On the one hand, the situation in Ukraine in the past year have stabilized, Moscow annexed the Crimea, and since then this issue never happened, and «bloody conflict with Russian separatists» (as in the original.» — Ed.) in the East of the country continues to slow smoldering fire. But, on the other hand, in 2016, there was quite a lot of events related to Russia, namely: Kiev trying to get rid of everything that reminds about the Soviet Union or in some way connected with Russia, says the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
So, last year in the former Soviet Republic was demolished 1320 monuments to revolutionary Ulyanov-Lenin. But not only Lenin suffered from the Ukrainian anti-communism in 2016. As stated at the Kyiv National Institute of national remembrance, during this time, was renamed 51 500 streets, reminiscent of the Soviet past. In one case, the street was named after the Beatles. We are talking about the Western village of Viburnum, where the street became a street of Lennon.
The Parliament and the government hope to remove a Soviet and Russian relics in Ukraine. However, some cases are ambiguous as, for example, pereimenovaniya the cities of Dnipropetrovsk at Dnipro. But in Kiev, Moscow Avenue was renamed the Avenue of Bandera. In the West, as reminds the edition, Bandera is considered a national hero because he fought against the Soviet Union during world war II. Other Ukrainians consider him a Nazi collaborator. Proven, according to Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the people of Bandera participated in the persecution of the Jews.
Moreover, just a few weeks ago the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has restricted the import of books from Russia. In particular, the censorship are books that are questioning the boundaries of Ukraine or incite enmity and hatred between Nations and religions. The import permit is issued only after verification of books by the authorities. In turn, visitors may bring only 10 books. Earlier, as reminds the edition, Kiev has already banned 500 films and TV series, also the country introduced a quota for Ukrainian language on the radio, discussing the introduction of the same quotas for television.
All this sums up the newspaper, directly affects many Ukrainian citizens, as during the census in 2001, 30% of Ukrainians have called it their native language Russian.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung. Good-bye, Lenin! 29.12.2016