Ruscism as a “senile fascism”

“Giovinezza, Giovinezza, Primavera di bellezza” (“Youth, youth is a beautiful spring”) is not a lyrical song but an anthem of the National Fascist Party of Italy written in 1921.

The Italian fascists and the German National Socialists relied on the youth, and young people were their main support.

Ruscism in many ways copies the fascist and national socialist practices, but one of its important differences is that, unlike the fascists of the mid-20th century, it has a distinctly “old-age” face.

Mykhailo Mischenko

Deputy Director, Sociological Service

Born in 1962 in Kyiv

Education: Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University, Faculty of Philosophy (1984). Ph. D in Philosophy


1984 – 1990 — Sociology Department at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1990 – 1998 — Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Ukrainian Institute of Social Research

February – September 2003 — Kyiv International Institute of Sociology

Since October 2003 — Deputy Director, Razumkov Centre Sociological Service

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