Disinfo: Ukraine’s attempt to get rid of Communist symbols is an attempt to cover up unrestricted Russophobia


Above all Ukrainians are Russophobes. They are trying to employ a campaign on decommunisation to cover up (frankly speaking, it works bad) unrestricted Russophobia in everything. It seems very profitable for Ukraine to neglect its past in exchange for no future.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine is a Russophobic country and that decommunisation is directed against Russia. There is no evidence of this. In fact, Ukraine is not a Russophobic country as is often claimed by the Kremlin media. Ukraine had to react to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the act of aggression by the Russian armed forces in Donbas. It did not ban the Russian language, as is often claimed by the Kremlin, nor did it ban contact between Ukrainians and Russians. In Ukraine, the law on decommunisation initiated by the Cabinet of Ministers came into force in 2015. The document recognises the communist totalitarian regime of 1917–1991 in Ukraine as criminal and pursuing a policy of state terror. The law condemns two totalitarian ideologies - Communism and Nazism.


  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia


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