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Higher Administrative Court rules Shukhevych's Hero of Ukraine title illegal

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Aug. 2, 2011, 4:18 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The board of the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine has thrown out appeals by former Ukrainian President (2005-2010) Viktor 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 an order conferring the Hero of Ukraine title to the elder Shukhevych. This ruling was issued on Tuesday.

On October 2, 2007 Yuschenko issued a decree awarding the Hero of Ukraine title to Shukhevych.

In October 2009, lawyer Volodymyr Olentsevych, on behalf of Doctor of Medical Sciences Anatoliy Solovyov, filed a lawsuit in Donetsk Circuit Administrative Court to declare the decree on awarding Shukhevych the Hero of Ukraine title illegal and to cancel it.

On April 21, 2010, Donetsk Circuit Administrative Court invalidated Yuschenko's decree on awarding the Hero of Ukraine title to Shukhevych.

The court ruled that the president had had no right to confer this title to Shukhevych, because he had died in 1950 and therefore he had not lived on the territory of independent Ukraine (after 1991). Consequently, Shukhevych was not a Ukrainian citizen, and this title could not be awarded to him. The court said that under the Ukrainian legislation the title of Hero of Ukraine could be conferred only to a citizen of Ukraine.
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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 4:42 p.m.    

So Ukraine can have no heroes or history of heroes before 1991. So Yanukovych and the Party of Russians must believe (just like Putin does)that Ukraine was granted existence by the Russian government. It sprung into being in 1991. While Russia grabs Ukrainian history as it's own, takes the culture and claims the faith dating back to 988 long before the Moscali ever existed, Ukraine starts it's history from 1991. This is shameful!

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 7:42 p.m.    

bla bla bla... you guys always blame the Russians for everything and not the west, you are just a blind opposition follower my friend...

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Anonymous Aug. 3, 2011, 12:14 a.m.    

Friend?

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 5:10 p.m.    

He's still a hero. The court ruling has no meaning.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 5:35 p.m.    

I couldn't agree more with comments 1 and 2 above. I'm so ashamed of what is being done to my country of birth by Putin's flunkies.

George Lewycky

Milltown, NJ, USA

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 6:58 p.m.    

Your country? Where is Shukhevych buried: Arlington?

They've used a loophole to sidestep an issue that relatively few people want to delve into exhaustively: the role of Ukrainian Soviets and Ukrainian nationalists in the 2nd World War.

Neither pro nor anti want any serious scholarship on the issue, because it would muddy the waters for both camps. Why should backward-looking Soviet or nationalist romanticism occupy so much of the imagination of what ought to be a forward looking nation?

Now that Ukraine is an independent state, make this a part of Ukrainian military doctrine, so that the length of time spent arguing over future heroes doesn't drag out 7 times longer than their actions did: &quot;If you launch a military campaign: Win.&quot;

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 9:25 p.m.    

The shame was in Yushchenko being President. He was not pr democracy only pro USA. In fact Yushchenko opposed Ukraine becoming an independent democratic state and the adoption of a full parliamentary model of governance. Yes Yushchenko handed power to Yanukovych, why? to preserve the presidential rule by decree authorities state.

The presidential system has and will continue to fail Ukraine. Ukraine will never be a true democratic state under presidential authority. Yushchenko and his supporters have set back Ukraine's democratic deve3lopment decades if not generations.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 6:48 p.m.    

Why should the 20% of the population that are authoritarian, Communist and Soviet rule over the 80% of the population that is democracy and freedom oriented? Democracy and freedom oriented parties should agree to always vote and to vote only for any democracy oriented candidate that is available if someone from their own party is unavailable and to never, never vote for an authoritarian, Soviet or Communist oriented candidate. It would be so simple to rid Ukraine of these Soviet vermin..

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 7:03 p.m.    

Yeah! You could hold an election, say, and have the democracy and freedom oriented population vote for the candidate they want to see in office... uhh, wait... how'd that turn out last time?

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 7:41 p.m.    

How can the past presidential election be elected if it was done under the leadership and premiership of the &quot;democracy and freedom oriented&quot; parties? Can't you, and your corrupt opposition friends, find anything else to say..

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 8:31 p.m.    

Yes, vote for freedom of speech, freedom of press and for democracy. Under no circumstances vote for an authoritarian. Only vote for whomever is available from any democratic party.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 7:47 p.m.    

By whom? The parties in power at the time, organizing the elections, were Orange.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 8:24 p.m.    

Voting participation in the last presidential election was only 40% because Yushenko sabotaged the election by collaborating with Yanukovych through telling people not to vote or to vote for no one. Had there even been 50% voter turnout Yanukovych would have lost. Consider this factor along with Yanukovych's well known vote rigging machine and the president should have been Tymoshenko.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 10:52 p.m.    

Read again - 10 times if you have to. Don't try to twist the words.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 8:34 p.m.    

Бог помагає Українії !

&quot;There is not now a Ukraine, there never was a Ukraine, there never will be a Ukraine&quot;.

Peter the First of Muscovy

Does this mean ANYONE born BEFORE August 1991 is not a UKRAINIAN Citizen by birth?

So all Soviet citizens and anyone else wanting Ukrainian Citizenship need to take naturalization?

That includes testing about Ukraine in Ukrainian, take an oath of allegiance to Ukraine

relinquishing ALL other. only than awarded a Ukrainian passport.

Or like Soviet Veteran John Demjanjuk let them be stateless. Soviet Ukrainians.

PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING !

Ukrainians are hospitable, Ukraine is beautiful, Ukrainian is desirable.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 8:37 p.m.    

yes.

The Ukraine is a country founded in 1991.

20 years old.

Happy anniversary !

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 8:37 p.m.    

what's good for the goose is good for the gander, choke on it

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 9:17 p.m.    

Correct. Anyone born in ukraine before 1991 were granted citizenship by conferal not by birth.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 9:15 p.m.    

Yushchenko had no authority to grant Hero statis to either of them. He was a caretaker President who had lost his bid for re-election. Both Bandera and Shukhevych were not heroes of Ukraine but members of an Insurgent Army/Terrorists group that supported the NAZI occupation.

The suggestion that the judges should be dismissed because of a unfavourable ruling under law is advocating political interference in the independence which must in itself be condemned by all who support rule of law but vigilantes.

In this case the Courts got it right and Yushchenko was wrong.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 10:48 p.m.    

Bandera and Shukhevych were both hero that used whatever means available to free Ukraine from soviet and Nazi. Truing to use the Nazi for your own end does not make one a Nazi.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 9:29 p.m.    

Yushchenko represented less than 5% of Ukraine. He was a failed and rejected head of state. He had lost any authority or right to govern and as recognised by the Courts had no authority to unilaterally declare either a &quot;Hero of the state&quot;

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 9:38 p.m.    

If popularity is the rationale, then what little should Yanukovych be permitted to do now, with a popularity that's plunged into single digits?

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 9:17 p.m.    

I guess you supported the Russian occupation of Ukraine.

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Anonymous Aug. 3, 2011, 6:37 a.m.    

obvious liar not worth wasting time on

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Anonymous Aug. 3, 2011, 8:38 a.m.    

is it so difficult to bear the truth ?

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 9:38 p.m.    

I don't know why Ukrainians are obliged to find a ''Hero'' for them?

The country has to admit that it has no 'Hero', It has Badit(s).

Greetings from out of Ukraine

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 9:49 p.m.    

For the same reasons Russians seem to desperately need a &quot;National Leader&quot;.

A lack of liberty and imagination.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 10:50 p.m.    

They heroes tried to use the Nazis not be one.

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Anonymous Aug. 2, 2011, 11:16 p.m.    

ha ha ha

even more embarrassing

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Anonymous Aug. 3, 2011, 2:08 p.m.    

Bandera and Shukevych will always be Heroes of true Ukraine- Herojam Slava

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Anonymous Aug. 3, 2011, 4:56 p.m.    

The court decision is correct.This man fought against Germany which was trying to liberate Ukraine from soviets.Bandera an Shukhevych=stooges for the jewishbolshevik terrorists ruling soviet union.

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