Ukrainian Fascist Oleg Tyagnibok Has A Twitter Account

Oleg Tyagnibok in 2013. Source
Oleg Tyagnibok in 2013. Source

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.)

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5 thoughts on “Ukrainian Fascist Oleg Tyagnibok Has A Twitter Account

  1. I think a lot of Ukrainian nationalists are nothing more than reactionaries. They merely have reactions towards Russia as basis for policies. Their reaction towards communism was fascism, and it’s perfectly fine for them because it’s anti-Russian at that time. Maybe Moscow should just leave them alone after all–then they have nothing to react to… and their wonderful country can collapse under the weight of their own corruption, sheer incompetence, and greed… then they have no one else to blame but themselves.

    1. At first I thought you meant reactionaries in the sense of conservative, and I was confused. But I see what you’re saying and I agree. To me, Ukrainian nationalism is as contradictory in terms as talking about “Texas nationalism” or “Florida nationalism.” Ukraine is not historically a nation and has not really taken the steps to become one in their twenty-odd years of independence.

    2. If it were just that simple, ie to leave them alone, it would be great. We, the Russians tried to. But in reality it didn’t help too much. Neither with the Ukraine, nor with Baltic countries. That is they just cannot say: ok, let’s forget everything bad, let it stay in the past. No, they can’t do that for several reasons. First, because nobody needs what they produce, except Russia of course. Imagine you are forced to trade with someone you hate. They are desperately trying to cut off all the ties with the former oppressor (as they think) and fail! I really feel sorry for them… Second, because their attitude is not at all neutral and indifferent. Probably because hatred is just another side of love, Russia has firmly stuck in their damaged collective psyche. They tend to exaggerate the amount of suffering they have experienced and downplay the evil they have done to others.

      1. Yes. I know that in the Baltics, they show an appalling amount of deliberate ignorance relating to their participation in the Waffen SS. I wish we could just acknowledge that a lot of people on both sides did bad things back then. I’m no fan of the USSR—I love capitalism too much! 🙂 But just because I’m against the USSR doesn’t mean I’ll automatically ally with someone else who is also against it (i.e. Nazi Germany, mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 1980s, etc).

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