Liberalism in Ukraine

Liberalism in Ukraine

This article gives an overview of liberalism in Ukraine. It is limited to liberal parties with substantial support, mainly proved by having had a representation in parliament. The sign ⇒ denotes another party in that scheme. For inclusion in this scheme it isn't necessary so that parties labeled themselves as a liberal party.


The Radical Democrats were one of the dominant forces in pre-revolutionary Russian Ukraine. Due to the splintered party system in Ukraine the timeline is limited to the post-1990 period. The position of liberalism nowadays is unclear.


In the mid-1990s, the Liberal Party of Ukraine ("Liberalna Partia", observer LI) formed out of small parties in the Crimea. The Yulia Tymoshenko Electoral Bloc ("Viborcyj Blok Julii Tymošenko") seems to develop into a more or less liberal party. Other small liberal parties include Liberal Democratic Party of Ukraine, Reforms and Order Party, Pora and Yabluko. Also Democratic Party of Ukraine and Democratic Union have sometimes been referred as liberal parties, though their liberal nature has not been confirmed.

Ukrainian Radical Democratic Party

*1905: Inspired by the ideas of Michailo Drahomanov, sympathizers of the Russian Constitutional Democratic Party in Ukraine formed the liberal Ukrainian Radical Democratic Party ("Ukrajin'ska Radikal'no-Demokratyčna Partija")
*1908: The party is reorganized into the Ukrainian Progressive League("Tovarystvo Ukraijins'kych Progresystov"), which became the dominant party
*1917: The party is renamed Ukrainian Party of Federalist Socialists ("Ukrajin'ska Partija Federalistiv-Socialistiv"), which was despite is name a liberal democratic party, led by Serhij Jefremov. He doesn't survive the anti-Ukrainian processes by the communist regime. In exile the party is renamed into its original name Ukrainian Radical Democratic Party ("Ukrajin'ska Radikal'no-Demokratyčna Partija")

Liberal leaders

*Serhij Jefremov

ee also

*History of Ukraine
*Politics of Ukraine
*List of political parties in Ukraine

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