Ukraine's "civilizers" bring chaos and anarchy: can radicals lead country to Europe?
It looks like radical elements – nationalists, anti-Semites and mere bandits – are now starting to play a more and more active role in Ukraine’s political lifewith every coming day. And, as for today’s Ukrainian government, it looks that it is much more occupied with carving up power than with looking for ways to save the country from the current political and economic crisis. In such a situation, it is very hard to predict what the coming presidential elections in Ukraine may be like and who may win them.
It also looks that many political forces in Ukraine, undoubtedly backed by the West, are nearly preparing for a war with Russia – although Russia has not given them even the smallest reason for that.
At present, the Maydan Square in Kiev, from which theUkrainian “revolution” began, is presenting a rather picturesque sight. Models of traditional Ukrainian khatas (village houses), with fences and even vegetable gardens, have been built at Maidan, next to improvised barricades made of rubbish – and a slogan “Ukraine is Europe” is hanging over them. However, the more European Ukraine’s today’s authorities are trying to be, the more provincial their Europeanism really looks.
Quite a few Ukrainian media sources, which are now controlled by radical politicians, are whipping up anhysteria against Russia and ethnic Russians in Ukraine.And, the so-called “Right Sector”, probably the most radical nationalistic political group in today’s Ukraine, is starting to play a more and more feasible role in the country political life, despite the fact that several days ago, the leader of “The Right Sector” Sashko Bily was killed when police tried to detain him. It is becoming more and more evident that the people who occupied high posts in Ukraine’s new government and parliament soon after the revolution are really nothing but puppets in the hands of nationalists like Bilyi, who, in their turn, are more bandits than politicians.
Russian political analyst Alexander Karavaev says:
“If “The Right Sector” starts to be supported by people with good money – and there are already several signs that some influential Ukrainian businesspeople are already supporting it – there will be a threat that it would become rather hard for the government to control this political group – and “The Sector” may, in its turn,itself start to control the government. And, if the West sees that many regions of Ukraine are in fact controlled by bandits, one day, it may stop to render financial aid to Ukraine.”
Terrible as it sounds, it looks like the militants from “The Right Sector” are already starting to consider themselves the real masters of Ukraine. Recently, they picketed the parliament’s building in Kiev, demanding a resignation of the country’s Minister of Home Affairs Arsen Avakov, because, as they claim, he was behind the killing of Bily.
Fortunately, some sources in Ukraine’s law-enforcement agencies have declared that if “The Right Sector” continues similar “protest actions”, it may be outlawed.
Some politicians in Ukraine are even claiming that “The Right Sector” is allegedly financed by Moscow. They say that by letting the most radical and nationalistically-minded group of Ukrainian “revolutionaries” spread their influence all over Ukraine, Russia is trying to depict all Ukrainian pro-European politicians as bandits and thus discredit them in the eyes of the world. Absurd as this may sound, quite a few Ukrainians seem to believe in that.
Ukraine’s authorities have already started to invite foreign mercenaries, whom they are using as guards of individuals or facilities.
Russian analyst Vladimir Evseev says:
“At present, various groups are rivaling for power in Kiev. In such a situation, they need foreign mercenaries not as much to suppress pro-Russian uprisings as to serve as guards for them. A parallel may be drawn with what was once taking place in Iraq, where they used foreign mercenaries, first of all, to guard the US diplomatic services. If a civil war starts in Ukraine, the mercenaries will be able to function as guards.”
Killings and beatings of pro-Russian-minded people, as well as lootings, have already become a routine in today’s Ukraine. It is becoming harder and harder to distinguish radically-minded politicians from mere bandits.
Recently, at its meeting, “The Right Sector” made a decision to try to receive the status of a political party, and its leader Dmitry Yarosh expressed a wish to run for presidency at the coming elections. One canimagine what may await Ukraine if he wins.
Unfortunately, it would be wrong to say that in today’s Ukraine, radical sentiments are typical only for comparatively marginal political forces like “The Right Sector”. For example, one of the key figures in Ukraine’s political life, Yuliya Timoshenko, who once used to be the country’s Prime Minister and will probably run for presidency at the coming elections, has recently nearly declared a war against Russia.
Today’s Ukraine’s authorities and their supporters are trying to convince people that Russia is to blame for all Ukraine’s problems. In particular, they are accusing Russia of annexing the Crimean Peninsula, formerly a part of Ukraine – although, in reality, Crimea’s people themselves expressed the wish to unite with Russia at a recent referendum. Absurd as these accusations against Russia may sound, there are quite a few Ukrainians who believe this primitive propaganda.
For all the motley variety of today’s political forces in Ukraine, there seems to be not a single politician who would really be able to unite and consolidate Ukraine. In fact, today’s Ukrainian politicians may be divided into two categories. The first are political figures who have already been in power in Ukraine and who have already shown their incapability of running the country (as a rule, they are not independent political figures but strongly depend from the West). The second category are radical marginal groups who may only lead Ukraine to an even larger chaos than the one that it is already experiencing.
When Ukraine’s new authorities came to power – or, rather, seized power – they promised that this revolution would bring to power new talented politicians who would make Ukraine civilized and prosperous. So far, these promises are very far from coming true.