April 12, 2015
Translated from Russian by Alexey Tatu
April 9th is destined to become a landmark day in the history of Ukraine, since it was marked by an event that may not only jeopardize the territorial integrity of the country, but its statehood as a whole.
The Ukrainian parliament went ahead and banned Communist and Nazi symbolism and ideology in the whole country. [A huge step no matter how you approach the issue, as both of these ideologies are present in Ukraine as a whole, contributing to Ukraine exploding as a country during the recent coup. The remnants of these ideologies stem all the way back from WWII, when Ukraine was one of the largest (if not the largest) theaters both politically and militarily – AT] On top of this, what the state calls, the “totalitarian communist regime,” was also banned.
This law “On the Condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian Regimes in Ukraine and the Prohibition of Propaganda of their Symbols,” No. 2558 was voted for by 254 deputies of the parliament.
The “totalitarian communist regime” has been deemed criminal by the Ukrainian Parliament because it was responsible for “pursuing a policy of state terror, which was marked by numerous human rights violations in the form of individual and mass killings, executions, deportations, torture, forced labor and other forms of mass terror”.
The new law bans all symbolism of the “totalitarian communist regime” which includes any images of state flags, emblems, and other symbols of the USSR, the Ukrainian Socialist Republic and other republics of the USSR, the national anthem of the USSR, the Ukrainian Socialist Republic and other Soviet republics or their fragments; memorabilia, which uses a combination of hammer and sickle; sickle, or hammer and a five-pointed star; the plow, the hammer and the five-pointed star. There is also prohibition on the symbolism of the Communist party and its elements, images, monuments of persons who held senior positions in the Communist party, starting with the position of Secretary of the District Committee, and above.
Other items that broadly fell under the label of the “totalitarian communist regime” and were banned are the communist images, monuments, dedicated to the events related to the activities of the Communist party, the establishment of Soviet power on the territory of Ukraine; images of slogans of the Communist party, along with quotes of its leaders.
The list doesn’t stop there, subject to the ban are “the names of regions, districts, settlements with the use of the names or aliases of the leaders of the Communist party”.
The point of interest here is that when banning the “totalitarian communist regime”, Ukraine de jure banned itself. It is still not clear whether the decision made by the Ukrainian parliament was independent. It is possible that such a decision could have been inspired from abroad, by the caring owners of the current government. With a definite, far-reaching goal of the eventual elimination of Ukrainian state, which was built, as is well known, solely through the efforts of that same “totalitarian communist regime”. By that same regime’s efforts, Ukraine’s expanses stretched far from East to West. But apparently if the founder of Ukraine was criminal, all its decisions were also criminal, especially the notorious Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, that gave Ukraine such territories as: Eastern Poland or Galicia, Bessarabia, and Northern Bukovina. No less criminal are the results of the victory of the Soviet Union, which enriched Ukraine with Transcarpathia. [This is compared to the state of Ukraine under occupation of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Since after the Second World War, most of Ukraine was destroyed or damaged. – AT] Not to mention the fact that the same “criminal communist regime” generously cut a unitary Russian Empire into shreds, which in turn led to Ukraine’s uneasy ‘independence.’ Ukraine received a generous royal share, considering that it could have remained inside the boundaries of UPR, whose power stretched to the capital only nominally. Due to the criminality of the “communist regime,” as well as Ukraine’s rejection of its role in World War II, the presence of Ukraine among the founding countries of the United Nations, is particularly inappropriate. Because this honor was provided to her, again, by no other than the same “criminal regime”.
Even the actual act of the state independence of Ukraine in 1991 would turn out to be illegal by judicial standards as it was authorized by a “criminal regime”.
If this is not another insane political maneuver on the part of the Ukrainian political minds, [the outlawing of Russian media, and Russian as a second language was another one of these recent laws that quickly comes to mind, as it quickly led to heightened tensions with all of Eastern Ukraine, and the Russian neighbor – AT], it is also possible that we have witnessed a deliberate attempt to prepare legal grounds for a surgical dismantling of the Soviet limitrophe which failed its aspirations at independent statehood. And there is no doubt that Europe has not forgotten how Ukraine came to be the second largest state in Europe at it’s expense [and digesting smaller, more controllable territorial units, that do not offer any resistance and obey the political line of Europe is much easier – AT] There is also no reason to believe that Europe could swallow Ukraine whole at the moment, without choking.
The rule at play here is: “You get what wool you can, even if a sheep leaves much to be desired”.