Voice of Russia | 25May2011 | Russian Ukrainophobia

Lvov Regional Council sides with war criminal

[W.Z. The Voice of Russia website has initiated a full-scale attack on Ukraine's independence and is reverting to Soviet tactics of disinformation and demonization. It is an example of Russian chauvinism at its worst.]

Ukraine has decided to remember the events of the Second World War in its peculiar way again. The Lvov Regional Council has appealed to the country’s authorities to protect Ivan Demianiuk who is accused of being involved in massacring the Jews and aiding and abetting the Nazis. The deputies called this criminal “a martyr”, persecuting whom “discredits the Ukrainians before the world’’.

It seemed that the decision of a Munich court in Germany on Ivan Demianiuk’s case was final. He was found guilty of complicity in the deaths of over 28,000 prisoners of the Sobibor concentration camp in Poland and was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment. However, taking into consideration the criminal’s age, 91 years, the German justice allowed him to remain out of prison while his appeal is being considered. The investigation of the Demianiuk case has been going for 35 years. A court in Israel handed down a death sentence in 1988 but later he was acquitted.  Only in 2009, at the demand of the Federal Republic of Germany, was he extradited from the USA and taken to court again in connection with new circumstances. Recall that the Nuremberg Trials ruled that crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis and their henchmen have no statute of limitation. In this context, the decision of the Lvov Regional Council, in which the majority of members belong to the Freedom nationalist party, sounds blasphemous. If someone’s guilt has been proved it is political nihilism and disrespect for one’s own history to call them a martyr, believes Alexander Diukov, the head of the Historical Memory Foundation.

“The appeal of the  Lvov Regional Council means that the radical nationalists controlling it cannot renounce the crimes committed by their predecessors during WW2. It would be natural to punish someone who took part in the annihilation of a huge number of people but they support him instead. I would like to point out that Ivan Demianiuk was not even a Ukrainian nationalist, he served the occupational authorities. The Ukrainian people were a low class for those authorities and were destined to be killed or enslaved. It is symptomatic that in today’s Ukraine some officials support a man who was on the other side, who did not only humiliate the Jews but prepared a very miserable life for the Ukrainians.”

The surge of nationalism in West Ukraine was stimulated during Viktor Yushchenko’s presidency. Yushchenko urged the exoneration of the Bandera militants and their elevation to the status of national heroes, of fighters for the independence of Ukraine. Their collaboration with the Nazis was interpreted as part of the struggle against the Soviet power. And millions of Ukrainians who gave their lives for the liberation of their motherland from the Nazi occupation are considered Moscow’s accomplices. This resulted in the dramatic events in Lvov on the 9th of May this year [2011] when Freedom militants poisoned the festivities for war veterans, insulting them and ripping off their medals and St. George’s ribbons. It is regrettable that a whole new generation of Ukrainians has been brought up on false history where there is no place for the heroism of Soviet soldiers.

Kyiv Post | 25May2011 | Link to above


Selected Comments:

Eighty-five years ago today, on May 25, 1926, while walking on rue Racine in Paris, not far from boulevard Saint-Michel, Ottoman Symon Petliura was approached by a known Bolshevik, Sholom Schwartzbard. The French Secret service had been keeping an eye out on Schwartzbard from the time he had surfaced in the French capital and had noted his meetings with known Bolsheviks in Paris.

Schwartzbard asked him in Ukrainian, "Are you Mr. Petliura?" Petliura did not answer, only raised his walking cane. Then as Schwartzbard claimed in court he pulled out a gun and shot him five times. Some state the there were two more after he was lying on the ground.

Later it would surface that the German special services informed their French counterparts that Schwartzbard had assassinated Petlura on the orders of the head of the Soviet Ukrainian government, Christian Rakovsky, an ethnic Bulgarian and a revolutionary leader from Romania. The Russian NKVD would later confirm their part in ordering the killing the president-in-exile of a free Ukrainian state.

“For the Ukrainian Christians, the display of the Communist symbols on state institutions is the indication of the return to power of the forces that shot priests and monks, desecrated churches, burned icons and made efforts to uproot the faith in God. To resist these forces is not only a right but a social duty of each believing person. Therefore, it was easy to predict the wave of protest, which was especially powerful in the regions which suffered the most from the godless terror,” said the statement.

The authors of the document defend the All-Ukrainian Association Svoboda. They view the events of May 9, 2011 as “efforts to remove that political force from the political process and prohibit its legal activity” and stress that “the confrontation in Ukraine is between the authorities and the people and not between the West and East.”

Джерело публікації: risu.org.ua

Compare Israel's Pollard:
Israel is ferocious and unrelenting in demanding that the USA release the GUILTY Johnathan Pollard! Jonathan Pollard BETRAYED his country USA ( not certain if he was one of those "dual citizens") by stealing sensitive documents and giving them to Israel which promptly sold them to the Evil USSR empire which promptly arrested and executed the uncovered humanitarian USA spies trying to keep world peace.
Contrast this to Ukraine which has been quiet regarding the Innocent Demjanjuk who finally was found Guilty of a precedent setting Nothing (German Court stating -"no specific crime")! Finally the LVIV Regional Council is doing what Kyiv should be doing and demanding release of ALL documents and evidence held by the real criminal Putin and his evil empire!