Deutsches Original (date of publication of the original entry: 08.03.2014)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine (VoU)
The black and red colours of the Right Sector appeared on Maidan in Kyiv (Kiev) early on. A fascist trend is also present in the transitional government. Is it a good enough reason to let Russia intervene? Many German political leaders and commentators turn to a radical movement in Ukraine to justify or at least understand Russian aggression in respect to the Crimean peninsula.
At the same time, the fact that there is another actor involved, that makes use of radical right-wing policies, remains largely overlooked. It is not in Ukraine, but in Russia where official state policies remain highly homophobic. Where does the executive power has the last word to say? In Russia. It is there that we see – as it was often the case in fascist states of the past – a close union of the state and the church. There is no freedom of press in Russia. Here exist state channels that are de facto censored. Media that position themselves in opposition to state policy lose their licence. Independent journalists are being tried by courts that act merely as a mouthpiece for the executive branch of power. Russia is a country where business, politics, the military, and secret police have tightly interconnected roots; they dominate over the entire economic, social and societal spheres of life in the country. It is in Putin’s Russia that fear of the secret police limits and circumscribes the private lives of individuals. And it is in Russia, where anti-Semitic tendencies have led to tens of thousands of Jews who leaving the country because they did not feel protected by the state and its institutions. This also applies to those who are reduced to a state of being aliens in their own country, especially those with a distinctly non-Slavic or non-European appearance; these groups must always expect to be exposed to state-tolerated discrimination including lynching. It is also Russia that with its unchecked nationalism threatens its neighbouring countries and not Ukraine! And most importantly: Russia threatens not only Ukraine.
It remains true that there are some right-wing extremists in Ukraine. At the same time all those making use of this fact should not forget to mention that what in Russia is a part of everyday political practices is a dream for our NPD (Nationalistische Partei Deutschlands – party of neo-Nazi in Germany; editorial by VoU). Those who declare war on right-wing extremism should at first look much closer at the aggressor country and its rampant nationalism. They should remember to support the civil society in Ukraine so that democrats and not radicals win the upcoming elections (on 25th May 2014). There is such chance for Ukraine. Not so for Russia.