Svoboda tames radicals to get into parliament

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Nov. 22, 2012 23:50
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Ukrainian opposition activists clash with riot police on July 4 during a protest in Kyiv against a new law elevating the status of the Russian language. A man wearing a T-shirt promoting the nationalist Svoboda Party sprays Berkut officers with with teargas.
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Svoboda Party’s success in the Oct. 28 parliamentary election came as a surprise even for its own leaders. Unsure if it would hit the 5 percent threshold for getting elected, the right-wing nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) Party instead received more than 10 percent of the popular vote and 37 seats in parliament, according to the official results.

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