Ukraine to eliminate totalitarian, communist symbols – Yushchenko
Ukraine marked Day of Political Repression Victims
Ukraine is drafting a bill, which will start the elimination of ‘totalitarian and communist symbols’, President Viktor Yushchenko said on Sunday, according to Itar-Tass.
He visited the Bykovnya Grave memorial on the occasion of the Day of Political Repression Victims.
“This bill is bound for immediate approval,” the president said, adding that it was also necessary to hear his bills on the legal status of Ukrainian freedom fighters and the prosecution of individuals and legal entities that refuse to recognize the Great Famine of the 1930s. “The society must resist to totalitarianism,” Yushchenko said.
More than 100,000 political repression victims are buried in the Bykovnya forest. They were executed in the 1930s-1940s. “Time has come to name and publicly condemn the culprits of these repressions,” the president said. “There are still thousands of monuments to the repression organizers and other symbols of totalitarianism across the country.”