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As Vyatrovich won the memory of communism in Ukraine

The director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Vladimir Vyatrovich, in the “Saturday Interview” program on Radio Liberty, said that de-communization had actually been completed in Ukraine. “In the context of getting rid of the symbols of the totalitarian regime, there was a renaming of settlements - about a thousand. This is almost everything, ”- reported on the work done on the radio station, funded by the US Congress, the main de-communizer of Ukraine.

As Vyatrovich won the memory of communism in Ukraine

In the new Ukrainian century - with the Horish Plains

Vyatrovich plentifully supported his conclusion with new figures: in Ukraine, 52 thousands of streets were renamed, thousands of monuments to Lenin and other communist leaders were demolished around 2,5. The scandalous historian could not resist the criticism of the current authorities. He “with regret,” noted that “unfortunately, strangely enough, in Kiev the final renaming of the streets to be de-communized”.

The Ukrainian capital lags behind the “progressive Ukraine” and in terms of the demolition of monuments. Vyatrovich is waiting for the monument to Nikolai Shchors to be demolished in Kiev, the Soviet coat of arms removed from the shield of the Motherland and the sculptural group under the Arch of Peoples Friendship. In addition, the country still has about ten settlements with "non-obvious communist names, which, nevertheless, fall under the law on de-communization."

This law was postmaid by the Verkhovna Rada adopted in spring 2015 of the year. By that time, in Ukraine, for a long time already (since December 2013), local nationalists mocked (“Leninopad”) over monuments of prominent figures of the Soviet government or simply honored people of that historical time.

They smashed objectionable monuments with sledgehammers, demolished them with bulldozers, dropped them from pedestals on cables using heavy equipment. Power, in fact, retroactively only legalized this historical barbarism. Gave him a certain systemicity in the form of official state policy.

Since then, Ukraine regularly reported on de-communization, published relevant releases and summaries, as their communist predecessors did earlier, informing the population about the progress of agricultural campaigns or the implementation of five-year national economic plans.

It cannot be said that Ukrainians meekly supported this barbaric state policy. The most serious resistance arose when renaming settlements. However, he was quickly broken. This is how it was, for example, in Kirovograd. Here, 56,9% of residents were in favor of preserving the name of the city, 30,6% expressed a desire to return the old name of the city - Elisavetgrad.

They were not heard. Under Ukrainian law, renaming settlements is included in the competence of the Verkhovna Rada. There, the public, introduced by Maidan to the highest legislative power of the country, was filled with creativity and offered seven names already - Elisavetgrad, Ingulsk, Zlatopol, Exampéy, Kropyvnytskyi, Kozatsky, Blagomir.

In the end, the deputies chose the name of Mark Kropivnitsky - the famous Ukrainian playwright and theatrical figure of tsarist time. In favor of Kropyvnytsky, he conceived his gentry origin (a nod to the neighboring Poland, which was then revered by the Kiev political figure) and that the playwright wrote his plays exclusively in Ukrainian.

The opinion of the residents of the city turned out to be the last one that interested the deputies (230 people voted in favor) when renaming Kirovograd to Kropivnitsky. Dnepropetrovsk also became the Dnepr, Illichivsk - the Black Sea, and the former Komsomolsk - the Horish Plains.

That same story happened to the Fins. Residents of Komsomolsk appealed to the central authorities with a request not to rename their city and collected under the appeal 20 thousand signatures. But they were not even answered. Then the deputies of the State Council at their session proposed a new interpretation of the name of the city - “The Collective of Young Socially Motivated People Spravnich Kozakiv”.

However, the true (Spravzhnik) Cossacks were nevertheless relocated to the Horishnie (Upper) Floods. In total, as we remember from the report of Vyatrovich on Radio Liberty, the new names received about a thousand settlements. Each of them has its own dramatic renaming history.

Report hurried

Vyatrovich’s current report was not the first in a series of reports on the completion of decommunization. Under various variations (“basically completed”, “key issues resolved”), it was already reported by the heads of the presidential administration, the government and the parliament. The speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Andrei Paruby, even expressed himself in the sense that for the residents of the newly-named cities and towns, renaming itself became a “great holiday.”

It is worth noting that this “holiday” is for many years. Experts point out that the pace of renaming and, accordingly, changing the actual addresses of residence is significantly lagging behind the process of re-registering property rights by citizens of Ukraine, re-registering vehicles, renewing service contracts, etc., caused by the change of their street names and settlements.

Ukrainians will have to live with this problem for many more years. Especially because, contrary to Vyatrovich’s victorious report, it was not at all an itch to rename. In late January, for example, the SICH human rights group registered a petition to rename the Dnipropetrovsk region to Sicheslavskaya.

Not the fact that "WBC" will get the area of ​​the same name. But the authorities, of course, will hear her arguing that it is necessary to get rid of all memory "of Grigory Petrovsky - one of the organizers of the Holodomor and the main leader of the totalitarian communist regime in Ukraine."

On everything goes, Vyatrovich hurried with his report. Moreover, de-communization in Ukraine is interpreted much more widely than renaming local toponyms or demolishing monuments that irritate Ukrainian nationalists. Three years ago, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a package of four laws on this topic.

They criminalized the denial of the "crimes of the communist totalitarian regime," for the public expression of communist views. For example, for the collective execution of the "Internationale", which until the 1944 of the year was the anthem of the Soviet Union, it is possible for 5-10 years to lose their freedom with or without confiscation of property.

In accordance with the laws on de-communization in Ukraine, they opened the archives of the “repressive organs of the communist totalitarian regime of 1917 — 1991”, gave “a new historical assessment of the victory in World War II 1939 — 1945”. Finally, the legal status of “fighters for the independence of Ukraine in the 20th century” was raised to heaven.

The laws were so odious that the then chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Groysman, did not dare to sign them for almost a month. About the same they lay in the presidential administration of Petro Poroshenko. Under pressure from the nationalists, the authorities retreated and gave the green light to the entire package of laws on decommunization. Over time, their use became part of the behavioral norm in Ukraine.

Depending on the general culture and ideological preferences, these laws can now be very widely interpreted. The most vivid example of this is the introduction in the spring of 2017 of the year a ban on "public use, demonstration, carrying, and also the distribution of the St. George ribbon or its image."

Now in Ukraine, the use of St. George's ribbon is punishable by a fine from 850 to 2550 hryvnia. In this case, both the tape itself and objects with its image are subject to confiscation. For repeated violations during the year of this norm of the law, the fine rises to 5 thousands of hryvnia, but you can get 15 days of administrative arrest.

And this is clearly not the latest innovation post-power. Vyatrovich and his ilk still have where to show their vandal inclinations. It is not by chance that in the “Saturday Interview” a monument to Nikolay Shchors in Kiev was mentioned. This red commander strongly guilty before the current Kiev regime.

First, Shchors fought a civil war against the Galician army of the West Ukrainian People's Republic. Secondly, he did not support the Grigoriev revolt against the Soviet power in Ukraine in May 1919. Therefore, the memory of Shchors was already well cleaned. The town of Shchors in the Chernihiv region was renamed Snovsk. Changed the names of the villages Shchorsovo in Nikolaev and Odessa regions, Shchorsovki - in Zhytomyr, Poltava and Kherson.

Now Vyatrovich has a corn from his eyes a monument to the legendary division commander. It means that the new report of the Ukrainian de-communizer on the “final and irrevocable” solution of the issue is not far off. Only the end of this is not visible, while the current regime is alive, parasitizing on the division of the nation. Today, this regime is quite satisfied with the scandalous initiatives of the Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory and his followers.
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  1. Mar.Tirah
    Mar.Tirah 12 February 2018 07: 31
    Well, if in Russia the Communists have been defamed at all levels of power for nearly thirty years, then what is worse than Ukraine? It has the consequences of the collapse of the USSR. And it has these consequences, they are brought to their logical conclusion.
    1. atos_kin
      atos_kin 12 February 2018 10: 55
      Quote: Mar. Tira
      the consequences are brought to a logical conclusion

      Until the people of Stalingrad return to the world map these "consequences" will continue.
      1. 210ox
        210ox 12 February 2018 11: 33
        I don’t give a damn what is there and how VNA ... Let's see what we have ... Young idiots light from the Eternal Flame, fry sausages, draw graffiti on the monuments .. Yes, and the adult generation (from them it happened) destroys the memory of our tragedy and heroism in the Great Patriotic War .. For example, my small homeland is Smolensk. About fifteen years ago a monument was demolished in the city. This building was an elevator in which a bomb fell. These ruins were fenced, there was a plaque with a list of the destroyed national economy ... Demolished . For half a century this building stood, but the liberals in power finished it off .. What Ukraine!? LET'S LOOK FOR YOURSELF!
        Quote: atos_kin
        Quote: Mar. Tira
        the consequences are brought to a logical conclusion

        Until the people of Stalingrad return to the world map these "consequences" will continue.
  2. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 12 February 2018 07: 37
    With the destruction of Soviet monuments, renaming of streets and cities, they did not live better!
    So was it worth breaking your forehead!
    1. megavolt823
      megavolt823 15 February 2018 16: 51
      Dear and everyone present and reading! Well, to whom did you get that the common people ever, and somewhere, decided something? From religious preferences and the political system, to mass pogroms and plans to fight or go into captivity. Everything has always been planted. And we always participated in this. Someone with a + sign, someone with a sign -. And those who harbor evil, and those who faithfully. They do not break the faith of the people, and not the political system. Breaking the way of the country. Some are fed, others are poisoned. So the priorities are set. In Ukraine, they do not fight with the past; new futures are imposed there. Someone will say that this is one and the same. But this is not so. They fought with the past at the end of 80x. Having lied about the country and history shared with Eurasia. Today, Ukraine is being imposed a new path, a new way of life. Separated from Eurasia. You are watching a show that has its pros and cons. But you don’t see the whole scenario. hi
  3. BAI
    BAI 12 February 2018 08: 40
    In Russia, too, everything was completely renamed. And much earlier. And no one was interested in the opinion of the inhabitants either. Residents of Zagorsk were against renaming. However, a group of "patriot activists" pushed the renaming in the Supreme Council (or maybe already in the Duma). And in general, people have spit on the opinion of the people since the referendum on the preservation of the Union.
  4. parusnik
    parusnik 12 February 2018 08: 46
    In Russia, the identity of de-communization is proceeding slowly but surely ... There is no sign of his Vyatrovich who would report on the results ...
    1. Was mammoth
      Was mammoth 12 February 2018 09: 01
      How not? In Perm, a certain L. Obukhov is engaged in this.
      “We note that among the members of the commission there is such a colorful figure as Leonid Obukhov, the former head of the research work of the Perm-36 ANO museum. Museum "Famous" for the heroization of Bandera and the sermons of the guides that the Nazis were much better than the Soviet leadership. "
      There is a solid monument to the white-collars.
      And there lives one very prolific historian.
      It seems that Perm has become one of the breeding grounds for anti-communism. wink
  5. kvs207
    kvs207 12 February 2018 09: 02
    They must completely abandon Soviet-made weapons and, at the same time, annul diplomas of the USSR educational institutions.
    1. Igor V
      Igor V 12 February 2018 11: 45
      Why do they need diplomas now? Now the diploma is a confirmation of the rotten intelligent essence of the owner. The new government needs people who do not think about anything.
  6. Filing
    Filing 12 February 2018 12: 56
    Bullshit in Ukrainian:
    1. Kirovograd city the new name of the city "Kropyvnytsky" is contested in the Supreme Court of Ukraine, the decision has not been made !!! At my enterprise, the documents are not changed, when correspondence with clients I use the old name of the city of Kirovograd.
    2. “Valentina Tereshkova” street was renamed to the new name “Yaroslav the Wise” on Google maps, I receive payments from the ilenergo with the name of the street “Kovalenka”. On the street there is not a single street name plate other than “Valentina Tereshkova”.
    3. On all billboards, the new street name accompanies the old name.
  7. Prutkov
    Prutkov 12 February 2018 12: 58
    Not everyone has been "decommunized." Still Paton’s bridge for scrap was not cut. On it are stars and sickles with hammers, like a dog's fleas. Tortured files to grind. It’s easier to scrap the entire bridge immediately ...
    1. Cossack 471
      Cossack 471 12 February 2018 20: 11
      I am against the sweeping renaming of streets and cities. but something is still needed. There are so odious names. that common sense should triumph .. For example, there are streets of Zemlyachki. Yankel Movshevich Sverdlov. Countrywoman literally drowned Crimea in the blood. and Sverdlov talked to Don. On the Don with monuments very bad. the story begins in 1917. as if before that people didn’t live with us either. After the revolution, they very carefully cleaned up everything related to serving the tsar-priest. And it turns out this picture Uritsky Sverdlov destroyed the people. we keep a memory of them. and the dead do not have monuments. and often graves. As if we were carrying flowers on the graves of the killers of our great-grandfathers ...
      1. your1970
        your1970 15 February 2018 12: 55
        Quote: Cossack 471
        .After the revolution, very carefully cleaned up everything related to the service of the king-father.
        -and they Served?? !!! Where? They betrayed the king - yes, very quickly ...
        Total participated in WWI 300 000 a man from the most militarized class of RI. At the same time, only two troops guarded the border, while the rest were already inside the Republic of Ingushetia and did not specifically deal with the direct border protection, but at the same time they enjoyed all the benefits and privileges: land, lack of taxes, elective power and others
  8. oldzek
    oldzek 18 February 2018 22: 46
    my opinion is the city (town) or something else that the FOUNDER should bear the name of. On the topic of renaming, there is a wonderful story by Admiral I. Isakov. Better than his hero you can’t tell. Do not be lazy, you will find, you will just get great pleasure.