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Middle class populism in Ukraine: looking for the “real people”

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First lines: This June, a massive flood led to the destruction of multiple homes and roads in western Ukraine, as well as the loss of several lives. The disaster elicited a less than empathetic response in Ukraine’s public sphere. A frequent reaction to the news has been to blame the victims, who allegedly provoked the catastrophe by cutting down trees en masse. “They, the locals, have been content with this situation for many years – they have all been active or passive participants of this devastation. In this situation there’s no point in calling on the state in case of new floods, washed away roads and destroyed villages,” says this blog entry, which summarises the attitude of a significant section of the Ukrainian internet.
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hal-03054111 , version 1 (11-12-2020)

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Denys Gorbach. Middle class populism in Ukraine: looking for the “real people”. 2020. ⟨hal-03054111⟩
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