Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The decision of the Ukrainian authorities to celebrate the birthday of Stepan Bandera at the official level is blasphemy against the memory of all those who were killed by the hands of Ukrainian nationalists.
The corresponding statement was made on December 19th by the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky, reports RIA Novosti. The National Bank will produce commemorative coins, and “Ukrpochta“ will create post envelopes and stamps. The Ministry of Education is obliged to give lessons at schools and higher education institutions devoted to birthday boys, the Ministry of Culture is obliged to organise exhibitions and thematic events, and the Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee is obliged to promote media coverage.
“The introduction of a national holiday in Ukraine in honor of the birthday of Bandera is blasphemy against the memory of all those who were killed by the hands of Ukrainian nationalists. Banderists were the bona fide henchmen of Hitler’s fascists. I wouldn’t be surprised if things pan out in such a way where soon in Ukraine the birthday of Adolf Hitler will be officially celebrated. Bandera is just the same criminal in essence. For all the history of Ukraine there will hardly be a more bloody executioner”he said
The parliamentarian shared his impression about those who came to power in Kiev.
“To them to spit on the people, for memory of ancestors, on universal values. The same as to their teachers in the West who use Ukraine only as the tool of pressure upon Russia and for deformation of an image of our country in the world”concluded Slutsky
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