The rehabilitation of fascism in post-Soviet Ukraine
By Dmytriy Kovalevich
The first attempt to rehabilitate Ukrainian OUN/UPA fascists we repelled yet in late Soviet Union in late 1980s - Gorbachev’s period.
The next mass information campaign to whitewash and rehabilitate them was in early 1990s - Ukrainian leadership invited that time a lot of former fascists from Canadian diaspora to lead the information campaign.
The next their campaign started in late 1990s - nearly all our government and commercial media stubbornly promoted and whitewashed the Ukrainian fascists, condemning the Red Ukrainians. However, that attempt was repelled too.
The next serious attempt started in 2004-2005 with ‘Orange revolution’ supported by pro-UPA nationalist factions. The period ended with posthumous awarding the leader of Ukrainian fascists S.Bandera with the title of ‘Hero of Ukraine’. That’s actually why V. Yanukovich, a corrupt crook, won in the next elections - he promised to revoke that notorious decision. And actually did it.
However, he continued to flirt tacitly with pro-fascist faction and Canadian diaspora too, therefore, he didn’t have a mass support during the Maidan coup in 2014 - which was also the next attempt to rehabilitate pro-fascist faction.
That’s the victory of pro-OUN/UPA faction mobilized Crimeans to secede from Ukraine. And the next attempt to rehabilitate Ukrainian fascists led also to the civil conflict in Donbas which still lasts.
Some our people, who used to infiltrate into pro-fascist groups and Canadian diaspora, reported to us that they had a long term strategy, aimed at total rehabilitation Ukrainian OUN/UPA fascists. Reportedly, they said in 1990s: “Twenty years woul pass and the current pro-Soviet generation dies out at last”. But they say it even now, facing mass resistance.
The picture: today’s antifascist resistance’s poster in Odessa, that says:
“Beat the Banderites [OUN/UPA fascists] - revenge for the people’s grief!”
Ukrainian fascists of OUN/UPA are stubborn, but we’re not less stubborn.