Dennis Gruending has a piece on some of the propaganda being employed by both sides in the standoff over Ukraine. I found this bit particularly interesting:
... the Russians suspect, with some justification, that demonstrations in Ukraine were partly the work of right-wing Ukrainian nationalists assisted by the West. This claim strikes a deep chord among Russians because of the great sacrifices that were made fighting fascists in the Second World War. And if the West indeed orchestrated the ouster of an elected president based on his own corruption, it is certainly on thin ice. After all, it has supported its fair share of corrupt dictators in the past.
This is rather too nice to the Russians, I think. There is indeed a far-right element involved in the Ukrainian protests. The Globe's Doug Saunders has written about them here, and others have written about them elsewhere. But for the Russians to single out these people as a reason for their intervention is a bit rich. Russia has its own far-right, just as ugly as the Ukranian version. If they are demonizing Pravy Sektor it is certainly not over the contents of that group's beliefs, because that same kind of stuff flies OK back home.