2014-03-04 11:56 GMT
I am sending you the text of the appeal to the world community of intellectuals
by the Kharkiv Historico-Philological Society. http://www.hi-phi.org.ua
Please circulate it among your contacts.
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APPEAL CONCERNING THE LATEST EVENTS
IN UKRAINE AND IN KHARKIV
To all scholars of the world, learned societies,
university staff, men of letters and arts
The Kharkiv Historico-Philological Society, founded in 1886 by the leading
professors of the University of Kharkiv, addresses the following message to
the scholarly community of the world.
On the 1st of March 2014, a violent clash was staged in Kharkiv between the
supporters of Ukraine’s European integration and the so-called ralliers
„for stability and restoration of order”. The supporters of the Maidan for
Europe, numbering a little over 100, most of them university freshmen, were
peacefully located in the premises of the Provincial Administration to
which they had been invited on the 23rd of February by the Deputy Governor
Vasyl Khoma. They were demanding the appointment of a new Governor instead
of the deeply compromised Mykhailo Dobkin, a long-time henchman of the
ousted President Yanukovych.
That same Dobkin, together with his accomplice Hennadii Kernes, the Mayor
of Kharkiv (a former criminal convict, backed by Yanukovych’s Party of
Ukraine’s Regions) orchestrated a pro-Russian rally to which about two
thousand participants from the nearby Russian city of Belgorod were brought
across the border. To avoid any clashes, the Co-ordinative Council of the
Maidan for Europe cancelled its own rally, previously summoned at the same
time and place. After the end of the pro-Russian rally a large group of
well-trained fighters, armed with bats, compliance weapons and tear-gas
attacked the building of the Provincial Administration and severely beat
its defenders, throwing them afterwards in the midst of the enraged
pro-Russian (and largely imported from Russia) crowd striking and kicking
them. The police, corrupted by the Mayor Kernes, did not intervene.
Among the injured defenders of the Provincial Administration were Serhii
Zhadan, a writer of international renown, and one of the members of our
Society Valerii Romanovskyi, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Ukrainian
Academy of Culture in Kharkiv.
Russian official propaganda and media try to portray the supporters of
democracy and freedom in Ukraine as nationalist nazi-like radicals and
extremists that menace the existence of the Russian-speaking community.
This Goebbelsian rhetoric has nothing to do with the Ukrainian reality. The
nazi tendencies can rather be observed on the other side. Suffice it to say
that the person who put the Russian flag on the top of the building of
Provincial Administration of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Mika Ronkainen,
is a Russian citizen and a Moscow dweller, exhibiting his overt admiration
for Adolf Hitler on the web.
There is sufficient evidence to affirm that this was a part of the
aggression against Ukraine which is now carried out on the order of the
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In this connection, we confidently declare that the pretext of defending
the rights of Russian-speaking population in Ukraine, used by the Russian
propaganda, is a pure invention. The Russian language has always been
freely used in the Ukrainian media, schools and universities, and everyday
life. Ukraine has one of the best legislations in the world ensuring the
rights of ethnic minorities, including state-run schools using not only
Russian, but also Crimean Tatar, Hungarian, Polish, Rumanian as languages
of education. In many areas, including Kharkiv, it is the Ukrainian
language that indeed needs protection and support.
The attempts to play the ethnic and linguistic card in order to destabilize
the situation in Ukraine come from abroad. During the 22 years of
independence, Ukraine has learnt to handle its ethnic and linguistic
problems in a responsible way. Unlike many other post-Soviet states, it has
never had conflicts on ethnic grounds. In case of need, we solve all our
problems by means of open discussion resulting in a viable compromise. No
intervention from outside is necessary.
We launch an appeal to the world scholarly community to help promulgate
truthful information concerning the real state of affairs in Ukraine. Those
of you who can address the general public through all kinds of media,
please do it as soon as possible. The disinformation campaign engineered by
the Kremlin must be thwarted. We want the world to know the truth. The
savage rampage, inspired from Russia, that took place in Kharkiv last
Saturday is part of it.
On behalf of the whole Society
Ihor Mykhailyn, PhD, DLitt.
Михайлин Ігор Леонідович – доктор філологічних наук, професор, завідувач кафедри журналістики Харківського національного університету імені В. Н. Каразіна. Член Національної Спілки письменників України
Assistant Professor Serhii Vakulenko, PhD
Вакуленко Сергій – науковий секретар Харківського історико-філологічного товариства.