BANDERA CHECK

The Polish authorities, with their corrosiveness and indefatigability, con-tinue to develop a large-scale offensive against Stepan Bandera and the basti-ons of Ukrainian nationalism
Law enforcement practice of the anti-Bandera law has been expanded. The Polish border guards began to find out what views of Stepan Bandera and the OUN-UPA are held by Ukrainian citizens who wish to enter Poland. Dur-ing the interview, the applicants are directly asked about this and the answer can not be evasive or not too distinct in terms of assessing the activities of Bandera and nationalist organizations. The interviewee must openly condemn the activities of those people who are qualified by the Polish law as Nazi crim-inals responsible for the genocide of the Poles during the Volyn massacre.
In the Polish media, an example is given of an unlikely answer. A man whose grandfather and father have Polish citizenship, said at the interview that he did not go into the details of the history of OUN-UPA, and therefore he does not know who is responsible for the Volyn tragedy. The administration of Mazovia province considered that the Ukrainian tried in this way to avoid condemning the actions of Ukrainian collaborators. He was refused in entry.
The media, however, do not report whether all the guests from Ukraine should go through the procedure of abdication without exception, or the test is conducted selectively. In any case, this innovation can seriously spoil the blood of Ukrainian guest workers. There are about a million of workers, according to the Poles. Most of those who leave for work in the neighboring country are na-tives of Galicia and Volhynia, Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk regions, the roots of Ukrainian nationalism, where the names of Stepan Bandera and his companions-in-arms are “sacred and revered”.
You can, of course, talk about the doubtfulness of the interview proce-dure from the point of view of civil rights and freedoms, but the protests will not be able to help ordinary Ukrainian citizens. From now on, they can not avoid talking to the painful topic for many – the responsibility of people who received the status of national heroes of Ukraine, in the worst crimes and com-plicity with the Nazis. And also in the massacre of the Poles, both on Ukraini-an territory and in Poland itself. It is clear that for the majority, which, as usu-al, does not hold too much to the “national saints,” a conversation with the Polish border guard will be a formal, non-committal, albeit unpleasant ritual, and the correct answer to the question will be given nominally. But the most consistent sides of Stepan Bandera’s will hardly want to spit on the “holy graves for them”, and therefore entry to Poland for them will be closed. Where they direct their feet in search of earnings is understandable. In Russia, it is not accepted to find out what the gastarbeiters from Ukraine think of these or those topical questions related to the history of the Bandera movement.
By the way, Warsaw does not intend to limit itself to half measures in an effort to force Kiev to make substantial corrections to the country’s official ideology. At the level of interstate relations, Poland will seek a categorical re-jection of Bandera at the sites of the European Union. But there is still a level of direct impact on the consciousness of Ukrainian citizens. Now, a mechanism has been put in place to identify impenetrable nationalists, whom the Poles do not want to host in their own homes. They have the right to do this, since a person entering the country must respect its rules and reckon with them. Loy-alty to the law is a reasonable requirement.
The crisis in relations between Poland and Ukraine continues to deepen, at the same time at an extremely painful site. The Ukrainian authorities, inter-ested in the maximum blocking of the relations of their own citizens with Rus-sia, last year repeatedly stated that the decrease in the number of those leaving for work in Russia will be compensated by the expansion of those leaving for Poland.
There is every reason to think that the Poles will not calm down. Polish citizens also do not have any sympathy for Bandera’s supporters and, I think, they will closely watch the visitors from Ukraine, and even directly provoke them in questions about their attitude towards Bandera and OUN-UPA. Psy-chological burden on Ukrainians , forced to earn a piece of bread in a neighbor-ing country, will grow very noticeably.
The situation is deadlocked. Neither Kiev nor Warsaw intend to change their ideological priorities. The Ukrainian leadership can not under any cir-cumstances go to the debanderisation, since its most essential support today is a nationalist movement that swears allegiance to the historical figures who are at the source of Ukrainian nationalism. Poland stubbornly moves anti-Bandera course, exploring all the new opportunities to put pressure on the Ukrainian authorities and citizens of Ukraine. This conflict will develop steadily. And the arguments with which you can justify your rightfulness in the assessment of historical events in the European space are much less for Kiev than for War-saw.

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