Cover Osteuropa 2-4/2010

In Osteuropa 2-4/2010

Construction of Myths
On the Paradoxical Use of the Soviet Inheritance

Vitalij Atanasov

Deutsche Fassung


Ukrainian politicians make the Soviet inheritance responsible for xenophobia and grievances of all kinds. Two decades after the end of Communism, this attempt to explain things is growing increasingly less convincing. The fixation on the past serves to distract from the structural problems of the present and to conceal the failure of the reforms in Ukraine.

(Osteuropa 2-4/2010, pp. 461–468)