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Oleh Tyahnybok

Joe Biden shaking hands with Ukrainian "moderate rebel" Nazi leader Oleh Tyanhbok.[1]

Oleh Yaroslavovych Tyahnybok (Oleh Tyanhbok, born November 7, 1968, age 55) is a Ukrainian politician and the leader of the Svoboda political party.[2][3] Following the 2011 conviction of Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk as an accessory to murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp, Tyahnybok rose to prominence after meeting with Demjanjuk's lawyer, presenting Demjanjuk as a Ukrainian national hero, a victim of persecution ‘’who is fighting for truth."[4]

Tyahnybok became a member of the ultranationalist Social-National Party of Ukraine (SNPU) in 1991 following the fall of the Soviet Union.[5] In 1998, Tyahnybok was elected to the Ukrainian Parliament. In parliament he submitted a proposal to recognize of the fighting role of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and Ukrainian Insurgent Army during World War II on behalf of Nazi Germany.[6]

In a speech aired on television in the summer of 2004 Tyahnybok made comments such as,[7] "[You are the ones] that the MoscowJewish mafia ruling Ukraine fears most" and "They were not afraid and we should not be afraid. They took their automatic guns on their necks and went into the woods, and fought against the Muscovites, Germans, Jews and other scum who wanted to take away our Ukrainian state."[8] In April 2005, Tyahnybok co-signed an open letter to President Viktor Yushchenko calling for a parliamentary investigation into the "criminal activities of organized [Jewry] in Ukraine."[9]


  2. Tiahnybok reelected Svoboda party head, Kyiv Post (8 December 2012)
  3. [1], a former candidate for President of Ukraine Kyiv Post. 22 November 2012. Svoboda tames radicals to get into parliament Article written by Katya Gorchinskaya
  5. Олег Тягнибок, Ukrinform
  6. Shekhovtsov, Anton (2011). "The Creeping Resurgence of the Ukrainian Radical Right? The Case of the Freedom Party". Europe-Asia Studies 63 (2): 203–228. doi:10.1080/09668136.2011.547696.  (source also available here)
  7. Tyahnybok: Nationalist, fearful of Russia, favors NATO, Kyiv Post (29 October 2008)
  8. U.S.-Backed Svoboda's Oleh Tyahnybok Overthrows Ukrainian Government, KanekoaTheGreat, March 2022. Rumble.
  9. Ukraine Notables Sign Anti-Semitic Letter, Anti-Semitism in Ukraine, NCSJ, 04.20.2005