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You're reading: Victory Day riots play into hands of Yanukovych, Kremlin

There is a more sinister element here that involves more than intolerant chauvinism used by Moscow to confuse it with legitimate nationalism. It is another example of Russia and the secular Moscow Patriarchate causing division among Ukrainian Jews and Christians.

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia issued a statement expressing fear over the “rehabilitation of Nazism in Europe” and that a “revisionist policy on Ukrainian Nazi collaborators” was being pursued. The federation suggested that the violence reflected “terrorist ideology of Ukrainian radical nationalism.”

Yet the violence, though wrong, had little if anythingto do with Nazism. Itreflects in part the success of Russian propaganda. The protests were against the perception that the Red Armywas a liberator, not an expression of support for Nazism.

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