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June 17 червня 2012
Vol.13 No.
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  Editorial

The Hidden agenda becomes obvious: The real reason why the UOC-KP will never be welcomed into the EP
  Focus

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Political threats to the Ukrainian language

Where are you leading, my Church? - VIDEO
Russia’s state church – Analysis

  Viewpoint

Fight and Win!

The secret meeting

Ukrainian Government's monolingualism diagnosis

  Call to Action

Petition in Support of Ukrainian Language - Online 

Action for the protection of democratic values in Ukraine - Jun. 19

  Events

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Links to event postings
Edmonton: Kurelek exhibit - From the community -- until Sept. 3
Austintown, OH: Spaghetti & meatball dinner to benefit youth mission Trip to Ukraine -- Jun. 24
Toronto: Eparchical Gathering: Youth Festival -- Jun. 24
Toronto: Lakeside Canada Day BBQ with Borys Wrzesnewskyj -- Jun. 27
Winnipeg: A midsummer night of Kupalo -- July 5

  Programs & Conferences

Emlenton, PA: Kobzarska Sich - a summer musical experience learning the bandura -- Aug. 4 - 18
Trident Camp, Crystal Lake, SK: Adult Ukrainian Language Immersion Course -- Aug. 9 -12/ 9 -16
Lviv: KUMO UWC Forum of Ukrainian Youth Diaspora "Lviv-2012" (FUMD) -- Aug. 25 – Sept. 2
Міжнародний Воркшоп «Science for Prosperity» 2 - пдатися до 24.06.2012

  Current Affairs

'I wanted to show support to Yulia': Swedish TV host

John Demjanjuk attorney files complaint against doctors

Thousands march in Moscow as Putin’s 1937-style raids fail to halt protests

Current Affairs - Canada

Ukrainian Canadian community meets with Foreign Minister Baird and officials to discuss Canada-Ukraine policy priorities

Top court hearing planned for July over disputed Toronto vote
Elections Canada raises new questions about Etobicoke vote
Push poll in Etobicoke Centre - A breach of parliamentary privilege?
Was there an organized poll suppression operation in spring 2011?

Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project participates in Calgary Ukrainian Festival

  Arts & Letters

Buffalo, Chicago, Minneapolis premieres Genocide Revealed

Two new on-screen looks at Ukraine

  Ukraine & the World

Ukraine hoped soccer would put it on Europe's map, but instead it has a black eye

Yulia Tymoshenko on CNN - Politics from a guarded hospital room - VIDEO

The Secrets of Mezhyhirya and the money trail that leads to London

Teams honor Holocaust, ignore Holodomor
"Politically, you are the 'elder' brother, while Russia is the 'younger' one"
Berkut police officers encircle oppositionists near Olympiysky stadium in Kyiv

  Business Report

Ukraine's hryvnia drops most in two years amid Euro 2012 tension
Tax noose for a sick economy

  Society

Let's hammer it into their sick(le) heads: Soviet imagery isn't cool

  Ukrainians in the News

Stepan composes song for the Euros

  Religion

Our Holy church is under attack!

  Sports

'Free Yulia!' T-shirts distributed before match in Lviv
Ukraine's elite celebrate the win over Sweden  - Photos & Video
Polish TV - EURO 2012
   
Польске телебачення - ЄВРО 2012

  From Our Mailbox / Blogbox

Associated Press' inaccurate and unbalanced depiction of the language legislation

Re: Wiesenthal Center urges Euro fans not to patronize certain Lviv restaurants
The ugly secrets of Mezhyhiria, Yanukovych's residence


The Hidden agenda becomes obvious:,the real reason why the UOC-KP will never be welcomed into the EP

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The visit of both His Holiness Patriarch Filaret (UOC-KP) and His Holiness Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Patriarch of the Ukrainian Catholic Greek Church, as the heads of their respective churches in Ukraine, was considered to be a joyous event, which ePOSHTA had covered in a previous issue. "Камо грядеш, діаспорна православна церкво?" http://www.eposhta.com/newsmagazine/ePOSHTA_120428_CanadaUS.html#ed31).
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Patriarch Filaret at the monument fro UPA in St. Vlolodymyr cemetary, Oakville (near Toronto), Canada
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As mentioned previously, Patriarch Filaret’s visit has opened a cache of problems in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church beyond the borders of Ukraine itself, which have been accumulating during the years since Ukraine’s declaration of independence.  What has recently come to light, is proof that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, whether consciously or not, is supporting Moscow in its attempts to regain power over all the Orthodox churches in Ukraine. By being united with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its leader, His Holiness Bartholomew,  they are tightening the noose around the UOC of the Kyiv Patriarchate and handing it right into the hands of not only the Moscow Patriarchate  but into the hands of Russia’s current government.  Their objective, as always, has been the complete destruction of the Ukrainian nation and its subservient return to the powers of Moscow.

Let us not forget, that the hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate has always served the interests of the Kremlin. As an instrument of the former Soviet government, the MP they supported the governments mandate to physically, mentally and emotionally destroy the peoples under their domain:  through continuous repression, deportations, murders, the creation of the Holodomor famine, the wiping out of national memory, etc. It should be noted that each of the Moscow patriarchs was at the service of Russia’s intelligence services. In this context, the late Patriarch Alexei was no exception and likewise the present Patriarch Kirill.

The post World War II generation, born beyond the borders of Ukraine, carry with them an unprecedented patriotism for the homeland of their forefathers. The relatively young bishops who today head the UOC abroad could not be uninformed about the Moscow patriarchs’ black coin. In connection with the scandal that has arisen within the diaspora Orthodoxy, a seditious thought creeps in: is it possible that all these anti-Ukrainian tumultuous years are being managed by Moscow’s agents, who have successfully infiltrated the ranks of the highest church notables and who skillfully manipulate each of them?

The following excerpt from correspondence between the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Aleksei, has awoken the Ukrainian Diaspora with a jolt. And not unlike bees in a hive where an invasive hand tries to remove the golden honey, they, too, are angry.

To understand all the underground currents between the not inclined to be supportive Constantinople to Orthodox Ukrainian Konstatynopolem and the hostile to them Moscow, an extract is provided from a unique correspondence between the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Alexei of Moscow. (Note that the current Patriarch Kirill is implementing a much tougher policy towards Ukraine and the Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, than its predecessor Alexei.):

“of course to a certain extent we can comprehend the fears Your Beatitude and your Holy Synod have as to the consequences which the settlement of the Ukrainians in the Diaspora could eventually have had on the general situation in Ukraine, if proper care had not been taken.

In this regard we would like to assure you that the induction of the Ukrainian communities into the canonical order of the Orthodox Church by receiving them under the omophorion of the Ecumenical Patriarch will, we believe, finally prove to be beneficial for the relationship between the Most Holy Church of Russia and the faithful in Ukraine.

This is so because on the one hand those received were obligated to formally declare that they will not seek autocephaly of the Ukrainian church, or even a part of it, through known methods employed by the “autocephalists” who operate in every way possible.”
(Page 3 of a July 11, 1995 letter from Patriarch Bartholomew to Patriarch Alexei)

It should not be a surprise that the Ukrainian Orthodox community in Canada is buzzing like bees in a disturbedhive. Why was Patriarch Filaret of the UOC-KP welcomed with the highest honors in the churches of the the Greek Catholics of Toronto? With their orders why did the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Metropolitan Yuri forbade Orthodox believers to meet with the head of the UOC-KP, which has always opposed the assault of Moscow ‘batiushky’? It is these questions that were raised by the Orthodox community of St. Volodymyr (Toronto) at a meeting with the Metropolitan Orthodox Church of Canada Yuri (Kalishchuk). It must be said that there was no end to the accusations addressed to the senior hierarch. There were very many speakers, their demands were most categorical. Generally speaking, the position of those present was well-expressed by a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, Leonid Lishchyna: "For most members of the St. Vodocymyr Cathedral these orders (Patriarch Bartholomew and Metropolitan George) are unacceptable. This majority is convinced that our subordination to Constantinople should be anulled and that UOCC must return to the status that existed prior to 1990. Then our church was free and no one outside of Canada ordered whom we cannot welcome in our cathedral. "

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St. Volodymyr Cathedral, Toronto Canada
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We can only forsee how events will develop further around the scandalous position of diaspora’s Orthodox Churc  hierarchs. There are a few possible solutions. Firstly, a lion’s share of the diaspora UOC could secede and become independent or even enter into the fold of the UOC-KP. In this case the diaspora UOC will significantly lose its influence and become smaller. The second option (albeit most unrealistic), the UOCC’s position is accepted and everything settles down. And the third, in the short or longer term, the possible association with the UOC-KP and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Patriarchate in order to put Ukraine on a united spiritual path. There is more and more talk about this in Ukraine. Indirect evidence of this intent was the joint trip to Canada of Patriarch Filaret and Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk. (Note that the current repute of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has soared, resulting in its welling by formerly Orthodox of the Muscow Patriarchy, especially in Kyiv.) We believe that the Orthodox Church abroad will follow its brethren in Ukraine. In this case the hierarch of the diaspora UOC  will have the opportunity to be left alone with their pro-Moscow sympathies, however, without their flock.
However, thre is still time for the hierarchs of the UOCC in the diaspora to listen to the voice of the faithful and to break the unnion with Constantinople to finally work on the strengthening of Ukraine, the nationally meaningful Ukrainian churches and the welfare of the Ukrainian people throughout the world.

This editorial first appeared in Ukrainian http://www.eposhta.com/newsmagazine/ePOSHTA_120527_CanadaUS.html#ed31

Political threats to the Ukrainian language -- VIDEO

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Zenon Zawada

Misinformation has accompanied the current language bill in parliament because of Ukraine’s complex linguistic situation. Unfortunately, Western journalists haven’t succeeded in clearing up the confusion and informing their readers of the real meaning behind this legislative initiative.

Sufficient legislation on language has long existed in Ukraine, offering generous – some say indulgent – guarantees for the Russian language and its speakers.

The binding legislation approved in 1989, “On Language in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic,” properly identifies the Ukrainian language as one of the decisive factors in the national selfhood of the Ukrainian people.

It called for the state to ensure the thorough development and functioning of the Ukrainian language in all spheres of social life, a principle that was subsequently adopted by the Ukrainian Constitution in 1996.

While giving priority to Ukrainian, the 1989 law also protects Russian language speakers, reflective of the Ukrainian people’s long history of tolerance towards its ethnic minorities.

The 1989 bill calls for the free development and use of the Russian language, which was buttressed in the Constitution of 1996, a document that goes even further in calling for the defense of the Russian language in Ukraine.

Specifically, it sets the conditions for the use of Russian, alongside Ukrainian, in state organs and enterprises. It allows for citizens to address state organs and enterprises in Russian, and for these institutions to respond in Russian.

The same bill allows for judicial proceedings to occur in Russian, including offering testimony and producing all documentation. It requires all state employees to command both Russian and Ukrainian and requires that students learn both languages, beginning in elementary school.

Therefore, the characterization offered by certain Western media (including the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal) that the legislation approved by parliament on June 5 would allow the use of the Russian language in state institutions is false and misleading.

The Russian language has been alive and well in the state institutions of the majority of Ukraine’s oblasts and in most of Ukraine’s cities for the duration of the nation’s 20 years of independence. This is the case even after the alleged Ukrainianization during the Orange era [of ex-President Viktor Yushchenko and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko], which barely occurred.

The Russian language ranks supreme the dialogue and documentation at state medical and banking institutions in most cities (and private ones, for that matter). It ranks supreme among state engineers, police officers, and tax inspectors.

In courts, the majority of testimony and verbal exchange occurs in the Russian language. The documentation in many courts in southern and eastern Ukraine is in Russian, and most of the judges and lawyers there speak in Russian during sessions and trials.

All this occurs in spite of the binding law calling for the Ukrainian language’s priority status because the law carries little weight, as in most spheres of Ukrainian life.

Linguistic matters are decided on a largely de facto basis, and the nation’s citizens have learned to get along more or less based on mutually accepted norms that have evolved without government interference.

Even if the law did matter in Ukraine, sufficient legislation already exists that offers Russian speakers comfortable conditions.

Given these facts, that begs the question of why the ruling Party of the Regions of Ukraine, with its parliamentary allies, decided on June 5 to cast 234 votes in favor of new language legislation, “On the Foundations of Language Policy.”

It was sponsored by alleged 2004 election falsifier Sergei Kivalov and provocateur-for-hire Vadim Kolesnichenko, who denigrates the Ukrainian language and culture at every opportunity he has in front of the media.

As the main reason, it’s worth noting that for the first time since the Orange revolts of 2004, the Party of Regions is no longer the most popular political force, according to an April poll conducted by the Razumkov Center, widely considered to be among the most reliable.

The Fatherland Party founded by imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is now most popular.

The Party of Regions has lost significant support among its electorate, particularly with such maneuvers as passing an oppressive tax code and cutting social payments to veterans of the Afghan War and 1986 Chornobyl clean-up, many of whom live in the party’s cradle of support in the southeastern oblasts.

Indeed on the very same evening that parliament approved the first reading of the language bill, it voted on another bill that creates the opportunity to cut such social payments even further in 2013. Not a bad distraction, eh?

Then there’s the economy. The stock market is down 33 percent year-to-date and the National Bank of Ukraine can’t sell enough five-year notes, despite interest rates of close to 14 percent.

The National Bank also reportedly burned through $1 billion of its international reserves in May alone, bringing them down to $31 billion. Most recently, Business Insider ranked Ukraine as among the world’s five governments most likely to default.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government stands accused by the opposition of plundering close to a third of the $10 billion in state funds spent on Euro 2012, the evidence for some of which exists.

In its desperation, the Party of Regions has turned to the sensitive and volatile language issue as its last trump card to activate its core support base of pro-Russian radicals.

Unfortunately, these elements care little for establishing rule of law and independent jurisprudence in Ukraine, which are issues that are far more relevant to most Ukrainians as tangibly improving their day-to-day lives.

These radicals, who number in the millions, suffer from ignorance of the history of the land that they walk upon, wanting to live in a Ukraine without ever encountering the Ukrainian language that they were raised to hold in contempt by Soviet propagandists.

Ironically, their leaders, including Kolesnichenko, claim to embrace European values, alleging their position is in line with the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, a document whose letter and intent was to defend weak languages from extinction and to ensure their speakers retain the minimum of rights.

Yet Ukraine is unlike any other contemporary European nation since the state language happens to be the lesser spoken tongue as a result of the native people’s post-colonial, post-genocidal and post-totalitarian 20th century history. The same can be said for the Crimean Tatar language.

The law on the books, as weak as it is, is the last remaining safeguard for the Ukrainian language. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Constitution calls for the Russian language to coexist with the Ukrainian language, according to several court rulings that interpreted Article 10.

Violating this principle, the Kivalov-Kolesnichenko bill creates the architecture for Russian to replace Ukrainian entirely with its 10 percent rule, requiring state institutions to accommodate languages in a given population center that are spoken by at least 10 percent of its residents.

The bill thereby dismantles safeguards in the few remaining institutions where the Ukrainian language is flourishing, namely education, voiceover dubbing in cinema and mass media advertising.

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The legislation claims to defend such minority languages as Crimean Tatar or Bulgarian, yet there’s no chance that state organs – often lacking funds to pay heating bills or to buy floor cleaning soaps – can accommodate each 10 percent minority in a given district.

Conflicts will become inevitable between the various minorities and the default language will be the majority language in most regions, which is Russian.

The Kyiv Post has printed letters to the editor complaining about the presence of the Ukrainian language, such as voiceover dubbing in cinemas (Ukrainian-language dubbing is non-existent in DVD sales).

Foreign university students have also complained about courses taught in Ukrainian (though much of the coursework, particularly in mathematics and the natural sciences, has been in the Russian language).

Such complaints reveal indifference to the suffering of the Ukrainian people, who were persecuted, and often killed, for asserting their right to live in an environment that provides for the comfortable functioning of the indigenous language of most of these lands.

These complainers should consider that the Finnish language was subjugated centuries ago to the Swedish language, a policy supported by Finland’s own elite. Similarly, the Czech language was once subjugated to German by its own elite too. Ukraine’s so-called elite is no different, embracing Russian and laying the groundwork for the eradication of Ukrainian.

Among those voting for the language bill on June 5 were Ukraine’s wealthiest oligarchs – billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, Kernel Group founder Andrei Verevskiy, mega millionaire banker Aleksandr Buriak and Kharkiv business mogul Aleksandr Feldman.

Therefore, Ukrainians themselves are partly to blame for foreigners holding such attitudes because unfortunately, many citizens disrespect their own history and heritage after decades of Soviet totalitarianism and Stalinist genocide.

Beyond such issues of basic respect however, Westerners ought to consider the geopolitical consequences of the language issue.

Political experts are increasingly drawing parallels between the Russian government’s current approach to Ukraine and Adolf Hitler’s Anschluss policy, which eventually led to the invasion of Austria and Czechoslovakia and annexation of the Czech Sudetenland, where Germans lived.

In this context, the Kivalov-Kolesnichenko bill has a few new clauses that deserve particular attention, such as defining one’s native language as “the first language that an individual mastered in earlier childhood.”

Russian-speaking Ukrainians, who make up the vast majority of Ukraine’s urban residents, have long held to the tradition of reporting that their native language is Ukrainian, despite speaking Russian on a daily basis (at least in public). That’s typical of a post-colonial society.

The new legislation seeks to redefine as native Russian speakers those who would typically categorize themselves as native Ukrainian speakers.

This strategy was employed in the Republic of Georgia, where more than 85 percent of the population of South Ossetia was extended Russian passports, in large part on the basis of them being native Russian speakers.

Such events would serve as the basis for the Russian government to intervene militarily in Ukraine. Those skeptical need only to turn the 2008 South Ossetian War, in which the Russian government defended its actions by claiming the duty to protect its citizens, wherever they may be.

The groundwork for Anschluss is already being laid in Crimea, whose residents are being propagandized by mass media, schools, and even summer camps into thinking they are ethnic Russian (with Ukrainian surnames) with loyalties to Moscow (instead of Kyiv). Many are reported to have Russian passports in their possession, despite Ukrainians laws forbidding dual citizenship.

Ukraine’s foremost political experts, such as author Serhiy Hrabovsky and Ihor Losiev of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, have already sounded such alarm bells.

It’s up to Western leaders, both in the private and public sectors, to realize that the Ukrainian language is just as much about geopolitics as it is about culture and heritage. Fortunately, the U.S. government has pursued a wise policy of offering strong support for the Ukrainian language.

Corporations such as McDonald’s have also shown a firm commitment to the Ukrainian language, playing contemporary Ukrainian music in its restaurants and keeping its menus in Ukrainian even in Russian-speaking cities as a sign of respect for the Ukrainian state and its history.

It’s just as important for Western business leaders, lawyers, academics and politicians to demonstrate that same support by tolerating the Ukrainian language, if not learning the basics themselves and encouraging its use among staff and employees.

Not only do their future business prospects hang in the balance, but so does the future of Ukraine as an independent state based on Western, European values.

Zenon Zawada is the former chief editor of the Kyiv Post.

Where are you leading, my Church? - VIDEO

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«Brotherhood for the Revitalization of Ukrainian Orthodoxy in Canada»

A resounding success! The first in a series of seminars sponsored by the newly formed “Brotherhood for the Revitalization of Ukrainian Orthodoxy in Canada” was held on Saturday, June 2, in Toronto. Over 150 persons (St. Catharines, London, Waterloo, Hamilton, Toronto, British Columbia) listened intently to well-prepared presentations on the history of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada and the current state of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada. Those in attendance also had an opportunity to hear about a similar situation in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the U.S. and one parish’s experience navigating through the changes.

The “Brotherhood for the Revitalization of Ukrainian Orthodoxy in Canada” was established as an educational and academic brotherhood, with the main aim of informing about the current state of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada. On the basis of documents (copies were distributed to attendees), it has been shown that the foundation of the Church is perhaps in danger. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada was established, and is supposed to be grounded on four pillars – Ukrainian, Orthodox, Autocephalous, Sobornopravna. Recent events have brought the faithful to understand that these pillars are being eroded. The question before the faithful now is: do we repair them, renovate them, take them out completely or replace them with new pillars? In order to make such a decision, we need to educate ourselves and truly understand the current state of affairs, explore possible actions and their consequences. It is precisely for this reason that the “Brotherhood for the Revitalization of Ukrainian Orthodoxy in Canada” was formed.

Look for information on upcoming seminars. The time has come to take notice, learn and make an informed decision.

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Published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

David Satter

The recent actions of the indelicately named female punk band “Pussy Riot,” whose members on March 3 entered the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow and sang a song on the altar that included an appeal to the Virgin Mary to “Drive Putin away,” have opened up a major controversy in Russia about the ties between Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church.

The members of the band are still in custody. Three have been charged with hooliganism, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of seven years and, as matters stand, imprisonment for the women is not out of the question.

The actions of Pussy Riot inspired indignation on the part of Church leaders and regime officials. Patriarch Kirill called their action a “mockery of a sacred place.” Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said it was “blasphemy.” The women were described as “satanic devils” and “prostitutes” and there were calls for them to be ripped to pieces on the ancient execution site in Red Square.

What was lost in all this was the identification of the Russian Orthodox Church with the Putin regime. Putin’s inauguration was marked by the ringing of church bells in the Kremlin. Kirill held a special prayer service for his “health” and “success in government,” in the Cathedral of the Assumption in the Kremlin. In the Novodevichy Monastery, the nuns sang psalms round the clock for Putin’s health.

Against this background, the actions of Pussy Riot appear to be directed not against Orthodoxy so much as the political role of the Church. In an open letter to Patriarch Kirill published on the Russian news site, grani.ru, Andrei Bessmertnii-Anzimirov, a layman, pointed out that the actions of Pussy Riot cannot be classified as blasphemy because the women appealed to the Virgin and not to Satan and although their song was unusual, there was nothing about it that was prohibited.

“When we speak about Orthodoxy as the backbone of the Russian culture and nation, we should always remember who is the backbone of Orthodoxy—about Jesus Christ.” If there is not such a consciousness, he said, Orthodoxy is turned into a “quasi-religion.” Bessmertnii-Anzimirov said that in the last 20 years, there has been a tendency to treat Orthodoxy not as a religion but as an ideology, the supposed “backbone of Russian culture and statehood.” He cautioned, “When we speak about Orthodoxy as the backbone of the Russian culture and nation, we should always remember who is the backbone of Orthodoxy—about Jesus Christ.” If there is not such a consciousness, he said, Orthodoxy is turned into a “quasi-religion.”

In fact, there is evidence that, in many respects, this is what has taken place. Putin is regularly accompanied by the hierarchs of the Church in religious garb at political events and is shown attending services on all religious holidays. Orthodoxy is the only religion whose services are shown on television. Orthodox chapels have appeared in railroad stations, in airports, on the territory of military units, and in the departments of the police. The presence of Orthodox priests is common for the “sanctification” of banks, offices, homes and even weapons, such as tanks, military ships and airplanes. A course in “Orthodox Culture” is offered in the schools but no other religion is the subject of such a course.

Orthodoxy, through the agency of thousands of selfless and dedicated local priests, gives to masses of people a sense of social defense and solidarity. It helps to impart a feeling of national identification and connection with traditions, providing a haven from an often cruel existence and offering consolation in the face of sickness and death.

According to material from the Soviet archives, Kirill was a KGB agent. The good works of local priests, however, are not necessarily reflected in the behavior of the church hierarchy which has long been coopted to lend legitimacy to the authoritarian Russian state.

Kirill, who was the Metropolitan of Smolensk, succeeded Alexei II who died in December 2008 after 18 years as head of the Russian Church. According to material from the Soviet archives, Kirill was a KGB agent (as was Alexei). This means he was more than just an informer, of whom there were millions in the Soviet Union. He was an active officer of the organization. Neither Kirill nor Alexei ever acknowledged or apologized for their ties with the security agencies.

As head of the Russian church’s department of foreign church relations, Kirill supported a new Russian ideology based on the denial of human rights. At the tenth meeting of the World Russian People’s Council, an international public organization headed by the Patriarch, in Moscow, April 4, 2006, Kirill said that “faith, morality, sacred places, and homeland” stand no lower than human rights. If these values are in conflict with the realization of human rights, “the society and government and law should harmoniously combine them.” How this could be done was not made clear but, according to the Council, it is impossible to allow a situation in which human rights “threatened the existence of the motherland.”

The personal wealth of Russian Patriarch Kirill Patriarch is estimated at $4 billion. During the Soviet period, fear was an important factor in the cooption of the Church by the regime. But in the post-Soviet period, the chief motivator may be corruption. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the church received official privileges, including the right to import duty-free alcohol and tobacco.

In its February 15, 2012 issue, Novaya Gazeta published an article about the personal wealth of the Patriarch, which it estimated at $4 billion. The newspaper referred to the dossier assembled by Sergei Bychkov, a journalist who has written extensively about Kirill’s involvement with the tobacco business. Not one of Bychkov’s more than a dozen articles has been refuted and Kirill himself acknowledged the veracity of many of the facts collected by Bychkov.

In 1993, a financial group, “Nika,” was created with the participation of the Moscow Patriarchy. Its vice president became the archpriest Vladimir Veriga, at the time the commercial director of the Department of External Church Ties (DECT), which was run by Metropolitan Kirill. After a year, there appeared two commissions on humanitarian assistance, one connected to the Russian government that determined which “humanitarian assistance” it was possible to free from taxes and excise duties and the other connected to the DECT, which sold the goods, including cigarettes and alcohol, to commercial structures. In this way, a large part of the humanitarian assistance that was freed of taxes was sold through regular commercial channels at existing market prices.

According to figures from the government commission on humanitarian aid cited by Novaya Gazeta, in 1996 alone, the DECT imported eight billion cigarettes. This was a serious blow to the tobacco barons of the period who were obliged to pay duties and excise taxes and, as a result, could not compete with the Church. This business was carried out despite the fact that Orthodoxy considers smoking to be a sin.

According to Novaya Gazeta, the DECT, in addition to Nika, became the founder of the “Peresvet” commercial bank and the companies, “International Economic Cooperation,” “Free Popular Television” and others. After 1996, the most profitable line of business became the export of oil, which was freed at the request of the former Patriarch Alexei II from customs duties. The annual turnover of the company in 1997 amounted to $2 billion.

The third direction of Kirill’s activities was sea products. According to the site, Portal-Credo.ru, which follows the situation of religion in Russia, and which was cited by Novaya Gazeta, quotas for Kamchatka crab and shrimp were allocated in the amount of more than 4,000 tons to the firm, “Region,” reportedly founded by Kirill.

In his public statements, Kirill does not deny that he is rich. In fact, this would probably be fruitless. Novaya Gazeta called attention to the luxuries that Kirill enjoys, a Breguet watch worth $30,000 which Ukrainian journalists noticed, a personal plane, a villa in Switzerland, and a penthouse in the famous “House on the Embankment” with a view of the Christ the Savior Church in the center of Moscow.

Despite this, Kirill does pay obeisance to the validity of traditional Christian virtues. In one of his statements in Ukraine, the Patriarch said, “It is very important to learn Christian asceticism. This is the ability to regulate one’s demands. This is the victory of a person over lust, passions and instinct.” According to Kirill, asceticism should be the rule for both the rich and the poor.

FPRI senior fellow David Satter is the author of It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past, just out from the Yale University Press and the director of a documentary film, “Age of Delirium,” about the fall of the Soviet Union based on his book of the same name.

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Supporters of jailed ex Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko during a rally
to mark 300 days since her imprisonment in Kyiv on May 30, 2012.

Novyi Shliakh, The New Pathway, Issue 22,
June 7, 2012

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Mental Callisthenics with Vujko Ilko

“Sorry.  Can’t make our talk today,” says Uncle Ilko over the phone.  He is cancelling his much-loved mental callisthenics; a chat on things Ukrainian? 

“Are you okay, Vujku?  Is there nothing to discuss?”

“Nothing to discuss?  Ukraine’s opposition member bleeds over the Rada floor fighting the law to make Russian the other State Language; the United States is on the verge of freezing oligarchs’ assets; a key functionary is selling EURO Cup tickets to line his pockets?  Nothing to discuss when our Canadian community is buzzing like a nest of enraged wasps?”

It’s obvious: he’s in fine fettle.

“So what’s up, Uncle Ilko?  Can’t we meet?”

“No time.  Must finish writing letters.  I’m urging the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations to seek the resignation of all Ukrainian female leaders who are inadequate for their jobs: they’re bad models for our girls. ”

“What’s this, Vujku?”

“Plain and simple.  People like Hanna Herman, Raisa Bohatyrova, and the other female power houses in Ukraine are meant, with the men, to ensure that the State is doing what it set out to do; things women care about - jobs, safe place to bring up a family, good schools, no corruption, the well being of the people. Instead, it’s in a crisis.  The political opposition is in prison; the Americans are threatening to withdraw their ambassador; rumour has it that Russia is setting up Medvedchuk to Russianize Ukraine completely.  So where are the wise women who need to tell the President dosyt!  Rancho relaxo already; let Yulia and the others go.”

“Angela Merkel is saying that.”

“Angela is in cahoots with President Putin.  She doesn’t love Yulia.  She wants Yanukovych out - a more pro-Ruskyj puppet in - and with Russia, control Ukraine.  This is a long-standing historic strategy; including the reason for WWII.”

“Vujku, Yanukovych is in trouble.  Will he listen?”

“It’s important for diaspora women and those in Ukraine to take a stand.  All women of the world should be incensed.  Scho?  Women don’t care that some retro-male politician is calling high-level-academic women achievers ‘ugly’; or calling on the world to see the EURO Cup in Ukraine and its girls ‘undress’?  Or undermining the law to punish a clever woman like Yulia?  And now these macho parliamentarians are making criticism of politicians and government illegal?  Good God, where is the universal female fury?  And where are the men?”

“You’re right.  It’s sheer madness.”

“And where is the leading democrat Kateryna Yushchenko with all that White House expertise? Zasnula, chy jiji ‘nevyhidno’?  Thankfully, President Obama is up to the task.  Discussing our responsibility in confronting atrocities which, by the way, tend to follow deteriorating political situations of rogue states, he said “… awareness without action is meaningless.”

“I’m with him.  I’m overwhelmed with FYIs on the bad news out of Ukraine yet cannot convince folks to protest in front of the Embassy and Consulate of Ukraine in Ottawa and Toronto.

“Now there’s a real puzzle: why is the diaspora leadership not rallying the community to support Prime Minster Harper, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, and all the other political parties that are loud and clear in their condemnation of Ukraine’s bad behaviour?”

“Apparently, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress is concerned about mixed messages and libel suits.”

“Mixed messages? That we support Canada’s united position on freedom for the imprisoned opposition leaders?  What mixed message can there be in placards reading: “Free Yulia”; “Freedom for Lutsenko”; or “Thank you Canada”?  

“UCC says: Do a demo, but not under our leadership or banner.”

“Now there’s a muddled message. And what’s this about libel suits?”

“Apparently, it was decided at the highest levels that should something happen at a demo, the organizer gets sued.  So UCC is out.”

“What a red herring.  In Canada we have a right to peaceful assembly and protest.  What?  They don’t’ know that Quebec students have been at it for 4 months?  Wow!  Who is the author of this clear thinking?”

“So what are you saying in your letter, Vujku?”

“I’m asking organizations of which I am a member to please explain why there are no public demonstrations condemning Ukraine’s lawless government? Let’s get some answers.

 Do you remember the UCC’s silence during the Georgia crisis when Putin threatened to nuke Ukraine?  Nuke Ukraine!  Georgia stood up and kept on fighting and now will be joining NATO, has a respectable economy and is moving forward in democracy because it wants it and is getting help.”

“You mean that had we protested and made more noise, Canada and the US would have been more responsive?”

“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.  President Yushchenko failed to protest Russia’s threat; the diaspora did not cry ‘nuclear holocaust’ so the West decided Ukraine wants to be under Russia’s influence.”   

“Israel’s government uses such a threat from Iran consistently.”

“Yep.  I’m worried Canada’s interest will falter if there is no visible grass roots support.  Votes count.” 

“And your other letter, Uncle Ilko?”

“Don’t let the Moscow Patriarch use Patriarch Bartholomew and Metropolitan Yurij as Russia’s instruments of dividing and conquering the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.  Go and write some letters too.  It’s important to protect one’s positions and win.”

The secret meeting

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"Most people here know the warm feelings and love I have for the Russian Orthodox Church. I will go a step further and I will honestly say that I think His Holiness Patriarch Kiril is a wonderful leader, a true Episkopos, a man who reflects the light of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
-- Fr. Borislav Kroner, Pastor, St. Luke Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Warners (Syracuse), N.Y. 

I guess Fr. Kroner has not read the article by David Satter (June 5, 2012) titled "Russia's State Church -- Analysis" published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the Eurasia Review (http://www.eurasiareview.com/05062012-russias-state-church-analysis/ )

I'm sure glad, these words did not come from a Pastor of the UOCC, although perhaps in the near future ... some members may be convinced of their "truth". We are getting closer to that point, while professing the opposite.
-- Olitwin

In his article on Russia's state church, David Satter writes that the ROC church hierarchy has long been co-opted to lend legitimacy to the authoritarian Russian state (p. 3). Former Metropolitan Ilarion equates the Muscovite Church with the Muscovite government (see p. 211 of his chapter 12 of "The Ukrainian Church" , UOCC web-site). So this Fr. Kroner is a fellow-traveller of the Muscovite government, according to Metropolitan Ilarion. He should be sent to Edmonton for rehabilitation and repentance.

But the UOCC has similar problems that are closer to home than Syracuse. It seems, as of the EP Decree, the subsequent shunning and outlawing the welcome of Patriarch Filaret, that the entire UOCC leadership has joined the Kremlin owners and their allies. How else can one explain such perverse and outdated religious policy? The UOCC first subscribed (1990) and then acquiesced to the primitivism of the Grand Duchy of Muscovy (as in 1686) and then accepted (as in 2012) the two-faced orders of the EP/MP Combo. The Decree inspired and blessed the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, and then inspired the charlatans: Kyryl, Putin, Yanukovych and all the rest of the anti-Ukrainian clan. For the UOCC, the "canonicity" of the Decree and approval of Moscow, was demonstrated as being of greater value than support for the leader of the independent church in Ukraine. This was the contents of the "han'ba" that was repeated to the Metropolitan.

We are indeed lucky that the visit of Patriarch Filaret, through unintended consequences, displayed for all to see, the true face of the hidden strategies of the UOCC, thus saving precious time for the laity, allowing it to mobilize an opposition to save the church before it was too late (the "loyal" Committees had been working overtime). It demonstrated that the UOCC has no right of decision-making, even in its own interest. The laity has lost the right of freedom of association within the church jurisdiction it should call its own. It has lost the right of allocation for its own local priests as well as the right to liturgy with priests from Ukraine. The EP has the right to determine what people you can deal with, talk to, stand beside, with whom you can be photographed, and the "legitimate" organizations you are allowed to support (see disclaimer).

What has made this whole affair even more ironic, is that after 20 years of waiting for the privilege of stirring the all-Orthodox canonical cauldron, the moment of Euphoria coincided with the moment of the Fall. The vulnerability of the UOCC structure to EP/MP intrusion, was starkly demonstrated by the Decree, despite the assurances of Fr. Kutash, who had been enlisted to explain the many benefits to be received from the EP upon signing the Articles of Agreement. He must now reprimand himself for having acted contrary to the politically-oriented Decree of the EP/MP.

As a result of the Decree, the UOCC leadership congratulates itself for having stepped into the trap of blind obedience to the EP. The EP congratulates himself for having succeeded in manipulating the "lesser" Ukrainians (malo-Russes) in order to pleased the ROC and Moscow. Kyryl congratulates himself for having fulfilled the mandate of the Russky Mir and for having pleased his masters at the Kremlin. Putin can congratulate himself for having properly convinced (indoctrinated) the EP to the necessary approach and understanding of the issue of Ukrainian church politics at the point where it intersects with the naive, neophyte, newly-canonical Ukrainian Orthodox diaspora of Canada. 

The generous offer of the EP to provide safe-haven for the UOCC under his omophor, as outlined in the Articles of Agreement, has proven to be a false prospectus. The omophor has been provided in exchange for the loss of independent decision-making rights. It has made it easier for the UOCC leadership to govern, since it no longer is responsible for making decisions and no longer has to make pretense of the slightest accountability to the laity --  the Body of the church. The Consistory is no longer of any use and can be disbanded (see April 22, 2012 silent movie performance).

The UOCC leadership has lost sight of the fact that it is those jurisdictions that emphasize parishioner choice and participation that grow the fastest -- clergy salary should be results-based, not based on the number of performances. It has engrossed itself in the non-religious, jurisdictional, political priorities of the EP/MP Combo while claiming to be a church for the Ukrainian diaspora, a church that supposedly follows the direction set by the late Metropolitan Ilarion. Was it his idea that the function of religion is to keep Ukrainians disunited? Is this not ethnophyletism in reverse? 

The EP/UOCC pre-emptive political strategy of no concessions (to the "nationalists" and the KP) arises from the proxy struggles between the Ukrainian nation (the independent churches) and those representing the Russky Mir (EP/MP, Kyryl/Putin [for the Russian side],  UOCC/Yanukovych [for the "Ukrainian" side]). The UOCC hierarchy has been co-opted by the allure and past yearnings for jurisdictional subjugation and canonicity, thus inadvertently bringing the religious struggle in Ukraine to the shores of Canada. The political naivete of its hierarchs was  up-ended by the successful welcoming receptions and banquets given by Canada's parliamentarians in Ottawa, by the UCC and Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox in Toronto. UOCC priests were forced to break the Decree and exchange pleasantries in order to act civilized in Canada. Should they now be banished?

Canonicity, according to the EP/UOCC may be absolute and irreversible, but humanity, civilized behaviour, and a bias toward one's  homeland religious hierarchs (however distant) and national interest should have prevailed, taken precedence and trumped an ancient and largely irrelevant, canonical jurisdictional policy, that has been set up over the centuries to always be in favour of the Emperor, the EP, the oppressive hierarch (Kyryl), the ruling dictator (Putin) and their sundry, petty supporters in today's diasporas.

Ukrainian Government's monolingualism diagnosis

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Alexander Motyl Alexander J. Motyl

I’ve often remarked on the jaw-dropping stupidity of the Party of Regions currently misruling Ukraine. Whatever they do, they do badly. It’s not just that they’re extremists and thugs; it’s that they’re dumb extremists and cloddish thugs. Smart extremists wishing to destroy Ukrainian identity would never have appointed the widely reviled Dmytro Tabachnyk minister of education. They’d have done it on the sly. Smart thugs who want to destroy the opposition would never have beaten up Yulia Tymoshenko in jail. They’d have arranged for an accident on some country road. Smart crooks would never flaunt the money they’ve stolen. They’d dress like regular folk. Smart supremacists wishing to extirpate the Ukrainian language wouldn’t pass a law that will provoke a patriotic backlash. They’d just discriminate on the sly.

Why are the Regionnaires so dumb? Is it their provincial upbringing amid the smokestacks of the Donbas? Does it come from their Soviet educations? From inhaling too much polluted air? From drinking too much hooch? From getting punched in the nose a few times too many?

Sonofagun! Makes perfect sense to me. The Regionnaires are known for their unwillingness and inability to speak Ukrainian. Indeed, they’re proud of their single-minded dedication to Russian. Little do they know that the result of monolingualism is cerebral flabbiness. Well, I finally have the answer—from none other than the New York Times. In an article titled “Why Bilinguals Are Smarter,” Times science writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee notes the following:

Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

Sonofagun! Makes perfect sense to me. The Regionnaires are known for their unwillingness and inability to speak Ukrainian. Indeed, they’re proud of their single-minded dedication to Russian. Little do they know that the result of monolingualism is cerebral flabbiness. Here’s Bhattacharjee:

There is ample evidence that in a bilingual’s brain both language systems are active even when he is using only one language, thus creating situations in which one system obstructs the other. But this interference, researchers are finding out, isn’t so much a handicap as a blessing in disguise. It forces the brain to resolve internal conflict, giving the mind a workout that strengthens its cognitive muscles. … the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function—a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks. These processes include ignoring distractions to stay focused, switching attention willfully from one thing to another and holding information in mind—like remembering a sequence of directions while driving.

Did you ever watch Viktor Yanukovych struggle to speak Ukrainian? Heck, you can almost hear them synapses firing as he searches for words, tries to stay focused, switches attention willfully from one thing to another, and is visibly getting smarter. Here’s Bhattacharjee again:

Why does the tussle between two simultaneously active language systems improve these aspects of cognition? Until recently, researchers thought the bilingual advantage stemmed primarily from an ability for inhibition that was honed by the exercise of suppressing one language system: this suppression, it was thought, would help train the bilingual mind to ignore distractions in other contexts. But that explanation increasingly appears to be inadequate, since studies have shown that bilinguals perform better than monolinguals even at tasks that do not require inhibition, like threading a line through an ascending series of numbers scattered randomly on a page.

Have you ever wondered why Regionnaires never thread lines through ascending series of numbers while they doodle in Parliament? Now you know. They couldn’t pull it off and they’d probably lose their tempers, break their pencils, and—heaven forbid—press the wrong button and vote for the opposition.

One final Bhattacharjee quote:

The key difference between bilinguals and monolinguals may be more basic: a heightened ability to monitor the environment. “Bilinguals have to switch languages quite often—you may talk to your father in one language and to your mother in another language,” says Albert Costa, a researcher at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Spain. “It requires keeping track of changes around you in the same way that we monitor our surroundings when driving.” In a study comparing German-Italian bilinguals with Italian monolinguals on monitoring tasks, Mr. Costa and his colleagues found that the bilingual subjects not only performed better, but they also did so with less activity in parts of the brain involved in monitoring, indicating that they were more efficient at it.

In other words, bilingualism is good for you. It’s not just right and reasonable and liberal in a country such as Ukraine, but it’ll make the country a better place to live. Sounds like a no-brainer to anyone who is smart or wants to be smart.

Who but a monolingual Regionnaire could have a problem with that? 

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Online petition on the proposed law to make Russian a state language in Ukraine. Please consider signing it.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-in-support-of-ukrainian-language.html

Action for the protection of democratic values in Ukraine -- Jun. 19

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Canadian flag Edmonton: Kurelek exhibit - From the community -- until Sept. 3 TOP

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USA flagAustintown, OH: Spaghetti & meatball dinner to benefit youth mission Trip to Ukraine – Jun. 24

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Canadian flagToronto: Eparchical Gathering: Youth Festival -- Jun. 24

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Canadian flagToronto: Lakeside Canada Day BBQ with Borys Wrzesnewskyj -- Jun. 27

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Canadian flagWinnipeg: A midsummer night of Kupalo -- July 5

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USA flagEmlenton, PA: Kobzarska Sich - a summer musical experience learning the bandura – Aug. 4 - 18

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KOBZARSKA SICH

Kobzarska Sich is a summer musical experience devoted
to learning the bandura and Ukrainian choral music.
Kobzarska Sich is held at All Saints Camp in Emlenton, Pennsylvania\

Kobzarska Sich offers the following bandura and vocal programs:

Bandura Course - - August 4 - 18, 2012
Junior Bandura Workshop - - August 4 - 11, 2012
Ukrainian Sacred Music Workshop - - August 8 - 12, 2012
See detailed program information below along with registration forms

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INTRODUCTION
Founded in 1979, Kobzarska Sich unites bandura players from all over to learn and share more about bandura and its unique art form. Over the years, Kobzarska Sich has diversified its programming to encompass the rich traditions and sounds of Ukrainian choral music. Kobzarska Sich is offering the following programs this year:

Bandura Course (BC) / Junior Bandura Workshop (JBW)
Ukrainian Sacred Music Workshop (USMW)

Kobzarska Sich is held at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp in Emlenton, Pennsylvania. All Saints offers over 90 acres of pristine beauty in the Allegheny Mountains. The camp's facilities include volleyball courts, a swimming pool, 10 cabins for participants, a Millennium Cultural Center with housing and classrooms, and an activities pavilion, tennis and basketball courts, an infirmary and nature trails. All Kobzarska Sich participants are housed on the grounds of All Saints Camp in either cabins or in the Millennium Cultural Center.

MUSICAL DIRECTORS
We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Co-Musical Directors of Kobzarska Sich will be OLEH SOZANSKY (below left) and YURIJ PETLURA (below right).

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Both considered Bandura Masters, they will bridge North America and Ukraine in allowing a unique opportunity.

Additional instructors will be announced shortly. Stay tuned for additional instructional staff announcements.

For Registration and Scholarship information, please visit: www.bandura.org/bandura_school.htm

SUPPORT FOR THE UKRAINIAN BANDURIST CHORUS
Passion. Tradition. History.

We invite you to join our Circle of Friends. To fulfill our role as ambassadors of the bandura, Ukrainian music, its traditions and culture, we need more than just our musicians to play their part, we also need you.  With your generous gift, the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus will continue to invest in our youth, strengthen the quality of our programming and share our enchanting music with the world.

You can now donate online to the “Friends of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus” (a 501c3 organization) or purchase a UBC recording.  As always, your donations are tax deductible and recording purchases will help the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus support its operations, tours and concerts, new recordings, and educational programs for youth.

The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus is continuing its ambassadorial mission as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2018. We truly appreciate your past support. Today's members of the UBC sare located all throughout North America. Bringing everyone together is a challenge, but your financial assistance ensures we continue our centuries old tradition.

To donate or order a recording through PayPal, visit www.bandura.org

The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus
Enchanting the world since 1918
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Founded in 1918, the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus has a long and proud history of representing the bandura and Ukrainian choral music on the international stage.  Boasting a repertoire of more than 500 songs, this internationally celebrated and award-winning ensemble has captivated audiences in major concert halls in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Ukraine since immigrating to North America from Europe in 1949.   They have also performed for such noted personalities as former President Richard Nixon, former President Ronald Reagan, movie star Jack Palance, and former President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk.   Most recently, the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus was featured at the internationally renowned Stratford Summer Music Festival (2004 and 2010), and presented Bandura Christmas International with Metropolitan Opera soloist Paul Plishka.  As a tribute to its role in preserving and perpetuating the legacy of Ukrainian music, the Chorus was selected by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers as the recipient of the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian State Prize, the highest award that can be bestowed for excellence in the contribution to the arts.

www.bandura.org

Canadian flagTrident Camp, Crystal Lake, SK: Adult Ukrainian Language Immersion Course – Aug. 9 -12/ 9 -16

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2012 Adult Ukrainian Language Immersion Course (AULIC)

The dates for this year’s AULIC are August 9th to 12th, for a four-day weekend, and August 9th to 16th for the extended session, which will be held at Trident Camp, Crystal Lake, Saskatchewan.  Crystal Lake is located 1 km west off Highway #9 and 25 km north of Canora, Saskatchewan.  AULIC’s success has been primarily a result of the quality of language instruction provided to students attending the course.  Other important aspects of the program are the time allocated for recreational and cultural activities such as singing Ukrainian traditional and contemporary songs, watching Ukrainian videos, bread making and pysanky writing.  Instructors selected for the camp are skilled in teaching the language and in sharing Ukraine’s heritage and culture.  Instructors for 2012 are:

Beginner Level – Oksana Sholdra
Oksana is originally from Lviv, Ukraine, where she obtained degrees in Mathematical Engineering and Choreography.  Since her move to Regina, Oksana has continued her education through programs at SIAST, Regina Open Door Society and at the University of Regina, where she received accreditation as a Second Language Instructor.  She is presently employed by Bank of Montreal.  She has taught Ukrainian at the Regina pre-school (Sadochok) as well as all levels of Ukrainian dance.

Intermediate Level – Victoria Muzychuk
Victoria has taught at the AULIC for a number of years and is happy to be back at Crystal Lake to meet her old and new students.  In the early 2000s, she contributed to developing the Ukrainian language curriculum for the AULIC Intermediate level classes.  Originally, from the western Ukraine, Victoria made Regina, Canada, her home.  She graduated from Lviv National University with the degree in Slavic languages and literature and complemented it with another University degree in adult education.

Advanced Level and Extended Class – Victoriia Logosha
Victoriia is originally from north western Ukraine.  In 1996, she graduated pedagogical college in elementary education and in 2004 received her Master’s Degree from Rivne Humanitarian University. Victoriia has seventeen years of professional experience educating in elementary school as a language teacher and primary school teaching. She arrived in Canada in October 2010. Victoriia is very knowledgeable in Ukrainian geography, history, traditions and culture.

The registration fee for the four-day weekend is $185.00 per participant if received prior to July 12th, and $200.00 thereafter. The fee for the extended session is $310.00 per participant if received prior to July 12th, and $325.00 thereafter.   Room, board and all printed materials are included in the registration fee. 

Those interested in learning more about AULIC 2012 should visit www.aulic.ca or contact Tony Harras at (306) 586-6805 or 585-7945 (fax), or send an email to info@aulic.ca

AULIC is sponsored by the TYC/Ukrainian Orthodox Men's Association of Regina and the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Regina.  Financial assistance is provided by Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Saskatchewan Provincial Council & Regina Branch, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Saskatchewan Organization of Heritage Languages (SOHL), The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, and the SUS Foundation.


Ukrainian flagLviv: KUMO UWC Forum of Ukrainian Youth Diaspora "Lviv-2012" (FUMD) – Aug. 25 – Sept. 2

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Dear Friends,

The Conference of Ukrainian Youth Organizations of Ukrainian World Congress (KUMO UWC) is planning to hold the Forum of Ukrainian Youth Diaspora "Lviv-2012" (FUMD) on August 25 – September 2, 2012 in Lviv.

Representatives of Ukrainian youth, leaders of youth organizations and initiative groups from all countries of the Diaspora will attend the Forum.

Quotas of delegates by countries and organizations will be announced soon.  Number of guests is unlimited. The age of participants of FUMD is 18-35 years. The organizers will do their best to provide food and accommodation for the delegates and guests will need to cover all their expenses.

We kindly invite young people from Diaspora and all interested actors to get involved into the preparation process of FUMD.

If you want to contribute the program development please send your suggestions and wishes.

The main elements of the FUMD agenda for now are: Opening conference, working groups, seminars, meetings with celebrities, open discussions, cultural activities, etc.

Your contribution is very valuable.

It is also planned to organize DIASPORA FEST involving popular Ukrainian bands from the Diaspora and Ukraine.

We would like to draw attention of young lawyers (law students) willing to work on the development of a new KUMO Statute.

Please send your suggestions and expressions of interest on kumosku@gmail.com

Sincerely yours,

Miroslav Hochak
chairperson of KUMO UWC

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http://www.thelocal.se/41406/20120613/
June 13, 2012

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A Swedish TV-host caused a stir during Sweden's first game of the Euro 2012 football tournament when she sported the same hairstyle as Ukraine's jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in what she later labelled as an act of support.

Johanna Frändén, the foremost studio face for the duration of the tournament on Sveriges Television (SVT), raised eyebrows with the choice of hairstyle on Monday night.
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“I had decided to do this in advance of the broadcast,” Frändén told SVT.

“I wanted to show solidarity to Yulia Tymoshenko.”
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“It is not a political position right or left. It is an act of solidarity for Yulia Tymoshenko, who had not received a fair trial.”

Complete article: http://www.thelocal.se/41406/20120613/

 

 

John Demjanjuk attorney files complaint against doctors

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Accused Nazi criminal John Demjanjuk (C), beside of his lawyer
Ulrich Busch (L) wears sunglasses as he arrives for his trial at a court
room prior to the assumed verdict on May 12, 2011 in Munich, Germany.

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David Rising, AP

BERLIN - John Demjanjuk's attorney has filed a complaint with Bavarian prosecutors claiming that pain medication administered to the former Ohio autoworker helped lead to his death as he awaited an appeal of his conviction on Nazi war crimes.

In a 12-page complaint obtained by The Associated Press, attorney Ulrich Busch asks prosecutors in Rosenheim to open an investigation of five doctors and a nurse on suspicion of manslaughter and causing bodily harm.

Anyone in Germany has the right to file such a complaint, and Rosenheim prosecutor Juergen Branz said his office is obliged to investigate all such claims to determine whether to open a case.

He refused to comment further Wednesday, and the main doctor cited in the complaint, whose name cannot be released due to German privacy laws, also declined to comment.

Demjanjuk, who lived for decades in Seven Hills in suburban Cleveland, was convicted by a Munich court in May 2011 on 28,060 counts of being an accessory to murder on allegations he served as a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.

Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk denied ever serving as a guard, saying he had been mistaken for someone else, and died while his conviction was under appeal.

Demjanjuk was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released pending the appeal, and died a free man in a nursing home in the southern Bavarian town of Bad Feilnbach on March 17 at age 91.

Demjanjuk suffered from terminal bone marrow disease, anemia, chronic kidney disease and other ailments. Doctors were unable to determine an exact cause of death from his autopsy but said "there was no indication" of unnatural causes.

In his complaint, Busch said there is evidence that Demjanjuk had been given the pain medication Novalgin regularly, including the night before his death. He also cites the manufacturer's warnings that such medication should be avoided by patients suffering from blood or kidney problems.

"The prolonged use of Novalgin, given the known conditions of my client, was absolutely incorrect and capable of causing the death of the defendant," Busch said in his complaint.

He also said the night before he died, Demjanjuk complained of pain in the stomach area and was given Novalgin by the nurse on duty.

"Had the nurse ... fulfilled his duty and called the emergency doctor immediately, the deceased would have been taken to a hospital and would still be alive today," Busch said.

Read more: here

Thousands march in Moscow as Putin’s 1937-style raids fail to halt protests

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Vladimir Kara-Murza

On Monday morning, armed police broke into the Moscow apartments of several opposition leaders, civic activists, and media personalities who were among the organizers of the anti-Putin protests that swept through Russia since last December’s rigged parliamentary elections. Investigators spent hours plowing through the personal belongings of Alexei Navalny, Sergei Udaltsov, Ilya Yashin, Ksenia Sobchak, and other opposition figures, confiscating their computers, phones, flash drives, printed materials, clothes—even family photographs and children’s cartoons. The parents of some pro-democracy campaigners also had their houses searched. Police detained a number of activists and surrounded the offices of RosPil, an anticorruption watchdog run by Navalny. For the entire day, riot police stood guard by the apartment of former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, who had managed to leave before they arrived (his apartment was searched—and computers confiscated—on Tuesday).

According to Major General Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, the raids, conducted in connection with “disturbances” at the May 6th anti-inauguration protest, resulted in the seizure of materials “directed against the state” (sic). Opposition leaders were handed summons to appear for questioning at eleven o’clock on Tuesday—one hour before the start of the planned anti-Putin march in central Moscow. Law enforcement agencies should be commended for their zeal: June 12th, the anniversary of Russia’s 1990 declaration of sovereignty from the USSR, is a national holiday, when all government agencies are normally closed.

The raids, already compared to the nighttime arrests of Stalin’s 1937 Great Purge, were evidently designed to scare off Muscovites from participating in Tuesday’s march. The raids, already compared to the nighttime arrests of Stalin’s 1937 Great Purge, were evidently designed to scare off Muscovites from participating in Tuesday’s march. As, indeed, was the hastily adopted law on public rallies, which raised fines for “violations” on individual participants to 300,000 rubles ($9,000; ten times Russia’s average monthly salary). Neither trick has succeeded. Between 50,000 and 100,000 people marched from Pushkinskaya Square to Sakharov Avenue in a show of support for the opposition. Among the chants of “Russia Without Putin” and “Putin is a Thief,” the protesters adopted the “Manifesto of a Free Russia,” a unifying program for the country’s diverse pro-democracy movement that calls for Putin’s immediate resignation, new free and fair legislative and presidential elections, and the adoption of a new Constitution with a much-strengthened Parliament. “They tried to frighten us, they tried to make sure that you did not come here,” declared Nemtsov, who was presented with a summons to the Investigate Committee as he walked onto the speakers’ platform. “But you came, because they cannot frighten us. It is they who are frightened of us as they are of fire; they are frightened of a popular protest, of independent and proud people.”

Authoritarian regimes, especially as they near the end, often lose touch with reality. If recent history is any indicator, desperate attempts to preserve control and beat down opponents with increased crackdowns rarely serve their purpose. Indeed, they usually hasten the downfall.

Ukrainian Canadian community meets with Foreign Minister Baird and officials to discuss Canada-Ukraine policy priorities

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Ottawa - June 12, 2012

A delegation representing the leadership of the Ukrainian Canadian community had a productive working lunch with Canada's Foreign Minister, the Honourable John Baird, where issues and priorities were discussed regarding Canada Ukraine relations. The lunch with the Minister took place following a half-day meeting of the Canada Ukraine Advisory Committee (CUAC) on May 31, 2012 involving senior federal public servants from the departments of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and CIDA along with a six-member team from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

"The Ukrainian Canadian delegation made a full and frank presentation to Minister Baird and to the Canadian officials which focused on three key themes in Canada-Ukraine relations: 1) The importance of Canada's continued leadership in monitoring human rights and the rule of law in Ukraine; 2) working with the Canadian and Ukrainian governments to ensure that the fall elections to the Verkhovna Rada are a clear reflection of the will of the Ukrainian people, including sending a large contingent of Canadian election observers; and 3) the need for Canada to remain actively engaged with Ukraine at the people to people ties, civil society, and governmental levels," stated Jaroslaw Balan, Chairman of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress's Canada Ukraine Committee.

In their presentations UCC representatives underscored the need to maintain support for Ukraine's fragile democracy by promoting the rule of law, civil society and private sector development in Ukraine. In particular, extra vigilance is required by the international community in monitoring this fall's election to the Verkhovna Rada and to combat anti-democratic behaviour by those in power. The UCC representatives reiterated the Congress's position that Canada-Ukraine Free Trade negotiations should proceed as scheduled, while insisting on provisions safeguarding human rights and withholding formal ratification of an agreement until those conditions are met. The delegation also called for enhanced Ukrainian immigration to Canada, greater CIDA support for Ukrainian civil society, and for Canada to provide medical assistance to former ministers Lutsenko and Ivashchenko, who are jailed on politically motivated charges.

"Given the recent developments in Ukraine, we call upon the Government of Canada to send a sizeable election observation mission to Ukraine for this fall's election to the Verkhovna Rada, including a large number of long-term observers," stated Mr. Bohdan Onyschuk, Chairman of the Canada Ukraine Foundation. "Canada should give greater priority to long-term monitoring of the electoral process in Ukraine and publicize anti-democratic machinations in the lead-up to the vote as they occur."

Besides senior federal officials, those taking part in the morning discussions included representatives of the Alberta provincial government and that of Yukon Territory. Also in attendance in the first part of the CUAC session was the recently appointed Chargé de Affaires of the Embassy of Ukraine, Mr. Marko Shevchenko, a former Ukrainian ambassador to Romania and Moldova. The luncheon with Minister was attended by Mr. Bob Dechert, M.P., the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Robert Sopuck, Chair of the Canada Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group; Members of Parliament Mr. Wladyslav Lizon, Mr. Bernard Trottier, Mr. Laurie Hawn, Mr. Ted Opitz; and Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The delegation from the Ukrainian community was led by Mr. Jaroslaw Balan of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League, and comprised of the following: Ms. Ann Szyptur, Secretary of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress; Mr. Bohdan Onyschuk, Chair of the Canada Ukraine Foundation; Mr. Zenon Poticzny, President, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Borys Potapenko, Executive Director, League of Ukrainian Canadians; Mr. Paul Migus, President Ottawa Ukrainian National Federation; and Mr. Taras Zalusky, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

"Canada has a pivotal role to play in helping to foster the development of civil society groups working in the areas of human rights, education and law reform, as a vibrant civil society is the best guarantor of Ukraine's long-term democratic evolution", stated Ann Szyptur. "We also encouraged the government to focus on governance and private sector development in their development assistance programming."

Mr. Potapenko urged the Government of Canada "to use all of the tools at its disposal to communicate Canada's concern with some of the regressive developments in Ukraine and to warn the Ukrainian government of the potential consequences of its divisive and anti-democratic actions."

The issue of the free trade negotiations, corruption and the general business climate were highlighted by Mr. Zenon Poticzny. "We support measures to enhance trade relations between Canada and Ukraine, including a Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine. We also believe that prior to ratification of any such agreement, Canada must be sure that Canadian investors will be protected, that anti-corruption measures in Ukraine will be implemented, and human rights and the rule of law will be respected."

In his remarks thanking Minister Baird, Jars Balan pointed out the importance of the CUAC sessions by noting that Ukrainian delegations have been meeting with federal politicians and officials throughout the community's 120 year history in Canada, usually at times of crisis. He noted "The advisory committee provides us with the opportunity to communicate with the government on a regular basis and to share the community's insights and expertise with elected officials and those that implement government policy."

Top court hearing planned for July over disputed Toronto vote

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The Supreme Court of Canada will hold a special summer hearing on July 10
to decide whether voters in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke Centre will go back
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June 14, 2012

Glen McGregor & Stephen Maher

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will hold a special summer hearing on July 10 to decide whether voters in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke Centre will go back to the polls for a redo of the May 2011 election.

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If the court upholds Lederer's decision, Opitz will lose his seat and Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have six months to call a byelection.

Complete article here.

Elections Canada raises new questions about Etobicoke vote

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Conservative Ted Opitz, left, won the May 2011 election in
Toronto's Etobicoke Centre by 26 votes, but Liberal incumbent
Borys Wrzesnewskyj challenged the results over voting irregularities.
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Report offers different version of events at seniors' home poll in disputed riding

No one disputes that during the last election in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke Centre, a poll at a seniors' home was shut down and people couldn't vote for a while.

But there are differing versions of the event from Elections Canada polling staff and from the Conservative campaign manager who caused the shutdown — and now a third version from an Elections Canada report obtained by CBC.

Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the former Liberal MP in Etobicoke Centre, successfully went to court to have the May 2, 2011, election results in the riding overturned due to ballot irregularities. Conservative Ted Opitz, who won the riding by 26 votes, has appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The seniors' home incident, which Wrzesnewskyj dropped from his case before it was heard, happened at the St. Demetrius Seniors Residence, a large apartment building in Etobicoke offering assisted living and long-term care.

Complete article here.

Push poll in Etobicoke Centre - A breach of parliamentary privilege?

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June 4, 2012

Adam Carroll

It started Saturday morning with a twitter posting by Ross Morley in Etobicoke stating: “Just took a ‪#CPC telemkter call in Etobicoke Centre “calling for Stephen Harper and Ted Opitz”. And “They’re trying to overthrow your vote”

Much of the subsequent online discussion related to the calls themselves being conducted. Many wondered why, since a by-election has not been called, have the Conservatives started to call voters?

The argument is valid, if you assume they cared about the results of the calls.

I don’t think they necessary did, since I believe this is a classic example of a Push Poll designed to spread a narrative that negatively positions the Liberals as anti-democratic opportunists.

Six months ago, the exact strategy was used against Liberal MP Irwin Cotler. The callers suggested that Cotler resigned and wanted to know who the voters would support in the coming by-election. The Speaker of the House of Commons called these calls “reprehensible.” The company that made the calls defended their actions, saying “my job is to end Liberal politician’s careers.

Back to last weekend and Etobicoke Centre, remember the critical line: ”They’re trying to overthrow your vote.”

Of course this is not true!

As has been widely reported, the former Liberal MP, Borys Wrzesnewskyj, challenged the conduct of the 2011 Etobicoke Centre General Election and won.

Mr. Justice Thomas Lederer, who was appointed by Stephen Harper lest there be any suggestion of political bias, declared the election null and void. You can read the ruling here.

It would be more accurate to suggest that it was Justice Lederer who overthrew the vote, than accuse the Liberals.

Who made the calls?

The phone number that called Ross Morley was 416-238-1364. The voicemail recording states that it is the Conservative Party of Canada.

Not much else is known about the number other than postings on a web forum and that Globility is the phone provider.

With this information, I set about the arduous task of compiling every phone number reported used by the Conservative Party.

Other numbers that use Globility are 416-238-1218 and 416-238-1249.

The voicemail for 416-238-1218 says it is the “Conservative Association.”

The voicemail for 416-238-1249 says it is the “Historica Dominion Institute, World War II Veterans Project.”

Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher reported in April about a call centre used by the Historica Dominion Institute and that it was the same call centre used by the Conservative Party of Canada.

If it is in fact the Conservatives who are making these calls, the Speaker should be asked if it is a breach of privilege: 1) for the ruling political party to engage in practices that have been declared reprehensible by the Chair; and 2) may seriously breach the sub judice convention.

Was there an organized poll suppression operation in spring 2011?

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After weeks of Conservative pundits telling us that Ted Opitz should keep his seat because there was no evidence of vote fraud in Etobicoke Centre, CBC has shown the value of a competitive media sector by releasing details of two Elections Canada investigation reports into what appears to have been an attempt by Opitz’s campaign manager Roman Gawur to shut down a polling station in a seniors’ home. That station, according to Liberal candidate Borys Wrzesnewskyj, was “always one of the strongest for him.”

In a sense these findings are irrelevant. The judge has already ruled that, whatever the cause, there are enough votes in the Etobicoke Centre riding which were not cast and registered legally that the outcome is in question and therefore a by-election must be held. There was a great deal of, frankly, utter falsehoods about this ruling in the media and the blogsphere, ranging from the idea that the judge ruled there that vote fraud did not occur (wrong) to the claim that judge Tom Lederer is a liberal activist judge (unlikely, given that he was appointed by Harper). I tried to address these concerns in a summary of the ruling.

Nevertheless, this information is extremely important. Elections Canada apparently thought so, too — enough to produce a report on the subject, but not enough to take any legal action. Gawur is accused of showing up at the poll, demanding that it be shut down on spurious grounds, and “screaming and waving his arms… raging in a bullying fashion.” Gawur disagrees, saying he was “calm” the whole time. Both sides agreed that while this performance was going on, the poll was temporarily shut down in disorder, the result being that at least some seniors who were waiting for a bus left the poll and didn’t vote.

On its own, this is a strange one-off story. I assume it was taken out of the original legal challenge because it would be hard to prove exactly how many votes were suppressed, even harder to prove actual intent, and, more to the point, it wasn’t needed because they had even stronger evidence of flimflammery in the form of several dozen mystery votes cast by people whose registration paperwork subsequently vanished — if it was ever filled out to begin with — and for whom signatures were not properly recorded in the poll book.

Complete article here.

Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project participates in Calgary Ukrainian Festival

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Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project
participates in Calgary Ukrainian Festival

Edmonton -- As an extension of this year’s successful “We know who you are/Ми про вас знаємо!” campaign, the Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project expanded its scope to the Calgary Ukrainian Festival. (please see http://www.calgaryukrainianfestival.ca/).

“Our participation in the Calgary Ukrainian Festival was a natural response to a growing interest in our project in the Calgary community, and even beyond this geographic area”, points out Radomir Bilash, Project Manager for the Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project. “We now recognize that this was only the first of many future visits to the Calgary area”.

Displays, finding aids, and research guides developed by the Project attracted much attention among festival participants. In addition to its Family History Finding Aid for east central Alberta, Calgary Ukrainian Festival participants were introduced to a new Family History Finding Aid for family history books produced over the past fifty years for the rest of the province of Alberta. 

As a particularly special gesture to those from the Calgary district who were unable to participate in the “How-To” seminars held this winter, the Project distributed special nomination forms that extended its regular deadline for the Centenary Pioneer Recognition Program to June 15, 2012.  This has already resulted in an encouraging number of new nominations. 

For further information about the Project and its initiatives, please call the Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project office at (780) 431-2324, by e-mail at AB-Ukraine.Genealogy@gov.ab.ca, or by mail:

Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project
3rd Floor, Old St. Stephen’s College
8820-112 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8

Buffalo, Chicago, Minneapolis premieres Genocide Revealed

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Mykola Mishchenko, head of the Ukrainian Genocide Foundation-USA;  Lidia Tkachuk, museum vice-president;  Jaroslaw Hankewycz, president of the Ukrainian National Museum; Maria Klymchuk, Museum curator; Anna Chychula museum administrator with filmmaker Yurij Luhovy at the Chicago Premiere. 

A three-city tour of Genocide Revealed has been concluded, with the filmmaker present.  The multi award-winning feature documentary Genocide Revealed was premiered in Buffalo, Chicago and Minneapolis on May 11, May 12 and May 23 respectively.

Produced and directed by Yurij Luhovy, the Buffalo screening was organized by Emil Bandriwsky on behalf of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Buffalo branch, “Ridna Shkola” School of Ukrainian Studies and the Ukrainian American Youth Association. It was held at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre “Dnipro”.  The documentary was enthusiastically welcomed, with a lively discussion following.

The Chicago premiere was organized by The Ukrainian National Museum in collaboration with the Ukrainian Genocide Foundation – USA and held at the Ukrainian National Museum.  On behalf of the Chicago Holodomor Foundation-USA, chairperson Nykola Mischenko presented filmmaker Yurij  Luhovy with a  Recognition Award  “for his extraordinary contribution in the making of Okradena Zemlya/Genocide Revealed regarding the  1932-33 famine genocide and for his many years of  work in furthering  historic truths in the mainstream community regarding Ukrainian genocides in the 20th century, perpetrated by occupiers of Ukrainian lands”.   Contributing to organizing the event was Julian E. Kulas of  The Heritage Foundation and the Chicago Self-reliance Ukrainian Credit Union.  The making of the documentary has also been supported by the Bahranyj Foundation. A radio interview was conducted by radio host and museum curator, Maria Klymchak, with the filmmaker prior by the premiere, reaching a broad cross section of the Chicago area community to attend. 

During the period of the genocide, in June 1933, a Ukrainian Pavilion at the Chicago World’s Fair was opened.  The Pavilion, organized by the Chicago Ukrainian community at that time, was the only national Pavilion not sponsored by a foreign government.   As author Myron Kuropas stated in his book, this Pavilion was highly protested by the Soviet Ukrainian authorities.  During this time, Stalin was intensifying the famine and the Soviet government was continuing to deny the famine-genocide. This Pavilion is one of many examples how the Ukrainian community in America and Canada, over the decades, persistently tried to counter the suppression and disinformation organized by the Kremlin during the 20th c  regarding Ukraine.

The Minneapolis Premiere, held at the Ukrainian Event Centre, was organized by Greg Baranivsky , Paul Jablonsky and with the assistance of other Centre volunteers.  Following the film, viewers commented on how relevant the documentary was today. They stated how Genocide Revealed gave a better understanding of today’s situation of Ukraine, with its highly Russianized part of Eastern Ukraine, a consequence of deliberately starving to death Ukrainians during the 1932-33 famine and resettling the depopulated areas with Russians.  As a post-genocidal nation, Ukraine still has a difficult time in recovering from its trauma.

Upcoming premieres are being organized in Cleveland, Rochester and Yonkers, dates to be confirmed.  Because this historical documentary places the famine-genocide within a broader context of ongoing policies of genocide against the Ukrainian nation, Genocide Revealed is being screened throughout the year.

The shorter Educational Version is nearing completion, and will make available both a 26min and 55 min versions on one dvd for educators.

To arrange for a screening or to support the educational version please contact: mmlinc@yluhovy.com,, tel. 514 481 5871 or visit www.yluhovy.com

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Here are two recommendations from this year’s Kinofest, a New York film festival featuring works from Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries: The Other Chelsea and Firecrosser, both nuanced accounts, as well as subtly savage critiques, of Ukrainian realities.

The Other Chelsea, a documentary by the German filmmaker Jakob Preuss, depicts Donetsk during its soccer team’s march to victory in the UEFA championship in Istanbul in 2009. Firecrosser, a feature-length art film by Mykhaylo Illyenko, is based on the true story of a Ukrainian peasant–turned–fighter pilot who made his way to Canada after World War II and joined an Indian tribe in Ontario.

Preuss’s film features Nikolai Levchenko, the notorious young Party of Regions politico and Donetsk city council secretary who claims to have read Tolstoy’s War and Peace seven times and thinks Ukrainian is a laughable language. Although Jakob and Kolya are on a first-name basis and address each other with the informal you (“ty”), it’s hard to imagine that they’re still the best of buds. Preuss cleverly juxtaposes Levchenko’s lavish lifestyle and absurd habits with the lives of several decent coalminers who lead ordinary lives, work in miserable conditions, are nostalgic about the Soviet past, know that their leaders are crooks, have no idea how to improve their lives, and find solace in the Donetsk soccer team’s victories.

Kolya Levchenko, who cannot have been flattered by Preuss’s portrayal, is depicted as a ridiculous popinjay and transparent demagogue who worries about his neatly trimmed Beatle haircut, can only eat his porridge when it’s cooled, has portraits of Soviet-era military dignitaries and Stalin in his office, carefully cultivates his television image, and lives in the kind of tackily decorated apartment whose Late Regionnaire Rococo style is identical to that of Viktor Yanukovych’s palatial estate outside Kyiv. Kolya first admits to owning a construction firm and then, after Preuss asks him if that isn’t, er, illegal, denies having it.

To their credit, the football-crazy miners see Kolya for what he is—an overly ambitious young man with “criminal” (their word, not mine) ties. Unfortunately, the good people of Donetsk have no idea what to do about the Levchenkos that misrule them. Instead, they seek refuge in soccer. Fittingly, the film ends with the completion of the magnificent Donbas Arena, a soccer stadium built by a Donetsk multibillionaire oligarch, Rinat Akhmetov. Preuss’s message is clear: if you can’t offer the coalminers bread, give them a circus. Unfortunately, the miners almost seem to prefer the circus to bread.

Illyenko’s film features Ivan Dodoka, a Ukrainian peasant from the Poltava region, who becomes an ace pilot, is shot down and captured by the Nazis, is dumped in the Gulag for his “treasonous” stint in a German camp, and escapes by plane to Canada, where he comes upon Indians who take him in and provide him with a home. Although the commercially successful film has been called a “blockbuster” in Ukraine, it’s hardly a Hollywood-style epic with a gun-slinging hero. Rather, as Illyenko put it, it’s a “romantic ballad,” an art film that combines magical realism with history and adventure.

The cleverest part of the film is its treatment of identity and language. Dodoka speaks Ukrainian at home and with some intimate friends. He teaches it to his Tatar wife, who in turn teaches him her language. He also teaches it to the Indians in Canada. Once outside the personal sphere, however, Dodoka speaks only Russian, which is the language of communism, the police, and the military—in a word, of power. Ironically, Dodoka can speak Ukrainian freely, and in that sense be himself, only after he leaves Ukraine. In contrast to the Soviet power-holders, who countenance only Russian, the Indians happily learn how to sing Ukrainian songs and to cook borscht. Illyenko’s message is clear: Soviet rule crushed Ukrainian language and identity, and the only refuge from its oppressive influence could be found in internal or external emigration.

Now read Preuss’s film through the lens Illyenko provides. Preuss’s coalminers have no particular regard for a distinctly Ukrainian identity or for the language. That is their perfect right, of course, but it may also be their malheur. Because Ukrainian represents an alternative to Soviet reality, the bilingual Dodoka knows how to save himself. Tragically, the monolingual coalminers do not.

Ukraine hoped soccer would put it on Europe’s map, but instead it has a black eye TOP

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A worker walks past a board with a portrait of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Kyiv on June 1, 2012. The French government will boycott the European soccer championships to be held in Ukraine in protest at the treatment of the imprisoned Tymoshenko, the French sports minister said. Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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June 8, 2012

Will Englund

Kyiv, Ukraine — Europe’s 2012 soccer championship, which began Friday, was supposed to be co-host Ukraine’s moment to step into the spotlight, to show that it had finally arrived as a proud, democratic and modern member of the European community.

That’s not how it’s turning out. Sweetheart contracts and rampant graft have sent expenditures through the roof. Hotels are gouging. Gleaming new trains capable of high speed are hobbled by rickety tracks. Five of the seven foreign teams that are playing in Ukraine in the first round are staying at hotels in Poland, the other tournament host, and only flying in for the games.

While members of parliament engage in fistfights over the status of the Russian language, the British press has been warning people of color that they face racist attacks if they come here. None of the games has sold out so far. And European leaders are boycotting Ukraine over the imprisonment of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

A new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace views Ukraine as an economic underachiever, without a suitable foundation for future growth. Amnesty International has launched a publicity campaign to bring attention to police abuses in Ukraine. “We have this awkward situation where the image is deteriorating all the time,” said Oleksandra Betliy, who works at the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting here. “We won’t receive the benefits we wanted.”

Blame for Ukraine’s impending black eye lies largely with the government of President Viktor Yanukovych — corrupt, vindictive toward political opponents and increasingly isolated from the country it runs, its critics say. It has been going easy on repression recently, perhaps to buff up its image, and it did, at the last minute, manage to get new stadiums and airport terminals built and highways repaved. But even if the games themselves are a success in the end, they’re not likely to mark a turning point in Ukraine’s evolution.

“Ukraine lost the chance to present itself as a European country,” said Arkadiy Bushchenko, executive director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

Not so, countered Anatoly Holubchenko, in charge of Kyiv’s preparations. (The other participating cities are Donetsk and Kharkiv, in the Russian-speaking east, and Lviv in western Ukraine.) “I think that we have integrated very deeply into Europe,” he said, “and soon Europeans will say, ‘Ukraine is ours! Surely, it is ours!’ ”

He said the city of Kyiv, with help from the central government, spent about $700 million getting ready for the month-long tournament — and that doesn’t count the cost of its new stadium, reportedly also running at up to $700 million. Or the new airport terminals.

But fans arriving from abroad are expected to spend only $300 million to $400 million, Betliy said — and that’s for all of Ukraine. Part of the problem is that soccer fans aren’t necessarily big spenders. Holubchenko boasted that 30,000 Swedes are expected. But a large number of them will be camping on an island in the Dnieper River.

The tourist infrastructure, in any case, is still woefully lacking. Pavel Babenko, who runs a citizen monitoring group that tracks the preparations, said that the tournament and the crowds it draws may help Ukrainian leaders finally recognize how much more needs to be done. Part of it is a change in attitude: Ukraine’s children’s ombudsman didn’t help matters when he warned parents to send their kids out of Kyiv and the other cities for the month of June so they wouldn’t be attacked by foreign pedophiles.

Ripe for kickbacks

Ukraine and Poland were awarded the 2012 games in 2007, when all of Europe, east and west, was on the upswing. In that year, both Yanukovych and Tymoshenko had stints as prime minister, and both claimed credit for what seemed like a triumph. Then for the next three years, with the global economy in tatters and the country falling into political crisis, Ukraine did practically nothing to get ready.

In 2010, Yanukovych was elected president, and soon he turned his prosecutors loose on Tymoshenko and other former top officials. Corruption, never modest, blossomed. With two years to go and no time to waste, he put the soccer preparations on a fast track. The original idea was that private investment would pick up 80 percent of the cost, but red tape and demands for bribes discouraged developers, so the government stepped in.

Nobody really knows how much money has been spent, how much stolen and how much kicked back.

There have been plenty of stories about graft in the press, but they don’t lead to anything. “Corruption fatigue,” said Igor Burakovsky, who runs the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting. “There’s a lot of information out there. You have to ignore it eventually, or you’ll go crazy.”

Some companies, and some oligarchs, have made out well, he said. But the country can never make all that money — perhaps as much as $12 billion — back.

“It’s entertainment paid for by Ukrainian taxpayers,” he said.

The highways and airports are useful investments. The stadiums, Betliy said, are unlikely ever to pay their way. During the hurry-up construction of the new arena in Kyiv, at least six workers were killed. Many workers, recruited from elsewhere in the country, were cheated of their pay, according to the Kyiv Post.

A path away from democracy

The most damaging self-inflicted wound, though, is the hounding of Yanukovych’s political rival and former star of the 2004 Orange Revolution. “All the people of Europe,” Babenko said, “look at Ukraine through the Tymoshenko case.”

Convicted of abuse of power and facing other charges, Tymoshenko, 51, is under guard in a hospital in Kharkiv — where Denmark plays the Netherlands on Saturday. Her prosecution has been denounced by the European Union and the United States as politically motivated.

Top French and British officials are among European politicians staying away because of the case. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she will wait until the last minute to decide about going.

Tymoshenko’s daughter, Yevhenia, 31, said she hopes the tournament will make Europeans more aware of Ukraine’s political situation. “We hoped this would be a celebration of sport,” she said. “But the regime has crossed the line.”

Freedom House has identified Ukraine as one of two countries that is becoming decidedly less democratic. The other is Hungary. A new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace views Ukraine as an economic underachiever, without a suitable foundation for future growth. Amnesty International has launched a publicity campaign to bring attention to police abuses in Ukraine.

“Criminal behavior is the norm” within the police, said Max Tucker, who is running the campaign. “I’d go so far as to say that the police here are out of control.”

The organization has collected harrowing stories of police torture and deaths in detention. Antipathy toward the police is rampant among Ukrainians, Tucker said — and Amnesty plans to be present at every soccer game, handing out literature, collecting signatures and trying to shame the regime before hordes of European visitors.

The police, in fact, may be a bigger threat to ethnic minorities than nationalist skinheads. Africans report that they are regularly shaken down for bribes. Last week, police cleared a camp of Roma in Kyiv and then burned it to the ground. They’ve also been rounding up beggars and homeless people in advance of the games.

“Maybe I would refrain from visiting a country that behaves that way toward its own citizens,” said Bushchenko, of the Helsinki group.

Yulia Tymoshenko on CNN - Politics from a guarded hospital room - VIDEO

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June 11, 2012

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Phil Black reports on how Ukraine's imprisoned former prime minister is scoring points against Ukraine's government.

The Secrets of Mezhyhirya and the money trail that leads to London

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June 5,  2012

Serhij Leschenko

Yanukovych, the luxury residence and the money trail that leads to London
http://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/serhij-leschenko/yanukovych-luxury-residence-and-money-trail-that-leads-to-london
In many countries presidents live in an official residence which is built and maintained at the taxpayers' expense. Usually the right to enjoy that luxury is limited by the limits of the presidential term in office. On the face of it, similar rule exists also in Ukraine where the head of the state, as in Soviet times, is entitled to a special dacha (typically a small villa), maintained by the taxpayer, in a posh leafy suburb of Kyiv, from there the presidential cavalcade commutes every day to the presidential office in the centre of the capital and back. But in a twist of that old Soviet rule, presidents of independent Ukraine received a right to keep occupying their dachas even after their term in office has expired as well as a right to "renovate" their dachas, which provides a loophole to de-facto privatisation of the state property on the cheap.

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All three previous presidents of Ukraine have to various degrees made use (or perhaps move appropriately: abuse) of those rules.

But the fourth one, the currently serving president Victor Yanukovych, seems to have taken this abuse to a whole new dimension. Partly in a literal sense: the former government residence located near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in the area called Mezhyhirya is huge – it measures up to 150 hectares (370 acres).

Yanukovych is now the proud occupier of 137 hectares (340 acres) of land on the banks of the river Dnieper. This is an area a little smaller than the principality of Monaco, which occupies 195 hectares. On the other hand, the population of the principality is 30,000, whereas the sultanate of Mezhyhiriya has but one single inhabitant. But partly because of the way how the ownership right to the residence was transferred from the state to a string of foreign shell companies with clear links to Mr Yanukovych. And also because of the frantic construction activity, financed from intransparent sources, which has taken place within the residence since the president came to power in 2010.

All this factors taken together explain why residence Mezhyhirya became a byword for high-level corruption in Ukraine.

A museum of kitsch almost the size of a smallish European state

As widely known in Ukraine, the main building in Mezhyhirya is a mansion built by a Finnish company Honka which specialises in custom-made log homes.

It is this wooden palace – three-storeyed on one side, five-storeyed on the other – what is said to be the true home of Viktor Yanukovych after its completion by the end of 2010.

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The Honka-palace is surrounded by a park with exotic plants and artificial lakes. The Google Maps' satellite view provides evidence that all the construction works have been completed within one year after the president had taken office.

Around the main building there are an underground shooting range, a bowling and an indoor tennis court as well as wellness facilities.

Currently, beyond the area where Honka-palace is located there is a huge empty space covered by sand. As recently as last year it was covered by vineyards but they have been axed away. Now a golf course is being speedily constructed here.

This golf course is surely going to be one of the most prominent landmarks on Mezhyhirya's proper. Mr Yanukovych once admitted to the journalists that he loves golf and showed his collection of golf clubs.

Golf is an aesthetic amusement requiring big investments. According to the specialist website golf.ru the average construction cost of an 18-hole golf course range from two to three million Euros. Complementary infrastructure is going to cost roughly the same amount once again.

During 2011 a helipad and a hangar have emerged on a hitherto empty patch of land. The helicopter itself, according to a previous investigation by Ukrainska Pravda, is being rented from a company called Tsentravia. Interestingly, this company is interlinked with entities which pose as nominal owners of Mezhyhirya. The rental payments for the helicopter are made out of the public purse.

Close to the helipad another large white building has sprung up since last year – a parking to house a collection of cars belonging to the president. The parking is said to have a capacity of up to 70 vehicles.

A yacht marina is also being built nearby. Interestingly, the yacht hangar is being constructed on the land plot adjacent to the residence. This means that the residence's owners have got their hands onto another plot of state land, but already outside of the residence – just next to the reservoir of Kyiv Hydro-Accumulating Power Station.

Next to the yacht hangar a new fire station has also been built.

Initially the yacht marina was planned at another site – a small artificial bay at the residence's shore. But now that bay is occupied by a "palace on water". This is a barque with finishing of gold leaves, crystal, marble and rare sorts of wood.

Each of the mansion’s Lebanese cedar doors cost $64,000. Three sets of wooden panelling for staircases came in at $200,000 and cladding for a neo-classical column and parapet for a flight of steps at $430,000. It is in this "palace on water" where the president has all he needs to show off his talent as a karaoke-singer, according to one story told by a former bodyguard.

Close to the (relatively small) two-storeyed building, where Mr Yanukovych used to live until the construction of Honka-palace has been finished, a horse stable and a riding range are being completed.

Also during the last year a three-storeyed office building has sprang up near the main entrance to Mezhyhirya. It shelters a plethora of companies responsible for facility-service: construction, landscaping, taking care of security and cleaning.

The obscure owners of the residence continue working on it. Most recent information which Ukrainska Pravda obtained from trustworthy sources provides an insight of what is still going on behind the residence's huge fence. Last summer a barge of crushed stone has been ordered for the residence's needs from a Poltava region stone-pit. Such stone is usually being used in shore-protecting and hydro-engineering works.

Guarded like a fortress

The land borders of the residence are shielded off by a six-meter (!) fence (that's almost 20 feet!). The journalists were able to estimate the height of the fence by measuring it up against a police bus "Bogdan".

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This police bus so close to the fence of Mezhyhirya is a conundrum of its own. That is because Yanukovytch maintains he has nothing to do with the whole residence and privately owns only an (already mentioned above) small house on a small patch of land within it (1.76 hectares or 4.35 acres; although the price he supposedly has paid for this property is still a closely guarded secret).

Nevertheless for some reason the special police troops inside the bus do not concentrate on that small patch of land, but guard the whole outline, which runs for many kilometres of the supposedly privately-owned residence. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine responded to the official request by saying that special police troops "guard the civic order and road traffic safety around the place where a person requiring safeguarding by the state lives".

The waterfront of Mezhyhirya is thoroughly guarded too.

In a yacht club on the opposite side of Kyiv water reservoir (also known as Kyiv sea) the correspondent of Ukrainska Pravda was told that after the election of Mr Yanukovych to the presidency, they were visited by the representatives of the Department of State Guard who forced them to sign an obligation not to approach the shores of Mezhyhirya and not to take any journalists on board.

However such restrictions on water do not compare to those in the air.

Ukrainska Pravda found out that the space above Mezhyhirya was recently assigned the status of a no-fly zone.

The Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise in response to a request by Ukrainska Pravda maintained that the no-fly zone status of the area is not related to Mezhyhirya but to the Kyiv Hydroelectric Station (Kyiv HES) nearby.

But this statement contradicts the facts: a close look at the aeronautical map reveals that the no-fly zone is centered not on Kyiv HES, but precisely on Mezhyhirya.

Moreover, according to the sources of Ukrainska Pravda, initially flying was indeed prohibited only above the HES, but after Mr Yanukovytch has taken the presidential office the no-fly zone was extended to include Mezhyhirya and, apparently for additional safety, even a couple of kilometres beyond it.

This again discredits the official version according to which Mr Yanukovych has nothing to do with Mezhyhirya and just owns a small house inside it.

Murky intermediaries providing cover to the true owners of Mezhyhirya

Viktor Yanukovych continues to vigorously deny any link to the "8th Wonder of the World" sprawling on the shore of Kyiv sea in the village of Novi Petrivtsi. When questioned about residence Mezhyhirya at a media conference in July 2011 he recommended addressing this question to Mezhyhirya's owners "who live abroad".

"...If you want [to talk to] the landlords – search for them. I am sure they will turn up. Sometimes they visit Ukraine..." – said Mr Yanukovych.

Heeding the president's advice Ukrainska Pravda started its investigation into the nature of those "foreign landlords". The results obtained were unsettling – all of the "landlords" have attributes of shell entities and their only purpose seems to be to hide the true owners.

Pointing out that the owners of Mezhyhirya come from abroad, Mr Yanukovych simply stuck to the official version that the residence belongs to Tantalit Ltd., a Kyiv company, 99.97% of which are owned by Euro East Beteiligungs GmbH, an Austrian firm.

So in fact the president himself indirectly admitted that Tantalit is just a formal paper entity.

Yet judging by its balance sheet Euro East Beteiligungs GmbH also hardly looks like a respectable company: its cash holdings are much smaller than its debt which, in turn, is 600 times larger than its equity! And according to its annual report it has not a single employee.

So this company is just a letterbox which channels money and conceals the real owners.

Dubious owners from Vienna, London and Vaduz

Having completely rejected such European values as human rights and democracy, the Ukrainian president uses Europe as a place to hide his dirty money with impunity. European leaders who are critical of Yanukovych could put pressure on him through his European assets. Until recently the equity stakes of Euro East Beteiligungs GmbH were divided up between two owners: 65% of it belonged to Euro Invest Bank AG, also from Austria, and the remaining 35% – to Blythe (Europe) Ltd., incorporated in London.

Euro Invest Bank is a family business of Johann Wanovits. In exchange for a fee they offer to act as nominal owners for customers who want to preserve their anonymity. For example, it was also Mr Wanovits who helped another pair of Ukrainian politicians – the Klyuev brothers, to set up their business in Austria.

Lately however life has not been easy for Mr Wanovits – he stands accused of price manipulations of Telecom Austria shares.

Perhaps this is the reason why Euro Invest Bank AG is no more one of the owners of Euro East Beteiligungs GmbH – the company which through Tantalit Ltd. owns Mezhyhirya.

Now all 100% of Euro East Beteiligungs GmbH belong to British Blythe (Europe) Ltd.

Its address is: Suite B, 29 Harley Street, London. But no company sign is visible at the entrance.

Yet there is another company which is physically located here – a firm called Formations House. It is specializing in creation of shell entities which provide fictitious storefronts for anonymous customers.

As it seems, Blythe (Europe) Ltd. is just one of such shell entities – a letterbox created with a single purpose to hide its real owners.

Blythe (Europe) Ltd. was founded by an attorney from Liechtenstein DDr. Reinhard J. Proksch who is an Austrian citizen. Mr Proksch is also the firm's director. His Liechtenstein trust company P&A Corporate Services Trust is also a single owner of Blythe (Europe) Ltd.

Ukrainska Pravda has recently reported that P&A Corporate Services Trust is also a nominal owner of Austrian company Activ Solar GmbH, which is linked to the already mentioned Klyuev brothers and is building solar power plants in Ukraine.

Yanukovych family stooge

As described above the nominal owner of residence Mezhyhirya is Kyiv company Tantalit Ltd., which in turn is 99.97% owned by Austrian Euro East Beteiligung GmbH.

The owner of the remaining 0.03% in Tantalit is its director Pavlo Lytovchenko who, like Mr Yanukovych, also comes from Donetsk. And the only reason, it seems, for him to hold those paltry 0.03% is to make him eligible, under Ukrainian law, for the director's post.

Mr Lytovchenko's person is one key evidence proving the link between president Yanukovych and residence Mezhyhirya, the link which Mr Yanukovych is trying so hard to conceal.

Would Mr Yanukovych be completely unrelated to Mezhyhirya why then would he keep Mr Lytovchenko, a director of the residence's owner and its minor shareholder, so close to his family?

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In 2004 to 2007 Mr Lytovchenko worked at Association "Donbass Financial Settlement Center". This entity belongs to the older son of the president Oleksandr Yanukovych. Coincidentally, after the president came to power this company suddenly started to win government contracts to supply clean coal worth billions of hryvnias.

In parallel to his job at Association "Donbass Financial Settlement Center" Mr Lytovchenko from 2005 to 2007 also moonlighted as deputy CEO of Capital Building Corporation Ltd. Again, this company is directly linked to the oldest son of the president: the founder of Capital Building Corporation is another company – MAKO, who's CEO and owner is Oleksandr Yanukovych himself.

Besides common business with the president's elder son, Pavlo Lytovchenko has things in common with his younger offspring as well.

For instance, the 2011 tax statement of Victor Yanukovych-junior was filled-in and submitted to the Tax Administration by Mr Lytovchenko.

Ukrainska Pravda discovered that the letter of attorney from Victor Yanukovych-junior to Mr Lytovchenko, giving the latter power of attorney, is valid until 2013. The president's younger son in a recent interview with Ukrainska Pravda confirmed that Pavlo Lytovchenko is "the man who takes care of certain legal matters".

All those facts, in a view of Ukrainska Pravda, give enough reason to think that Pavlo Lytovchenko acts like a "consigliere" to Mr Yanukovych's family. In other words he is a confidant who has knowledge about the family's deepest secrets and tries to white-wash the family's ill-gotten property with help of a myriad of shell entities.

And the crown jewel among all the family property holdings is residence Mezhyhirya.

Translated by ernst.raxarov
Serhij Leschenko is Ukrainian investigative and political journalist. He is deputy-editor-in-chief of Ukrainska pravda, a widely respected investigative newspaper.

Teams honor Holocaust, ignore Holodomor

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Team after team arriving for the Euro 2012 championship is making a well-publicized point of visiting the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz. No teams, however, have indicated they plan to visit any memorials linked to the Holodomor – the devastating man-made famine that ended the lives of up to seven million Ukrainians in the 1930s – or even that they actually know what it is.

Complete article here.

"Politically, you are the 'elder' brother, while Russia is the 'younger' one"

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Zbigniew Brzezinski on threats to Ukraine’s independence

Ihor Samokysh

Zbigniew Brzezinski, a well-known American political scientist, a professor at Johns Hopkins University; a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a cochairman of the CSIS Advisory Board, is closely following the events in Ukraine. He is well informed of what is going on in this country, which was confirmed by a video conference held the other day at the Institute of World Politics. The former national security advisor to the US president said, among other things, that the Greater West would be impossible unless it incorporated Ukraine which could in turn “democratize” Russia.

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Broaching the subject of Ukrainian-Russian relations, Brzezinski emphasized that they should be good-neighborly. “You have so much in common, a common history with bad, evil, and terrible things. But you can be good neighbors, as are, for example, Canada and the US. They are good neighbors, although there is a certain disproportion between the powers of the two states, but in the case of Ukraine and Russia the disproportion is much smaller,” the political scientist explains. “You have about a third of the Russian population and, in a sense, you have made greater progress in your development. You also have, in a sense, an advantage over Russia. Politically, you are the ‘elder’ brother, while Russia is the ‘younger’ one. Kyivan Rus’ was the prototype of Ukraine. From this angle, you have had more ties with the West, and you can help Russia become part of the democratic West, and play an important role there. Therefore, your strategic position gives you an opportunity to be the creative prime mover of what is required for global stability. Otherwise, the Eurasian continent will get unbalanced to a high degree.”

Complete article here.

Berkut police officers encircle oppositionists near Olympiysky stadium in Kyiv

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A parlamentarian and Tymoshenko supporter, back to the camera, wears a shirt to demand for the release of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Kyiv Ukraine, Monday June 11, 2012

Ukraine's hryvnia drops most in two years amid Euro 2012 tension

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Ukraine, meanwhile, is saddled with $6 billion to $8 billion in debt from the championships—more than the $4 billion Greece lost on its financially ruinous 2004 Olympics, says Anatolii Baronin, an analyst at Kyiv-based research group Da Vinci. In contrast to Poland, where European Union aid and loans covered more than half of Euro 2012 costs, national and local governments in Ukraine footed the bill for almost two-thirds of expenditures. The added debt is manageable, Baronin says, “but it is a dangerous trend that soaks up financial resources” from the country’s private sector.

Ukrainian officials have predicted that public-works improvements connected to the tournament will help attract foreign investment. But, says Baronin, the biggest obstacle to investment isn’t lack of infrastructure—it’s a business climate marred by corruption and excessive government regulation.

Ukraine’s spending on Euro 2012 suggests how serious the financial problem is: An analysis by Bloomberg News shows that, on a per-seat basis, Ukraine spent twice as much as Poland did on building and renovating stadiums for the tournament. Per-seat costs in Ukraine were also far higher than those for stadiums for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Ukrainian officials did not respond to repeated requests for an explanation of the higher costs.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-06-08/poland-ukraine-suffer-as-euro-soccer-hosts

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Ukraine’s hryvnia fell the most in two years against the dollar amid a deepening crisis in Europe and as foreign officials skip Eastern Europe’s biggest sporting event since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

The Ukrainian currency lost 0.8 percent to 8.0945 per dollar, the sharpest drop since September 2010. The benchmark Ukrainian Equities Index declined as much as 9.7 percent before closing up 3.9 percent at 860.8.

Global attention is focused on Ukraine as the former Soviet republic and Poland host the Euro 2012 soccer championship, the region’s biggest sports tournament since Sarajevo’s Olympics in 1984. U.K. ministers will not attend the opening stages of the championship, which starts today, because of human-rights concerns, the British foreign office said yesterday. French government ministers won’t be allowed to go to matches, Prime Minsiter Jean-Marc Ayrault said June 1.

“There’s a cloud of negativism spawning around,” Alexander Valchyshen, head of research at Kyiv-based Investment Capital Ukraine, said by e-mail. “It started well back in 2011 when politics turned sour and the former prime minister got a jail sentence. Prospects of dismal economic performance have forced foreign investors out.”

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was found guilty in October of overstepping her authority as premier when signing a gas accord with Russia in 2009. She was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

Devaluation ‘Inevitable’

The hryvnia may be devalued by as much as 10 percent after elections in October this year as part of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, according to Vladimir Tsibanov, a Moscow-based economist for Societe Generale SA’s OAO Rosbank (ROSB) unit.

“Euro 2012 will be a temporary relief, but of course the sentiment for the Ukrainian economy is deteriorating very rapidly,” he said by e-mail. “Hryvnia devaluation is inevitable, from our point of view, as the IMF requires a more flexible exchange-rate regime.”

VAT Ukrnafta, a state-controlled oil producer, dropped 0.7 percent to 163.3 hryvnia, the lowest price since October 2009. Ukrainian stocks are the cheapest of any emerging market compared with their estimated earnings, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“There’s very little demand for Ukraine’s locally-listed stocks,” Roman Zakharov, a Kyiv-based analyst at Troika Dialog, said by phone. “Amid the risk-off mode, general sentiment toward the country is still cautious. Ukraine is floating in a tiny boat amid big storm waves.”

Tax noose for a sick economy TOP

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Volodymyr Lanovyi

The way the primary income of Ukrainians and Ukrainian businesses is re-distributed through the allocation of tax, pension and social entitlement funds reflects the government’s indifference to their needs.

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According to the Paying Taxes 2011 report by the World Bank, Ukraine has 135 taxes in various forms, which is the highest index in the world.

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Actual tax rates are absurdly high in Ukraine, yet many companies evade paying them by using political privileges, personal deals or slipping into the shadows. Thus, the total fiscal pressure goes beyond all reasonable limits. In practice, the tax system is based on feudal rather than legal terms.

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Using tax authorities to bully entrepreneurs out of political battles unless they are on the side of the Party of the Regions is another big issue. This democratic country is sliding down into a semi-totalitarian enclave. The economic consequences of these “reforms” won’t remain hidden for long: businesses will crumble, workers will leave the country, assets will flow out and illegal deals will increasingly replace investment. These trends are already plain to see. However, this is a perfectly natural response from the business community signaling an inevitable economic downturn.

International organizations are right to list Ukrainian tax systems among the most burdensome in the world. According to the World Bank, only the Central African Republic and Belarus are worse than Ukraine.

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In this situation, companies that report legitimately and have no administrative protection in fact pay 50% rather than 23% of their income to the budget compared to the corporate income tax rate at 19% in Poland and Slovakia, 17.7% in Hungary, 15% in Lithuania and Latvia, 12.5% in Ireland and 0% in Estonia. How can Ukraine compete with them and how can it possibly draw investment?  

All this results in bribery, wasted time and effort waiting in queues to visit tax inspectors, a lack of firm rules for financial transactions making it nearly impossible for companies to plan their development strategies far ahead and increases risks, the decline of private financial funds and the expansion of grey economy.

The manipulation of laws and selective taxation often used by tax inspectors can easily ruin the whole tax system. It will bring less and less revenue to the budget, eventually leading the government and its model to bankruptcy. The state will no longer be able to fulfill its functions.

Complete article here.

Let's hammer it into their sick(le) heads: Soviet imagery isn't cool TOP

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Michel Kelly-Gagnon
Président, Institut Économique de Montréal (iedm.org).

The other day, as I was walking through Montreal's central train station, I saw two young men who looked to be around 16 or 17 wearing bright red t-shirts with the letters "CCCP" emblazoned in yellow across their chests. As any hockey fan knows, CCCP is the Russian abbreviation for the former Soviet Union. The t-shirts also featured the infamous hammer and sickle from the former Soviet flag.

I stopped and tried to engage these young gentlemen in conversation. Did they realize what those symbols stood for? Were they aware of the millions who had suffered and died under the fearsome Soviet regime?

Sadly, they were supremely uninterested in what I had to say.

It seems that ex-Soviet iconography is becoming cooler and cooler lately in Quebec, including amongst some groups who have emerged in the context of the so-called "student protests" (even if the vast majority of students are not involved with them). More and more people seem to have forgotten, or more likely never learned, about the crimes committed by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and their ideology.

What would I have told those two young men if they had been more open to discussion?

I probably would have started by telling them about the Red Terror, in which hundreds of thousands of rebellious workers and peasants -- the two groups supposedly represented by the hammer and sickle -- were murdered by the communist regime during the years immediately following the Russian Revolution.

Then I would have told them about the tens of thousands killed in Soviet concentration camps in the 1920s, not to mention the nearly 700,000 people killed in the Great Purge of the late 1930s.

And I certainly would have told them about the famines of 1921 and 1932-1933 artificially created by the Soviet regime, which caused the deaths of five million and six million people, respectively.

For further information, I would have directed them to The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression. Originally published in France in 1997, it was written by various European academics -- some of whom hail from the left of center side of the political spectrum, by the way. It estimates that the Soviet Union was responsible for a total of 20 million deaths.

Is this what those two young men think is cool?

The scope of the Soviet regime's atrocities should be widely known among both young and old. The fact that it is not widely known is a sad indictment of our educational systems.

One thing that might help is an organization called Tribute to Liberty, whose goal is to establish a memorial to victims of communism in Ottawa. The project has received approval from the National Capital Commission and is now at the fundraising stage. I just gave them $200 in order to buy two "bricks."

As the organization points out, over 8 million individuals in Canada trace their roots to countries once ruled or still ruled by communists. If a quarter of Canadians have direct, personal links to communism and its victims, perhaps one of them could have a chat with those who proudly wear or display Soviet icons.

And perhaps once this memorial gets built, I can just tell those people to hop on the next train to Ottawa for a little dose of history.

Regardless of one's political orientation, wearing the hammer and sickle is just not cool. Actually, "not cool" is too soft an expression for this kind of intellectual and moral recklessness.

Stepan composes song for the Euros TOP

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Daniel O’Brien

AS Europe’s footballing elite prepare to do battle in Poland and Ukraine, a musician from East Barnet has penned an anthem he hopes will get the continent’s fans singing as one.
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Multilingual Stepan Pasicznyk has translated his Euro 2012 song into five other languages in an effort to encourage harmony between supporters throughout Europe.

The 48-year-old accordionist and former member of 1990s’ British post-punk band The Ukrainians first started working on the English language version of the song for the World Cup in 2006.

The following year Mr Pasicznyk, who is half-Ukrainian, translated the song into his second language.

In the lead-up to the championships, which kick off tonight, he has rewritten the song in Polish, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Mr Pasicznyk is hoping the song, which features such lyrics as “the biggest game, the joy it brings, to show the world we can be kings” will help create a positive atmosphere at matches.

“Obviously football is a fiercely partisan game,” said the father-of-two. “But I thought it would be a nice difference to have a song that comes from here but one that most European countries can all sing along to at the same time.”

In October 2010 the Ukrainian and English versions, both sung by Mr Pasicznyk, were played at half-time during a friendly match between Brazil and Ukraine at Pride Park in Derby.

The session guitarist is hoping to have translated the song into several other languages before the close of the tournament with help from translation software and his European friends.

Mr Pasicznyk added that while he was looking forward to watching the football he was undecided about which country he would be supporting.

“I would be happy for my late father to see Ukraine do really well,” he said. “But equally I would be happy to see England bring a major cup back home.”

Our Holy church is under attack! TOP

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian people today face the most grave threat to their existence since Ukraine became independent.  Moscow has begun a relentless attack against Ukrainian independence and democracy and against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.  Moscow  employs the church as an arm of its government and foreign policy and as a weapon in its open and unabashed attacks against Ukraine, Ukrainian culture and democracy, and against the Ukrainian Church.  Unfortunately, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has become an open and willing partner of Moscow, because of its interests, which do not apparently coincide with the interests of the Ukrainian people.

Until now, the hierarchs of the Consistories of the UOCofUSA and UOCC have been able to deceive their flocks.  Recently, Metropolitan Yurij of Canada openly, publicly, and unequivocally declared that our Churches in Canada and the USA are no longer self-governing, but are subject to the direct authority and orders of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.  He also publicly declared that our Churches in Canada and the USA will never return to the Ukrainian Church, even when the day comes that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church unites into one, united autocephalous church.

He also openly declared at a public meeting that all those who disagree with him and his Consistory are free to leave the Church, but that they will never be able to take any church properties with them.  These declarations coincide with public and private statements and policies of the hierarchs of the UOCofUSA.

The truth is now out in the open.  There is no more room for deceit.  The Ukrainian nation and the Ukrainian Church are at a crossroads.  The very existence of a Ukrainian Church and independent nation are imperiled.  The time has come for all those who still care about the fate of the Ukrainian people and Church to finally wake from their slumber.  We have a holy duty before God to stand in defense of Ukrainian independence, democracy in Ukraine, and in defense of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.   

The Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church
 of Los Angeles, Kyiv Patriarchate

cordially invites you, your family, and friends
to celebrate the Holy Liturgy with us

Holy Liturgy every Sunday at 10:00 AM
in the Alpine Village Chapel, Torrance
(833 Torrance Blvd.- just West of the 110 Freeway)

Vespers every Saturday at 6:00 PM
Confessions on Sundays before the Liturgy
and Saturdays before and after Vespers

After the Holy Liturgy every Sunday, we cordially invite you, your family, and friends, to join us for Sunday Brunch at the Alpine Village Restaurant (all you can eat Eastern European style brunch) at prices especially reduced for us of $12 per person. After brunch, we cordially invite you to meet with us and socialize in the restaurant and in a private hall reserved for us.

Please contact Fr. Oleh Saciuk with all questions and requests (310) 947-2644, or our Parish Board President, Mr. Gregory Sachnewycz (310) 562-6008

Куди нас ведеш, Церкво моя? - ВІДЕО

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У суботу, 2-го червня, 2012 р., у місті Торонто відбувся дуже успішний, перший із серії, інформативний семінар, влаштований новосформованим «Братством для оновлення українського православ'я в Канаді». Понад 150 його учасників із Сейнт Кетеренс, Лондону, Вотерлу, Гамільтону, Торонто та Бритійської Колюмбії вислухали прекрасно опрацьовані виступи про історію та сучасний стан Української Православної Церкви в Канаді, а також мали нагоду почути інформацію про стан Української Православної Церкви в США та наслідки змін в одній парафії.

«Братство для оновлення українського православ'я в Канаді» зорганізоване як наукове й академічне братство, має за головну ціль поінформувати про дійсний нинішний стан Української Православної Церкви в Канаді. Документи (копії яких роздані учасникам) показують, що сам фундамент Церкви в небезпеці. Українська Православна Церква в Канаді була побудована на чотирьох головних стовпах: українство, православ’я, автокефалія та соборноправність. Останні події доводять вірним, що ці стовпи підкопують. Перед вірними стоїть питання: Будемо стовпи поправляти, відновляти, цілком викопувати чи ставити зовсім нові? Щоб зробити таке правильне рішення, ми мусимо добре вивчити та зрозуміти теперішню ситуацію, майбутні можливості та можливі наслідки. І саме з цією метою створилося «Братство для оновлення українського православ'я в Канаді».
Зацікавлених будемо інформувати про наш наступний науковий семінар. Учітеся, роздумуйте та вирішуйте!

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'Free Yulia!' T-shirts distributed before match in Lviv

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Before the Germany-Portugal match in Lviv activists of the united opposition distributed T-shirts depicting the leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko, and reading "Free Yulia!"

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June 9, 2012

Lviv – Before the Germany-Portugal match in Lviv activists of the united opposition distributed T-shirts depicting the leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko, and reading "Free Yulia!"

"Our activists distributed T-shirts depicting Tymoshenko near the Arena Lviv stadium before the match and on the central streets of Lviv," the head of the headquarters of the united opposition in Lviv region, Stepan Kubiv, said. He did not mention how many T-shirts they gave out to fans.

According to the united opposition, a German fan Justas said that he knew about the situation of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"I believe that you will be fine soon and Tymoshenko will be set free," he said.

Read more here.

Ukraine's elite celebrate the win over Sweden  - Photos & Video

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12.06.2012

Ukraine's elite - as well as assorted other wealthy residents, visitors, betrayers and/or occupiers of Ukraine - celebrate the win over Sweden ...

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  Ющенко з Кучмою в безпосередній близькості

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Віктор Янукович-молодший з дружиною Олею та один із найбагатших
людей України Олександр Янукович (праворуч) 

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До олігарха і власника ФК "Шахтар" Ріната Ахметова приїхав його
російський друг композитор Ігор Крутой (ліворуч). Поруч двиився футбол
голова Адміністрації президента Сергій Льовочкін (праворуч) (Льовочкін є
власником акцій кіпрської фірми Oskaro Investments)

Polish TV - EURO 2012

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Notice flags in the bottom right.

Associated Press' inaccurate and unbalanced depiction of the language legislation

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Dear Ms. Berry,

The purpose of this letter is to draw attention to the Associated Press’ inaccurate and unbalanced depiction of the language legislation being pursued by Ukraine’s parliamentary coalition. This coverage by the Associated Press’ Kyiv bureau consists of two stories, published on June 5 and May 24. 

As a freelance journalist who has written about this legislation, I will be the first to admit that the situation regarding language in Ukraine, and any related legislation, is complicated. Therefore, its nuances deserve particular examination by your reporters, who will shape the views of influential people in the West on this sensitive, volatile subject matter.

June 5 story

  1. The first inaccuracy is that the language bill “would allow the use of Russian in official settings alongside Ukrainian in some regions.” Russian is already widely used in official settings throughout most regions of Ukraine on a de facto basis, which is how Ukraine’s language norms operate. Therefore, this bill would not accomplish that which already exists. Instead, a more appropriate description would state that this bill would dismantle basic safeguards on the state use of the Ukrainian language and allow Russian to replace Ukrainian in the state institutions of most of the nation’s cities and oblasts. The article could have noted that this violates the Ukrainian Constitution, which intends for Russian to exist alongside Ukrainian in state institutions, but not replacing Ukrainian.

  2. The AP reported that, “hundreds of angry opponents of the law clashed with helmeted riot police outside parliament.” While it may have been hundreds that clashed with police, an estimated 3,000 protestors attended the demonstration on June 5. Referring to the “hundreds of opponents” diminishes the size and significance of the protest.

  3. The sentence, “Allowing or banning the use of Russian is one of the most divisive topics in post-Soviet Ukraine,” is not accurate. Only nationalists want to “ban the use of the Russian,” and that should be qualified by specifying in state institutions only (as opposed to private life). Ukrainian nationalists have no presence in parliament, unlike Russia, where nationalists control a stunning 12 percent of seats. Moreover, repeated polls show that the language issue is not a priority for Ukrainians.

  4. The story quotes the bill’s sponsor as stating, “This bill fully corresponds to Ukraine's European aspirations and European obligations.” The selection of this quote only serves to mislead readers because that claim contradicts the intent of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, which explicitly states “the defense and development of regional languages or minority languages isn’t supposed to interfere with official languages and the necessity of mastering them.” The Charter is also tailored towards the defense of weak minority and regional languages and ensuring that their speakers retain the minimal of rights. Yet the Russian language dominates life in Ukraine, which is a unique country from all others in Europe in that it’s a post-genocidal, post-totalitarian and post-colonial nation. As a result, only a minority – consisting of the indigenous population – speaks the state language on a daily basis, in public. The story presents Kolesnichenko’s argument as legitimate, whereas it distorts European norms.

May 24 story

  1. The lead misleadingly claims that the bill “would allow the use of the Russian language in courts, hospitals and other institutions in the Russian-speaking regions of the country.” The residents of most of Ukraine’s Russian-speaking regions and cities already use the Russian language in courts, hospitals and other institutions. Much of the dialogue, testimony and documentation in the courts in southern and eastern Ukraine is in Russian. Practically all of the medical documentation in most of Ukraine’s regions is in Russian. Moreover, the current binding language legislation, approved in 1989, provides extensive opportunities for use of the Russian language in state organs. So nothing is being allowed by this legislation.

  2. The lead implies that the bill's main intention is to allow the use of Russian in state organs, which is misleading. The bill's main intention is to remove any remaining safeguards for the Ukrainian language so that Russian speakers can live in Ukraine without ever encountering the Ukrainian language, in violation of European norms and the Ukrainian Constitution.  Of course, there are political subtexts that exist as well, such as mobilizing voters for the Oct. 28 parliamentary election.

I ask that the Associated Press exercise greater care and analytical skill in presenting to English-language readers a balanced and accurate view of the current language legislation being pursued by the parliamentary coalition. 

Sincerely,

Zenon Zawada
Freelance journalist
Former chief editor of the Kyiv Post
Kyiv, Ukraine

Re: Wiesenthal Center urges Euro fans not to patronize certain Lviv restaurants

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June 6, 2012

This is a gross exaggeration and complete media manipulation of Lviv and Euro 2012. I've been to both places several times, and I can assure you there is absolutely no anti-Jewish propaganda at these venues. "Under the Golden Rose" is a very cozy restaurant situated in the old Jewish quarter of Lviv. You do not have to wear any kind of Jewish headgear (kippa, etc... Ridiculous!!!!) And the "haggling" over meal prices is just a game and a plain publicity stunt! Why should the Wiesenthal Center interpret it as a Jewish stereotype?? I don't understand!!

As for "kryivka", it is indeed modeled on a UPA bunker (Ukrainian Insurrection Army bunkers), but it's all in good fun and there are absolutely no allusions to anything Jewish. Actually, it's more anti-Russian than anything else, but it's just a great tourist stunt and there are loads of tourists from Russia and other countries. As for Stepan Bandera and the UPA being openly "anti-Jewish"... That still remains to be proved.... A very difficult and controversial page of Ukrainian history. Too long and complicated to discuss. ......I do not use the word "anti-Semitic" as it's been distorted... Historically speaking, both Hebrews (current Israelis) and Arabs living in the area (both Christian and Muslim populations) are Semites.

Chris Eliashevska
Ukraine / France

The ugly secrets of Mezhyhiria, Yanukovych's residence

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I noted with interest the following words near the end of the article

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The Secrets of Mezhyhirya (http://blogs.pravda.com.ua/authors/leschenko/4fce2d5d5aa10/): "All those facts, in a view of Ukrainska Pravda, give enough reason to think that Pavlo Lytovchenko acts like a "consigliere" to Mr Yanukovych's family."

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Pavlo Lytovchenko is generally understood to be the "owner" of Mezhyhirya, President Yanukovych's residence.

Pavlo is Pavlo Vladymirovych Lytovchenko - which is what immediately caught my attention!

Vladimir Lytovchenko is better known by his alias, Gen. Vladimir Filin, (formerly of the GRU) and is a co-owner, along with the late Maj. Gen. Anton Surikov and a host of other nasties, of Far West LLC, a meta-group company that specialized in drug running, arms shipments, and military insurrections to order; according to many sources. I had researched this matter extensively for the sequel to Yaroslaw's Treasure, Yaroslaw's Revenge, a work of (recent) historical fiction, the summary of which reads "...the thread that links murder, assassination, piracy, espionage, drugs and war with the untimely death, on the third anniversary of that of Alexander Litvinenko, of Maj. Gen. Anton Surikov of the Russian GRU." http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0115545049/Yaroslaws-Revenge.aspx 

If Vlad Filin is Pavlo's father then this ugly mix of opiates (Afghanistan), illegal weapons shipment, and armed insurrections (Georgia), now proves to be intimately connected with the current Ukrainian President. This is a millieu much uglier than "Akhmetov and the gang" that are usually seen as Yanukovych's supporters. 

ps. Yaroslaw's Revenge will soon be available at Koota Ooma in Toronto. For other sources please see the "About..." page of   www.yaroslawstreasure.com  .

Mirko Petriw
www.yaroslawstreasure.com

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