Saturday, April 26, 2014

Roger Scruton - To Understand Ukraine, We Must Remember The Communist Past

Barricades at Independence Square in Kiev. The protests are viewed unfavorably in eastern Ukraine, the base of support for President Viktor F. Yanukovich.

It is twenty-five years since the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, and we ought to be celebrating. But a shadow has been cast over what sparse festivities were planned by the situation in Ukraine. It seems that we made a mistake in thinking it was all over, that the inscrutable Russian empire was only distracted for a few years, and that its demonic urge to control its neighbors is now fully revived. Or is there some other and more comforting explanation?

Published on Forbes online 3/3/14. To read the full article click here