Family of Vladimir Myhaylishyna was not informed that the grave in the cemetery in Prague belonged to the Ukrainian poet Oleksandr Oles and his wife Faith Kandyba.
As Radio Liberty reports, this was said by the grandson Myhaylishyna Marco Dianliving in Switzerland.
«It was so that my grandfather bought himself a grave, he died, and we buried him in that grave, which he bought himself. And there someone was lying, we didn’t know. There lay Mr. Kandyba (Oles), we didn’t know,» said Dian.
At the same time, assured the grandson Myhaylishyna, about whose remains were in the grave, his parents only found out the day before and decided that it was too late to cancel the ceremony of the burial.
«As we learned then, we have, in fact, nothing could not change. Father decided,» explained Dian.
One of the best area poets Oleksandr Oles died in 1944. According to Czech law, after the funeral, the relatives or friends of the deceased should pay rent for a place in the cemetery in the amount of 20 thousand CZK for 10 years (approximately 20 thousand). According to the representatives of the Ukrainian community in the Czech Republic, until recently, the rent for the grave Olesya pay, on its own initiative, a citizen of the Czech Republic and a native of Ukraine Myhaylishyn. He recently died, and his son Roman expressed his intention to bury his father in the grave Olesya.
On the morning of 3 January at the olšany cemetery the remains of Oles and his wife was forcibly exhumed and the grave buried Myhaylishyn.
The foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported that the remains of Alexander Oles and his wife moved to the Depository of the cemetery until the decision of the relatives about the place of final disposal.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the foreign Ministry to urgently intervene in the situation with the forced exhumation of the remains of Olesya in the Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman said that the Ministry of culture will set up a Commission which will deal with the issue of reburial of prominent Ukrainians.
Chargé d’affaires of Ukraine in the Czech Republic Zinovy hoshovskyy argues that the exhumation of the remains of Olesya was forced, because the grave at the olšany cemetery is rotten.
Myhaylishyna grandson says his family did not know that the tomb of the Prague cemetery belonged to her 05.01.2017