And he has a website. (The Twitter account is here and has 162,000 followers. It’s scary that even after all these years, during which a plethora of scholarship has shown how evil the Nazis were, that many people still believe in this stuff.)
Anyway, the biography page on his website reads like some sort of satire. I don’t advertise this fact often, but I can actually read Ukrainian. (Not as well as I read Russian, mind you, but well enough to do actual research in this language.)
Олег Тягнибок народився у Львові в сім’ї медиків. Найбільшими цінностями родини споконвіку були патріотизм і вміння відстоювати переконання. З дитинства Олег запам’ятав обшуки кагебістів у своїй квартирі. Його дід, український священик Артемій Цегельський, відмовився перейти на Московське православ’я, за що відбув з сім’єю сім років сибірського заслання. Уся родина постійно була під наглядом. Через роки Олег скаже, що підсвідомо свій вибір зробив ще тоді – коли під час обшуків зникали безцінні родинні реліквії – старі фотографії, листи.
In English (I actually took this from the English version of his website and slightly modified it for clarity):
Oleg Tiagnybok was born into a family of doctors. The highest values cherished in it were patriotism and dedication to one’s commitments. In his childhood, Oleg was frequent witness to home searches by the Soviet security service, KGB. His grandfather, Ukrainian priest Artemi Tsehelskyi, refused to join the Moscow-affiliated church, a deed for which he and his family spent 7 years in exile in Siberia. The family had constantly been under KGB surveillance. Later, Oleg said that his choice in life had been made in those years when valuable family relics, old photographs and letters, went missing after the searches.
Seriously, this is one of those things you just can’t make up. If I saw this somewhere without knowing the source, I’d assume it was a bad caricature of the rabidly anti-Russian Ukrainian nationalist. Except… it’s actually real.
(And by the way, I’m not trying to say the KGB didn’t oppress people—because they did. The KGB didn’t just spy in foreign countries, it also operated within the Soviet Union and treated its own citizens horribly. But there’s a difference between talking about bad stuff that happened in the Soviet Union and acting like every single ill that Ukraine has ever suffered is a direct result of the existence of Russia. One leads to a legitimate discussion; the other to unfair blame being placed on a certain country. I think I’ve made it clear which is which.)