Orthodox public organisations plan to hold a large march next year in Lvov on Victory Day. “I’ve received a torrent of calls from members of various Orthodox groups in the Ukraine, which stated that there shouldn’t be any more disgraceful spectacles like the one staged by the extremist Svoboda faction, and that next year, on 9 May, Orthodox activists are determined to be there for the veterans and help them to lay wreaths”, Kirill Frolov, the head of the Ukrainian Section of the CIS Institute, told our Interfax-Religion correspondent on Thursday. He went on to say, the Orthodox would march to the Lychakovsky Cemetery, to pay respect to the graves of Galician Russophiles, of whom 60,000 are buried there, and, then, hold a large rally before the Memorial of Glory.
As Frolov noted, “The ideological forebears of the Ukrainian nationalist organisation Svoboda provoked the Austrian government to undertake a persecution of the Galician people, who, at that time, supported all-Russian unity and wanted to leave the Unia and embrace Orthodoxy. They accused Galician Russophiles of spying for Russia, they carried out much mayhem, shooting people down in cities and villages, and they took others to a special concentration camp at Talerhof, where there were no barracks yet built, so the people slept on the bare earth in the winter of 1914“. In his view, Orthodox believers should agitate to seek legal recognition of the genocide carried out against the Galician Russophiles as “a crime against humanity”, not only during the planned action in Lvov for the next Victory Day, but on a steady basis. They should also demand that the Lvov municipal authorities allow the construction of an Orthodox cathedral. In addition, Frolov continued, Orthodox activists in the Ukraine should demand that there be an investigation of the “criminal and terrorist activity” of the so-called “Kiev Patriarchate”, “which is, for all intents and purposes, the puppeteer of the Svoboda faction. In particular, they should investigate the fact that the KP recruited militants who fought alongside the Chechen separatists Basayev and Dudayev, and, on top of that, they also seized canonical Orthodox churches, brutally beating the clergy there as they did so”.
For its part, the all-Ukrainian public organization Православный выбор (Pravoslavny Vybor : Orthodox Choice) called the riot in Lvov on 9 May, “an act pf terror directed against all those who wanted to honour the memory of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. We’d also like to draw the attention of the Ukrainian federal authorities to the positions taken by the councils of Lvov, Ternopol, and Ivano-Frankovsk Oblasts. Through their decisions regarding the celebration of Victory Day, they opposed the will of the entire Ukraine, thus, contributing to the outbreak of sacrilegious violence on 9 May in Lvov”, according to a statement of the organisation received by Interfax-Religion.
12 May 2011
Dum-da-dum-dum… you guessed it… it’s time to award the Order of the Big Green Weenie again, kids. I noticed that Interfax had posted this article on their English side… minus the third paragraph! If you’re going to translate the article, translate all of it… not only part of it! FOR SHAME! Normally, I don’t look at the English side of Interfax; it just depresses me. It’s why I only take stuff from the Russian side… that’s complete and to the point.
Well, well, well… the Interfax English translator comes in dead-last in the Pierogi Race, as per usual. Is that a surprise?