Decommunization in Ukraine is de-facto completed, Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Vladimir Vyatrovich said on February 10 during Saturday Interview show on Radio Liberty.
Vyatrovich declared de-facto completion of decommunization as a process of Soviet symbols’ destruction. “We had localities renamed – about a thousand of them. It is almost all there was”, he said. He also noted, that about 9-10 “non-obvious” communistic names are left, which, in his opinion, fall under Ukrainian decommunization law provisions.
Vyatrovich also said, that almost all monuments to Vladimir Lenin are destroyed in Ukraine, and so are the monuments to other communist leaders – about 2.5 thousand in total. He noted that only well-known monuments were addressed, and some monuments “that everyone forgot about” could yet remain in factories’ territories or in villages.
A number of decommunization laws were adopted by the Verkhovnaya Rada (Parliament) on May 9, 2015*. They were signed by President Poroshenko on May 15. Those laws forbid any use of Soviet symbols in Ukraine, condemn the Communist regime, declare opening of all KGB archives.
On May 4, 2016, Vladimir Vyatrovich said that decommunization and demolition of Soviet monuments is a struggle against the Russian world.
* May 9 is Victory Day, it commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War. It is celebrated by Russia and other CIS countries on May 9.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency