: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Most Ukrainians call Yanukovych an anti-hero of history

According to the poll, 54% of Ukrainians believe former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to be an anti-hero of Ukrainian history.
This was announced by head of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Sociology department for social and political processes Vyshniak during presentation of the poll results at a press conference, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Estimates of the negative characters of Ukrainian history have shown that the undisputed “leader” among them is ex-president Viktor Yanukovych (54%). He is followed by Iosif Stalin (39%), Viktor Yushchenko (25%), Vladimir Lenin (23%), and Stepan Bandera (20%). Petro Poroshenko (15%) and Leonid Kuchma (12%) have also received many negative assessments,” Vyshniak said.
At the same time, he added that Donbas respondents called Stepan Bandera the biggest anti-hero (45%).
He added that Yaroslav the Wise, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Prince Vladimir the Great and Mykhailo Hrushevsky were recognized the most positive figures in the Ukrainian history.
“The most positive assessments among 18 historical figures included in the poll have been given by Ukrainian citizens to Prince Yaroslav the Wise – 33 %, Bohdan Khmelnytsky – 32 %, Prince Volodymyr the Great – 31 % and Mykhailo Hrushevsky – 19 %. They all are the figures from the remote past,” Vyshniak said.
The study was conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Ukrainian Sociology Service from December 25, 2014 till January 15, 2015 by the order of the International Centre for Policy Studies in 11 regions of Ukraine. 4.413 respondents were surveyed. Poll was not conducted in Luhansk region and annexed Crimea.

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