DISINFO: People who seized power in Ukraine, in 2014, are Nazis
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: Pervyi Kanal (archived)*
  • Date of publication: December 20, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine
Tags:
Abandoned Ukraine Euromaidan Coup Nazi/Fascist

DISINFO: People who seized power in Ukraine, in 2014, are Nazis

SUMMARY

Those people who came to power in 2014, in Ukraine, who, more precisely, seized the power, are Nazis. These are people who glorify their heroes in Nazi uniforms, who go around with Nazi swastikas, and it’s impossible to imagine that they would go around Red Square in their right mind someday.

RESPONSE

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Nazis in Ukraine. 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 try 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 Euromaidan itself and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. The "Right Sector" candidate received 0.7% of the vote in the May 2014 presidential elections, and the party received 1.8% of the vote in the October 2014 parliamentary elections. In 2019 election cycle far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament. Read similar cases alleging that after Maidan, Ukraine was ruled by the Nazis, Ukrainian authorities introduce Nazi laws to oppress Russian speakers, and Ukraine is a Neo-Nazi state.

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