Source: Ukrainian “Channel 112” TV interview. Translated by Tatzhit. Aug 10th, 2015.
Although it’s hard to believe now, Ukraine was more pluralistic and democratic than Russia, and fairly recently.
Yanukovich started cracking down on it, and the coup government pretty
much finished off anyone left (yes, there are opposing factions within
the coup government, but those disagree not on ideology – they are all
nationalist-right wing forces – but on which group of oligarchs they
However, there are still some holdovers from the old days who, if powerless to change things, can at least say things honestly.
[From the translator: This has been published some time ago – the law banning communist ideology has been passed. But everything in the interview still stands.
I could not faithfully voice the hosts, especially when they started speaking over Mr. Filindash, so I put their questions as slides]