Disinfo: Neo-Nazis have an outsized influence in Ukrainian politics


Neo-Nazis have an outsized influence in Ukrainian politics.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine as a Nazi country. The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy. Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and obtained abysmal results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. During the 2019 election cycle, the far right managed to sustain an even more tremendous failure; the highest-rated nationalist candidate, Ruslan Koshulynskyy, won 1.62% of the vote whereas Svoboda, one of the Kremlin's favourite bogeymen, won 2.16% of the national vote, falling far short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.


  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, Nazi/Fascist


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