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In Russia the Slavophiles came to power in 2000 with Vladimir Putin. In Ukraine they won the 2010 elections a decade later with Viktor Yanukovych. In the last two decades the two most popular parties in Ukraine have been Slavophile – the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) until 2002 and the Party of Regions since 2006.

Slavophiles, whether Ukrainian or Russian, fear and loathe the West, especially the US and Germany. Russian nationalists in 1918 believed Germans and Austrians were conspiring to establish an independent Ukrainian state. Eastern Ukrainians and Russians saw coloured revolutions, including the Orange Revolution, as a US backed conspiracy.

These inferiority complexes can be found in the writings of even young generation “political experts” such as Kost Bondarenko. Bondarenko was deputy leader of the Silna Ukraina party that positioned itself as a party of Ukraine’s emerging middle class. Most of Deputy Prime Minister Sergiy Tigipko’s 13 percent’s voters in the 2010 elections were middle class urban professionals and businesspersons.

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