Right Sector vs. United Russia

11 05 2014

Survey results carried out by Public.ru for the month of April show the number of mentions in Russian media of Ukrainian far-right grouping “Right Sector” — whose leader, Dmytro Yarosh, has 0.7% support according to the latest poll results — was second among all Russian or Ukrainian political organizations.

The only group that was mentioned more frequently was the Russian party in power, Vladimir Putin’s United Russia.  That party received 19,050 points according to the methodology used, compared to Right Sector’s 18,900. Both were well ahead of others. (See results below.) The survey covers television, radio, print and electronic media in the Russian Federation.

Given that Right Sector is (a) not a party, (b) not in Russia, and (c) has miniscule support in the country where it does exist, this data tells us something very interesting about Russian media. Read the rest of this entry »

Bezruk on Right Sector

30 03 2014

Tetiana Bezruk, a researcher of far right movements at the University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, offers a brief analysis of the Right Sector movement here (in Russian and in English).

In her view the movement grew not because of its ideology but because of its actions in the self-defense of the Maidan. The appeal of that message remains limited, and their most recent actions — notably March 28’s  attempted “storming” of the Parliament — have marginalized them further.

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