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Are Non-Russian Ethnic Minorities Facing Persecution In Ukraine?

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Since Ukraine's new government in Kyiv took shape in late February, the Russian Foreign Ministry has consistently decried alleged persecution of ethnic Russians in the country.

But on March 28, the Foreign Ministry expanded its accusations to include persecution of ethnic Germans, Czechs, and Hungarians.

"Because of this, a significant increase in the number of people wishing to temporarily or permanently leave their historic homeland has been recorded," says a statement. "More and more people are seeking asylum from Ukraine in Russia."

As we reported here last week, there has been very little evidence of refugees -- ethnic Russian or otherwise -- attempting to enter Russia. The claims appear to be part of a coordinated effort to discredit the Ukrainian government in Kyiv.

Still, we decided to take a look at each of the new groups Moscow claims "seriously fears for their lives" and determine if there was any merit to the statement. We found that although there is evidence of lingering tension -- particularly among ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia -- there is little evidence to back up Moscow's dramatic accusations.

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With RFE/RL's Russian and Ukrainian services

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Are Non-Russian Ethnic Minorities Facing Persecution In Ukraine?

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