Extreme Choices: Svoboda plays nationalist card

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Oct. 18, 2012, 11:38 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Oksana Lyachynska

Ukrainian nationalists burn flags of President Viktor Yanukovych’s Regions Party and flags of the Communist Party during a march in Kyiv on Oct. 14. The rally, attended by 10,000 people, marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army that fought Soviets and Nazis during World War II.

Oksana Lyachynska

Oksana Lyachynska is a freelance journalist in Kyiv and staff writer for the Kyiv Post from 2008-2014.

Editor's Note: See related story headlined "Svoboda promises to clean up Ukraine."

BORSHCHIV, Ternopil Oblast – Apart from a few posters that advertise an Oct. 17 afternoon meeting with Svoboda Party leader Oleh Tyahnybok, nothing indicates the day will be out of the ordinary in this western Ukrainian city of 11,000 people. Hens and stray dogs aimlessly meander, and pumpkin patches grow on flowerbeds.

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