April 2016, by Yevgen Lozynskyy
The Ukrainian political landscape is dominated by strong personalities such as Yulia Tymoshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk or Petro Poroshenko. As a rule, it is financially strong oligarchs and not citizens and their interests that are behind political parties. They lack both social support and programmatic content. As a result, Ukrainian election campaigns are among the most expensive in Europe, although living standards in the country are among the lowest.
A notable exception is the small liberal party ‘Syla Lyudey’ , which is supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and has, among other small parties, worked its way up from the bottom since the days of the Revolution of Dignity.
These liberals achieved decent results in the municipal elections in Kryvyi Rih and Mariupol with 4.7% and 8.0% respectively.Afina Khadzhynova, an activist from Mariupol, speaks about what led to their success, what difficulties the party faces and what its goals for the future are in an interview with Yevgen Lozynskyy, a political science major at the Duisburg-Essen University and currently also a Friedrich Naumann Foundation trainee in Kiev.