29 June 2014, 00:30

History book on Ukrainian Neonazism released in Belgium

History book on Ukrainian Neonazism released in Belgium

A presentation of a book investigating the bloody events in Kiev, that resulted in an armed power shift in Ukraine and started in February this year, took place in Belgium today.

The title of the book is "Neonazis & Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship". Its authors are political analyst of the CIS-EMO international organisation for elections observation Stanislav Byshok and the president of the Public Diplomacy Foundation Alexey Kochetkov. They submitted their book at a seminar of members of communist parties held in the Belgian town of Louvain-la-Neuve near Brussels.

Representatives of 39 countries took part in the meeting dedicated to 100 years after WW1 and the world in 2014.

"We are often asked if we consider the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's regime democratic, but this is not the point. We show how people's protest under originally democratic slogans was completely controlled and monopolized by Neonazis who alone took advantage of the Euromaidan victory. This book is an attempt to trace how Ukrainian nationalism separated the nation and plunged it into chaos instead of uniting the people," Kochetkov told journalists.

"The book contains a lot of quotations of those people who are in power in today's Ukraine and their ideological predecessors. We give translations of big fragments of their programmes and plenty of information about their activities," Byshok said.

The book shows the evolution of Ukrainian radical nationalist groups from 1991 until today. The emphasis is put on the history of the Right Sector and the Svoboda (Freedom) party which was the Social-National Party of Ukraine before 2004. Their ideology, mentality and methods of political struggle are scrutinized.

"Any revolution uses ideas predominant in society for its positive program. Those were left-wing radical ideas in the Russian Empire of 1917, radical Islamism in the Arab countries during the Arab Spring in 2010. As for Ukraine of 2013-2014, this was radical nationalism that swallowed the Euromaidan's originally democratic and pro-European aims," the authors believe.

This is the second English-language edition of the book. It was also published in Russian with a title "Euromaidan in Honour of Stepan Bandera: From Democracy to Dictatorship".

The presentation of the book will take place in Paris on 5 July, Berlin on 7 July and Warsaw on 11 July.

The presentation of the book in Belgium was held on the next day after Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko signed a final economic agreement on association and free trade with the EU.

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