Monday, March 23, 2015

The only bad fascists are Ukrainian fascists

One of the strange things about the pro-Russian narrative about the conflict in Ukraine is the idea that government in Kiev is linked to and/or controlled by neo-Nazis. It's a pretty common line, which some kernel of truth because far right groups participated in the Euromaidan protests (although they were far from the dominant group), and when the Yanukovych government fell, the former opposition cooperated with far right candidates to cobble together a transitional government.

It still is extremely misleading to dismiss the entire 2014 Ukrainian Revolution as a neo-Nazi takeover of the government sponsored by Western governments, but that seems to be the official Russian government's position. Which is odd when you consider how openly the Putin Regime is itself courting neo-Nazis for its own purposes.