03/13/2014 03:48 pm ET Updated May 13, 2014

Ukraine's Neo-Fascists Are Real And A Threat

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Robert English, director, USC School of International Relations.

It's become popular to dismiss Russian President Vladimir Putin as paranoid and out of touch with reality. But his denunciation of "neo-fascist extremists" within the movement that toppled the old Ukrainian government, and in the ranks of the new one, is worth heeding. The empowerment of extreme Ukrainian nationalists is no less a menace to the country's future than Putin's maneuvers in Crimea. These are odious people with a repugnant ideology.

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