The Far Right in the Conflict between Russia and Ukraine
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                  The Far Right in the Conflict between Russia and Ukraine

                  The Far Right in the Conflict between Russia and Ukraine

                  11.08.2016, Xenophobia and anti-Semitism

                  A report, published by Intitute Francias des Relations Internationale (IFRI), a leading French think tank on international questions, devoted to the problem of participating of Radical Right groups in the Russian-Ukrainian war.

                  From the very beginning, the armed conflict that broke out in the Donbass in the spring of 2014 drew in right-wing radicals, on the Ukrainian as well as on the Russian side. Organised ultra-nationalist groups and individual activists established their own units of volunteers or joined existing ones.

                  The ideology, political traditions and general track record of these right-wing extremists meant that it was both natural and inevitable that they would take an active part in the conflict. Yet the role of right-wing radicals on both sides has on the whole been exaggerated in the media and in public discussion. This article demonstrates that Russia’s use of right-wing radicals on the side of the “separatists” in Donetsk and Lugansk provinces had greater military and political repercussions than the involvement of Ukrainian far-right groups in the “anti-terrorist operation”. The general course of the conflict, meanwhile, caused the importance of far right-groups on both sides to decline.

                  The author, Vyacheslav Likhachev, is an historian and a political scientist. A graduate of the Jewish University in Moscow, he leads the National Minority Rights Monitoring Group and works for Euro-Asian Jewish Congress also.

                  The report in *.pdf format could be download here, from the IFRI web-site.