World outraged by Yushchenko’s glorification of Nazi sympathisers

January 30, 2010

Yushchenko’s decree “legalizes state terrorism and murder” because Stepan Bandera led “the killings of school directors, teachers, and law enforcement officials.”

Ukraine’s defeated Presidential candidate ,Viktor Yushchenko has in the dying days of his office declared  Stepan Bandera a national hero.  There was no consensus or legislative review of the presidents decree.

Bandera and his organisation of “Ukrainian Nationalists” supported Hitler and his invasion of Ukraine and Russia during the second world war.  His collaboration resulted in the mass murder of  thousands if not millions of people.

Yushchenko continues to bring himself and Ukraine into disrepute.   Viktor Yushchenko lost office when he was defeated having only received 5.45%  of the vote during the first round of the Presidential elections held on January 17, 2010.

Present day Ukrainian Nationalist  movement is headed by  Australian Stepan Romaniv.

Jews worldwide outraged by Yushchenko’s praising of nationalists

Source RT

The largestJewish human rights organization in the US, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, joined the chorus of those who condemn the declaration ofcontroversial nationalist leader Stepan Bandera as a Hero of Ukraine.

MarkWeitzman, head of government affairs at Wiesenthal Center wrote toUkraine’s Ambassador in the US, noting that “it is surely a travestywhen such an honor is granted right at the period when the world pausesto remember the victims of the Holocaust on January 27.”

Expressing his “deepest revulsion”, Weitzman also reminded that the late Simon Wiesenthal, who founded their organization, was born in Ukraine himself.
Earlier, Russian Jews similarly called Yushchenko’s move “aprovocation promoting the rehabilitation of Nazi crimes” and “achallenge to the civilized world.”

Outgoing President Yushchenko, who lost the presidential electionson January 17, signed a decree conferring Bandera, the head of theOrganization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) in 1941-1959, the statusof a national hero.

Bandera’s supporters – mainly in Western Ukraine – claim he foughtfor Ukraine’s independence against both Soviet and German soldiers.However, many others in his country and Russia believe he was a warcriminal who collaborated with the Nazis during WWII and killedinnocent people.

The Federation of Russia’s Jewish Communities, or FEOR, in astatement issued Monday, said Yushchenko’s move “insults the memory ofthe victims” of Nazi crimes.

“The decree says Bandera was awarded ‘for his spiritualinvincibility, fight for national ideology, heroism and self-sacrificein a struggle for the independence of Ukrainian state’,” the document published on the organization’s website ( reads. “Apparently,this way Yushchenko equates heroism and self-sacrifice to the massmurdering of the Jews and Poles that Bandera and his associates werewidely practicing.”

The document authors believe “such a political gesture is a challenge to the civilized world, to everyone who fought against Nazism” during the Second World War.

Stepan Bandera

According to the FEOR, “anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi”actions by the Ukrainian leadership have become rather common in recentyears. They say Yushchenko’s decree signifies “disrespect to Sovietsoldiers that his troops fought against and to all people who gavetheir lives in order to let today’s Europeans be free.”The Federation of Russian Jews believes that the next Ukrainianpresident should reverse Yushchenko’s “disgraceful decrees” and makestatements against the revision of WWII results.

During his presidency Yushchenko has widely promoted Ukrainiannationalism. Previously, another leader of Ukrainian nationalists,Roman Shukhevych, was awarded the Hero of Ukraine title.

On January 22, Bandera’s grandson, also named Stepan, received the award for his grandfather.
“Even though it was a surprise to me, the president acted wisely,” he told Radio Liberty. “[Yushchenko] could have done it earlier, but that would have been perceived as an attempt to win votes.”

Search for new heroes in “ideological vacuum”

According to Russia’s Jewish community, now that Yushchenko, whogained slightly more than 5% of the vote in the recent election, has nochances left to continuing fighting for his presidency. Therefore,“he has decided to leave his mark on Ukraine’s history as a person whotried to immortalize the memory of the country’s nationalists.”

“Ukrainian society is split into two parts, one of which isstrongly opposed to the move and is angered by it… whilst the othersupports the president’s decision,” Andrey Glotser, representative of Russia’s

Chief Rabbi Berl Lazar told RT.

Following the collapse of the USSR, many former Soviet territoriesincluding Ukraine and the Baltic states have been in search of newnational heroes, he said. However, due to an “ideological vacuum”, thissearch is pretty difficult. “Their independence is quite young and these states look for new heroes among those who fought against the Soviet rule,” Glotser said.

“Instead of approaching history with clean hands and beingimpartial when considering the issue, they declare heroes of thosewhose morality was questionable since they were killing innocentpeople,” he said. The Nuremberg trials condemned the crimes of the Nazi and their accomplices, “so it is strange to see what is happening now in these states.”

“We believe there is no reasonable or logical explanation to this and there cannot be one,” he added.

Europe turns blind eye to heroization of Nazism

Some member states of the Council of Europe have lately become moreactive and aggressive in their heroization of Fascism and revisingresults of the Second World War, the Head of the State Duma ForeignAffairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev told Itar-Tass.

“Unfortunately, quite often these states use rather questionable formulations,” said Kosachev, who is also the head of the Russian delegation to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE).
“In Ukraine, Bandera is honored as a fighter for independence. In Georgia, they blow up a memorial since, they claim, it is necessary in order to make way for building a [new parliament building],” he said.

According to the Russian official, the issue should be discussed openly, fairly and in an unbiased way.

However, “Ukraine, the Baltic states and Georgia have many sponsors, who, for geopolitical reasons, turn a blind eye” on what is happening in these states.

He said this kind of faulty policy is quite common in theinternational arena, including PACE, and vowed to continue fightingwith it by introducing relevant resolutions and condemnation of theheroization of Nazism.
Andrey Glotser, Lazar’s press secretary, echoed the Russian official opinion. He said he thinks that “thereaction of European leaders such as France, Germany, Great Britain andothers should be harsher. However, for some reason, statements we hearare not strong enough.”

Meanwhile, the reaction of some in Ukraine was certainly strong.Konstantin Zarudnev, a member of the Leninsky District Council and anactivist from the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine burned hispassport in protest against naming Bandera a hero, Interfax agencyreports.

He said Yushchenko’s decree “legalizes state terrorism and murder” because Stepan Bandera led “the killings of school directors, teachers, and law enforcement officials.”

Bandera was accused of murder and terrorism by Soviet authorities.On October 15, 1959, he was assassinated by a KGB agent in Munich,Germany.


Yushchenko’s Exit Plan: Jump before being pushed

December 19, 2009

Not to be outdone by Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s embattled president, Viktor Yushchenko, has indicated that Ukrainian “Democrats” may consider nomination of a single presidential candidate.

Exactly who Yushchenko considers to be part of the “Ukrainian democrats”  is not clear let alone what process they will take in deciding to nominate only one candidate.

It is a bit late to decide this issue now.  The deadline for nomination withdrawals is December 21.  If candidates withdraw before that date they can get their deposit back after that date they forfeit their 2.5 million deposit.

Yushchenko’s support rating has slumped to a low 3.5% and a recent survey conducted by U.S.-based International Foundation for Electoral Systemsand financed by the United States Agency for International Development lists Yushchenko with the highest negative rating (83%) of all candidates.

The report in the media gives rise that Yushchenko, with only 4 weeks remaining, may be seeking an exit plan, a way to pull out of the election before he faces total embarrassment and humiliation by losing in the first round of the election.

Yushchenko outlines his threats to democratic reform in his bid for a second term

November 25, 2009

Ukraine’s embattled President Viktor Yushchenko, has launched his bid for a second term of office promising a host of things he cannot deliver, He claims he will secure Ukraine the right to visa free travel within Europe and will dismiss Ukraine’s parliament if they do not conform to his demands and adopt his proposed new constitution which would see the President invested in absolute power and control.

His platform for a second term was presented to a less then packed audience of members of his staff and the remnants of his party Our Ukraine who have remained loyal and supportive of the president.

Yushchenko’s statements and reports in the media have demonstrated why he should not and will not be re-elected to a second term.

Yushchenko’s demands that the parliament must adopt his proposed constitutional reforms or face dismissal shows a complete lack of understanding of Ukraine’s laws and democratic values. Yushchenko attempts to force a referendum to impose constitutional change would be rejected by the courts as it is breach of constitutional order. This is not the first time Yushchenko has acted to usurp power unconstitutionally by seeking to impose his will over Ukraine’s democratically elected parliamentary representatives. Ukraine’s constitution cannot be amended by a simple majority voting at a referendum. It can only be amended with the support of two thirds of Ukraine’s parliament. Any proposal to try and force constitutional reform will be rejected by the Courts and the international community throwing Ukraine back into ongoing civil conflict

Yushchenko’s rhetoric is just that. Even if his attempts to turn the clock back and reinstate a presidential autocracy were presented to a referendum without wide support it would fail. His proposed reforms are undemocratic and unrepresentative. Under Yushchenko’s model the President would hold absolute control and power over all arms of government including the executive, the judiciary and the parliament. Ukraine would no longer be a democratic state with proper checks and balances but subject to arbitrary will of the president.

The fact is Yushchenko cannot and will not be able to deliver any of his “promises”. He has had five years in office and has failed to deliver stability or democracy. His actions have undermined Ukraine’s interests and in the process set back democratic reform and development in Ukraine by 10 to 15 years. The key to European integration is political stability. Yushchenko’s policies provides neither. With less than 4% support and with 83% of Ukrainians indicating that they will not vote for him Yushchenko will not be re-elected to a second term of office.

Yushchenko proposes to extend his term of office until May

November 6, 2009

Amidst the current wave of hysteria over the Flue pandemic Viktor Yushchenko in a desperate move has proposed that the Presidential elections be postponed until May

The decision to be made by Yushchenko and his appointed National Security and Defense Council. (NSDC)

This raises a number of issue not the least that Yushchenko is not in a position to determine how or when the election is held.  He could in theory declare a state of emergency in which case the election would be postponed.

Yushchenko’s suggestion of prolonging his term of office has a number of serious flaws, not the least being that his 5-year term of office expires in January 23.

Further more the World Health Organisation has stated that there will be a second and possibly third way of the flue infections in Spring. (April to June).  WHO has given the Ukrainian Government a bill of health over its handling of the current flue crisis.

If the situation get to the point that the election MUST be canceled then Ukraine should/could fall back on the proposal of electing their Head of State by a constitutional majority of the parliament as is the case in Moldova, Greece and the EU.

Given Yushchenko’s low populatity it is clear that he would not bere-elected to a second term of office in January.  He should not bemaking the decisions. 

The other option when Yushchenko’s term expires is to appoint the speaker, V.Lytvn, as care taker President.

What, Where When, Who, How?:The political posioning of truth

October 30, 2009

Controversy and doubt remain over Yushchenko’s alleged poisoning with question being asked Was he in fact poisoned and if so who and by how still unresolved.  The evidence Yushchenko’s claims he has to back up the allegation of poisoning has never been presented in a court of law or even the subject of a judicial inquiry.  It is all just hear say.

The death of JFK, Princess Dianna and other notable assignation attempts and conspiracy theories,  including 9/11 have all been subjected to a an open inquiry with the evidence subjected to cross examination.
President Yushchenko has been in office for nearly  five years and still the evidence has not been tested.
Why?  Was he even poisoned? 

A few months back  Yushchenko’s allegations were brought into question with one of Ukraine’s senior officers investigating the veracity of Yushchenko’s allegations raising concern that the blood samples sent to Europe for analysis were sent via the USA and may have been tampered with as part of a political conspiracy.  The officer concerned has been “moved on” by forces close to the president.

Source: Kyiv Post

Andrew Wilson, author of “Virtual Politics, Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World,” said the poisoning case is important “because we know less today than we did five years ago.” He referred to the case as “Ukraine’s mysteriously uninvestigated poisoning.”Volodymyr Fesenko, chairman of Penta Center for Applied Political Studies, said prosecutors have not even established motive for committing the crime. “By pointing the finger at Russia now, the incumbent appears to be looking for sympathy abroad and for support in the upcoming election,” Fesenko said. “It’s always easier to blame someone else for your own failure.”

“Victor Yushchenko has not delivered on most of the promises he made five years ago. He is now hanging out the prospect of solving Ukraine’s most resonant crimes as a last-ditch attempt by him to save face,” said Taras Berezovets, a political analyst at the Kyiv-based Polittech think tank. “It will not work.”

Yushchenko facing certain defeat nominates for challenge

October 27, 2009

Ukraine’s embattled President Viktor Yushchenko, has submitted his nomination form for a second term  in office. Yushchenko continues to struggle to gain attraction and support.  He remains stuck on 3% coming in near the bottom of the list with over 86% of Ukrainians indicating that they will not support his re-election.

There are already three additional members of his own party nominating to replace him, Yuriy Kostenko, Oleh Tyahnybok, Anatoliy Hrytsenko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk.  Each nomination weakening his chances of a comeback.

The list to date.

Additional expected participants

The following candidates have formally proclaimed their intent to run for president in the upcoming election:

Prospective candidates have until November 6, 2009 to register with the Central Election Commission

Yushchenko to self-nominate

October 26, 2009

Ukraine’s embattled President, Viktor Yushchenko, will self nominate for the position of President raising speculation that he no longer has the support of his own party Our Ukraine. Yushchenko will now pay the 2.5 Million hrivna election deposit himself.  Currently there are two other members of Our Urkaine who have nominated to contest the Presidential election against Yushchenko. (Anatoliy Hrytsenko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk)

Public opinion polls have consistently place Yushchenko’s support rating at below 3% and he is not considered a serious contender for a second term.

Prospective candidates have until November 6, 2009 to register with the Central Election Commission.