Moscow, December 14, Interfax - Alexander Boroda, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR), has condemned the decision of the Lvov Regional Council to declare 2019 the year of Stepan Bandera, the leader of the extremist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, banned in Russia).
"We consider any attempts to whitewash the actions of nationalists who participated in the genocide of the Jews, let alone glorify a person who was a supporter and propagandist of the ideology of hatred, unacceptable," Boroda told Interfax on Friday.
The fact that the social and political forces of a Ukrainian region decided to declare 2019 the year of Bandera "gives rise to the mass conviction that such views not only have the right to exist, but are also encouraged in modern society," he said.
"The activities of Bandera and his allies should not be kept secret and justified in any way [...] and such glorification is very dangerous to Ukrainian society. Lvov deputies virtually support the misanthropic ideology promoted by Bandera this way," Boroda said.
The Lvov regional legislature has declared 2019 the year of Bandera to commemorate the 110th anniversary of his birth and the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the OUN.
On Thursday, Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Joel Lion said that he was shocked by this decision.