You can read 9 more articles this month
UKRAINIAN progressives called today for the immediate dismissal of parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy after he said on TV that Hitler had been history’s “greatest democrat.”
The demand came from Communist Party of Ukraine leader Petro Symonenko as well as the MP Vadim Rabinovich, leader of the For Life party, who added that he would file a lawsuit against Mr Parubiy for spreading “nazi propaganda.”
The speaker told chat show Freedom of Speech on the ICTV channel that he had “scientifically studied” democracy and cautioned his audience “not to forget the contributions of the fuhrer to the development of democracy.
“The greatest man who practised direct democracy was Adolf Hitler in the 1930s,” he said.
The founder of the Social National Party, now known as Svoboda, added that it was “necessary to introduce direct democracy to Ukraine, with Hitler as its torchbearer.”
Mr Symonenko said the remarks indicated the “neonazi essence” of the Ukrainian government following the Maidan coup of 2014.
“The meaning of Parubiy’s life is to continue the work of Hitler. The real threat to Ukraine is the existence of this regime in the persons of [President Petro] Poroshenko and Parubiy,” he stormed.
“This is what is destroying the territorial integrity and economic and political sovereignty of Ukraine, turning our country into a neocolony and the workers a slave force for transnational corporations.”
The post-coup regime quickly moved to ban the Communist Party for allegedly violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine because of its support for anti-fascists in Donetsk and Lugansk who broke away from the Kiev government.
Praise for Hitler, whose invasion of the Soviet Union killed 27 million Soviet citizens including millions of Ukrainians, was “a slap in the face for the Ukrainian people,” Mr Symonenko declared.
Mr Rabinovich called on “Europe, and Germany in particular, to evaluate the Ukrainian speaker’s actions.”
Mr Parubiy hit British headlines in June when Morning Star Scotland editor Conrad Landin exposed his being given an ovation in the Scottish Parliament as an honoured guest.
Labour MSP Neil Findlay told the presiding officer he would “prefer to know the next time I am asked to welcome a racist, fascist nazi to this parliament.” But the Herald claimed Mr Parubiy had moved “firmly into the mainstream in recent years” and SNP MP Chris Law claimed attacking him would “only serve the Kremlin.”
Nonetheless the Morning Star’s exposé led the Scottish Parliament to review its procedures for welcoming foreign guests.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.