[Marxism] Fwd: The miners are no-one’s rent-a-mob | Observer Ukraine

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Apr 28 06:29:45 MDT 2015

In the past days a campaign has been underway in Ukraine to discredit 
the ongoing coal miners’ protests in Kyiv. It has now found its way onto 
the pages of the international press, including the Financial Times 
April 27 issue (“President tackles oligarchs’ stranglehold on the 
economy” by Roman Olearchyk in Kyiv). The campaign, initiated by people 
close to President Poroshenko, claims that the miners’ protests are 
merely part of an elaborate plan by Rinat Akhmetov to preserve the 
monopoly position of his corporation DTEK in the Ukrainian coal mining 
and electricity generating sector. In other words, the miners are 
Akhmetov’s “rent-a-mob” and their own demands count for nothing.


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