This is how the bust of Pushkin was liquidated in Uzhgorod.
A photo: SOCIAL NETWORK
So that Komsomolskaya Pravda is not accused of whipping up passions, let’s turn to an independent source.
“After the events of the “Euromaidan” in 2014, monuments to Vladimir Lenin began to be massively demolished throughout Ukraine, writes the Washington-based magazine The American Conservative.
The movement, called “Leninfall”, was greeted with enthusiasm in the West. Over the past few weeks, Ukrainian nationalists have been tearing down monuments to the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, who is considered the creator of the modern Russian language and literature. In the West, almost no one talks about the so-called “pushkin fall”.
As you can see, the phenomenon was recorded overseas.
Here is a chronicle of barbarism:
April 7, 2022. – they demolished the monument to Pushkin in Mukachevo.
April 9 – monuments to the poet were liquidated in Uzhgorod and Ternopil ..
April 11 – Pushkin was dismantled in Zabolotovtsy, Lviv region. Back in 1907, at the expense of the villagers, the first monument to the poet in Eastern Galicia was erected here. However, in 1916, the Austrian authorities at night, secretly, took away the stone figure of the poet in full growth in an unknown direction. In 1988, a new monument was opened here. And again – liquidation.
April 19 – nationalists demanded to demolish the monument in the city of Kropyvnytskyi (in tsarist times – Elisavetgrad) near the Pedagogical University, which previously bore the name of Pushkin. And here the poet cannot resist.
26 April – they dumped a monument in the village of Pushkino, Transcarpathian region. The village will be renamed.
April 28 – they dismantled the monument in Konotop, defiantly tearing off the poet’s head.
April 30 – they demolished the monument to Pushkin in Chernihiv.
5 May – dismantled the memorial plaque to Pushkin in Vinnitsa.
May 8 – the bust of the poet was removed in Delyatyn, Ivano-Frankivsk region.
may 13 – the bust was dismantled in the city of Bila Tserkva.
May 21st – demolished the monument in Nikolaev.
June 1st – the monument to Alexander Pushkin in Nikopol was damaged.
Judging by the statements of local authorities, the demolition of monuments to Alexander Sergeevich in Kyiv, Kharkov, Dnipro, and other cities of Nezalezhnaya is planned.
NAZI SENTENCE TO A POET
A special story with the Dnieper (Soviet Dnepropetrovsk, royal Yekaterinoslav). In 1820 Pushkin was exiled here. Two robber brothers just escaped from the local prison. What inspired Alexander Sergeevich to compose the poem “Robbers”. In 1899, on the centenary of the poet’s birth, Pushkinsky Prospekt appeared in the city. And in 1901, a monument was erected in Yekaterinoslav with the money collected by the townspeople. During the Great Patriotic War, fascist officers had fun firing pistols at a bronze poet who died in a duel. Then the Nazis sent the monument for scrap. But the townspeople stole it and hid it in a safe place. After the war, they returned to their original place. This spring, the local nationalists painted the pedestal with a swastika. The public utilities did not dare to erase the Nazi symbols, they overlaid the pedestal with sandbags. Now the monument is waiting for demolition. At the same time, the issue of renaming the avenue is being resolved in Dnipro. Some advocate the perpetuation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Others – for the local “hero”. Here is their petition: “There is an immediate need to rename the avenue named after the Russian chauvinist, imperialist and one of the creators of Nazi Russian culture Pushkin into the avenue im. S.A. Bandera.
One thing is clear. The bronze Pushkin that survived during the fascist occupation will be destroyed by modern Ukrainian Nazis.
“Some Russian liberals justify this barbarity, calling it a manifestation of justified anger,” writes The American Conservative about the “pushkin fall”. (For example, film critic Anton Dolin, who faded “over the hill”, – Auth.) However, the “deletion” of Pushkin is not at all spontaneity – this is a continuation of the process of de-Russification of Ukraine, although literature cannot be reduced to ethnic politics.
I agree with the American magazine. “Crossing out” Pushkin is not a spontaneous process caused by a Russian special operation. But this barbarity cannot be explained by purely de-Russification of Ukraine.
It all started after the Kyiv coup, supported by the West. On June 6, 2014, on the birthday of Alexander Sergeevich, vandals desecrated his monument in the Kharkiv Poetry Square, erected back in 1904. Having painted a trident with yellow paint and the inscriptions “Glory to Ukraine”, “Water gather mulberries”, swear words, “Air strike site” (A few days earlier, Kyiv launched an airstrike on Lugansk.)
The children’s writer Larisa Nitsoi suggested “cutting down” a bust of Pushkin in the Kiev metro. In Chernihiv in the winter of 2017, unknown people decapitated a monument to Pushkin, erected back in 1900 with the money of the townspeople. (The poet stopped in Chernigov on his way to the southern exile and returned from it.) Then the monument was restored, but this spring it was completely liquidated. In 2018, in Zolochiv, Lviv region, Bandera under cover of night broke a monument in honor of the poet. In Lvov itself, the bust of Pushkin was twice smashed by vandals. In 2017, under the guise of reconstruction, they got rid of it completely. The monument in the village of Zabolotivtsi remained the only one in the Lviv region. A year ago, nationalists did not allow employees of the Russian consulate to lay flowers on the poet’s birthday and demanded that the monument be demolished. Which is what we did this spring. There were other incidents with monuments to the poet.
After the Maidan, a campaign began to rename Pushkin squares and streets.
So the war with Pushkin on Nezalezhnaya began long before Russia’s special operation in February 2022. Only then it was not particularly advertised, so as not to be considered barbarians in the eyes of the beacon of democracy – the West.
Why did the author of the heartfelt lines “Quiet Ukrainian night. The sky is transparent. The stars are shining…” He dedicated the immortal poems “I remember a wonderful moment” to Anna Kern, the daughter of the Poltava landowner Pyotr Poltoratsky! And he wrote a lot of other good things in poetry about the local nature and people. In Ukraine, he had friends, lovers… He spent about four years in southern exile. Was in Odessa, Kyiv, other Ukrainian cities, villages. Prepared “Essay on the history of Ukraine”. But didn’t have time to finish. A tragic duel intervened.
By the way, his wife Natalia Goncharova is the great-great-great-granddaughter of the Ukrainian hetman Petro Doroshenko. And his uncle, General-in-Chief Ivan Abramovich Gannibal, commander of the Black Sea Fleet, founded the city of Kherson in 1778. (This is a separate interesting story.)
REVENGE FOR JUDAS MAZEPA
Three years ago, long before the current “pushkinopad”, “Komsomolskaya Pravda” wrote that the Maidan nationalists cannot forgive Alexander Sergeevich for the poem “Poltava”, in which he truthfully depicted Hetman Mazepa, a villain and a traitor.
“Some writers wanted to make him a hero of freedom, a new Bogdan Khmelnitsky,” the poet explained the history of his Poltava. – History presents him as an ambitious man, hardened in deceit and atrocities, a slanderer of Samoilovich – his benefactor, the destroyer of the father of his unfortunate mistress, a traitor to Peter before his victory, a traitor to Charles after his defeat; his memory, anathematized by the church, cannot escape the curse of mankind.
… However, what a disgusting object! not a single kind, benevolent feeling! not a single comforting feature! temptation, enmity, betrayal, slyness, cowardice, ferocity… Strong characters and a deep, tragic shadow cast over all these horrors, that’s what captivated me. “Poltava” I wrote in a few days, I could no longer deal with it and would have abandoned everything.
That is why the Maidanists already in 2014 began to fight with the monuments to Pushkin, rename the streets, squares that bear his name. Revenge for Mazepa.
But after the collapse of the USSR, Judas of the hetman in Kyiv began to be raised on a shield, to erect monuments in different cities. The largest in the world was installed in … Poltava. Under which Peter the Great utterly defeated the Swedes and Mazepa, who joined them. Bronze, in full growth, weighing 2.5 tons. At the opening, then-President Poroshenko called Mazepa a symbol of Ukrainian resistance.
DEMOLITION OF CIVILIZATION
Now the version of Komsomolskaya Pravda about the reason for Kyiv’s hatred for Alexander Sergeevich has received official confirmation.
The Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security under the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine gave a series of arguments why the monuments to the poet should be removed in the country.
Monuments to Russian writers are part of Russia’s colonial policy, the imposition of foreign cultural and linguistic norms.
Pushkin was a great admirer of Peter the Great, who “appropriated the thousand-year-old spiritual heritage of Kievan Rus.”
He spoke negatively about Hetman Mazepa in the poem “Poltava”: That he is ready to shed blood like water, that he despises freedom.
He accused Ukraine of being dependent on Poland and simply denied her independence, calling her Little Russia.
And in general, he had an imperial mindset.
That’s why they launched the “pushkinopad”.
Finally, another quote from The American Conservative. “There is nothing liberating in the frenzied hatred of everything Russian. The “pushkin fall” that began in Ukraine should not be considered an insignificant excess on the part of the war-torn state. This is evidence of the decline of society and anti-civilization, which is an echo of those riots destroying monuments that are now underway in the West.
By the way, the article in the American magazine is called “Destroying Civilization: Pushkinopad”.