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Press Release of the Embassy of Ukraine regarding Russian propaganda against Ukraine (on 20 Осtober 2014)
20 October 2014 15:12

Russia is deceiving the world with the allegations about the dominance of the radical right-wing and "fascist" attitudes in Ukraine

 On October 16, 2014 Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation issued a comment regarding the "actions of the radical nationalists in some cities of Ukraine" containing the traditional for the Russian propaganda distorted assessment of the situation in our country.  

The comment yet again is full of the double standards logic. On the one hand, the Russian Foreign Ministry states "categorical rejection of the growth of neo-Nazi attitudes in Europe" but in fact Russia supports and works closely with nationalist and right-radical forces in Europe.  

Russia is actively using fascist slogans in its anti-Ukrainian policy. The Kremlin propaganda campaign causes the ideas of interethnic and interreligious intolerance to spread at an alarming rate and the hostility towards Ukraine, the EU and the USA to increase in Russian society. As a result of its aggression people are killed in eastern Ukraine and the Crimea is occupied by Russia.

Statement about the growth of neo-Nazi attitudes in Ukraine is strained and is artificially inoculated by the Russian propaganda. Memory about the great deeds of its people in the struggle against fascism and millions of victims of Ukraine during the World War II and during the totalitarian regime is sacred for Ukrainians. That is why neo-Nazi and fascist ideology is hostile and unacceptable for the Ukrainian society.

In this regard we would like to emphasize the following points.

1. Radical ideas are alien for the Ukrainian government and society.

-       Ukrainian society is traditionally tolerant and condemns manifestations of xenophobia and intolerance. Radical forces are a marginal phenomenon in Ukraine. This is confirmed by both the results of the presidential elections in Ukraine (right-wing forces were supported only by 1.86% of the voters cumulatively) and by the polls before the early parliamentary elections. 

-       Reports on human rights situation in Ukraine prepared by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the OSCE ODIHR and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities confirm that no tendentious manifestations of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, as well as other human rights violations of discriminatory nature in Ukraine have been registered. In addition, Chairman of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine Yosyf Zisels marked the reduction of anti-Semitism in Ukraine in recent years and dispelled the Russian propaganda myths on xenophobia in Ukraine.

2. Events of October 13 and 14, 2014 in Ukraine are the elements of the sabotage activity of the Russian secret services.

-  One of the key objectives of the Kremlin is to destabilize situation throughout Ukraine and to return back to power pro-Russian forces. Powerful information and provocative work is held to heat the mass protests. Events of October 13 (protests of the National Guard soldiers demanding the demobilization) and October 14 (clashes near the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine) are the results of this work.

-  According to the Security Service of Ukraine, Russian secret services use a very simple scheme: during major Ukrainian holidays or while important decisions are taken by the Parliament the situation is escalated using unknown young men, and then this video is replicated by the Russian media. In particular the 18th center of the Russian FSB was accessory to the organization of the clashes, which provocateurs after all failed to make the mass ones. Organizers planned protests in Kharkiv, Kherson, Mikolayiv, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, Vinnytsa, Dnipropetrovsk and Pavlograd. After Kremlin’s SpecOp had failed, Russia decided to use its traditional accusations regarding the human rights violations and the dominance of radicals in Ukraine.

3. Promoting aggression, Russia has become a hotbed of intolerance.

-       Groundlessly accusing Ukraine of the dominance of radical forces, Russia deliberately manipulates the minds of those people who understand that these phenomena are negative, but do not have sufficient information for their own analysis.

-       Pointless accusations are directed not only at diverting attention of the international community from the real crimes against humanity committed by Russian soldiers and mercenaries in the eastern Ukraine and from the failure of Russia to fulfill Minsk agreements, but also at downplaying the peacekeeping efforts of the Ukrainian government to normalize the situation in the east of the state.

-       Russia with its propaganda and misinformation is sowing seeds of interethnic and interreligious hatred in human minds. Ultranationalist attitudes and movements in Russia receive significant support from the state. Danger of such policy is confirmed, in particular, by the human rights situation in the occupied Crimea and in Russia itself: interethnic fights and intolerance towards other cultures prosper there.

-       Easily playing with historical facts and concepts like "neo-Nazism" and "fascism", Russian authorities lose touch with reality and thus discredit not Ukraine, but common heroic past of the two once friendly nations – Ukrainian and Russian – in the Second World War. Having forgotten the things painful for every soldier of the Great Patriotic War and their descendants, Moscow is artificially fueling the fire of interethnic and interreligious hatred thus acting like those against whom our ancestors jointly fought.

-       Russian call to "protect the rights of the Russians and Russian-speaking persons" actively used for the annexation of the Crimea and destabilization of the situation in eastern Ukraine, in its essence and way of fulfillment reproduces the slogans of the Nazi regime in Germany.

In its policy Russia relies on ultranationalist, neo-Nazi and radical right-wing political forces in Europe, which support its aggression. With their help it holds anti-Ukrainian campaign in the democratic world. Funding these marginal forces Russia promotes spread of the ideas of intolerance and chauvinism in Europe.

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