Yushchenko asks court to cancel decision to strip Bandera, Shukhevych off hero titles

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Sept. 1, 2011, 1:59 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko speakS to media after he testified against his 2004 Orange Revolution partner, ex premier Yulia Tymoshenko in her abuse of office trial outside the Pecherskiy District Court building in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court of Ukraine with a request that it cancel a ruling by the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine, which upheld decisions by lower courts to declare illegal his decrees conferring the Hero of Ukraine titles to Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych. "We are asking the court to cancel the ruling by the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine. We want to repeal the decision on the Shukhevych case and the Bandera case, and we want the cases to be submitted for repeat consideration," Yuschenko's lawyer, Viacheslav Martyniuk, told Interfax-Ukraine.

He noted that under the law, a complaint could be filed at the Supreme Court through the Higher Administrative Court.

"Under the procedure, the Higher Administrative Court now has to decide whether to send the application to the Supreme Court, which may cancel the decision and submit it for repeat consideration," he said.

As reported, on August 2, 2011, the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine threw out appeals by Yuschenko and Yuriy Shukhevych, the son of the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, Roman Shukhevych, against a ruling of Donetsk Administrative Court of Appeals declaring illegal a presidential decree conferring the Hero of Ukraine title to the elder Shukhevych.

On the same day, the Higher Administrative Court upheld a ruling of Donetsk District Court of April 2, 2010 and a ruling of Donetsk Administrative Court of Appeals of June 23, 2010 that declared illegal a decree by Yuschenko dated January 20, 2010 conferring the Hero of Ukraine title to the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Stepan Bandera.
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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 2:32 p.m.    

They should repeal the idiot Yushchenko!

This traitor has done enuf damage.

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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 2:54 p.m.    

&quot;enuf&quot;? Is that the word they use on the planet Zorgon for the English word &quot;enough&quot;?

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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 4:34 p.m.    

The Russian posters like Guest 14:32 and 15:10 repeat the same nonsense over and over like broken records. Go back to your gulag!

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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 5:11 p.m.    

LOL. Pot calling the kettle black.

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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 5:43 p.m. you have something redeeming to say about the traitor Yushchenko?

Or are you one of his three defenders? LOL

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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 3:10 p.m.    

Her hear. Yushchenko should be facing judicial proceedings for his misuse and abuse of office whist President.

The decision to grant Bandera &quot;Hero Status&quot; can at the end of his term of office knowing full well that he was not going to be re-elected. Yushchenko received less then 5% support with over 85% of Ukraine opposed to his re-election. Yushchenko is the most despised Politian in Ukraine

I wonder what leagal precedent he will seek in order to have a lower court request the higher court to reconsider this matter. anything can happen under Ukraine's legal system. Maybe Yushchenko has cut a deal to allow this award to be granted in exchange for his false testimony against Tymoshenko and this is the payback.

The man is a disgrace and should seek to immigrate to the USA where he can live in obscurity knowing that Ukraine does not want or respect his judgment.

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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 3:51 p.m.    

This is not the time for Ukrainian history issues - THIS IS THE TIME FOR ALL OPPOSITION PARTIES TO UNITE to oust the current fluke government and make changes so that such a fluke can never be repeated. The history, educational, freedom... issues will take care of themselves when Ukraine becomes a true democracy. Yushenko is reduced to being nothing but a divider and an irritant diversion.

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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 5:23 p.m.    

Personally, I think that Yanukonvikt should make Roman Landyk a &quot;hero of Ukraine.&quot;

After all, he made Khoroshkovsky a &quot;general.&quot;

Landyk, of course, is the 37-year old married city councilman from Luhansk, whose father is in Parliament, who attacked a 20-year old girl in a restaurant, and then dragged her around by her hair and beat her for 20 minutes - all on video.

In Ukraine today, given Ukraine's current governemntal regime, Landyk represents a real &quot;hero of Ukraine.&quot;

Not guys like Bandera and Shukhevych, who fought for Ukraine's independence.

Landyk, as a true &quot;hero of Ukraine,&quot; should also be given several medals - for beating up a 20-year old girl, for a world record on distance for dragging a girl by the hair in a restaurant, for a world record for length of time dragging a girl by her hair in a restaurant.

That way, Landyk can be covered with &quot;hero&quot; medals from head to toe - sovok style.

And the &quot;hero&quot; designation would be for what really counts - beating up a girl.

Not something stupid, like freedom for Ukraine.

Welcome to Firtashia!

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Anonymous Sept. 2, 2011, 10:39 a.m.    

Hi elmer,

I read several sources that stated that she was 19. This means that she was a young and fragile Ukrainian teenager. But, interfax keeps stating that she was 20 years old (?) - to make her look older?

PS I have not seen any news about Roman Landick lately.

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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 6:33 p.m.    

Бог помагає Українії !

The way you forget about a &quot;hero&quot; is to forget about them. The way to remember a hero is to start a controversy. Sometimes I think Yanukovych does things just to get Ukrainians moving.


Ukrainians are seasonal, Ukraine is agrarian, Ukrainian demonstrate, go on campaigns and party through the winter..

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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2011, 10:26 p.m.    

He will lose but no harm done by his appeal to the court.The venom directed at Yushchenko by Tymoshenko supporters is over the top.

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Anonymous Sept. 2, 2011, 3:27 a.m.    

Every Ukrainian knows that Bandera and Shukhevych are Ukrainian heroes, just as Mazepa and Vyhovsky are Ukrainian heroes regardless of whether Ukraine's neighbors or Administration Ukrainophobes agree or not. If Yushchenko had not betrayed the Orange Revolution and those who stood by his side in that Revolution both Bandera and Shukhevych would have remained recognized as heroes by the courts. It's time for Yushchenko to just keep his nose out of Ukrainian politiics, he has already done enough harm for the cause of Ukrainian democracy and sovereignty.

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