A Twenty-five Year Step Backwards

Oddly enough when I heard the latest news coming out of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, I practically fell off my proverbial horse, and still I’m trying to climb back on. You may be wondering what could shake me so much, though it really isn’t what is shaking me it is what is shaking the various individuals anointed by Ukraine’s president Viktor Fedorovych to keep his fiefdom under control.

As we are on the cusp of the New Year according to the Julian Calendar which is followed for the most part by Orthodox Christians and Catholic Christians which follow the Eastern Rite such as Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the said’s Ministry’s Deputy Minister Timofey Kokhan decided to send a letter of warning to his Eminence Sviatoslav Shevchuk. What provoked this Soviet-type lackey to write such a letter is uncertain. Yanukovych has clearly said that it wasn’t under his orders, but you know how the expression goes, “I trust him as far as I could throw him!”

So what was it that could have prompted a deputy minister who has always been some type of party hack and functionary throughout his life, excepting all kinds of awards of being Merited Artist of Ukraine and the like to do what most Ukrainian politician’s, journalists and civic activists are calling nothing short of “idiotism”.

A member of the fifth column

I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Though why will I give him this benefit, you may ask. The First Deputy Minister must have been gravely effected by his father’s death on January 3, 2014 and he has been having a hard time dealing with it. May his soul rest in peace! I know what it is to loose a parent, but there has to be something that goes a little bit deeper. Clearly, his father who was a “well-known” cinematographer during the Soviet regime, did everything to open up doors for his son, prior to Ukraine’s independence by throwing his weight around to ensure that his son attended the Karpenko-Kariy of Theatrical Arts in Kyiv from 1982-1989. I won’t judge and I don’t know if this was the norm at the said institute at the time, but if it was not, then maybe he is an “idiot”, depending on daddy’s position to get where he wants to be.

Just so we understand the context, from 1962-69, his father worked as a director of the Kyiv Studio of Educational-Popular films. In short, this was the propaganda department of Moscow in Kyiv.

From his graduation in 1989 the young Tymofey began work at the Dovezhenko Film Studios in Kyiv where he would be from 1989 to 1993. Though I am quite certain that this , like many other positions of the time were not based on merit, but on whose ass you kissed, and bit by bit he pushed his way into the ranks of in the Kyiv Municipal Administration.

In short he became a career civil servant because of his daddy’s help. He always followed the “party” line and as a reward for this he was kept on by the current criminal regime.

As an ass kisser Timofey Kokhan decides to take the initiative himself. He decides that in order to please the higher ups that maybe attacking spiritual leaders would be in the vein of his old man. Why would I say this because even in 1995 his father was the director of a film that was called “Stracheni Svitanky” which in my opinion is his attempt to discredit the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (Ukrainanska Povstanska Armiya) even after Ukraine has gained its independence. As far as I am concerned, this scum bag Deputy Minister is part of what is often referred to as the fifth column. He and others like him have been undermining Ukraine’s real independence for many years. I hope that at some time he will be judged by a “court of the people” for his misgivings. But wait, let me tell you about the letter that he wrote to his Eminence Svaitoslav!
However, before I venture into that letter completely let me tell you about some of the key phrases that were used by this “idiot” of the fifth column:

  • freedom of conscience and religious unions of Ukraine;

Now let me comment on this. Since when in any country, other than the province of Quebec, has this been a matter of concern. The freedom of conscience in my opinion is according to the following definition is:

Noun
1.
freedom of thought – the right to hold unpopular ideas
human right – (law) any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere (including rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of thought and expression and equality before the law) (Source the Free Dictionary – http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Freedom+of+conscience) Accessed 2014-01-13.

  • systematic dereliction of legislation by some priests appears to be supported by hierarchy of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, and it has a negative influence on rule of law in general and the juridical consciousness of citizens.

Now please tell me Mr.Kokhan where the Rule of Law even exists in Ukraine? Particularly regarding the term “juridical consciousness” of citizens? What to hell do you mean by such a statement? Do you mean that you legally want to control the thought’s of individuals or what? I know that Mr. Deputy Minister you are under great duress due to the passing of your father – clearly a man of principle, and the way he brought you up, but let’s be reasonable!

Now as to the next part of your letter to his Eminence Sviatoslav, you are a totally screwed individual:

  • the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, as a central representative organ of executive in the field of religion, in order to observe the abidance of legislation of freedom of conscience and religious unions, would like you to pay attention to the requisition of the 21th article of Law of Ukraine (The Law of freedom of conscience and religious unions ), which claims that public worship, religious ceremonies, processions etc. can take place without any introductory permission only in buildings of worship and within its adjacent territory, in pilgrimages, in the residence and apartments of citizens and some other places (cemeteries, crematoria etc.)

First of all such a law is in my opinion is anti-consitutional! No, I am not a Constitutional judge in Ukraine, but I have some semblance of normality – something that judges in Ukraine recently have not had. Particularly under the control of bandit Yanukovych and his clan!

Maybe, the deputy Minister is a little pissed off because there is the possibility that his father may have not had been offered any respect by the religious community after his passing. I cannot be sure, but it sure as hell wouldn’t surprise me. But let us let him rest in peace, but I will not let his idiotic son the chance to rest for his idiotic statements.

As his Eminence Svaitoslav stated at a press conference in response to such an “idiotic” letter, a number of facts that this Deputy Minister was never probably aware as a member of the fifth column!

One of the first things that he mentioned was that it was twenty-five years ago that the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, after existing as many years as an underground church was finally officially recognized as a legal entity – and this happened while the Soviet Union had still not crumbled but was clearly cracking. He added that there never was the question on who the church should be with, neither during Ukraine’s independence nor during its time as an underground church, and added confidently “To be with its people – its as if it is imprinted in the church’s memory.” I know I haven’t stated in any of my recent blogs but the current atmosphere and state of society is in fact much worse then during Soviet times from what many of my friends who experienced living in both an independent and Soviet Ukraine will vouch. Even during the early years of independence, I personally felt comfortable with talking to those who police Ukraine’s streets, you don’t have to take my word for it, Ukraine has become a police state.

While many may not think that it is this bad, it is clearly this bad… Yanukovych and company has descended into a state that is so far from a democratic one that I would not be surprised if those who live under him want to simply have him executed! Most damn journalists really don’t give a shit what is going in Ukraine. They are too busy with the Olympics in Sochi, which the world should boycott. Government’s of the world, do your damn homework and understand who to hell what Vladimir Putin is up to. He has tried to capture Ukraine as part of his “Empire building” strategy. Now he is trying to deny, another genocide not of the Soviet Union but of the Russian Empire of which he wants to remain “Tsar”.

Vasyl Pawlowsky
Independent Consultant