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    Dmytro Yarosh


    Dmytro YaroshYarosh is the most heavily demonized person by Russian media in the last 10 years or even more. Russian propaganda tried to give a bad name to the Ukraine government and build a case for the annexation of Crimea by depicting Right Sector as a powerful neo-Nazi force bent on taking over the government. During the first half of 2014, Right Sector was the second-most mentioned political group in online Russian mass media. Yarosh by himself gave been noting very often in his interviews that his organization's negative image associated with the stereotypical propaganda of the Russian media, which significantly affect the majority of the inhabitants of the Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Dmytro Yarosh often named 'true nationalist' was born born 30 September 1971 in Dniprodzerzhynsk, an industrial town in Russian-speaking Dnepropetrovsk Region in central-eastern Ukraine. After graduation from secondary school started working on the one of the town's factories.
    Starting in February 1988, Yarosh was a member of People's Movement of Ukraine organization. In 1989 he was, allegedly, the first person who first raised the yellow-blue flag of Ukraine in Dnepropetrovsk Region.
    The following autumn, Yarosh was drafted into the Red Army, a common form of punishment for political activists at the time. He was stationed briefly in Belarus before being transferred to Siberia, where he served as a guard at strategic missile sites. After army Dmytro was engaged in doing a bit of the "wild" business in the early 90's.

    During the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yarosh joined Ukrainian nationalist groups. Since 1994, he held various senior positions in the organization "Trident named after Stepan Bandera." This paramilitary organization has three specific objectives: training young people in the spirit of patriotism, promoting the ideology of Ukrainian nationalism in the interpretation of Stepan Bandera and national harrow activities. 20 years of Dmytro's life are associated with it.In 2001 Yarosh graduated from the State University of Education in Drohobych (Lviv Region, Ukraine).

    Yarosh became famous during the Euromaidan protests in the early 2014,as Tryzub became the core of the newly founded Right Sector, a coalition of right-wing nationalists. During these protests he advocated for a "national revolution" and dismissed the Viktor Yanukovych administration as an "internal occupational regime".
    Dmytro YaroshLater on Right Sector led by Dmytro became a backbone of the Ukraine's straggle against Russian invasion in Donbas. In one of his interviews he told - I am convinced, if there was no volunteer movement, the front would have poured and would stand now somewhere along Zbruch (river in Western Ukraine). 'We knew that this war would happen. Many of us have written about this to various state institutions, I have a collection of articles on the possible annexation of the Crimea from 2009. But who listened to the nationalists at that time?- told Yarosh to one of the Ukrainian newspapers.

    Yarosh was a candidate in the 25 May 2014 Ukrainian presidential election. On election day he actually received 0.7% of the votes. Later on Dmytro took part in the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election as a Right Sector candidate in single-member district and won a parliamentary seat by winning this constituency with 29.76% of the votes. Yarosh did not join a faction in the Ukraine's parliament.
    During the Second Battle of Donetsk Airport, Yarosh was wounded by an exploding Grad rocket in nearby village of Pisky. He was evacuated out of the conflict zone.

    The Right Sector led by Dmytro is definitely a far-right organization and define their ideology as a "revolutionary nationalism", based on the ideas of Stepan Bandera. The main peculiarity of the Ukrainian far right is that its main enemy is not immigrants or national minorities, as often happens with the EU-based far right, but the Kremlin. However, definition of 'Kremlin' and 'Russians' are clearly distinguished. "Our attitude to Russian as well as to other members of national minorities, sticks to the methodology proposed by Stepan Bandera: fraternal those who join us fighting for statehood of the Ukrainian nation; tolerant to those who recognize our right to be masters of their own destiny in their own land; hostile to those who are denied this right". In one of the interviews, Yarosh stated that Right Sector and Svoboda (Ukrainian right wing party) "have a lot of common positions when it comes to ideological questions," but that Right Sector "absolutely don't accept certain racist things they share. There are a lot of Russian-speaking activists in "Right sector" that recognize the Ukrainian as the only state language. "We are very tolerant to these people and always declare that we are ready to guarantee the right of speaking any language that a person considers necessary in everyday life.
    Dmytro Yarosh


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