Cover Osteuropa 2-4/2010

In Osteuropa 2-4/2010

Chasms and Their Causes
Xenophobia and Rightwing Violence in Ukraine

Kerstin Zimmer

Deutsche Fassung


For a long time, Ukraine, as a multiethnic society marked by tolerance, was considered a model in the post-Soviet realm. Since 2005, reports on anti-Semitic and racially motivated criminal acts have increased. The offences range from vandalism to bodily harm and murder. Most victims are Roma and Jews. Acts of violence are increasingly directed against people from Asia and Africa. International pressure is forcing the Ukrainian government to act.

(Osteuropa 2-4/2010, pp. 443–460)