[Marxism] Anton Shekhovtsov's blog: The Ukrainian far right Svoboda party: From the margins to the mainstream and back again?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jun 1 06:38:42 MDT 2014

Svoboda’s victory over the National-Democrats in the Ternopil region did 
not go unnoticed to Yanukovych and his Party of Regions (PoR) who 
decided to exploit Svoboda in the fight against their main contenders, 
especially Tymoshenko. When, in 2010, Yanukovych was elected president 
of Ukraine and Mykola Azarov of the PoR was appointed Prime Minister, 
the media visibility of Svoboda dramatically increased, especially on 
TV-channels either directly or indirectly controlled by the new 
government. Not being represented, at that time, in the Ukrainian 
parliament, Svoboda’s top officials enjoyed media spotlight which other 
extra-parliamentary parties only dreamed of. Just like French Socialist 
president François Mitterrand who attempted, in the early 1980s, to 
weaken his mainstream right-wing rivals by instructing the state 
television to grant more media visibility to fringe parties such as the 
far right National Front, Yanukovych and his associates wanted to damage 
the mainstream opposition by elevating the significance of Svoboda.


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