Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
20th April, 2016
The initiative was explained by the fact that the politician “was a staunch defender of the independence of Ukraine and other countries affected by the Communist system”.
It was proposed to install the monument to the former US President Ronald Reagan in the center of the Ukrainian capital. A related petition appeared on Thursday on the official website of the Kiev City State Administration (KCSA).
“We urge the permanent commission of the Kiev City State Administration on the establishment of memorials in Kiev to advise the leadership of the KSCA to establish, in the capital of Ukraine, a monument to an outstanding personality, and one of the most successful US presidents – Ronald Reagan,” reads the petition.
The author of the initiative – head of the Ukrainian Society of Economic Freedoms Maryan Zablockiy – believes that the monument must be installed in the government quarter on the site of the dismantled monument to the first Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist party of Ukraine Dmitry Manuilsky.
On the need for the installation of the monument to the former US President in the center of Kiev, the author of the petition said that, “Reagan, up to the end of his days, was a staunch defender of the independence of Ukraine and other countries affected by the Communist system”. In addition, he said, “Reagan is best known for his ideology of free enterprise, the adequacy of public expenditure and strict control over it by society, and the stimulation of the creation of new jobs and investment”.
According to Zablockiy, the idea of placing the monument was supported by the American “Ronald Reagan Heritage Project”, however, it is proposed to install it “at the expense of concerned citizens of Ukraine and the United States.”
Ronald Reagan was US President from 1981 to 1989. Last year, as part of the Ukraine policy of decommunization, Ukraine asked to rename Moscow bridge in Kiev after him.