• Number of the week: 9

    GIF: Karolina Uskakovych.

    Nine political parties with the words ‘communist’, ‘socialist’ and ‘left’ in their names have been banned in Ukraine since its independence in 1991. Six of them were forced to suspend their activities after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began.

    In a post-Soviet state, Ukraine’s leftists often have ties to Russia and even promote a pro-Moscow agenda. Now this position has backfired on them.

    The ricochet has also hit Ukrainian society: now there are no political parties with well-established leftist policies. Centrist and right-wing parties don’t tend to pay enough attention to issues such as social equality or workers’ rights. Therefore, quality discussions on these topics are currently not on Ukraine’s political agenda.

    This article is part of the "Left in the dark?" edition
    Spain will not yet give far right the edge
    Number of the week: 9
    Take a walk on the left side
    Iberia stands alone – for now
    New captain could free Germany's left from stormy waters