“Moscow warns Ukraine ‘on Nazi path'” while forgetting they cozied up to Nazis even more.
While Russia suppresses free media, restricts reporters, jails political opponents and generally acts like Nazis, Russia seems to feel they have the right to call Ukraine the same.
Russia offers up Stepan Bandera as an example of Ukraine cozying up to the Nazis. Bandera thought the Nazis might help gain an independent Ukraine, but they imprisoned Bandera in 1944.
The Soviet Union, on the other hand, signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in 1939 and sat by idly during the Nazi takeover of much of Europe, the imprisonment of Jews and countless other atrocities and crimes against humanity.
“Torch-lit marches in Ukraine demonstrate that it is continuing to move along the path of the Nazis! And this is in the center of civilized Europe!” Konstantin Dolgov, the foreign ministry’s human rights envoy, wrote on Twitter.
Dolgov was referring to a procession attended by thousands in Kiev on Thursday to celebrate the 106th birthday of Stepan Bandera, leader of World War II-era Ukrainian insurgents who battled against both the Soviets and the Nazis, but at times collaborated with Nazi forces who had invaded the Soviet Union.
Bandera is widely seen as the hero of Ukraine for standing up against unspeakable repression and imprisonment, to establish an independent state of Ukraine.
Bandera was hated so badly by the Soviets and posed such a symbolic threat, in fact, that the Russia KGB assassinated him in Munich, Germany, in 1959.
Two years after his death, on 17 November 1961, the German judicial bodies announced that Bandera’s murderer had been a KGB defector Bohdan Stashynsky who acted on the orders of Soviet KGB head Alexander Shelepin and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. After a detailed investigation against Stashynsky, a trial took place from 8 October to 15 October 1962. The sentence was handed down on 19 October in which Stashynsky was sentenced to eight years imprisonment. The Federal Court of Justice of Germany confirmed at Karlsruhe that in the Bandera murder, the Soviet secret service was the main guilty party.
When one even lightly reviews the above paragraph, it is clear Bandera attracted attention at the very top of the Soviet Union.
Since his assassination, the Soviets and continued by the Russians, have continually tried to smear Bandera’s name, sully his reputation and recreate Bandera and Ukraine’s reputation in a very negative light.
Bandera’s name in Ukraine is, indeed, divisive, mostly as a matter of geography, aligned with the current Russian attempt to assimilate Ukraine.
Again, the Soviets, er, the Russians are attempting to change the perception of history and facts to their advantage.
Why am I not surprised?