Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 11.02.2018
Decommunization is effectively complete in Ukraine. This was announced by the Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Volodymyr Vyatrovych, in an interview with Radio Liberty. Vyatrovych said: “Decommunization in the context of the deprivation of the symbols of totalitarian regime has actually been completed, we have renamed settlements - about a thousand, almost all of them.” He also said that all the Lenin monuments and memorials to other leaders of the Soviet regime of state terror have been removed – at least all the ones that are known in public records.
Ukraine passed a law on 9 April 2015 called “On the Condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) Regimes, and Prohibition of Propaganda of their Symbols.” Article 2, Paragraph 1 deserves to be read in full: “Communist totalitarian regime of 1917-1991 in Ukraine is found criminal and the one that exercised the policy of state terror characterized by numerous violations of human rights in the form of individual and mass murders, slaughters, deaths, deportations, tortures, use of forced labour and other forms of mass physical terror, persecution for ethnic, national, religious, political, class, social and other reasons, inflicting mental and physical sufferings via application of psychiatric measures for political purposes, violation of the freedom of conscience, thought, expression, press and lack of political pluralism and due to these reasons it is condemned as incompatible with the fundamental human and citizens’ rights and liberties.” Ukraine was occupied by the evil Muscovy regime from 1917 to 1991. Decommunization is essential to the liberty and the independence of Ukrainians.
Names on the Kyiv metro system are a synopsis of the process of decommunization in Ukraine. Ukraine resumed independence on 24 August 1991. Ukrainian patriots subsequently enjoyed a brief period of success in overturning a few Soviet symbols and names. On 2 February 1993, Dzerzhynska station on the Kyiv metro was renamed as Lybidska. The station had been named after Felix Dzerzhinsky, the Russian Bolshevik murderer who was Director of the Cheka and who was responsible for the mass killings of Ukrainian National Republic soldiers and members of the Ukrainian intelligentsia. The new name of the metro station is taken from the River Lybid (Lybid, and her brothers Kyi, Shchek, and Khoryv are the legendary founders of Kyiv). Although the station was renamed, a large monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky remained in the square outside. After the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-14, some Ukrainian patriots tried to dismantle the statue to the hated secret policeman, but they were unsuccessful. After the decommunization law was passed, state authorities finally removed Dzerzhinsky from the square.
In the 1990s, decommunization efforts were halted by the transition of the nomenklatura into the oligarchy, which used wealth from stolen Ukrainian state property to become a new, corrupt ruling class. Symbolic of this, many names and monuments remained in Ukraine which glorified the Russian Bolshevik occupation regime. On the Kyiv metro, a station continued to bear the name Petrivka. The station was named for Hryhoriy Petrovsky, a Ukrainian collaborator with the Russian occupiers of Ukraine who was one of the officials responsible for the Holodomor, the famine and genocide of the Ukrainian people of 1932-33 which was planned and executed by the Stalin regime. On 8 February 2018, Kyiv city council voted to rename Petrivka station as Pochaina station. There is a lost river of Kyiv, said to be nearby, called Pochaina. Pochaina metro station is on Stepan Bandera Avenue, which used to be called Moscovsky Avenue.
Ukrainians are recovering from the long nightmare of foreign occupation by Muscovy. Decommunization takes away the hated names, symbols, and monuments of foreign oppression, and brings to consciousness genuine Ukrainian expressions of nature, of culture, and of history. Tragically, this is not true about the parts of Ukraine that have been invaded and occupied by the Putin regime of state terror since 2014. In Crimea and in parts of Donbas, not only are Communist names, symbols and monuments not being removed, but new ones are being put up. For example, a bust of Stalin was erected in Russian-occupied Luhansk – Stalin, who ordered the Holodomor genocide and killed millions of Ukrainians.
You won’t find a place called Adolf Hitler Platz anywhere in Germany because Germans underwent essential de-Nazification. Now, you won’t find Lenin Street anywhere in free Ukraine because Ukrainians liberated themselves with decommunization. You will find busts of Stalin in Russia-occupied territory and in Russia itself because Russians and the captive nations are slaves.
One of the reasons Ukrainians fought the Revolution of Dignity was to live a normal life. It is not normal to honour foreigners who killed ones own people. It is normal to celebrate ones own natural environment, culture, and history. Decommunization has normalized Ukrainians.