Ukraine - The Year 2010 in Review - Second half-year's review

Originally posted in Ukrainian on 2011.01.01 at 00:02

First half-year's review:

Олена Білозерська, Елена Белозерская, Елена Билозерская
July 4, 2010. My blog acquired 2000 friends.

July 5. The picketing of the Parliament's Committees requesting to abandon the Proposition 2450, limiting the freedom of peaceful assemblies. As symbols of the freedom there were used air balloons, which, after being used as the toys, were pierced with steel pins.

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Ukraine - The Year 2010 in Review - First half-year's review

Originally posted in Ukrainian on 2010.12.31 at 08:30

The idea of this review, telling where I have been and what I have seen, came to my mind under the influence of listopadsky.

Reflecting on it, I had realized, that my events are also are common events, and that it might be of interest to summarize the account of the more and less important actions of 2010, which were covered by me - choosing a photo or two per event, among the events of both personal and societal significance.

So here it is, the annual photo report, the portrait and an outline of the Year 2010. All photos are mine, except as stated otherwise (without my logo).

January 1st, 2010. A march with torches, in honor of Stepan Bandera.

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Wet Snow

I took a walk to the Yaroslaviv Val to visit Mr. Orest Vaskul - and under a wet snow - at the march tempo - there turned up these lines. Not to be judged as masterpieces, but for their sincerity.

Wet snow clings to my hat and clothes.
And what a disgusting year it was.
I hate to think of that slippery slope
By which slides down all hope.

A few are already behind the bars.
The Justice betrayed, mass media farce.
And what will bring the coming Spring
When the horror of Winter has passed?

And what's the idea behind it all?
When Evil triumphantly enters the hall
Less wicked appear in a Saint's aureole.
Glass broken, a victim of fall.

We curse violators around the table,
But stop their invasion are not being able.
Whatever one does, has no choice but to scram.
And sheep - on the march with their leader The Ram.

An attempt at a translation by Mykola Sereda.

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Former minister of internal affairs Yuriy Lutsenko arrested and placed in prison

"Today, at about 13.00 former minister of internal affairs Yuriy Lutsenko went for a walk with his dog near his home on the Staronavodnitskaya street. During the walk he was detained by the "Alpha" squad, who then put him in a minibus and drove away. "

My first thought is malevolent: the traitor got what he deserved! Lutsenko twice betrayed his fellow-patriots from UNSO, then he betrayed Yushchenko, he also never instilled the discipline in Ukrainian police, he didn’t bring the justice to the corrupted. It’s only natural that he was detained.

My second thought was deeper: Tymoshenko is about to be arrested. Anna Donets, a girl that recently fried eggs on the eternal light monument without causing any harm to either people of property, is sitting in the SIZO. Soviet times are back, my friends. Some of you still miss them, because you think that only oligarchs and nationalists will get punished? No, my dears, we all will.
There was a theatrical play during Soviet times, in which a young girl who happens to be a Komsomol leader gets in serious trouble. And for what? For trying to help children, who got their feet soaked in the freezing water, by tearing up the cloth slogan and wrapping their feet in it. What eventually saved her, was the fact that the slogan didn’t have communist content on it, rather it welcomed participants of long passed Olympic Games.

Now, do you remember how it was?
As far as Lutsenko’s arrest goes – it’s a bullet test. They started with ex-ministers. Next will be power ministers. After that, it will obviously be Tymoshenko. Although wise Tarash Chornovil warned: “Yushchenko brought to charge paper-pushers. Yanukovitch will do the same with ministers, and will try to scare Tymoshenko. If such trend continues, in 2015 Yanukovitch himself will go to prison. He will understand this soon enough.”

I would like for these two thoughts to come through:

1. Ex-president and former prime minister must have partial immunity. They should not be responsible for what they did during their term.

Otherwise, the prosecution will become an instrument of political reprisal and revenge. Everyone who during Soviet times worked in agriculture or are now business owners know how this is possible. Even if you will obey all the rules and regulations, you might still be fired for underperformance or go bankrupted. Such are our laws written by lawyers, not by simple workers or by business owners.

In addition, if highest authorities know that after their term ends, they will be put away in prison, they will never voluntarily give up their power. Just like a while ago Lenin, Stalin, and now Putin.


2. The main principle of Democracy, equality of everyone before the law, is fundamentally wrong. For example, ex-prime minister cannot be put in prison for whatever he has done. OTHERWISE PEOPLE WILL BE LEFT WITHOUT DEFENCE. Because nothing counteracts those who are at power other than their political opposition. It is also plainly unfair: today’s politicians steal no less than former ones. Keep in mind they have barely started their work.

In general, any politician should be measured against only one indicator: whether people’s welfare is growing as a result of his work. If not, he or she should be gone after, whether he steals or not.

Translation by Yuliya Shadyrya the_rhubarbs

UPD: If the state leaders know that after their leaving they will be imprisoned, they will not leave their chairs without bloodshed.

Romeo and Juliet

Posted (in Ukrainian) on 2010.12.24 at 13:08

Those are the names of each of a pair of decorative pigeons. I see them quite regularly, as their master lets them promenade on The Independence Square. I first thought he meant to sell them, but when asked about it, the gentleman of a certain age acted at the suggestion as if it were a worst possible insult.

The pigeons are absolutely tame, and each knows its name. The master brings them in a cat cage to let them walk around in The Square. They do not wander far away, and if called by its name, the appropriate pigeon takes off in the air and lands on the owner's hand. "Juliet, dear, you should be more careful pecking - again, you picked up a mouthful of dirt!", lectures the gentleman, and undertakes the cleaning of her beak with his fingers. The lady-pigeon does not seem to mind :-)

The gentleman lets the children play with the pigeons, and lets them to be taken the photos of. This particular time, as I approached the scene, I witnessed a real drama: one lady asked the owner, obviously considering him as an expert on pigeons, "what ought to be fed to these pests to get rid of them, to kill them off?" There was no limit to the indignation of the gentleman - his wrath could be heard at the farthest reaches of The Independence Square :-)

Olena Bilozerska, reporting

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Nathalie Vitrenko vs. The Heroes of Ukraine: a Court report

Posted (in Ukrainian) on 2010.12.23 at 00:39

On December 22, 2010, the Kyiv District Court (Desiatynna Street, 4/6) held a scheduled session on the case of a lawsuit of N.Vitrenko vs. The Presidency of Ukraine, requesting the cancellation of the Decree of President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, Number 75/2010, dated January 28, 2010, "About celebrating the honor of the participants in the armed struggle for the Independence of Ukraine during the XX-th century".

The side of the Plaintiff was represented by the leader of The Progressive Socialist Party N.Vitrenko, her colleague Mr.Marchenko and several others. (Note: The Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine promotes the reestablishment of the Soviet regime and the restoration of the Soviet Union). The side of the Defendant (The Presidency of Ukraine) was not represented.

Nevertheless, in the quality of third interested parties and/or observers there were present about twenty individuals, with an Attorney Roman Orekhov. Among those present were Mr. Stepan Khmara, Mr.Wasyl Ovsienko, the members of the Parliament Mr.Vyazivsky and Mr.Kulchicky, as well as the representatives of two political parties, The Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian National Self Defense.

The Attorney Orekhov made a representation in favor of officially registering, in the quality of the third interested parties, all those present as well as others who might wish to join. The Judge did not issue a final decision.

The speech of Vitrenko, in her typical style, was full of insinuations, deeply insulting to all the Ukrainians who fought for the Independence during the XX-th century. She ascribed to all of them, - naming in particular the soldiers of the Ukrainian People's Republic, The Carpathian Infantry and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the motives of the deliberate collaboration with foreign countries. She presented a pile of not easily identifiable books, pamphlets and some other documents, which presumably support her position.

During her speech, a member of the audience, Mr. Stepan Khmara, loosing calm, issued some insults at the address of Mrs. Vitrenko, receiving the evident approval of the public present. There appeared a certain tension, which was calmed by the decision of the Judge to take a break in the proceedings.

The session did not continue too long after the break. Mr.Marchenko had an opportunity to recite his hate speech, demonstratively pronounced by him using the Russian language. The next session is scheduled at the same venue for January 5th, 2011, at 13:00.

The report was prepared by:

Wolodymyr Manjko
Supervisor of the secretariat of the Executive Committee of the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists
(a duly registered political party)

Picketing of solidarity with Belarussian oppositionists in Kyiv (Pictures)

Ukrainian human rights activists organized today the picketing of Belarus embassy in Kyiv. They demanded to stop repressions against oppositionists.
Participant of the picketing held banners "Stop repressions!", "Free detainees in Belarus!", "Batka (Father), don't beat!" etc. One of them poured on the snow red fluid which symbolized blood of the oppositionists, who were beaten by police unmercifully.

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The man was tortured by policemen in the forest for about six hours

Is there a limit to lawlessness and impunity of some Kharkiv law-enforcers, prosecutors, and judges?

A story emblematic of Ukrainian police brutality which took over columns of Kharkiv printed press, websites, and local TV, is the story of Yakiv Strohan, which outraged and disturbed society with its gruesome details., ,

It started at the end of last summer, says Strohan: “On August 15 we had a quarrel with my neighbor. He broke an empty glass bottle by hitting it on a brick wall. I pointed out to him that it would be safer to throw it away, since our children play there, but he did not settle down, and he lunged at me. Of course, I fought back, and then went home.”

Late at night on August 16 four strange men dressed as civilians knocked on Yakov’s door, and demanded for him to meet them outside. After Strohan refused to do so, they tried to break the door. Strohan called the police, and notified them about strangers trying to break in. However, he was told that the squad was already on its way. Thus the assumption that the men were the workers of Kyyiv District subdivision of Kharkiv police is not unreasonable. The men stayed at Strohan’s door until morning, when they informed him that they are from law-enforcement and are seeking peaceful conflict resolution. They convinced Strohan to open the door. Strohan continues: “As soon as I opened the door, two of them stormed in, twisted my hands, frightened the baby who slept in a cradle, and took me to the branch of Kyyiv regional police department.”

After that things were happening as if he was in a horror movie. Strohan was driven beyond city’s limits, near the cemetery, where he was supposed to give a confession to murder in which he was not involved. He refused to confess to the crime he had not committed. Strohan describes: “Besides me there were three policemen in the vehicle: a captain and two lieutenants. When the vehicle stopped, the senior opened a box with different types of knives and files, and suggested I either sign the document or choose the instrument of torture. After I refused, the torment has started.» “My hands were tied; there were four flasks of water. The water was needed to pour over me later in the forest. Their supervisor told them to start driving, and he drove ahead of us.”

The man was tortured in the forest for about six hours

From Strohan’s words, the supervisor of the regional police department brought the transformer, which was a special devise for electric torture. “Bohdan said that we’ll try another experiment: they ripped my clothes off, pulled my pants and underwear down, and pulled up my t-shirt. Bohdan brought a voltage devise, put me on my knees. Sasha was standing on my legs on one side, and Anton did that on the other side, so I couldn’t move my legs. Bohdan clipped a wire to my testicles, and another one to my chest. My memory is partial at this point.” Pain made Strohan become unconscious from time to time. His butchers poured liquid ammonia down his throat to bring him back to consciousness, which damaged his larynx and esophagus. However, despite this brutal treatment, Strohan did not give up and did not sign the confession, which sadists offered him all the time.

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Video - on 2:10 Yakov Strogan after he was beaten

A piece of melancholy

* * *
Between me and the abyss of sin - hundred leagues of a distance.
A mad dog could run over that span - in a time that is nil.
With no way to explain, there is more that one instance
Of the reasons, compelling you act as you will.

The injustice is first to root out all pity and kindness,
And as absent they are, all that's human has also passed.
Only frame of devotion with glued-on calmness
Holds my image of human, as long as it lasts.

Olena Bilozerska


- A translation in the American language, by Mykola Sereda

- Taking into account a remark by the poetess :-)

- The more faithful terms for "терпіння і вірність" ought to be "patience and fidelity", of course. But what can I do? "Devotion" is more than "fidelity", and "calmness" is less than "patience" - but the sum total, hopefully, is close enough :-)

- Contrary to giving an advice and offering the corrections to an author, the poetesse in our case - a translator is a fair object of this game. Seriously - anybody who could do really better, would be welcome.

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Demonstration against President, Goverment and Parliament in Kyiv (pictures)

Opposition politicians and the most irreconcilable part of the small entrepreneurs who protested against the new Tax Code and decided not to stop their public protests after the authorities demolished their tent camp on The Square of Independence in Kyiv - they organized today the new public protest action on the European Square.

Some of them held pitchforks - an old armament of people's uprisings.

They intend to organize a referendum about President and goverment resignation and ahead of schedule elections to the Parliament.

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