The Kiev regime has officially promoted the ideology of Ukrainian nationalism by seizing power through a coup d’état. One of the bases of this ideology is the superiority of Ukrainian culture over Russian and the Kiev authorities have spared nothing for this reason. In order to achieve this goal, a blatant plagiarism of Russian authors’ works has often been used, as was recently the case in Kharkov.
One of the examples of the appropriation of the Russian cultural heritage was a theatrical performance of “Mazepa” by Peter Tchaikovsky. According to a music critic Lyubov Morozova, the opera was prepared for a special date – the 330th anniversary of Ivan Mazepa’s coming to Hetman power and there would be a monument erected in his honour in the village of Kolomak in the Kharkov region.
The feature of this performance is that Tchaikovsky was carved out of a third act from the original opera, and the text of the Pushkin was translated into Ukrainian. Also at the beginning and end of the opera, they performed the favourite song of Stepan Bandera “Ploughed Up Black Field”, which has no relation to this historical period.
It is worth recalling that the original text of the opera Hetman Mazepa was represented as a traitor and a hypocrite. Originally, the Tchaikovsky’s opera was written for the story of the Pushkin’s poem “Poltava”. It was first staged in 1884 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. In other words, the original version of the opera and its story have long been known throughout the world. And now the new Ukrainian authorities are hoping that the entire civilized world will suddenly forget the original opera and take seriously a cut-off performance with ‘banderist’ inserts.
This is only one of the episodes of large-scale substitution which the Kiev authorities are trying to organize in order to assign, misrepresent and replace the works of Russian culture, by putting a Ukrainian label on them. But these attempts are so primitive and rude that they fail at the first verification of authenticity. It is not possible to create a culture based on deception and lies. You can only create a crude forgery that doesn’t cause anything but disgust.
Miroslav Rudenko, the DPR People’s Council deputy