A study conducted by the Kiev Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Sociology found that the far-right Svoboda party was the most active agent in the Maidan protests, while the far-right paramilitary group ‘Right Sector’ was largely responsible, along with the police, for the violence of the protests. These groups have been accused of being neo-Nazi’s or having members that clearly are, but the involvement of other groups that are more outwardly neo-Nazi in there actions (including the Azoz Battalion, the National Corps, the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalist and The Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People's Self-Defence) increasingly paint the picture that there was a clear neo-Nazi majority involved in the dislodging on the Ukrainian President. More worrying is the appearance of some of these groups in a United Nations Higher Commissioner for Human Rights report, connecting them with war crimes including torture.
The widespread portrayal as a citizens uprising contradicts these findings then, and as this suits the various anti-Russian narratives used in the media in recent years, it seems this is part of a complex web of media anti-Russian scapegoating. Neglecting the nuances and framing this as an anti-Russian uprising fit especially well into an increasingly anti-Russian western media landscape, and in doing so such institutions have begun to lose track of what real racism, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism looks like. In more recent years we have seen the political landscape be dominated by the falsities of the ‘Russiagate’ investigation in the US, and the far-right are rising to power across Europe while left wing Israel critics are being smeared as anti-Semitic. Russia, racism and anti-Semitism are being so widely misused in the politically partisan idiocy of the media that they are missing the clear signs of neo-Nazi coups internationally, and this continues presently - as can be seen most recently in Bolivia.