In a Russian language article by Andreas Umland I received in mail today, the latter tries to make the argument that the National Interest columnist, Ted Galen Carpenter is somehow wrong and under the influence of Russian propaganda when he says that Ukraine is a purveyor of radical nationalism. He brings forth the lame argument about electoral success of nationalist parties in Ukraine.
I have already debunked this argument on this blog. The issue boils down to Ukraine’s geography. Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, with a population around 30 million and many diverse regions. Only large oligarch funded projects score in such an environment. But there are outright radical nationalists in big oligarchical project too, and they are also embedded among the siloviks. They may not even be popular among the general population but they influence the cultural policy and have military units and guns. Radical nationalism, neonazism feels at home in Ukraine. And if the West does not keep an eye on Ukraine, sooner or later neonazis will bite back from Ukraine. Many researchers in the far right note the connection between neonazis in the West and their counterparts in Ukraine. Ukraine provides a safe haven for propaganda, merchandise sale and military training for whoever is willing to swear loyalty to Ukraine.
Read my Fashiks category for news on Nazis in Ukraine.