Reader urges Bryan Adams to boycott Yanukovych

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Oct. 16, 2011, 9:56 p.m. | Letters — by William Pawlowsky

Reader William (Vasyl) Pawlowsky calls on singer Bryan Adams and all who believe in democracy to boycott all events related to the Euro 2012 football championships in Ukraine.

Dear Bryan Adams,

I am writing to you with regard to your planned performance on Oct. 28 in the city of Lviv at the opening ceremony for the Lviv football stadium for the Euro 2012 football championship, alongside the event’s reported attendance of President Viktor Yanukovych. (Kyiv Post, Sept. 21, "Bryan Adams and Yanukovych to open Lviv stadium)

While you have been to Ukraine to perform in the past, there are a few things I am certain you stand for as a Canadian and as a member of the Order’s of Canada and British Columbia and that you should be made aware of. These are matters which not only disturbing to me as a fellow Canadian, and should be to you, but also to Members of Canada’s Parliament, as well as the close to 1.25 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent.

Bernard Trottier (Riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore, Conservative Party of Canada) made the following statement to our Parliament earlier this week:

“Mr. Speaker, recently we have seen some very troubling events take place in Ukraine. The persecution, arrest and continued detention of Yulia Tymoshenko, along with many others, are cause for great concern both in Canada as well as in the international community….These apparently politically-motivated actions undermine the rule of law and human rights, which are at the core of all democracies. The Ukrainian people, having long lived under the rule of regressive and undemocratic Soviet policies, will not accept a return to darker times. Ukrainians deserve to live in a peaceful and prosperous society, where they can enjoy the same freedoms and safeties seen across other western nations.”

The conditions of the imprisonment of Tymoshenko’s and [ex-Interior Minister Yuriy] Lutsenko could all be reason enough to reconsider any dealings with Ukraine’s current regime by any Western activist or institution.

Given the political nature of these particular cases, I shall focus instead on just a few examples amongst the plethora of other examples of serious ethical, political, administrative and humanitarian wrongdoings in Ukraine directly related to Yanukovych’s regime as well as to the preparations of the Euro 2012 football championship in Ukraine, and in the city of Lviv in particular.

The first example is the completely corrupt tender process that the municipal officials in Lviv ran for the building of the stadium, where they announced a financial tender which was to be awarded to the company that could finance building the new stadium and its infrastructure without burdening the local economy and population.

The tender was awarded to a company that had no financing and was eventually given to a Ukraine based company to be fully financed at the tax payer’s expense. When the rest of the world is trying to be frugal, the powers that be in Ukraine continue to try to squeeze the most out of their populace, only exacerbating the country’s deepening economic and societal crisis.

Regarding the building of the stadium, workers who were hired to do so were not paid for four months, and then the company that they were employed for was folded, and they were left without four months of wages. To this day they have not seen compensation for their labor. A lavish opening ceremony of this stadium will be just another blow to the dignity of these workers and their families.

What you will be paid for your performance, is not clean money. It is money that has been stolen from the population and the municipal and national budgets through deep-rooted schemes of endemic corruption, by officials who from day one of the tournament’s announcement have done everything possible to reap personal advantage of this landmark event in every imaginable way. Improvements to the quality of life of the people in the host-cities of the Euro 2012, i.e. creation of job opportunities, economic growth and capital inflow are all a fairy tale that even pre-school kids will not believe anymore.

However, the problems in Ukraine are much deeper than a systematically corrupted and economically ruinous mismanagement of the preparations to the Euro-2012 football championship. There is a constantly growing opposition in all spheres of society to the current regime - a regime that cannot be labeled as anything else but criminal.

This opposition is being answered to with increasingly worrisome methods. Among many other unnamed instances, this year’s Amnesty International Report on Ukraine is filled with unaddressed cases of unlawful detainment, torture and ill-treatment of protesters and students that stood up on various occasions to voice their opinion against the current regime represented by Yanukovych.

Back in July, Sting canceled a concert in Kazakhstan over claims of human rights violations on oil workers in that country. I believe that the current situation in Ukraine gives many more reasons for the same kind of action.

As a fellow Canadian, I would very much like you to reconsider whether you will play in Lviv or not. I know that there are plenty of other performing artists out there who would support you in your stand – a stand which would be just, regarding the current state of affairs in a country with an extremely fragile democracy, and which is turning into a police state run by a few who care very little about those they were elected to represent.

I call on you and anyone who believes in democracy to boycott all events related to the Euro 2012 football championships in Ukraine.


William (Vasyl) Pawlowsky

Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Anonymous Oct. 16, 2011, 10:25 p.m.    

Mr. Pawlowsky - good for you.

Mr. Adams - the ball is in your court.

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Anonymous Oct. 16, 2011, 11 p.m.    

Good Luck!

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Anonymous Oct. 16, 2011, 11:06 p.m.    

We, the community of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada along, with certainty, the blessings of our neighbor and your father ask that you reconsider your participation in anything connected to the Soviet representative Viktor Yanukovych.

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Anonymous Oct. 16, 2011, 11:13 p.m.    

I strongly support the idea that Bryan Adams does boycott the opening ceremony at Lviv, as long as Yanukovych is planning to attend the ceremony. As an American, I certainly hope that Mr. Adams will recognize that it is not a boycott of EURO 2012, but about the tyrant who is attending this ceremony. There are many Ukrainians who are living in both the United States and Canada who are extremely proud of their background. The democratic values and the rule of law is important to every citizen living in a free society.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 6:05 a.m.    

The wear a Yulia t-shirt or hold up a poster of Yulia is a better option. Projectors in the street displaying her immage thought the city. shops displaying a Yulia poster teh street decked in the colors of Red and White. People waering a I love Yulia scarf. make it a free Yulia day event. Turn it around. This is an opportunity that should not be missed. All of Europe and the world will be focuses on this uprising of support for justice. Much more telling and positive.

Attend but do so in silence holding a photo...

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Anonymous Oct. 16, 2011, 11:40 p.m.    

The conditions of the imprisonment of Tymoshenko’s and [ex-Interior Minister Yuriy] Lutsenko could all be reason enough to reconsider any dealings with Ukraine’s current regime by any Western activist or institution.

Read more:

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Anonymous Oct. 16, 2011, 11:59 p.m.    

In Tymoshenko found a new disease

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 12:02 a.m.    

Great article and very good point by Mr. Pawlowsky !

Everyone must condemn the Yanukovych dictatorship regime's attempt to completely destroy Ukrainian human rights and democracy !

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 2:49 a.m.    

Raise a banner of Yulia Tymoshenko at your performance in solidarity with democracy and freedom.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 6:01 a.m.    

Wear a Yulai T-=shirt. Better still all those that attend should wear a Yulia T-Shirt or hold up a photo of Yulia. After all it is not Bryan Adams job to fight Ukraine's internatl political battles. It up to Ukraine to stand up and display its outrage at what is happening.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 3:50 a.m.    

I am a Canadian, a was in Lviv area for a month this summer visiting relatives.....

Consider this will be paid with money stolen from the citizens of Ukraine.....

I visited and seen the atrocious conditions many of my relatives have to contend with.....

And the gov't makes no effort to build better roads, a sewer system, safe water supplies, descent schools, sidewalks, indoor toilets...etc......

But, they, the crooked corrupt officials have no conscience about stealing infrastructure pay for EURO 2012......

And thus paying you !!

Please, do not go, as you will be stealing money that was stolen from the people.

President Yanukovych has a $300, 000 shitter in his $250 MILLION (All stolen money)........while 70 % of the people still have outdoor shit houses.

Pardon my language,,,,,,but sometimes a point has to be made.

Please, re consider.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 4:02 a.m.    


$250,000 mansion.....

PS,,,,,,he will keep this after he is defeated.....

Our PM is just a renter in Canada's official residence, to be occupied by a futur PM.

Bryan , can you imaging the furor that would arise if PM Harper decided to build an 18 golf course next to his residence.

Well, the crooked Yanuk is doing exactly that......probably one of the only golf courses in Kyiv, and all with taxpayers money !!!

Do you still want to go Lviv???

I know your consience will not let you.

(PS.....don't take may word,,,,,,do your own reserch or contact the Canadian Ukrainian Congress in Toronto,,,,,I am sure they would be more than willing to explain the corruption of gov't in a beautiful country called.....Ukraine.

Except , of course , for the corruption , Ukraine and the people are beautiful.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 5:26 a.m.    

80 percent of households with at least one working person are poor in Ukraine.

Read more:

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 5:59 a.m.    

Yushchenko kept his state supplied house also.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 7:05 a.m.    

Yushchenko did not have a $300,000 bathroom.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 5:58 a.m.    

Personally I do not support international act highlighting the opening of this stadium. Why can they not showcase Ukrainian and Polish acts. After all these games are meant to be Poland and Ukraine's opportunity to sell themselves to th world. Ukraine has many excellent acts that can and should be engaged. As to the political Bryan Adams Boycott, the people of Ukraine should decide what they want. They should boycott the venue's opening or attend wearing the Tymoshenko logo holding a tree. Imagine the impact if there was a display of Yulia photos and her Heart on display at this event. This would send a strong message to the world.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 6:21 a.m.    

Calling on Adams to Boycott the evnt is the wrong idea.

The opening of the Lviv Euro 2012 stadium is an opportunity not to be missed.

Instead of boycotts and other negative protests the people of Lviv should attend the opening of the Lviv stadium on mass, each one holding up a Yulia poster or other image of her in remembrance and defiance.

They could wear a Yulia Tymoshenko scarf or T-shirt and remain in absolute silence during the opening speech.

The image of such a protest would be significant and one that would be reported across the world.

A sea of Yulia through-out the stadium. The silence and image would be deafening.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 5:15 p.m.    

It is not about Tymoshenko.

It is about the whole stalinist show trial system in Ukraine, the lack of a legal system in Ukraine.

Which has resulted in the political persecution of Lutsenko, Makarenko, Didenko and other former officials on trumped up stalinist show trial charges.

I only hope and pray that Tymoshenko will finally come to understand and realize the true meaning of democracy with what she has gone through in this show trial.

Prior to this time, her version of democracy was herself in power as a &quot;benign queen.&quot;

That's not democracy.

The pictures ought to be of the 12 former officials who are symbols of what results from a stalniist show trial system.

Not just pictures of Tymoshenko.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 6:32 p.m.    

the problems is that yes, they are show trials but... yes, all those defendants were corrupt also in their day. not so much sympathy when they fell. just like no sympathy when current guys fall. and sadly, they do not learn from their prison experiences they just get angrier and more vengeful against their enemies. no rich ukrainian politicians know the meaning of turning the other cheek or taking the high ground. the situation is ukraine is pretty screwed, so why not bring some good music to town once and a while and at least have some brief moments of pleasure.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 11:02 a.m.    

Very good suggestion.....

everyone bring a picture of Julia.....

But , Bryan should boycott and stay away ,,,his $300,000 fee, is money stolen , that could better be spent on the poor people who require better conditions..

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 6:37 p.m.    

you would have more luck by offering to wear shirts with the president's face crossed out. lots of people are against the trial who also do not want to become promoters of yulia... because they don't like her either and don't prefer a yulia-versus-yanukovich rerun in 2015. They want more from their country than what those 2 are able to offer.

Shirts with the president's face crossed out serve the purpose without touching the locally divisive topic of tymoshenko as a person and future presidential hopeful.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 9:26 a.m.    

No shirts with Tymoehnkos image are more confronting to Yanukovych. It is about her freedom not the explusion of Yanukovych. Take a good look at the Burma Protest and the work of Mahatma Gandi

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 5:58 p.m.    

but many people despise tymoshenko also. because she is not a clean character like ghandi or the lady in burma. and so you don't have the masses following her, that they had following them. it is a stretch.

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Anonymous Oct. 17, 2011, 9:09 a.m.    

But where else can washed-up performers make a living?

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 5:12 a.m.    

Bryan has over 20 concerts in 2011 at $300,000+ per show.......

Not bad money......

How much, Guest 09:09, do you make.

Grow up,,,and leave childish comments for the kindergarten classroom.


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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 5:08 a.m.    

I wrote and asked if Bryan , was in fact going to perform in Lviv

This is his reply........


Bryan Adams Administrative Offices to me

show details 12:43 PM (5 hours ago)

Dear Sir: Bryan DOES NOT have a show in Lviv . that must be a rumor. the correct and official tour dates are posted on

On Oct 16, 2011, at 6:35

&gt; an enquiry

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&gt; From:


&gt; Mr. T..........

&gt; E-mail: b,,,,,,,,


&gt; Message:

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&gt; Bryan:

&gt; Re your performance at Lviv Stadium on Oct 28.

&gt; I have searched and found conflicting dates.

&gt; Will you be performing in Lviv on Oct 28, or on any other dates for EURO 2012.


Firstly ,,,Mr Bonner,,,do you check your sources ??

Secondly,,,more Por LIES AND PROPOGANDA.....

IntUkr = soviet por lies.......

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