…has positioned himself as the leader of an authoritarian, white-supremacist and xenophobic movement that wants to break up the EU, weaken America’s traditional alliances and undermine democracy. We can see this authoritarian movement rippling out from the Kremlin, reaching across Europe and beyond. It’s emboldening right-wing nationalists, separatists, racists and even neo-Nazis.“

Before addressing the deceitfulness of her comments, the one part of them that is true needs to be recognized. At this point, it is universally acknowledged that there is a significant revival in far-right and neo-Nazi political activity being experienced in America and across the EU. It is also increasingly present in other countries such as India and Turkey, and even Brazil’s current leading candidate for President is being called a fascist. However, not only is Putin’s more traditional conservatism not in line with the rabidly anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant orientations mobilizing in the West, according to a recent study the actual determinant of such activity is historically contingent with austerity implemented by neo-liberals like Mrs. Clinton.