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Language of War

Author: Maria Antonova

Sep/Oct 2014
Page 18   ( 2 pages)

Summary: A look a the neologisms of the Ukraine war, and Russia's neoactivist Duma.


The drawn out conflict in Ukraine has seen as much fighting on the pages of magazines and internet forums as on the ground in the east of the country, where the Ukrainian army is trying to drive out pro-Russian militants who support independence.

The linguistic sparring that pits “vatnik” pro-Russians against “Banderites” (supporters of the revolution in Kiev) has been going on since Moscow took the Crimean peninsula this spring, and the lexicon of antagonism only continues to grow.

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