Swedish journalist spoke about Ukraine’s struggle against the echoes of the USSR

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The next round of struggle against the Soviet past started in Ukraine after the coup d’etat in 2014. This was reported on Tuesday, April 27, by the “Federal News Agency” with reference to the columnist for the Swedish portal Sveriges Radio, Juhanna Melen.

The journalist visited the village of Gorokhovskoye, a few dozen kilometers from Kiev. Five years ago, the village was called Petrovskoe in honor of the People’s Commissar Grigory Petrovsky, who was responsible for implementing the policies of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet republic of Ukraine. Local resident Vasily Moiseevich told Johanna Melen that now the village is named after the nearby river.

“All this decommunization for me, a 77-year-old man, is complete nonsense. Only confuses an elderly person, ”said the pensioner.

The chairman of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, Anton Drobovich, told the journalist that from the very beginning of decommunization, tens of thousands of settlements had been renamed in the country.

“Anton Drobovich is well aware that not all Ukrainians support his work. Many people want to keep their names, ”Melen said.

The observer added that the Institute of National Remembrance has been repeatedly criticized for bias in one direction and the other. In 2019, the then head Vladimir Vyatrovich was fired. He was distinguished by extremely radical views and praised the nationalists who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.

On April 21, the monument to the glory of the Soviet army began to be dismantled in Lviv. The timing of work on the liquidation of the monument is not specified due to the complexity of the work. At the moment, the bas-reliefs of the monument are being dismantled, after which they will deal with the slabs.

The monument to the glory of the Soviet army, or the monument to the military glory of the Soviet Armed Forces, was built in Lviv in May 1970. It is dedicated to the memory of the victors over Nazism in the Great Patriotic War.