Thursday 19 October 2017

Karen Coleman: Ukraine and the hidden scourge of neo-nazi racism

Yulia Tymoshenko's
imprisonment and
impending trial has led
some European
politicians to boycott the
Euro 2012 games.
Yulia Tymoshenko's imprisonment and impending trial has led some European politicians to boycott the Euro 2012 games.

Karen Coleman

What do you think the following have in common? Giovanni Trapattoni, an imprisoned blonde politician, Pat Cox -- the former president of the European Parliament -- an Indian student and a bunch of neo--nazi thugs?

The answer is Ukraine. I'll get back to Mr Cox and the others a little later but first let's look at Ukraine itself. Euro 2012 has thrown the spotlight on its questionable democracy and racism in its soccer stands. Despite the heady days of its 2004 Orange Revolution, Ukraine's transition to a modern republic has been difficult.

In November 2004, tens of thousands of protesters descended on to Ukraine's streets and squares to protest against the fraudulent and corrupt presidential elections. At the time Viktor Yanukovych had been declared the winner against his run-off rival Viktor Yushchenko.

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