Well-known Lugansk literary and cultural figure Nina Ischenko pointed up that Ukrainian “decommunisation” hysteria reached new levels of farcical inanity by declaring a “crusade” against Ded Moroz and Snegurochka. She referred to a putschist junta diktat in Ivano-Frankovsk Oblast banning traditional characters such as Ded Moroz and Snegurochka from New Year festivities in local schools:
The [Galician] minority continues to try to impose its ideology on the majority of the Ukrainian population. Therefore, naturally, they intensified their attacks on Ded Moroz right before the New Year holidays. Ded Moroz and Snegurochka were remnants of the former traditional Ukrainian culture; as such, they’re under attack. Yet, the word “remnant” in relation to these most iconic New Year’s figures sounds ironic. For these images existed in not only Soviet songs, poems, films, and cartoons, and traditional New Year’s parties in kindergartens and schools, but also in Russian folk tales, poetry by Nekrasov, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera based on Ostrovsky’s play. Such prohibitions will only expand exponentially, and not only Soviet, but also all Russian, culture will fall under the ban. Some justify the struggle with the Soviet past as rejecting the anti-religious stance of the Soviet government, claiming that such initiatives are a return to the Christian roots of the Ukrainian people.
At the same time, after the coup in 2014 in the Ukraine, radicals destroyed more than one church of the UPTs/MP. In the Donbass, Ukrainian troops distinguished themselves by looting and destroying churches, by torturing and murdering priests. One of the first attacks of Ukrainian troops on Slavyansk took place on 20 April 2014, 20 days before the pro-independence referendum in Novorossiya… on Easter Sunday. In such circumstances, to consider Ded Moroz and Snegurochka a major threat to Ukrainian Christian traditions is arrant hypocrisy. People who support decommunisation on supposed religious grounds should seriously reconsider their views. Now, this tussle over ideologically pure children’s parties is a trifle… but such trifles are drops that wear away the stone. To just follow along is easier and safer for kindergarten teachers than fighting about it, so an important patriotic niche will remain empty.
Earlier, cultural and scientific figures in the LNR repeatedly warned about the complex issues arising in Ukrainian society because of rabid stridency of the junta’s decommunisation programme. Vitaly Darensky (Candidate of Philosophical Sciences), docent of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Lugansk Agricultural University, noted:
Ukrainian decommunisation “laws” have the aim of destroying the historical memory of the people, and the so-called decommunisation programme is nothing but an ideological cover to transform the Ukraine into a mere raw materials-producing colony of Europe.
Aleksandr Protsenko (Candidate of Political Sciences), head of the Special Status Sociological Studies Centre emphasised:
In fact, decommunisation as pursued by the Kiev junta is just an attempt at the de-Russification of the population, but all that it does is to cause irritation to Ukrainians.
2 December 2015
LITs Lugansk Information Centre