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OlehTyahnybok, the 42-year-old leader of the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) Party, surprised many when his party’s candidates won the majority in three oblast local councils, the mayoral seat in Ternopil and a smattering of seats in local councils all over the country.

Tyahnybok, the controversial leader of the party considered ultra-right by many, spoke to the Kyiv Post by phone.

Topics including his movement’s growing popularity, the clashes in Lviv between Svoboda members and those waving Soviet-era flags during the May 9 Victory Day celebration and accusations that he is the sanctioned opposition of the pro-presidential Party of Regions.

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