Tag: neo Nazi

Russian Neo-Nazis Fighting for Moscow in Ukraine, Ukrainian Jewish Leader Says

August 31, 2014

Staunton, August 30 – Iosif Zisels, the head of Vaad Ukrainy, the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine, says that neo-Nazi organizations from Russia” are taking an active role in the pro-Moscow forces in eastern Ukraine, a reflection of the fact that “Russia is infected with the ideas of revanchism, which is very […]

Russia’s Media War In Ukraine – Interpreter Podcast May 7 2014

May 7, 2014

This week, Boston College Professor Matt Sienkiewicz and Interpreter Magazine’s managing editor James Miller discuss Right Sector, neo-Nazis, concentration camps and media wars, the battles in Slavyansk, the role of the Russian Orthodox Church, and public opinion on whether eastern Ukrainians want to become part of Russia. Articles discussed in this podcast: How Russia Conquered […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 60: The Day After the Geneva Agreement

April 18, 2014

Yesterday a key group of world powers appeared to find middle ground on Ukraine at the conference to defuse the crisis in Geneva. Actions, however, speak louder than words. Will today see Ukraine move closer to or further away from ending this crisis? Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of […]

RT’s Manuel Ochsenreiter

March 21, 2014

Today we’re launching a new column, “Watching Russia,” focusing on Russian television propaganda and distortion, especially as pushed through the English-language news outlets like RT (formerly Russia Today) and Voice of Russia. Manuel Ochsenreiter is not a household name either in the United States or in his native Germany. He’s the editor of “Zuerst! German News Magazine” […]

Yarosh is Spoiling for a Fight

March 12, 2014

The article below has new-found significance. It was published by the Russian government-operated daily newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, seen as a direct mouthpiece for the Kremlin. The piece has added significance because the Russian government has warned the independent media outlet Lenta.ru over an interview they conducted with Ukrainian Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh. Now, without […]

The Backlash of Moral Equivalency on Ukraine

March 11, 2014

With strong statements from the US State Department countering Kremlin propaganda like “President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims About Ukraine” and “Setting the Record Straight on Ukraine” coming from the US Embassy in Kiev, it didn’t take long for some commentators to appear with a “plague on both their houses.” The Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an […]

Media Wars: The Fight to Define a Revolution in Ukraine – Interpreter Podcast

February 27, 2014

How did the media cover Ukraine? What was the role of social media? How is the Ukrainian media changing as this revolution unfolds? How is the Russian media responding? Is the country really on the brink of an east-west civil war, will Russia invade, and what’s the role of the media in what happens next? […]

Ukraine Liveblog: Day 9 — Unifying the Police and Military

February 26, 2014

The country is simultaneously more united and more divided today, and the interim government is gaining control or disbanding part of deposed president Yanukovych’s security apparatus. At the same time, rival protests have been held in east Ukraine, and there’s now a growing rift between those who wish to declare independence from Ukraine and those […]

All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress: Antisemitism Not on the Rise

February 25, 2014

The Russian media and some foreign media outlets have expressed concerns about rising antisemitism, neo-Nazism, and ultra-radical nationalism in the wake of the Ukrainian revolution. To be sure, the right wing organization Pravyi Sektor, or “Right Sector,” and the Svoboda party are nationalist organizations linked with some radical ideologies. A very prominent Jewish Ukrainian, Vadim […]

An Indulgence for Extremism in Ukraine

February 24, 2014

This editorial was published on February 19th, 2014, in the midst of the growing crisis in Ukraine (See The Interpreter’s liveblog from February 19 for additional context). It was published by the pro-Kremlin Izvestia. Note that the violent actions of the Ukrainian government, or the actions of the Russian government, are absent. Also note the […]