Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nationalist dystopia in Ukraine by Manuel Ochsenreiter & Dr. Nina Kouprianova

Ukraine's key “nationalist” forces signed the so-called National Manifesto — a solid plan to demolish what’s left of failed Ukrainian statehood, which has been barely keeping its head above water since EuroMaidan.
Oleh Tiahnybok of Ukraine’s Svoboda Party loves this grand gesture. For him, the new National Manifesto he signed together with Andriy Biletsky (National Corps), Andriy Tarasenko (Right Sector), Stepan Bratsiun (Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists), Bohdan Chervak (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists), and Serhiy Mazur (organization C14) is nothing less than a “fateful moment.”
This Manifesto is a potpourri of 20 points highlighting the common goals of Ukraine’s “nationalists.” But in reality, this is a program of total destruction of the remains of Ukrainian statehood. It is a mix of nonsense, megalomania, and staggering ignorance of political and economic realities.
Indeed, this text is yet another testament to Ukraine’s inability to forge an authentic national identity after obtaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 as a somewhat artificial state. Historically, Ukraine is mentioned as a landmass on the “outskirts,” literally, of the Russian Empire. There are no references to Ukrainians in 19th-early-20th-century censuses, despite the presence of numerous other ethnicities in these documents, including Poles, Finns, Armenians, Jews, Greeks, Lithuanians, Bulgarians, Germans, Tatars, and others. (At times, there are references to Malorosy (“little Russians” as a subcategory of Russians) populating what today is central Ukraine.) As a nascent Soviet Republic, Ukraine underwent the policy of korenizatsiia—“indigenization”—producing Communist cadres in the Soviet regions through boosting, and, at times, creating, local ethnic cultures loyal to the new revolutionary government. By the mid-Soviet period, Ukraine had already gained land — and millions of people — that was historically Russian in the south and the east and historically Austro-Hungarian, including parts of partitioned Poland, in the west. Thus, by the time of the Soviet collapse, this new country inherited a patchwork of conflicting identities and regions facing different directions culturally, historically, and even geopolitically. Yet instead of pursuing a policy of consolidated statehood and forging a cohesive national idea that could have potentially paid off decades ahead, the Ukrainian government leaned further and further toward ethnic fundamentalism of a Western Ukrainian minority. First and foremost, this meant progressively reducing the usage of the Russian language spoken by a large segment of that country’s population. It is, in fact, this policy that ultimately contributed to the post-Maidan rebellion in Donbass.
Read More: http://freewestmedia.com/2017/03/27/nationalist-dystopia-in-ukraine/

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