UWC Calls Upon President Viktor Yanukovych to Stop the Pressure of the SBU on the “Lonsky Street Prison” National Museum and Memorial
June 23, 2011
UWC CALLS UPON PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH TO STOP THE PRESSURE
OF THE SBU ON THE “LONSKY STREET PRISON” NATIONAL MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL
On June 23, 2011, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) sent a letter to President Viktor Yanukovych expressing grave concern about the continued curtailing of democratic freedoms in Ukraine as a result of the pressure being exerted by the State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on the Director and staff of the “Lonsky Street Prison” National Museum and Memorial to the Victims of Occupational Regimes. The museum conducts important work in exposing the crimes of the Soviet authorities against the Ukrainian nation and informing society about historical events in Ukraine.
In its letter, the UWC reminded President Viktor Yanukovych of last year’s events during which SBU representatives ignored the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the Director and staff of the museum when, on September 8, 2010, they arrested and questioned the Director, historian Ruslan Zabiliy, confiscated his computer and external hard drives, and conducted an unauthorized search and seizure of the museum, removing researchers’ computers and historical documents.
[…] Not relating to state secrets is information on:
[…] the violation of human and citizens' rights and freedoms; illegal
activities of state authorities, local authorities and their official
(Part II, Art. 8)
The Ukrainian World Congress called upon President Viktor Yanukovych to exercise his authority to stop the SBU from exerting pressure on the Director and staff of the “Lonsky Street Prison” National Museum and Memorial to the Victims of Occupational Regimes and to grant museum staff the full freedom to conduct research on and publicize the facts surrounding the criminal acts committed by the totalitarian Soviet regime against the Ukrainian people.
The full text of the letter