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You're reading: Behind Svoboda Party’s bad press

But Svoboda Party has now become a subject of some attention in Western press. Some pundits are understandably critical. Others are hurriedly explaining why Svoboda is recently gaining popularity among voters.

The explanations carry a spark of truth, and point out that politics in Ukraine are poisoned by kleptocratic, anti-democratic regime of the Regions Party, which plants the seeds for increasingly radical responses. Be it as it may, the list of toxic substances may be actually longer than that.

Nevertheless, Svoboda Party leaders undoubtedly had learned, from earlier experience, that sniping at Jews and Russians by itself leads only to slim pickings.

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