Council for de-Russification and decommunization to be created in Ukraine

He will coordinate the process of discussing the dismantling of objects of the Soviet past in Ukraine. The Ministry of Culture reported that the process of replacing Russian heritage with Ukrainian should take place in a “civilized” manner .jpg” alt=”The Council for De-Russification and Decommunization will be created in Ukraine” />

The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy initiated the creation of a new deliberative body— Council on De-Russification, Decommunization and Decolonization, according to the agency's Telegram channel. The Council will be created under the Ministry and the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance.

“Local self-government bodies, in dialogue with society, should come to a common decision on the dismantling or transfer of monuments and other objects of the Soviet past, and then coordinate it with the Council.” ,— explained in the Ministry of Culture.

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They clarified that against the backdrop of the start of Russia's military operation, the request to replace the Soviet and Russian heritage with Ukrainian “significantly intensified.” At the same time, the ministry emphasized that these processes should take place in a “civilized” manner.

In 2015, a number of laws on decommunization were adopted in Ukraine, which condemned the communist and national socialist totalitarian regimes in Ukraine, as well as a ban on the propaganda of their symbols. At the same time, the prohibitions did not apply to state awards received before 1991, museum expositions, thematic exhibitions.

In 2019, the law “On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as the State Language” was adopted. The law spells out a requirement for the country's leadership, parliamentarians, judges, prosecutors, employees of the National Bank of Ukraine, contract officers, teachers and doctors to speak Ukrainian and use it at work. In addition, by law, all citizens of Ukraine must know the language.

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In early May, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Ruslan Stefanchuk announced that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had signed a law on “de-Sovietization” Ukrainian legislation. As part of the new norm, references to the “victories of the Great October Socialist Revolution” are removed from the legislation; and the desire to “implement Lenin's ideas of building a communist society”, as well as references to programs developed by the Communist Party.

After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, they began to rename streets whose names were associated with Russia, as well as to dismantle monuments. So, in mid-April, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, announced his intention to rename the streets, avenues and stations with “Russian” names. For example, a square in the Goloseevsky district of the capital, which bore the unofficial name of the square of friendship between Kyiv and Moscow, was decided to be named after the heroes of Mariupol.

In Lvov, in turn, it was decided to rename at least 30 streets named after Russian figures.

In addition, Klitschko announced the upcoming dismantling of a part of the Friendship of Peoples memorial dedicated to the reunification of Ukraine and Russia. The part in question was — bronze sculptures of two workers.

A monument to Marshal of the USSR Georgy Zhukov was demolished in Kharkov in April. The Russian Investigative Committee stated that this was done by members of Ukrainian nationalist armed groups.

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