Unfortunately, it could not be cleansed by scoring some goals in football competition. And, in case no one had noticed, political prisoners in Ukraine were ineligible for the “saturnalia” during Euro 2012.
Confirmation of Ukraine’s present status as a captive nation came with the latest parliamentary ploy on July 4, in effect pushing the Ukrainian language another notch off the cliff.
Remarkably, mixed with football fever was a cacophony in European media about racism in Ukraine and Poland. It spilled into Ukrainian press with a torrent of comments, some of which were passionate and some distasteful.
One lead article had connected, by hearsay, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists to anti-Semitism in World War II, expecting perhaps to send those who disagree on another scholarly denial trip.