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, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 445–460 | Cite as

Crime Policy in Ukraine: Toward Condemnation of Communism and Political Rehabilitation and Heroization of Nazism

  • Leanid KazyrytskiEmail author
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Abstract

The present study provides analysis of the institutionalization of historical revisionism in Ukraine and examines the impact of this revisionism on the formation of modern Ukrainian criminal policy. The characteristics of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and its armed wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, will be determined, and their role during World War II will be analyzed, with special emphasis placed on their involvement in crimes against humanity. The study focuses on the fact that the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army have all the features of profascist organizations, and in this regard, the institutionalization of their heroization not only creates the prerequisites for modern glorification of Nazism, but also constitutes a legal basis for the decriminalization of glorification of Nazism, as well as for the criminalization of behavior disputing this glorification.

Keywords

Ukrainian nationalist organizations Heroization of Nazism Crime policy 

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Funding Information

This research was supported by The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain (PGC2018-099155-B-I00, La discrecionalidad en la elección y ejecución del castigo).

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  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of GironaGironaSpain

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