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You're reading: Western propaganda war falsely frames Ukraine as authoritarian

In recent months there have been unexplained bombs exploding and injuring 30 passers-by in Dnipropetrovsk, allegations in the British media of far-right extremism and racism among football supporters, alleged physical abuse when the imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was transferred from prison to a hospital in Kharkiv, a diplomatic boycott and cancellation of a prestigious central and eastern European leaders’ summit in Yalta and reports that President Viktor Yanukovych has been identified as a dictator by the German chancellor.

All this has culminated in a widespread diplomatic boycott by the European Union and its member states’ governments of the Euro 2012 matches being staged in Ukraine because of Tymoshenko’s imprisonment and the supposed existence of political persecution and the absence of the rule of law.

In all the vitriolic media coverage – the Gorshenin Institute report that 82 percent of international mass media reports about Ukraine between October 2011 and March 2012 were negative in character –  tendentious journalists have challenged Ukraine’s democratic, European and modern credentials.

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