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[email protected] | 16Apr2018 | Will Zuzak

Denial of the Obvious

Dear Infoukes:

In response to an article by Volodymyr Ishchenko on the activity of the "far right" during the Yanukovych era and especially during the Euromaidan demonstrations from 21Nov2013 to 22Feb2014, I have appended the following comments:

I take issue with Volodymyr Ishchenko labeling (and demonizing) Svoboda as a "far right" political party. In my opinion, they are neither "right" nor "left", but "patriotic" Ukrainians determined to establish an "independent" Ukraine free from the tyranny of Putin's Russian Empire and the corruption of the Oligarchs dominating Ukraine's political elite. The Oligarch-dominated news media has consistently demonized Svoboda and its leader, Oleh Tyahnybok. It refused to report on the large popular demonstrations/marches on 03Apr2018 protesting Oligarchic rule and continues to do so.

Figures 1 and 2 below, demonstrate that throughout the Yanukovych era (2010 to 22Feb2014) Svoboda was, by far, the most active party protesting the anti-Ukrainian policies of the Yanukovych government. It is very likely that, if it were not for Svoboda, the Euromaidan protests would have petered out. And if it were not for Svoboda and Right Sector, Viktor Yanukovych would not have fled to Russia on 22Feb2014. To conclude, if it were not for Svoboda and Right Sector, it is likely that, today, Russian troops would be patrolling the streets of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.

Yours sincerely
Will Zuzak; 2018.04.16