Right Sector and Svoboda are two different things. Since the parliamentary elections in 2012, Svoboda's support has been haemorraging, and they've been scrambling to move to the center right. All the same, it's probable they wouldn't get past the 5% electoral threshold to win seats in parliament, if the elections were held next week. Support for the right is not strong in Ukraine. Dmytro Yarosh, the leader of Right Sector, is best described as a radical revolutionary. Politically, you could say he was a Christian Democrat, with a nationalist bent (remembering that nationalism doesn't necessarily equate to right-wing politics).
Right Sector does contain some organizations that you
could fairly describe as far-right, but the group as a whole covers a broad
political spectrum. The only thing that they all agreed on was that the
Yanukovych regime had to be overthrown, by force if necessary. Their position
pretty much coincideed with the three main opposition parties, except that the
latter only wanted to use peaceful methods. That proved impossible once it
became clear that Yanukovych was prepared to use deadly force to maintain his
Since, politically, Right Sector is so fractured, now that the uniting
factor of wanting to overthrow the Yanukovych regime has been achieved, there is
little to keep them united, and they will probably split, with the extremists
and far-right marginalized, and perhaps some of the more politically moderate
elements (which could even include Yarosh himself) managing to gain entry to the
political establishment. Certainly, as in any democracy, the far-right is worth
keeping a close eye on, but it is not as strong in Ukraine as it is some Western
European countries, and certainly far less strong than it is in Russia.
Author, British Ex-pat in Kyiv.