Petition by historians in response to detention of their colleague Ruslan Zabilyi

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Sept. 15, 2010, 1:48 p.m. |

About 100 people on Sept. 15 demonstrated in Kyiv against alleged harrassment by the State Security Service against Ukrainian historians.
© Photo by Yarolsav Debelyi

The following open letter was addressed to the State Security Service on Sept. 15.

On 9 September 2010 SBU agents detained the historian Ruslan Zabilyi and confiscated his research material. Now the SBU is seeking to launch a criminal case against him. Whether we share Ruslan Zabilyi’s views or not, we consider it absolutely impermissible for a security service to harass researchers and obstruct intellectual activities. Many of us are signing this petition in spite of the fact that we seriously disagree with Ruslan Zabily’s politics and his views of Ukrainian history. Even while we abhor the politicization of history that has become so evident in the recent years of Orange versus anti-Orange debates, we believe that the resolution of scholarly disputes depends upon the free flow of ideas, and free access to historical sources no matter how controversial they may be.

We believe that a truly democratic and independent Ukraine needs and facilitates full and free inquiry into its history. Such an enquiry can only take place with the broadest access to Ukrainian archives.

Given the record of denial of access to archives and libraries, suppression of dissenting views, denial of academic freedom, and isolation of Ukraine from the international scholarly community in the past, any Ukrainian government must be especially vigiliant not to revive such practices.

Against this background, the treatment of Ruslan Zabilyi points to a reversion to regrettable and dangerous practices of the totalitarian past. We find this incident extremely worrying, especially in view of earlier illegitimate uses made of the SBU in the realm of academia and civil society under the new Ukrainian government.

Even strong disagreements about Ukraine’s past and its politics of memory and history cannot be solved by methods that amount to harassment and intimidation. Ukraine’s reputation is also bound to suffer very severely from such methods.

We call on the SBU and the Ukrainian government to show responsibility.

We call on Ukraine’s public and its scholarly community not to tolerate the intrusion of blatant police methods where research, scholarly dispute, and public debate should be the means of resolving – or living with – differences. We urge the Ukrainian public and the Ukrainian and international scholarly community to join us in supporting Ruslan Zabilyi and in censuring the use of police methods to try to quash scholarly discussion.

Signed by:

Felix Ackermann, European University Viadrina Geschichtswerkstatt Europa

Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Melanie Arndt, Dr., Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam

Jars Balan, Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Omer Bartov John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Brandeis University

Jan Behrends, Research Fellow, Social Science Research Center Berlin

Karel Berkhoff, Associate Professor, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam

Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak, Professor Emeritus, Manhattanville College and Johns Hopkins University

Tim Buchen, Center for the Research on Antisemitism, Technische Universität Berlin

Jeffrey Burds, Associate Professor of Russian & Soviet History, Northeastern University

Tetyana Bureychak, Associate Professor, Department of History and Theory of Sociology, I. Franko National University, Lviv

Marco Carynnyk, Writer, Toronto

Istvan Déak, Seth Low Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

Roman Dubasevych, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald

Oles Fedoruk, Research Fellow, Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Rory Finnin, Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies, University of Cambridge

Michael S. Flier, Director,Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

Elena Gapova,Associate Professor, Western Michigan University/European Humanities University

Alexandr Gogun, PhD student, Humboldt University, Berlin

Semion Goldin, The Chais Center for Jewish Studies in Russian, The
Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel

George G. Grabowicz, Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Sofia Grachova, PhD Candidate in History, Harvard University

Andrea Graziosi, Professor, University of Naples

Borys Gudziak, Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University

Mark von Hagen, Professor, Director, SHPRS, Arizona State University, President of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Lubomyr Hajda, Associate Director, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

Elizabeth V. Haigh,.Professor Emeritus, Saint Mary's University Halifax, Canada

Karl Hall, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Programs,
Central European University, Budapest

Patricia Herlihy, Professor Emerita, Brown University; Louise Wyant Professor Emerita, Emmanuel College, Boston; Adjunct Professor, Watson Institute for International Studies,Associate, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

John-Paul Himka, Professor, University of Alberta

Alexandra Hrycak, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Reed College, Portland, Oregon

Halyna Hryn, Editor, Harvard Ukrainian Studies

Dr Liudmyla Hrynevych, Institute of History,National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Dr Vladyslav Hrynevych, Professor, Senior Researcher, Institute of Political and Ethno-National Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Yaroslav Hrytsak, Professor, Ukrainian Catholic University, Director, Institute for Historical Research, Lviv University

Maciej Janowski, Professor, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw/Central European University, Budapest

Oksana Kis, Historian, Senior Reserach Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Bohdan Klid, Assistant Director, Canadian institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Zenon E. Kohut, Professor, Department of History and Classics, Director, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

Boris Kolonitskii, Professor, European University, St. Peterburg; Institute of History, St. Peterburg Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences

Ihor Kosyk, PhD student, Vienna University

Mark Kramer, Director, Cold War Studies Program, Harvard University

Alexander Kratochvil, PhD, Exzellenzcluster "Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration", Universität Konstanz, Konstanz

Kravchenko, Volodymyr, Professor, President of the International Association for the Humanities

Sergei Kravtsov, Senior Researcher, Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Serhiy Kudelia, Assistant Professor, National Univeristy "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy"

Serhij Kvit, Rector, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”

Maria Lewicka, Professor, University of Warsaw

André Liebich, Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Torsten Lorenz, Institute of History, Humboldt University, Berlin

Paul Robert Magocsi, Professor, University of Toronto

Еmil Majuk, Stowarzyszenie “Panorama Kultur”, Poland

Liudmyla Males, Associate Professor, Sciology, Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv

Ihor Markov, Political Scientist, Director of the Department for Ethno-National Studies, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

David R. Marples, Distinguished University Professor, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta

Terry Martin, George F. Baker III Professor of Russian Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

Igor Martynyuk, Ph.D. Ab Imperio Quarterly

Jarred McBride, PhD Candidate (UCLA)

Askold Melnyczuk, Associate Professor,University of Massachusetts, Boston

Oleksandr Melnyk, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Joanna B. Michlic, Ph.D.,Director Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust, Brandeis University

Marina Mogilner, PhD, Editor for Russian and NIS, Ab Imperio, Kazan

Alexander Motyl, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, Deputy Director of the Center for Global Change and Governance Co-Director of the Central and East European Studies Program

Iryna Musiienko, Associate Professor, National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute"

Krzysztof Michalski, Professor, Director of the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna

Eleonora Narvselius, Centre for European Studies, Lund University

Larissa Onyshkevych, Ph.D.,Princeton Research Forum

Vitalii Perkun, Research Fellow, Insitute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern,Associate Professor, Director, the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies,Northwestern University

Dieter Pohl , Professor, Institut für Geschichte, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Andriy Portnov, Ukraina Moderna Journal, Kyiv

Anna Procyk, Professor, City University of New York

Roman Procyk, Ukrainian Studies Fund, New York

Wojciech Przybylski, Res Publica Nowa, Chief Editor

Robert Pyrah, CEELBAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

Vasyl Rasevych, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Ukrainian Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Shimon Redlich, Prof. Emeritus of History, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva

Inna Reut, PhD student, Graduate School for Social Research, Warsaw

Bohdan Rubchak, Professor Emeritus, Unversity of Illinois at Chicago

William Risch, Associate Professor, Georgia College and State University

Malte Rolf, Osteuropäische Zeitgeschichte, Leibniz Universität Hanover

Per Anders Rudling, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald

Natalka Rymska, Essayist, Translator, Lviv

Roman Senkus, Director, CIUS Publications Program,Toronto Office, University of Toronto

Ostap Sereda, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Lviv, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Viktoria Sereda, Assistant Professor, Ivan Franko University

Oxana Shevel Assistant Professor Tufts University, Department of Political Science

Christopher Stroop, Ph.D. Candidate,Stanford University

Andrzej Szeptycki, Dr., University of Warsaw

Volodymyr Sklokin, kandydat istorychnykh nauk, International Solomon University, Kharkiv

Iryna Sklokina, Ph.D. student, V.N.Karazyn Kharkiv National University

Ihor Skochylias, Dean, Ukrainian Catholic University

Regina Smyth, Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University

Timothy Snyder, Professor, Department of History, Yale University

Mykola Soroka, PhD, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Myron Stachiw, Historian, Director, Fulbright Program in Ukraine

Lidia Stefanowska, Assistant Professor, Warsaw University

Jan Surman, MMag., PhD Student, Institute of History, University of Vienna

Frank Sysyn, Director, Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Research,
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Roman Szporluk, Professor emeritus, Harvard University and University of Michigan

Philipp Ther, Professor, European University Institute, Florence

Iryna Vushko PhD, Yale University

Anna Wylega, PhD student, Graduate School for Social Research, Warsaw

Theodore Weeks, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Amir Weiner, Associate Professor of Soviet History, Stanford University

Andrew Wilson, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London/European Council for Foreign Relations

Dr. Sergei Zhuk, Associate Professor, Ball State University,

Muncie Arsen Zinchenko, Insitute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 3:32 p.m.    

In Putin’s Russia, the Study of History is now a Crime

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 3:48 p.m.    

SBU also had searched the offices of the museum workers ' prison on Lontskoho &quot;in Ukraine , which seized two laptops, a hard disk, hard copies of historical documents and video testimony of dissidents, the researchers recorded during 2009-2010.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 4:18 p.m.    

As an American who often visits Ukraine, I believe that the arrest, seizure of his documents and criminal prosecution of Ruslan Zabilyi will greatly DAMAGE the image of the Ukraine government.

The citizens of a nation either have &quot;freedom of speech&quot; or they do not. There can be no compromises.

Among the American people, the most highly valued part of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights is the First Amendment guaranteeing the right of free speech, and its logical extension, freedom of the press. It does NOT grant that right; it simply guarantees this most basic natural right of every individual against government suppression. There are NO exceptions listed, since it was recognized that UNPOPULAR speech is what must be protected under all circumstances - popular speech needs no protection!

I would like to quote the British economist and philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873):

“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing the one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

Suppression of free speech in Ukraine will project the image of the Ukraine government as just another thinly-disguised totalitarian state.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 4:51 p.m.    

Yanuconvicts needs no disguise to consolidate his totalitarian ambitions- putin rubs his hands with glee as Ukraine is shackled yet again.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 5:28 p.m.    

Given the extensive list of signatories, academics from across the political spectrum, it's clear that this regime is threatened by an honest view of Ukrainian history. This is good because it clearly underlines weakness of their ideology... sooner or later the truth wins out... hopefully sooner.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 5:45 p.m.    


The struggle against EVIL can NEVER STOP! We must never sleep or REST because Evil NEVER does! The struggle goes on.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 7:38 p.m.    

I share my colleagues' concern over the detention and harassment of Mr Zabilyi. Democracy will take root and flourish in Ukraine only if there is an unfettered opportunity for scholars of many different persuasions to study the archival record without intimidation or reprisals. That said the gratuitous remarks included in this petition, commenting on Mr Zabilyi's worldview and scholarly product, are off-point and unhelpful, especially given that some of the petitioners themselves have produced works that evidence deep prejudice against the Ukrainian nation's struggle for independence. What is before us is an issue of basic human rights and civil liberties in post-Soviet Ukraine not whether you or I like or dislike what Mr Zabilyi thinks or writes.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 8:30 p.m.    

Prof. Luciuk is on point. Rather than criticize Mr. Zabily by disassociating from his work, the petitioners should have stuck to the issue at hand: academic freedom.

However, there is another dimension to the regrettable disclaimer in the petition that attempts to discredit Ruslan Zabily. If his research complied with Minister Tabachnyk’s embrace of the Soviet version of Ukrainian history (as apparently “many” of the signatories to the petition do, since they too “seriously disagree with Ruslan Zabily’s politics and his views of Ukrainian history”) would Zabily have been detained, his research confiscated, his person and family threatened, and criminal charges filed against him? I think not. I hope that the rush to judgment of Ruslan Zabily will be reconsidered by the petitioners and his scholarly work be afforded the careful consideration that it deserves.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 10:27 p.m.    

The problem is, relatively little of Ruslan Zabilyi's work is widely available outside of the odd book review in the науковий збірник of the «Центр досліджень визвольного руху» published in L'viv by the ІНСТИТУТ УКРАЇНОЗНАВСТВА ІМ. І. КРИП’ЯКЕВИЧА НАН УКРАЇНИ — and featuring, rather prominently on the cover — the stylized coat of arms of OUN.

The artwork points at the center's political orientation — and it is the intrusion of ideology into academic research (on either end of the affair) that the petition's signatories decry.

In the збірник's pages, the author is described as:

«ЗАБІЛИЙ Руслан — науковий співробітник Центру досліджень визвольного руху, молодший науковий співробітник Інституту українознавства ім. І. Крип’якевича НАН України.»

One web site credits him with a Masters in History.

As far as I can determine, he has one book to his editorial credit in circulation: «Ремесло повстанця: збірник праць підполковника УПА Степана Фрасуляка--&quot;Хмеля&quot;», a collection of Stepan Frasuliak's tactical theory notes on partisan warfare.

«По-своєму унікальний повстанський підручник «Українська партизанка» може стати важливим джерелом для оцінки засад військового мистецтва УПА. У ньому виявляється систематичний та глибокий підхід до методів формування ефективної партизанської армії та ведення бойових дій па окупованій території.»

From what I can find, he is cited in others' works a handful of times.

Those who put their names to the petition likely did so out of principle — rather than out of personal warmth or professional esteem. Such is the dicey reputation of Ukrainian nationalism that these folks feel the need to hedge their bets. They may be wise to do so, particularly if, as it appears, Zabilyi is an unknown quantity with even-less-certain qualities — and may emerge in the next few weeks to spoil the broth of academic esprit de corps with something incredibly stupid to say.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 11:15 p.m.    

protecting Human and academic rights applies to ALL, not just those whom Mr. Кривоніс approves of. Its like Pregnancy: either you are or you are NOT....doesn't mean anything is guaranteed in the future outcome.

You either think that the SBU has a right to intimidate the rights of students (no matter how advanced or aspiring)to study and research THAT which interests THEM (not necessarily Mr. Кривоніс) or you don't!!! This isn't &quot;high math&quot;. Ruslan can be a scoundrel but so what ...who has the right to tell him not to study or reasearch?

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 12:29 a.m.    

Something else that applies to ALL: the prerogative to reject the formulation that there are two (and only two) diametrically opposed ways to understand any given situation. That's ideology rather than scholarship.

It's not an all-or-nothing proposition. I am able to distinguish between a scholar's political position and his right to conduct research. I reject outright the notion that because I support his right to research, I am also compelled to agree with the ideology he embraces or to accept as true the things that he writes. Nor do I think that the curtailing of his rights is a proof of the validity or merit of his ideology.

I know very little of Zabilyi apart from the piece of his I read in the збірник. Interestingly, links purportedly to downloads of his collection of Frasuliak's writings all appear to point to Russian servers — and involve running the gauntlet of robots, spyware and malware.

In any case, I reject absolutely the notion that an abnegation of an academic's ideological position is de facto a license for state security organs to abuse that academic's right to research.

At the same moment, I think the camp that says that an academic has the &quot;right&quot; to be a scoundrel is nonsense — because at that moment, he ceases to be credible — and his contributions amount to little more than further evidence, in the words of the well-worn phrase, that paper still takes ink.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 5:52 a.m.    

your spin and argumentation are lame! Even criminals (scoundrels or not)in prison should have a right to study and research (especially if it helps their rehabilitation)...remember the Birdman of Alcatraz?

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 11:31 p.m.    

Remember to read the Birdman's biography before you make him a cornerstone of Zabilyi's defense.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 7:29 p.m.    

But the question of whether he is a scoundrel or not should rest on the credibility of his research, not the arbitrary whim of the SBU... History is full of exampleas of one time supposed &quot;scoundrels&quot; who are now revered because their challenge to the accepted dogma was borne out.... It just happens that de-politicizing this particular realm of research is impossible, since the subject is politics itself... Hoowever, by taking the position of supporting academic freedom you are putting your shoulder to the wheel of a cart whose direction is feared by those in power today. One can't help but wonder why?

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 5:14 p.m.    

Mr. Кривоніс would you take away pencil and paper from &quot;criminal&quot; Taras Shevchenko condemned to exile in a penal colony or &quot;criminal&quot; Vasyl Stus in Gulag?

A yes or no answer should suffice instead of your two bit philosophizing about moral choice options like &quot;wait and see&quot; or the option favored by most-&gt;&quot;do nothing&quot;. Yes this is a multiple choice question but there is only one correct moral answer!

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 11:26 p.m.    


Would you accept pencil, paper, shelter and support from the Russians who gave Shevchenko his?

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 11:29 p.m.    

why not?

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 11:42 p.m.    

There you are then. People of good will abound everywhere.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 11:50 p.m.    

The &quot;why&quot; is simple — the principle is sound.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2010, 11:14 p.m.    

Кривоніс is absolutely correct. When one is dealing with an unknown or little known quantity it is best to be prudent and say so. This is not the case with the petition wherein it states: &quot;Many of us are signing this petition in spite of the fact that we seriously disagree with Ruslan Zabily’s politics and his views of Ukrainian history.&quot; Perhaps the &quot;many&quot; have greater access to Mr. Zabily's political and academic work than Mr. Кривоніс. However, I doubt it. Their conclusion is most likely based on stereotyping and soviet inspired dogma.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 12:38 a.m.    

Listen — the very same thing applies to his supporters. If they don't really understand &quot;his politics and his views of Ukrainian history&quot; — then they are putting their shoulders to the wheel of a cart whose direction they don't really comprehend.

The maxim &quot;my enemy's enemy is my friend&quot; didn't work out happily for OUN(r) in 1941 — and it's dangerous to create martyrs and heroes out of men a) whose views are the subject of speculation; and b) who are still alive to contradict you.

The best we can say is what the petition says: research should be unimpeded by politics.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 12:15 a.m.    

I congratulate the signatories for their call for academic freedom in Ukraine. I am, however, disappointed with the inclusion of the statement cited below as it seriously undermines the intended message.

“Many of us are signing this petition in spite of the fact that we seriously disagree with Ruslan Zabily’s politics and his views of Ukrainian history. Even while we abhor the politicization of history that has become so evident in the recent years of Orange versus anti-Orange debates, we believe that the resolution of scholarly disputes depends upon the free flow of ideas, and free access to historical sources no matter how controversial they may be.”

This statement detracts from the purpose of the petition and caused many academics to either hesitate or not sign the petition. Most importantly, it contradicts itself by stating “we abhor the politicization of history” and then politicizes the petition by stating “we seriously disagree with Ruslan Zabily’s politics and his views of Ukrainian history”. The petition would have been much more impactful was it not for this political message and obvious contradiction.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 12:50 a.m.    

With respect, Paul — I don't think it does.

I think rather, that the petition's &quot;intended message&quot; undermines (whether &quot;seriously&quot; or not) the sort of message those of a certain political stripe would have liked to have seen delivered.

The academics, from Ackermann to Zinchenko, are delivering a simple message. At its heart: ideology is not truth.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 3:37 a.m.    

The bottom line should be not that every academic supports Ruslan Zabily's point of view.....but everyone should support his unfettered

right to do research and have a point of view.

In a democracy I may not agree with a writer....but I agree he should have the right to express himself without fear of backlash or intimidation.....especially state intimidation. Anything else is unexceptable.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 5:03 a.m.    

this is an orchestra in full swing

one after another

the parade of self-absorbed if not

self-made-important historical literati;

poor Ruslan Zabilyi,

a person non-grata

nobody so non-meritorious

has ever risen so rapidly in the ranks,

if not minds of the ukranian historical-literati, precious me lot;

puzzled? me, yes, very much

a pawn is a pawn

and chess is my game

intrinsically least worthy of all the game pieces

but if strategically placed,

it may be useful, potentially devestating and immeaserably powerful;

and yet a pawn is a pawn

and as day follows night, Ruslan Zabilyi follows his maker;

Ruslan Zabilyi is a historian, you say,

a hisorian of refined proportion, a pawn.

in somebody's hand.

Ruslan Zabilyi alone is nothing, but add some spice to him,

and you get a hot mamma of the dinner menu;

no recepe of distinction here with Ruslan Zabilyi would be

without ODIOUS AND FEARED SUB, right...

poor Ruslan Zabilyi, a historian of distinction and who was nobody;

he is somebody now, not some pawn.

times of pawns are gone, the game has intensified

the time has come to sacrifice our pawn, Ruslan Zabilyi.

by his divine urge, we need a hero, an idol, a historian,

and Ruslan Zabilyi IS A fitting PAWN.


of a devil's work,

who was a humble pawn.

oh, your dreadful SUB, what your doing is not kosher...

you arrested our pawn.

we the orchestra, hidden hand, perfidious and of dubious backround


COSTODIANS OF the ukraniane..

we will sacrifice our little piddly PAWN, just like TALIBANS

to gain, leverage our hold of the ukraine.

we are THE UNIATES hidden in the cloak of our meritorious if not

scandalous disregard for well-being of one of our members,

who happened to be a simple, hot-headed, easily manipulated dickhead

who appears at forttuitous intervals...

this orchestrated COMPAIGN

is another attempt

in vain

may i add




THE UNIATES and its proxy followers;

well pox on your devil's work








and not some fellows of dubious HISTORICAL PEDEGREE

WHO happened to attach the array of prestigious academic acronyms

whose meaning is lost;




and for your pawn

ease off

the poor bugger does not know what day it is

let alone, what he stands for

for he can not write a letter

without being offensive

UNIATES, YOU ALL, will not get your way



and let pawns be pawns


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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 2:58 p.m.    

Learn to spell in English before attempting poetry, however inane.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 6:06 a.m.    

This has nothing to do with Uniate, or Orthodox. You are a fool.

Who were banned during Communism? the Greek-Catholic Church AND the UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH....who was free to roam and implant Russian imperialism??? RUSSIAN ORTHODOXY.

Which Orthodoxy must prevail?? Maybe the ass-backwards Russian Old-believers?? Or the Russian Orthodoxy that was reformed by Ukrainian Orthodox Patriarchs??

Or the Ukrainian Orthodox Independent Church??

Moscow is no 3rd Rome.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 6:30 a.m.    

If Mr. POR - Orthodoxy is the result of POR - ORTHODOXY, then I'm in favor of retroactive abortions of all POR - Orthodoxists, who have UNIATE on the brain, like a sort of bad version of rabies.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 6:58 p.m.    

Nobody reads your inane ramblings beyond the first two lines..

They say brevity is the soul of wit... try it next time

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 6:26 a.m.    

These people are right to abhor the politicization of history. That's what the sovoks did, and that's what the sovok relics continue to do.

Full and free access to history, to archives, goes a very, very long way towards knowledge and understanding - and eliminating the politicization of history.

What the SBU has done is outrageous.

It is not part of democracy.

it is sovok relics who are afraid that all of the carefully structured sovok propaganda which remains floating around Ukraine, and upon which a good portion of their control and power over the people still rests, will evaporate with full and free access to the truth contained in the archives.

These sovok relics don't want scholarly discussion.

They want to send Tabachnyk out to preach the sovok gospel.

A while back, Tabachnyk stated that he wanted to know the &quot;rest of the world's view&quot; about Ukrainian history.

Tabachnyk is noticeably silent on the issue of blocking access to these Ukrainian archives, and interfering with scholarly work.

All of these notable scholars from the world have expressed their view.

Where is Tabachnyk now?

Where is Yanukovych now?

Where is Ganna German now?

Where is Victor Pinchuk now?

Where is Yushchenko now?

Where is Tymoshenko now?

Where is Azarov Azarovych now?

Ukraine ----

Closed from freedom. Closed from scholarly research. Closed from truth.

Open for SBU police thugs, who don't want to be bothered by history.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 4:36 p.m.    

The list is useful SBU can use it to interview those in Ukraine.People have always made up history to suit their needs,so everyone calm down.Once zabilyi has been interviewed i'm sure he will come around to a reasonable view.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 4:54 p.m.    

People have not always made up history to suit their needs - sovoks and sovok relics have made up history to suit their needs.

Once Zabily &quot;falls down and hits his head&quot; and dies in a Ukrainian prison, which seems to be an unfortunate habit of Ukrainian prisoners these days, he will &quot;come around to a reasonable view.&quot;

Like stalin said, &quot;no man, no problem,&quot; right?

Welcome to Gestapo/stalin KGB Yanukonvikt land.

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 7:35 p.m.    

I'm sure the SBU has dosiers on all of them already.. (leftover from the KGB archive)

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 11:01 p.m.    

Ukrainian youth no longer FEAR anti-Ukrainian geriatric Moskali

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Anonymous Sept. 16, 2010, 11:58 p.m.    

Nor anti-everyone-else geriatric Ukrainian nationalists.

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Anonymous Sept. 18, 2010, 4:31 a.m.    

Another kindergarten comment?

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Anonymous Sept. 18, 2010, 7:02 a.m.    

Yes... it evidently found its target.

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Anonymous Sept. 19, 2010, 1:56 a.m.    

In Putin’s Russia, the Study of History is now a Crime

October 18, 2009

The Guardian reports:

A Russian historian investigating the fate of Germans imprisoned in the Soviet Union during the second world war has been arrested, in the latest apparent clampdown on historical research into the Stalin era by the Russian authorities.

Mikhail Suprun was detained last month by officers from Russia‘s security services. They searched his apartment and carried off his entire personal archive. He has now been charged with violating privacy laws and, if convicted, faces up to four years in jail.

Read more:

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Anonymous Sept. 19, 2010, 8:44 p.m.    

A television or radio station was even easier to deal with. You simply take away their frequencies. But the Internet? Those who wanted to “neutralize” Gongadze took the most effective road, one dictated by the Stalinist formula “no person, no problem.”

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