A resolution declaring Black Ribbon Day, August 23, an annual day of remembrance for the victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe was unanimously passed Canada’s Parliament. This declaration was proposed by MP Bob Rae and MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj and was unanimously adopted by the House of Commons on November 30, 2009.
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For many Ukrainians, like for Poles and the Balts, the Second World War on their territory was a clash of two equally dreadful predators, the Nazis and Bolsheviks. Which of the two was more oppressive might be an interesting question for academic debates, but it is of little relevance for people who feel today that the Nazi regime is dead and buried, while the Soviet regime, in its Putinist neo-imperial reincarnation, is alive and well and still threatens their shaky stability and sovereignty by various means.
Of course Communists, with blood stained hands, replaced the Nazi oppressor, but because of the violence in Lviv this month it has not be part of the news story being reported. Unfortunately, violence and the disrespect for someone else’s rights made the headlines. It diminished Ukraine in the eyes of the international community while giving legitimacy to Russia’s ongoing efforts to portray Ukraine as incapable of being a mature member of the European community
Since the mass demonstrations in Warsaw on April 10, I started monitoring Polish sources expecting something like our “Ukraine without Kuchma” action to start there.
I saw an amazing video. It is named “Illegal flowers”. On April 13 people laid yellow tulips on a pavement front of the president’s palace in memoriam of Maria Kaczynska, the wife of the killed president.