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The Ukrainian election results have produced hosannas in the West about the far-right parties having been marginalized in the vote. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Svoboda–one of the OUN/B heirs on the Ukrainian political landscape–has representation in parliament, as does the Radical Party of Oleg (“Oleh”) Lyashko, who helped form many of the fascist militias active in the civil war in the nation’s Eastern section. (Svoboda’s leader is pictured at right, saluting at a rally.) Dimytro Yarosh, head of Pravy Sektor also won a seat in parliament, though Pravy Sektor fared poorly at the polls. What has received little coverage is the fact that the so-called “moderate,” “pro-EU” parties such as Poroshenko’s party and Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front have incorporated some of the worst of the Ukrainian fascists. Poroshenko has OUN/B wartime president Jaroslav Stetsko’s personal secretary (Roman Svarych) as an adviser, along with Oleh Makhnitsky, the former justice minister from Svoboda. Yatsenyuk has people from the fascist Azov Battalion in the ranks of his organization. The effects of having people from Svoboda in charge of the judicial process can be sampled from the attempt to pin the sniper killings in the Maidan demonstrations on a leader of Yanukovich’s security forces. “Photographed” holding a sniper rifle with two hands–supposedly the “proof”–Dmytro Sadovnyk only has ONE hand, having lost the other to a grenade in a training accident years ago. The Poroshenko government has been using cluster munitions against its own citizens.
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