Nationalist Svoboda scores election victories in western Ukraine

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Nov. 11, 2010, 11:26 p.m. | Politics — by Natalia A. Feduschak

Natalia A. Feduschak

LVIV, Ukraine – The answer to why the pro-nationalist Svoboda party took Ukraine’s three western oblasts in the Oct. 31 local elections was on full display in an exchange that took place between two well-known actors on a national talk show a few days after the vote.
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Anonymous Nov. 11, 2010, 11:38 p.m.    

While I am happy that Svoboda is pro Ukrainian I am concerned that there will be deeper divisions in the country. It might mean that Ukraine's political landscape will have 3 parties - Western (Ukrainian), Central (Moderate) and Eastern (more sympathetic to Russia).

As long as elections are democratic then this is all a good thing.

Accurate representation in government is the goal here. Now if only these elected officials cared for the people who elected them.....

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 1:05 a.m.    

dream on , the bandits in power only think of their own back pocket

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 4:44 a.m.    

Yesterday the &quot;bandits&quot; were Westerners AKA Galicians and now they are the Little Rusians AKA Donetsk'? I prefer the menage a trois of indigenous, moderate and chauvinist.

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Anonymous Nov. 11, 2010, 11:40 p.m.    

Too bad their leader is anti semitic. Stupid. Other than that if the party has young people who are pro ukrainian - this might be a refreshing change.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 3:28 a.m.    

Kindly provide some backing for your assertion that Tiahnybok is &quot;anti-semitic&quot;.. there's nothing in Svoboda's political platform that condone's or even implies anti-semitism, or even xenophobia. It is simply affirmative of Ukrainian language, culture, and national interest. AND they have yet to prove themselves corrupt...Something sorely lacking in other political forces.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 4:10 a.m.    

If anti-Russian doesn't rally the rabble cry anti-semitic.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 3:36 p.m.    

“In Soviet times, it was more difficult to visit a synagogue than a church,” he said.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 5 a.m.    

remember yush kicked him out of the our ukraine coalition because he was talking about jews this and jews that....

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Anonymous Nov. 16, 2010, 4:48 p.m.    

The sovok relics keep repeating the same lies over and over.

Tyahnybok was never in the Our Ukraine bloc.

What about &quot;jews this and jews that&quot;?

Again, what's popular in Ukraine, besides sovok relic disinformation, is &quot;argument&quot; by implication.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 1:43 a.m.    

Ukraine needs to concentrate ion the concept of citizenship not the perceived National identity of those who live in Ukraine. Nationalism is as a political tool is divisive and dangerous as what one person thinks is their nationality is not the same as another. There are many shades of greasy and spectrum of the rainbow. Svoboda won out because the other players had lost respect and confidence. Svoboda managed to secure the highest vote not the majority vote. Ukraine as a state still remains divided not on the ideology of economics or social values but on the divisions of national ethnicity. Its not even a question of race but a question of which branch of the family tree you come from. The sooner Ukraine can establish a party that is concerned about its citizens and not national divisions the better off Ukraine will be. Citizenship not nationalism is the basis of democracy.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 4:07 a.m.    

Why are we not concerned with the pro-Russian national division?

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 1:59 a.m.    

5% means it has just replaced Yushchenko's Our Ukraine. If fresh elections were held Our Ukraine would lose Parliamentary representation. The reason why Our Ukraine lost support was its betrayal of its constituency. Whilst Svoboda would cross the 3% threshold it would not win government or the presidency. Under a presidential system it would have every little influence other than act as a party in opposition. Under a parliamentary system Svoboda would have a greater influence and possible role in the formation of government.

Ukraine is made up of a number of various national/ethnic identities. Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Hutzal, Tarot, Swedish, German, Romanian. It is a diverse state, and its diversity is what makes Ukraine. Its diversity and various national interests should be celebrated not in opposition to each other. Svoboda has a role to play in representing its constituency (Many who are of polish influence). All nationalism is an ethnic groups in Ukraine should have equal rights under the law and constitution of Ukraine.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 9:56 a.m.    

best comment so far

thank you !

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 4:03 a.m.    

And this is the excuse for centuries of anti-Ukrainianism?

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 11:49 p.m.    

Nobody thought of &quot;celebration of divesity&quot; during centuries of anti-Ukrainian policies, and only when we finally got our independent state, you shout &quot;celebrate diversity&quot;.

Status quo must be restored first, only then we will decide what to do next.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 8:49 a.m.    

Party of Regions is Svoboda's biggest financial sponsor...

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 11:45 p.m.    


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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 10:40 a.m.    

So you are bullying him?

You are using intimidation censorship,

he used no profanity.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 11:50 a.m.    

hopefully the tide is now starting to turn.

Slava Ykraini

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 8:14 p.m.    

I think a Western Ukraine country is the solution- no one in East and southern Ukraine cares about Ukraine language or culture do they?

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 9:07 p.m.    

Disinformation from delusional Moskali are irrelevant!

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 10:26 p.m.    

They svoboda are at their high point by time of oct 2012 rada election economic reforms will be well underway.Unless they can offer people in east,south something they will amount to nothing more than a western regional party.

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Anonymous Nov. 17, 2010, 5:54 a.m.    

Did you notice that that there have been demonstrations throughout Ukraine.

The comments that pit West against East are from kremlin propagandists that do not have Ukraine in their hearts'.

Whether you are a UKRAINIAN speaking UKRAINIAN or a Russian speaking UKRAINIAN then you are a UKRAINIAN.

If you are a russian speaking russian then you are a russian and not a UKRAINIAN and you should at least pretend to care about the many problems in russia and not ferment problems in UKRAINE.

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Anonymous Nov. 13, 2010, 11:18 a.m.    

Isn't it great that there are still free thinking Ukrainians who are standing up to the corrupt and dictatorial imbecile puppet of putin and convicted criminal Yanuconvict? Despite the rigging of elections, the criminal still has not got control of everything.

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Anonymous Nov. 29, 2010, 6:45 p.m.    

&quot;The ban on the activity of the Federal National and Cultural Autonomy of Ukrainians is an obvious confirmation of serious and systemic violations by Russia of the rights of those of its citizens, who are Ukrainians, to maintain their own language and culture,&quot; reads the letter by deputies to Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko.

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