#Commentary of Miroslav Rudenko on another renaming of streets in Ukrainian capital
It is necessary to account periodically for western grants allocated for incitement of national hatred, increasing the level of Russophobia and other anti-Russian projects. This time, the Kiev authorities did not hold original activities and limited themselves to another renaming of the capital’s streets.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine never became a country in which the indigenous population would represent the majority. The policy in this country is based on the ideology of setting something Ukrainian in opposition to something Russian. The National State project called “Ukraine” has been and remains to be saturated with negativity and relies on the creation of nation-victim image. At the same time, any social and cultural events of Kiev, both modern and pre-“Maidan”, are mostly aimed at destruction, not creation. I think that the heart of all Ukrainian problems lies in the national idea, which is so cherished by local politicians, historians, experts and public figures. It is possible that the absence of any positive figure in Ukrainian nationalism is connected with inferiority complex, because Ukraine could never be called an independent state. It has always been considered as someone’s appendage – Poland, Austria-Hungary, Germany or Russia.
Given these facts, the current Ukrainian leadership continues to ‘please’ the audience with its very strange decisions. For example, renaming of human settlements. Under the influence of ‘decommunization’, it is planned to change the names of another 13 streets in the capital. Among them is the famous Druzhby Narodov Boulevard, which now bears the name of one of the Ukrainian nationalists – Nikolay Mikhnovsky. It is very symbolic, because this activist was not a supporter of friendship among peoples. He was possessed by the ideas of “united and indivisible Ukraine from the Carpathians to the Caucasus”, and the people were brothers for him, if they were not “moscals, lyahi, Hungarians, Romanians and Jews”.
It must be said that the inhabitants of Kiev themselves do not resent such ‘improvements’. Perhaps, that is why the proposals of some Ukrainian officials against the background of the “Reintegration” law and educational reform adopted by the Verkhovna Rada are sluggish. Thus, a writer Andrey Kurkov called on Ukrainians to recognize the Russian language as their “cultural property”.
Mr. Kurkov’s proposal is a brilliant project. All that is left is to declare aloud and to send the world a clear message that Russian language and culture is the Ukrainian heritage which ostensibly was shamelessly stolen by Moscow and now blackmails Ukraine. Therefore, the use of the Russian language outside Ukraine should be banned. But what about politicians such as the Vice-Premier Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko, who proposes to abolish the law of 2012 “On the principles of the state language policy” that allows using Russian as a regional language? As long as the western request for Russophobia is being funded, it will be extremely difficult to solve such issues, because Western money is at one end of the spectrum, and history is at the other one.
Miroslav Rudenko, the DPR People’s Council deputy