UWC President pays tribute to victims of communism on Black Ribbon Day

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September 9,2013 167

9 September 2013


UWC President pays tribute to victims of communism on Black Ribbon Day


On 23 August 2013, Black Ribbon Day, Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij visited memorials in Lviv, Ukraine, dedicated to victims of the communist regime. He was accompanied by Eugene Hryniv, Vice President of the All-Ukrainian Association “Memorial” and President of the organization’s Lviv chapter.


Black Ribbon Day marks the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Communist Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, which directly led to the occupation of numerous European countries and to the oppression and mass killings of their citizens. 


“The Ukrainian World Congress will continue exposing the crimes of communism until they are universally condemned in the same manner as Nazism,” vowed Eugene Czolij.


One day earlier, the X Ukrainian World Congress marked Black Ribbon Day noting the importance of protecting democracy and freedom in all parts of the world.

In the picture from left: Eugene Hryniv and Eugene Czolij


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