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March 03, 2014

Why all small d democrats oppose the Coup in Ukraine, Andrew W Taylor, March 03, 2014


Bills being passed by the Ukrainian parliament after the flight of Viktor Yanukovich have caused the ire of Ukrainians of Russian descent, as well as Moscow, and are raising eyebrows around the world.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has published an official statement, in which the most recent actions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine were found illegitimate.
The statement runs that Ukraine is now "rubber stamping" laws violating the right of national minorities, including Russians. All this is being down with reference to revolutionary reforms.

On 23 February, the coup government in the Ukrainian parliament voted through the following bills:

4201 – Bill to ban Ukrainian Communist Party activity.
4217 – Bill to redress antecedents of the Soviet occupation of Ukraine.
4176 – Bill to repeal law penalizing Nazi propaganda.
4184 – Bill to place V. Avakov as minister of the interior and members of “Right Sector” party on ministry staff (Avakov also belongs to the party which many consider fascist).
4215 – Bill to establish a “Pantheon of national heroes.”
4203 - Bill to curb state spending.
4197 – Bill to place "Svoboda" party member Α.Mahnitskogo as Prosecutor General.
4204 – Bill delineating the duties of the President of the Uraine.
4191 – Bill to place "UDAR" party member V.A. Nalivaychenko as overseer of Ukrainian Security Agencies
4211 – Bill to fire incumbent officers and personnel of security forces and replace them with new personnel (the latter are believed to be members of extreme right wing groups).
4199- Bill to repeal the use of their native language by Minorities , which refers to Russian, Romanian, Hungarian, and Greek.

 It was very telling that as soon as they seized power the Kiev right wing pushed through this litany of bills which really constitute a series of vengeful measures against the democrats and the left.

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