I don’t often print obituaries, but when I do it must be from the tabloid PolitNavigator! So, today, under the category of “Picking Low-Hanging Fruit”, I have this piece, under the byline of Vladimir Gladkov. The lede begins with the action of the Kiev Parliament (Supreme Rada) this morning; the session began with a minute of silence to honor the memory of a Ukrainian “human rights” hero named Levko Lukyanenko, who croaked a couple of days ago, on July 7. According to his wiki, Levko was born in 1928 in the Chernigov Oblast of the Ukraine.
From 1944-1953 Lukyanenko served in the Soviet Army, joined the Communist Party of the USSR, and earned a law degree from Moscow University, in 1958. It was around this time that he turned against the Soviet Union, became a dissident, and even organized a clandestine group that proposed to split the Ukraine from the Soviet Union. For this he was imprisoned; released in 1976 and became one of the founders of the “Ukrainian Helsinki Group” — the Helsinki Group being a nexus of pro-Westie and anti-Soviet dissident types. For this, he was arrested again; released in 1988. In all, he served 26 years of his life in Soviet prisons.
When Ukraine became independent, Levko was elected as a Deputy of the Rada; he and like-minded colleagues organized a political party called the Ukrainian Republican Party. Since that time he led an active life in Ukrainian politics, finally dying at the ripe old age of 89 years.
According to the PolitNavigator piece, Levko’s death was mourned very heavily by Andriy Parubiy, the openly-Nazi Chairman of the Rada. Parubiy: “I want to inform you, that on Saturday, after a serious illness, an outstanding Ukrainian has passed away: the author of Ukrainian independence, a Ukrainian dissident, a peoples deputy of many sessions; Hero of the Ukraine Levko Grigorievich Lukyanenko. This is a heavy grief and a loss for us all. I call on everyone to observe a minute of silence, to honor the memory of Levko Grigorievich in this session hall, where he spent so many years.”
One reason Parubiy is so cut up about Lukyanenko kicking the bucket, is because the two men shared the same white-racist ideology, even though they may have arrived at it from different angles: Parubiy from the Nazi/Banderite side; and Lukyanenko from his “Helsinki” path as a routine anti-Soviet dissident in the pocket of the Western “democracies”. Those same “democracies” not always so picky about their friends, in fact eager to utilize anyone so long as they are anti-Soviet/anti-Russian, whoever be the current enemy du jour.
Despite his reputation as a “human rights” activist, Lukyanenko was actually not very much interested in the rights of anyone other than “white people”, or Ukrainian “Aryans”, to be more specific. As a politician he had fulminated against mixed-race marriages and declared Ukraine to be “a nation of the white race”. Well, most Ukrainians are white, but not all. Believe it or not, there are some African-Ukrainians, not to mention Tatars and Central Asian types; and also some Joooz, they may have paler skin but probably don’t count as strictly “white”, I reckon.
Lukyanenko once clarified his position thusly: “A Ukrainian man or woman has the right to marry the representative of a colored race; however, if they do they should be required to leave the Ukraine and renounce their citizenship. Thus we shall be able to preserve everyone’s rights: the right of a person to marry a non-white person; and the right of the government to remain a nation of the white race.”
Also, somewhat ironically for a “Helsinki democracy” type, Lukyanenko had turned against the Western European path of development and started promoting paganism as a counter-balance to the traditional Christian faith. Well, maybe this last point can be ascribed to age-related dementia! Not that there is anything wrong with paganism, you just don’t expect it from a Ukrainian nationalist; like, usually, they’re Catholics, or something like that. Levko: “Consolidating the force of our genetic code and surmounting the Christian rift of man against nature; on the path of our native, national pagan religion, as reworked by a thousand years of experience of monotheism — this will give our nation biological and spiritual unity and strength.” Uh huh. Sign me up.