“In Ukrainian city of Kharkov, the monument to Vladimir Lenin was recently torn down. The organizers of this operation did not conceal that it was revenge for an attempt by Communist Party activists to hold a Peace March. As you know, the March was broken up by the police in conjunction with the Nazi gangs.” (Sergei Kirichuk)
Here is what Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook: “Lenin? Let him fall … If only people were not injured. If only this bloody communist idol, in leaving, had not added to his victims. If only rogues and scoundrels had not taken advantage of the storm of emotions of Kharkovites, using it for the next wave of clashes.” That is, the minister recognizes that the act of vandalism could cause an escalation of tension, but still indulges the Nazis. They make sure that everything is under control. A.Avakov writes: “The Interior Ministry Special Forces and the National Guard are ready to face provocateurs who want to exploit the situation. So, even don’t try to do it.”
We have no doubt, by the way. No doubt that “provocateurs” will be the label for any participants in any protests which result from the policy of the current government. Inna Bohoslovska (a prominent member of the Yanukovich’s “Party of Regions”), who is now, of course, a supporter of the new regime, rejoices in the demolition of Lenin: “For so long we struggled for normal police in Kharkov. And now, 20 percent of police officers are absolutely patriotic. Police took over the crazy work, and every day they catch terrorists and separatists.”
I. Bohoslovska has never been an independent politician, she was always a “talking head” for oligarch Pinchuk. Her voice speaks for the Ukrainian oligarchy. They are building the state of their dreams, where they can loot and pillage while any dissenters are called “terrorists.” Our liberals openly rejoice, as the country goes direct route to 1970s Latin American-style dictatorships of neoliberal economy against the backdrop of military dictatorship. Towards Pinochet – the idol of neoliberal public.
Today the oligarchy is experiencing a “golden age,” when participants of any protest can be declared terrorists. And to break up demonstrations, they are using Nazi militants. Of course, this system requires furious inflation of hysteria and extensive brainwashing in matters of history. The whole history of the territory of modern Ukraine (from the invented “proto-Ukrainians” until now) is described as the nation’s struggle for independence, leading to the necessary establishment of the current political regime. This is not just a war between civilization and barbarism.
Kharkov was the first capital of Ukraine; it built planes and missiles, split the atom and created the T-34 tank, and created turbines for power plants which have been shipped around the world. Kharkov without Lenin is narrow-minded nationalism, simplistic obsession with traditional decoration, degradation of education and science. It’s not for nothing that a few of the Nazis were injured during the destruction of the monument – their level of education is not enough even to destroy an object, not to speak of building one.
Of course, to say that Lenin was the founder of Ukraine would be an exaggeration, but the fact is Ukraine exists in its present borders as a result of the activities of Lenin and his political party. The Nazis’ demolition of the monument to one of the founders of the country is actually a death sentence for its further existence with the present-day borders.
Sergei Kirichuk (Borotba)
Translation: Greg Butterfield