Inside:• More on Yanukovych in Moscow and Brussels – page 3.• Ukaine’s new Cabinet of Ministers – page 10.• Noted Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych – page 13.The Ukraini a n WeeklyPublished by the Ukrainian National Association Inc., a fraternal non-profit associationVol. LXXVIII No.11 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010$1/$2 in UkraineChanging the rules, factionsform a new majority coalitionMykola Azarov is PM in pro-Moscow CabinetYanukovych travels to Moscowafter being welcomed in Brusselsby Zenon ZawadaKyiv Press BureauKYIV – Ukraine’s pro-Russian parliamentaryfactions on March 11 formed acoalition government that will work intandem with the newly elected president,Viktor Yanukovych, ignoring the widelyUNIANPrime Minister Mykola Azarov addressesthe Verkhovna Rada on March 11.held view in the Ukrainian political establishmentthat they’ve violated the country’sConstitution.National deputies of the pro-Russianforces spent the last two weeks passinglegislation that allows rogue deputies –those expelled from their respective parliamentaryfactions – as well as defectorsto help form the coalition. Only with theirparticipation was it possible to form amajority of 235 national deputies.Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenkoand former President Viktor Yushchenkodeclared that the parliamentary coalitionand the Cabinet of Ministers were illegaland illegitimate. “It’s very shameful thatYanukovych is starting this way,” saidMs. Tymoshenko.Their claims were supported by politicaland legal experts, who agreed that theConstitution of Ukraine only allows parliamentaryfactions, not individuals, toform coalitions. President Yanukovychsigned the regulation-bending legislationon March 10, the day after Parliamentapproved its second reading.The first reading was approved onMarch 4. Party of Regions of Ukrainedeputies admitted that the legislationserved as a convenient avenue to avoiddealing with the Our Ukraine-People’s(Continued on page 10)by Zenon ZawadaKyiv Press BureauOfficial Website of Ukraine’s PresidentUkraine’s newly inaugurated president, Viktor Yanukovych (left), meets withRussian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow.KYIV – European leaders welcomedViktor Yanukovych with their handswarmly extended on his first foreign visitto Brussels, but it was in Moscow fourdays later that the newly electedUkrainian president demonstrated a willingnessto bend over backwards.The consensus among Ukraine’s leadingpolitical experts was that Mr.Yanukovych’s March 5 visit to Moscow –in which he all-but-apologized for visitingEurope first and then offered generousconcessions – demonstrated he’s ineffectivein defending Ukraine’s interestsbefore the Russian government.“The negotiations, as well as theaccompanying public messages, practicallyfollowed a Russian scenario,” saidVolodymyr Fesenko, an expert at theKyiv-based Penta Center for AppliedPolitical Research.“To compare, recall the themes raisedby [Russian President Dmitry] Medvedev(Continued on page 8)Travel to Ukraine promoted at New York Times Travel ShowWASHINGTON – For the secondconsecutive year, Ukraine was representedthrough the Discover Ukraineexhibit at The New York Times TravelShow, the largest consumer and traveltrade show produced in the UnitedStates. The convention, featuring nearly500 exhibitors representing more than150 countries, was held at the Jacob K.Javits Convention Center in New Yorkon February 26-28.The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation organizedthe Discover Ukraine exhibit andthe U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, thelargest non-profit trade association representingthe interests of U.S. businessesactive in Ukraine, was the sponsor.The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation(USUF) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3)non-governmental organization establishedin 1991 to facilitate democraticdevelopment, encourage free marketreform and enhance human rights inUkraine. The USUF is dedicated tostrengthening the mutual objectives ofboth nations and advancing Ukraine as acornerstone of regional stability and as afull partner in the community of nations.The foundation has been supportingUkraine’s travel industry since 2005,when it launched the travel site, www.traveltoukraine.org. Since then the websitehas become the No. 1 Google,Yahoo! and Bing “Ukraine travel” siteon the Internet.Over the past 12 months, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation has conducted awide array of public relations activitiesin support of Ukraine’s internationalimage, including promoting Kyivthrough “Cities: Capitals of the Mind,”an international London summit andthrough The Communication Group’swidely distributed report, “Cities: TheDestination Identity.”The USUF’s growing presence on theInternet, along with its business sectore-newsletter, BizLinks, distributed to5,000 subscribers, complements its travelshow efforts.(Continued on page 12)U.S.-Ukraine FoundationAt The New York Times Travel Show (from left) are: U.S.-Ukraine FoundationBoard Member Iryna Kurowyckyj, Consul General of Ukraine in New YorkSerhii Pohoreltsev, USUF President Nadia McConnell and USUF ProgramAssistant Oksana Yakovenko.
4THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010No. 11Ambassador John Tefft opens renovated American Libraryby Marta FarionKYIV – U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft participated in aribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the re-opening of the newly-renovatedAmerican Library at the National UniversityKyiv Mohyla Academy in Kyiv on February 18.The ceremony was hosted by university President SerhiyKvit.The American Library, established over 10 years ago,strives to provide current and reliable information on U.S.government, history, culture, society and values, the educationalsystem and the economy. The library offers readersup-to-date English-language resources, free Internet access,and fun events like Friday night film showings.Its holdings include more than 10,000 items, a multimediacollection and various Internet services, includingaccess to more than 50,000 electronic publications. TheAmerican Library is open to the public and is a resource forall visitors, including the public at large. It currently boastsmore than 4,500 members. The library is also accessible viaits website.Valentina Pashkova, director of Informational Resources Center of theU.S. Embassy in Ukraine and president of Ukrainian Library Association;John F. Tefft, ambassador of the United States to Ukraine; ChristopherFitzgerald, counselor for public affairs at U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.The American Library is named inmemory of Victor Kytasty, who dedicatedhimself to the development andgrowth of the National University ofKyiv-Mohyla Academy (NUKMA)and was instrumental in developingthe American Library.Mr. Kytasty moved to Ukraine fromthe United States and worked in variousgovernmental and academic positions,among them as senior consultantto the Economics Education andResearch Consortium’s M.A. programin economics and as faculty memberof the Department of Philology atNUKMA. He received an honorarydoctorate from the university in 1998.On September 22, 2000, VictorKytasty died of a sudden hear attack.The American Library’s renovationat the National University of KyivMohyla Academy was financedthrough a grant from the U.S. Embassyin Ukraine. The American Library isone of the libraries that form the KyivMohyla Library network, whichincludes the Omeljan and TetianaAntonovych Library, the ResearchLibrary, the Philology Library, theLibrary of the School of Public Health,the Library of Pre-University Studies,the Omelan Pritsak Library andArchives of Oriental Studies, and theforthcoming Library of Fine Arts.The Kyiv Mohyla Library collectionincludes over 650,000 printed books,over 50,000 electronic titles, 85 donatedarchival collections and over 50 privateprinted books collections, bearingthe names of their individual donors.The library hosts approximately 1,850visitors daily. 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He matriculated from theUkrainian Real Gymnasium in Salzburg, Austria, in1947. While at the school, he was an outstanding student,and was elected president of his class and, later,president of the entire student body.Mr. Flys graduated from the University of Madrid in1951 and received his Ph.D. from that university in1954. His field of expertise was contemporary Spanishliterature and he published several books on the subject.He immigrated to the United States in 1951 andtaught for over five decades at U.S. universities, includingCatholic University (Washington), Loyola University(Chicago), Bowling Green University (Bowling Green,Ohio), and Arizona State University (Tempe), where hetaught for 25 years.A highly respected scholar, Prof. Flys was chairmanof the Foreign Languages Department at Arizona Statefor eight years, until he retired in 2001. He also oversawthe Study Abroad in Spain Program.Surviving are his wife, Felisa, and their daughter,Tamara; four children from a previous marriage,Carmen, Marisol, Ana and Carlos; nine grandchildren,Laura, Elena, Marisa, Monica, Karina, Daniel, Paul,Victoria and Natalia; as well as a cousin, Roman Flys, ofDeliatyn, Ukraine.Memorial donations may be made to: St. JosephFoundation (Children’s Health Center), 350 W. ThomasRoad, Phoenix, AZ 85013.Vera Rich, translator,journalist, poet, 73LONDON – Vera Rich, a noted translator of Ukrainianliterary works and herself a poet and journalist, died of cancerin London on December 20, 2009.She was known also for her translations of Belarusianliterature, as well as translations from the Polish, Russian,Czech, Croatian, Norwegian and Spanish languages.As noted by Dr. Mykola Zhulynskyi, director of theInstitute of Literature at the National Academy of Sciencesof Ukraine, for decades Ms. Rich functioned as a UkrainianAcademy of Sciences in Great Britain. Dr. Zhulynskyi andother literature experts from Ukraine noted of Ms. Rich’spassing: “Ukraine has lost its spokesman, an extraordinaryambassador of Ukraine in the world of English-languageculture.”She translated the works of noted Ukrainian literary figuresTaras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko and Pavlo Tychyna,(Continued on page 17)
8THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010No. 11Yanukovych travels...(Continued from page 1)in August last year to the public messgagesin Friday’s negotiations. They practicallycoincided. The larger part of problems,which were raised last year, werevoiced now in a form quite favorable toMoscow,” Mr. Fesenko commented.The Yanukovych foreign policy wasfirst revealed on February 24, when histeam released a draft of the parliamentarycoalition agreement calling for “securingUkraine’s non-aligned status on a legislativelevel, meaning non-participation ofUkraine in the military-political alliancesof other states.”It called for extending constructivecooperation with NATO on all matters ofcommon interest and ensuring the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Charter, aswell as establishing relations with Russiaon the basis of strategic partnership,friendship, good neighborliness andmutually convenient trade cooperation.Experts have labeled this approach as a“multi-vector” foreign policy, similar towhat former President Leonid Kuchmapursued, but only with a far more overtorientation towards Russia.“Kuchma never even dared to legallysecure Ukraine’s non-aligned status,which is what the Regions are proposingnow,” said Alyona Hetmanchuk, directorof the Kyiv-based Institute of WorldPolicy, which advocates Ukraine’s integrationinto Euro-Atlantic structures.“Legally ensuring the non-aligned statusis so much the royal gift for theKremlin, and possibly the most desired atthe given stage, that a whole lot couldhave been traded for only this singlepotential possibility. The Regions aren’tstingy – they’re giving away everythingleft and right for free,” she said.Furthermore Mr. Yanukovych’s foreignpolicy contradicts itself, as non-alignmentis incompatible with ensuring the fulfillmentof the U.S.-Ukraine StrategicPartnership Charter, which calls forUkraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration.Non-alignment also contradicts theYanukovych administration’s allegedcommitment to pursue EU integration,she said, since membership involves amilitary commitment to the EuropeanSecurity and Defense Policy.First stop: BrusselsMr. Yanukovych’s first foreign visit aspresident was on March 1 to Brussels,where he and his entourage met withEuropean Commission President JoseManuel Barroso, European ParliamentPresident Jerzy Buzek, EU CouncilPresident Herman van Rompuy and EUHigh Representative for Foreign Affairsand Security Policy CatherineAshton.European leaders went togreat lengths to extend theirsupport to Mr. Yanukovychafter his election, immediatelyextending an invitation for hisvisit in what observersdescribed as attempts to establishcommunication and dialogue,and prevent his possibletendencies to recoiltowards Moscow.Mr. Barroso warmly greetedMr. Yanukovych, expressing“delight” that the new president’sfirst foreign visit was toBrussels. Developing relationswith the EU isn’t detrimentalto Ukraine’s relations withRussia, he stressed, encouragingMr. Yanukovych’s attemptsto make amends with theKremin.In turn, the Ukrainian pres-ident assured his European counterpartsthat European integration was a top priorityfor him, stating his goal of concludingthe Association Agreement by the end ofthe year.As part of the Association Agreement,a Deep and Comprehensive Free TradeArea and visa-free travel agreementscould be signed by 2011, conditional onUkraine’s performance on internalreforms, Interfax-Ukraine reported.Mr. Yanukovych also asked for a roadmap, setting conditions and deadlines, forsecuring visa-free travel for Ukrainians tothe EU by the end of the year, as well as a“technical assistance mission” of expertsto consider ways to streamline governmentspending.The EU is considering extendingUkraine more than 500 million euros ineconomic support should Ukraine meetthe International Monetary Fund’s macroeconomicreform criteria to renew itsloans, Mr. Barroso said.The Portugese leader’s embrace of Mr.Yanukovych – and his statement that “webelieve he has the legitimacy now to promotestability in his country” – drew criticismfrom many of Ukraine’s leadingpolitical experts, who doubt very muchthat he was legitimately elected.“I am utterly dumbfounded by the EUbureaucracy,” said Dr. Oleh Soskin, directorof the Institute of SocietyTransformation in Kyiv. “Barroso acceptedon such a level a person with a criminalbackground, a practical KGB agent,which is not accepted by two-thirds ofUkraine. Their analytical centers workpoorly.”Mr. Yanukovych deserves the sameNeed a back issue?If you’d like to obtain a back issue of The Ukrainian Weekly,send $2 per copy (first-class postage included) to:Administration, The Ukrainian Weekly,2200 Route 10, P.O. Box 280Parsippany, NJ 07054.Want to seeyour name in print?Then why not become a correspondent ofThe Ukrainian Weekly in your community?We welcome submissions from all our Ukrainian communities, no matterwhere they are located. Let the rest of us know what you’re up to in yourcorner of the Ukrainian diaspora!Any questions? Call The Weekly, 973-292-9800, ext. 3049.Official Website of Ukraine’s PresidentUkrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is welcomedby Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.treatment from Europe as BelarusianPresident Alyaksandr Lukashenka, hesaid.“It wasn’t necessary to meet with him,”said Dr. Soskin, who served as an economicadvisor to former President LeonidKuchma. “The EU leadership doesn’tunderstand criminal logic and rules. Theyneed to learn the KGB code, its criminallaw. The first rule is to fool the most gullible.Everyone else is a fool to be manipulated.And they will be manipulated likefools. Yanukovych fed Barroso a pack oflies.”Yet, Ivan Lozowy, director of theInstitute of Statehood and Democracy inKyiv, said the Party of Regions and itssponsoring oligarchs have genuine intentionsof deeper EU integration because itwill provide them with more trade fortheir raw material exports, as well asinvestment opportunities.The Party of Regions’ biggest financialsponsor, Donbas industrial magnate RinatAkhmetov, is especially interested inEuropean integration for those same reasons.“Brussels was deliberate, partly as aresult of Yanukovych being passed overthe last couple of years by the Kremlin,”Mr. Lozowy. “There’s a genuine pushtowards Europe because that’s where peoplesee real progress. They go shoppingin European capitals and send their kidsto European universities. That’s wherethe Party of Regions is looking.”“All roads lead to Moscow”While Europe may be on the horizonfor Ukraine’s oligarchs, they still can’tshake off their Soviet mentality. Mr.Yanukovych was almost apologetic toRussian President Dmitry Medvedevwhen Moscow reporters confronted himabout why he chose Brussels overMoscow for his first visit.“Dmitry Anatoliyovych views withunderstanding – as a person, not just aspresident – that the first days of work of anew president of any country is alwayscomplicated from the point of view ofwhere to go,” he said during his March 5joint press conference, laughing as ifthere was a need to break the tension. “Iam gaining experience, but as they usedto say – all roads lead to Moscow.”That quip was part of an entire seriesof flattering comments Mr. Yanukovychmade in attempts to ingratiate himselfwith the Russian president, much to thedisgust of Ukraine’s pro-Western politicalestablishment.Mr. Yanukovych behaved like aRussian vassal, said Oleksander Paliy, anexpert at the Institute of Foreign Policy atthe Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine.“Even worse than a vassal, he lookedlike a provisional governor, like a servant,”said Dr. Soskin. “His conduct wascharacteristic of a person without anascertained worldview or knowledge. Hedidn’t defend Ukrainian national interestsand we don’t have any leader capable ofbeing a Euro-Atlantic president.”Indeed, the topics they discussed – theRussian Black Sea Fleet, NATO, interpretationsof history, the Russian language –were those hammered upon by Mr.Medvedev in his notorious August 2009video statement condemning PresidentViktor Yushchenko’s policies as anunprecedented provocation.Mr. Yanukovych indicated he’s open torenewing the Russian government’s lease,allowing the Russian Black Sea Fleet toremain on Ukrainian territory beyond2017. This violates the currentConstitution of Ukraine, which requiresthat the fleet be withdrawn that year.Another breech of Ukrainian law wasMr. Yanukovych’s assurances to Mr.Medvedev that Ukraine would not alignitself with NATO, whereas the establishednational security policy states that entryinto NATO is a goal of Ukrainian nationalsecurity.“His statements in Russia cross out thewhole road that Ukraine underwenttowards NATO,” Dr. Soskin said. “It’sunprecedented and unacceptable for apresident to say such things. He tookauthority in Russia that is not granted bythe Constitution.”Mr. Yanukovych also vowed to cancelformer President Yushchenko’s decreegranting the Hero of Ukraine title toUkrainian nationalist leader StepanBandera and said he would do so in timefor the May 9 celebrations of Victory Day.Revoking the Hero of Ukraine titlegranted by a previous president would bean unprecedented step for a Ukrainianpresident, observers pointed out.The Ukrainian and Russian presidentsagreed that Russia, Belarus and Ukrainewill jointly organize parades and festivitiescelebrating the victory of Soviet forcesagainst Nazi Germany.Upon Mr. Yanukovych’s suggestion totake a “sharp turn” in Russian-Ukrainianrelations, Russian Prime MinisterVladimir Putin extended to Ukraine anoffer to join the customs union beingformed between Russia, Belarus andKazakhstan.Ukrainian priorities were “peripheral,particularly a review of [natural] gasagreements,” Mr. Fesenko said. “Moscowpromised a review, but offered no declarationsin terms of deadlines, prospectsand the nature of the review. Therefore, Iconsider the visit to have followed aMuscovite script.”Mr. Lozowy wasn’t as pessimistic asother experts, believing that Mr. Yanukovychmade some general statements in Moscow,and left certain options open, which he haslittle intention to follow up on.For example, it’s impossible forUkraine to join the Russian-Belarus-Kazakhstan customs union, havingalready joined the World TradeOrganization.“It’s political petting for the Russiansthat he knows that he doesn’t have todeliver,” Mr. Lozowy said.In discussions with Mr. Putin broadcaston television, Mr. Yanukovych expressedadmiration for the government he hasestablished. He stressed the need for a“serious revision” to Russian-Ukrainianrelations and for the removal of “artificialbarriers.”He assured Mr. Putin that he will“establish order in the literal and figurativesense” in Ukraine.“The Russian people still don’t understandthe price of the stability that existsin Russia,” Mr. Yanukovych said. “If youwere given a few politicos from Ukraine,you would understand what politickingis.”“Send us salo [pork fat] instead,” Mr.Putin retorted.
No. 11THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 20109Unloved but unbowed, Viktor Yushchenko leaves officeby Gregory FeiferRFE/RLPART IKYIV – Five years ago, hundreds ofthousands of Ukrainians chanted ViktorYushchenko’s name on Kyiv’s IndependenceSquare during mass protests prompted bywidespread anger over his defeat in a riggedpresidential election. Braving snow and temperatureswell below freezing, the demonstratorsset up tents, sang and waved theorange campaign flags that gave their movementits name.On stage, rock bands gave concerts andopposition leaders rallied the crowds.Tensions between the opposition and theauthorities ran high, overshadowed by thepossibility of a violent police crackdown.Mr. Yushchenko promised to ensure thelaw would prevail and the election resultswould be overturned. As their struggleplayed out on television screens around theworld, the protesters stayed out day afterday, giving the opposition crucial momentum.It was Mr. Yushchenko’s biggest triumph.The Supreme Court annulled the victory ofViktor Yanukovych, the pro-Moscow primeminister and chosen successor of hard-linePresident Leonid Kuchma, under whoseregime opposition figures and journalistswere assassinated. Mr. Yushchenko went onto seal the Orange camp’s victory by winninga new election.But the man who overcame great odds tolead Ukraine during a pivotal time in its historyleaves a deeply contradictory legacy.Mr. Yushchenko exits the presidency withUkraine in economic crisis and paralyzed bya bitter political standoff that has Ukrainiansdisillusioned and wondering what theOrange Revolution was all about.Life-and-death struggleMr. Yushchenko’s Orange Revolutionvictory was a breathtaking achievement in aformer Soviet republic whose neighbors hadslid back toward authoritarianism. Russiahad campaigned hard for Mr. Yanukovych,but the odds against pro-Western Mr.Yushchenko were far more than merelypolitical.He was fighting for his life and in terriblephysical pain, his handsome face grotesquelydisfigured by a massive dose of dioxinpoison he accused Moscow-backed governmentagents of administering. At times, Mr.Yushchenko was able to appear in publiconly because Austrian doctors had threadeda tube under the skin of his back to deliver aconstant flow of painkillers.Oleh Rybachuk ran Mr. Yushchenko’scampaign and later became his presidentialchief of staff. He says Mr. Yushchenko’spain was “unbearable.”“He was begging doctors just to let himdie,” Mr. Rybachuk says. “The doctorsimplanted the strongest painkiller in hisback, but at some level they were hesitating.They were afraid that his heart would stop.Therefore, they were really balancing on theedge of life and death.”With Mr. Yushchenko physically unableto travel, it was his main ally, YuliaTymoshenko, who did most of the campaigning.The fiery orator adopted her nowfamiliarimage, dressing in glamorous whiteoutfits and wearing her newly blonde hair ina fairy-tale braid crown. Her impassionedappearances catapulted her to political stardom,but they also helped ensure Mr.Yushchenko’s victory.The new president continued to suffersearing pain for years. Rybachuk says, inaddition to the enormous damage Mr.Yushchenko’s poisoning caused his nervoussystem, it had a tremendous psychologicaleffect on a man with Hollywood goodlooks.“He said many times in public that whenhe woke up in the morning, every time, foryears after that,” he says, “he couldn’t putup with the thought that the reflection hewas seeing was actually himself. For anyone– forget about a public figure or candidatefor the presidency – it might totally destroyyour identity, your personality. It affectedhim very seriously.”“First real president”But the man whose pockmarked facebecame the symbol of the fight againstauthoritarianism wasn’t always fated tobecome an opposition leader. As head ofUkraine’s central bank in the 1990s, Mr.Yushchenko was known as a centrist – loyalto then-President Kuchma – who ushered ina national currency and other reforms thatdrew praise in the West. After his unexpectedappointment as prime minister in 1999,the former collective-farm accountantrebuffed attempts by some of the country’sfractured opposition to become their leader.But Mr. Yushchenko changed his mindafter he was removed from office amid bitteropposition to his government’s reformsfrom powerful business oligarchs.After winning the presidency, Mr.Yushchenko called himself Ukraine’s “firstreal president.”“We were independent for 14 years, butnot free,” he said at the time.The new leader vowed to attack rampantcorruption, arrest criminals and put Ukraineon a path toward Europe. He urgedUkrainians to “roll up our sleeves and workhonestly from morning until night for thiscountry.”But Mr. Yushchenko himself spent mostof his first year in office traveling aroundEuropean capitals receiving awards. Warmlywelcomed in the United States, which hadquietly backed him during the OrangeRevolution, he was given the rare honor ofQuotable notes“… a Yanukovych presidency is committed to the integration of European valuesin Ukraine. Ukraine should make use of its geopolitical advantages andbecome a bridge between Russia and the West. Developing a good relationshipwith the West and bridging the gap to Russia will help Ukraine. We should not beforced to make the false choice between the benefits of the East and those of theWest. As president I will endeavor to build a bridge between both, not a one-waystreet in either direction. We are a nation with a European identity, but we havehistoric cultural and economic ties to Russia as well. The re-establishment ofrelations with the Russian Federation is consistent with our European ambitions.We will rebuild relations with Moscow as a strategic economic partner. There isno reason that good relations with all of our neighbors cannot be achieved.“…my agenda — to restore economic vitality and calm the political turbulencethat has plagued our nation; to enable Ukraine to take advantage of its naturalpositioning as a thriving bridge between Russia and the West; and finally, toprepare a free and open Ukraine, economically and politically, to join theEuropean Union when the time comes. …”– President-elect Viktor Yanukovych, writing in the February 17 issue of TheWall Street Journal, Opinion Europe.addressing a joint session of Congress.Back at home, President Yushchenkocultivated the image of a patrician, a manwho dressed impeccably – his tie alwaysmatching his pocket square – but whoremained connected to the land. He keptbees at his “dacha” and was known toleave ministers waiting on important mattersof state while he watered the plants inhis office.Mr. Rybachuk, who later became Mr.Yushchenko’s chief of staff, says the presidentcould have used his great popularity tocarry out desperately needed reforms.“He could have done anything,” Mr.Rybachuk says. “He could have changedthe constitution, called for early parliamentaryelections if he had used that peak of hispopularity for the top priorities for the country.But what actually happened was that thebest time of his presidency was almostwasted.”Tymoshenko obsessionAlmost immediately after his election,Mr. Yushchenko became mired in infightingwith Ms. Tymoshenko, whom he hadnamed prime minister. He fired her inSeptember 2005, after she had set pricecaps on basic goods and demanded the reprivatizationof state assets, which promptedaccusations of populism and authoritarianism.The first public clash between PresidentYushchenko and his most important allyushered in a bitter five-year standoff. Mr.Rybachuk says it also ended Mr.Yushchenko’s vital political role of a uniterwho’d brought Ukraine’s fractious oppositiontogether. No longer allied with thewoman Ukrainians saw as an integral partof the Orange duo, Mr. Yushchenko saw hispopularity plummet.Mr. Rybachuk says he soon developedan obsession with undermining Ms.Tymoshenko that bordered on the “paranoiac.”“Ms. Tymoshenko became his only subject,”Mr. Rybachuk says.But Mr. Yushchenko’s criticism onlyadded to Ms. Tymoshenko’s popularity. Italso helped open the way for Mr.Yanukovych, the villain of the OrangeRevolution, to emerge from political exileto take up the role of opposition leader.After parliamentary elections in 2006gave Ms. Tymoshenko’s political bloc farmore votes than Mr. Yushchenko’s party, herestored Mr. Yanukovych as prime minister,joining forces with his old foe rather thanseeing Ms. Tymoshenko return to power.That, too, backfired.Mr. Yushchenko dismissed Mr.Yanukovych only months later, accusinghim of trying to usurp power.Ms. Tymoshenko made even greateradvances in the next round of snap elections,this time leaving Mr. Yushchenkowith no option but to agree to join her ina new Orange coalition. Still, he objected.Dmitry Vydrin, then a close adviser toMs. Tymoshenko, says Mr. Yushchenkodisappeared during the negotiations.“Ms. Tymoshenko was calling himevery five minutes,” Mr. Mr. Vydrin says.“It turns out he was at his dacha with hismobile phone switched off, turning overmint leaves drying in the sun. That wasmore important for him than the coalition.”“Mint represents the eternal for Mr.Yushchenko, the soul,” Vydrin says. “Thecoalition was just temporary.”The article above is reprinted fromEurasia Daily Monitor with permissionfrom its publisher, the JamestownFoundation, www.jamestown.org.
10THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010No. 11Rada forms new CabinetAfter approving Mykola Azarov as prime minister of Ukraine, the VerkhovnaRada on March 11 appointed a new government. Ukrinform reported the followingcomposition of the Cabinet of Ministers.First Vice Prime Minister Andriy KliuyevVice Prime Minister Borys KolesnikovVice Prime Minister Volodymyr SemynozhenkoVice Prime Minister Volodymyr SivkovychVice Prime Minister Viktor SlautaVice Prime Minister Sergey TigipkoVice Prime Minister Viktor TikhonovEnvironmental Protection Minister Viktor BoikoFuel and Energy Minister Yurii BoikoTransport and Communications Minister Kostiantyn YefimenkoIndustrial Policy Minister Dmytro KolesnikovCulture and Tourism Minister Mykhailo KuliniakaJustice Minister Oleksander LavrynovychHealth Minister Zynovii MytnykInternal Affairs Minister Anatoli MohiliovLabor and Social Policy Minister Vasyl NadrahaHousing and Public Utilities Minister Oleksander PopovAgrarian Policy Minister Mykhailo PrysiazhniukMinister for Families, Youth and Sports Ravil SafiullinEducation Minister Dmytro TabachnykMinister of the Cabinet of Ministers Anatolii TolstoukhovEconomy Minister Vasyl TsushkoFinance Minister Fedir YaroshenkoRegional Development Minister Volodymyr YatsubaCoal Industry Minister Yurii YaschenkoEmergencies Minister Nestor ShufrychForeign Affairs Minister Kostyantyn GryshchenkoDefense Minister Mykhailo YezhelTo subscribe to The Ukrainian Weekly, call 973-292-9800, ext. 3042Changing the rules...(Continued from page 1)Self-Defense faction, which consists of asmany as 15 groups that were negotiatingseparately and making their owndemands.Upon opening the March 11 parliamentarysession, Verkhovna RadaChairman Volodymyr Lytvyn declaredthat the Stability and Reforms Coalitionhad been formed by the Party of Regions,the Communist Party of Ukraine, theLytvyn Bloc, four rogue deputies and 17defecting deputies from the Tymoshenkoand Our Ukraine blocs.Critics of the coalition derisivelydubbed it the “Koalitsiya Tushok,” or“Coalition of Animal Carcasses,” referringto the rogue deputies who weretossed from their factions and, in theoryat least, aren’t supposed to influenceevents in Parliament.With the amendment, the revised lawon parliamentary rules of procedurestates, “The coalition of deputies’ factionsin the Verkhovna Rada is formed by theelection results and on the basis ofagreed-upon political positions and on thebasis – established by the Constitutionand these rules of procedure – of unificationof deputies’ factions, national deputies[editor’s note: the legislation insertsthe words “national deputies”], into whichthe majority of national deputies from theVerkhovna Rada’s constitutional compositionenter.”Yet, Kyiv political expert and lawyerIvan Lozowy said the law must conformto the Constitution. In this case, the lawviolates both its letter and its intent.The procedural amendment of the regulationswas unprecedented since the constitutionalchanges that took effect inJanuary 2006, requiring factions to formcoalitions. (Elected parties or blocs ofparties automatically assume the status offactions, from which deputies can’t leaveor switch over based on an imperativemandate.)Throughout his difficulties in dealingwith the governments led by PrimeMinisters Yanukovych and Tymoshenko,President Yushchenko never resorted tosidestepping the constitutionally establishedrules.Outraged by the maneuver, the formerpresident called for a national “defiance”to the coalition.Lawyers from the Tymoshenko Bloc,as well as National Deputy ArseniyYatsenyuk, said they will appeal the proceduralchanges in the ConstitutionalCourt of Ukraine.Mr. Lozowy said the court isn’t likelyto overturn the legislation, regardless ofhow egregiously it fails to conform to theConstitution.“The courts are like hired prostitutes,used and abused for so long that they’llagree to anything, including flagrant violationsof the Constitution,” he said.“They’re paid well, particularly in situationslike this.”After Mr. Lytvyn announced the newcoalition, its members voted to approvethe new Cabinet of Ministers.They mustered 242 votes to elect asUkraine’s new prime minister MykolaAzarov, the geologist-turned-accountantwho served as first vice prime minister inthe 2006-2007 Cabinet led by PrimeMinister Yanukovych.He got his political debut in Kyiv servingas chair of Ukraine’s State TaxAdministration between 1996 and 2002,during which he drafted a notorious taxcode that was used to persecute governmentopponents, observers said.The phrase “Azarovschyna” emergedin early 2004 when Mr. Azarov served asfirst vice prime minister and finance ministerto Prime Minister Yanukovych. Itwas coined by National Deputy InnaBohoslovska to denote “disdain for one’sown country’s citizens and disliketowards Ukraine itself.”Mr. Azarov had persecuted, dismissedand ruined numerous government opponentsby then, including opposition publicationsand politicians such as Ms.Tymoshenko, through his access to variousgovernment levers.Ms. Tymoshenko has begun using theterm “Azarovschyna” in her attacks ont h e Ya n u k o v y c h g o v e r n m e n t .“Azarovschyna is the disposal of budgetaryfunds as your own, with large kickbacks,”Ms. Tymoshenko said in earlyFebruary.“Azarovschyna is the complete disregardfor the law, including tax violations.Azarovschyna is the first time inUkrainian history that minimum wageswere lowered to the base indicators forpension payments. That’s what happenedin 2003 and 2004.”The third-place finisher in Ukraine’spresidential election, Sergey Tigipko,agreed to become a vice prime minister inthe new government.Meanwhile, Ukraine’s opposition willconsist of two separate forces – those partiesled by the Tymoshenko Bloc andthose parties led by Mr. Yushchenko.Visit our archive online:www.ukrweekly.comMission StatementThe Ukrainian National Association exists:• to promote the principles of fraternalism;• to preserve the Ukrainian, Ukrainian American andUkrainian Canadian heritage and culture; and• to provide quality financial services and productsto its members.As a fraternal insurance society, the Ukrainian NationalAssociation reinvests its earnings for the benefit of itsmembers and the Ukrainian community.
No. 11THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 201011Students from Ukraine spend two weeks in the United Statesby Yulia MoroziukNEW YORK – Five teenagers fromcentral and eastern Ukraine spent the firsttwo weeks of the New Year withUkrainian American families in the northeasternUnited States thanks to a newprogram called SDI American Winter.Conceived and promoted by the SocialDevelopment Institute Inc. of New York,and its president, Michael Kazarenko, anative of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, theprogram enabled five students fromUkrainian schools in Kramatorsk andKyiv to be invited to spend the first twoweeks of January with UkrainianAmerican host families.Sofiya Lukyanchuk, 16, NadiyaRokytyanska, 16, and OleksanderVasiliev, 16, from Kramatorsk participatedin the program as winners of the PetroJacyk International Ukrainian LanguageCompetition; while the Syroduk sisters,Uliana, 17, and Natalia, 14, of Kyiv wererecognized for their talents in, respectively,singing and painting.The young Ukrainians spent their timein New York, New Jersey and theWashington area, in Falls Church andVienna, Va., and Laurel, Md., residingwith the Reuter, Olson, Graves andBrandafi families. Their travel to the U.S.was facilitated by Ukraine’s ConsulateGeneral in New York, Consul GeneralSerhiy Pohoreltsev and Consul BohdanMovchan.Bridging the gapWhile western Ukrainians are closelyacquainted with European and Americanlifestyles and thinking, many citizens inthe central, eastern, and especially southernregions of Ukraine continue to thinkof the United States in terms of stereotypespromoted by various mass media.At the same time, in the most Russifiedterritories of the east and south, westernUkrainians are often considered to be“hostile” towards the east.Representatives of the Ukrainiandiaspora in the United States suggested anew program for Ukrainian youth thatwas designed to help bridge the gap,counter these stereotypes and build dialogue.“We invited a girl from eastern Ukrainenot only to show her American life, but toshow her the life of Ukrainians inAmerica. Above all, we wanted her toknow that there are Ukrainians outside ofUkraine who keep the traditions, languageand culture even in mixed-heritagecouples. My husband is American, but helearns Ukrainian, already sings our liturgyfrom memory, and tries to speak with ourson only in Ukrainian,” said IrynaYasynska-Graves.Nadiya Rokytyanska confessed thatMarta L. Kowalczyk-Reuter bids farewellto Sofiya Lukyanchuk fromKramatorsk, Ukraine.before this trip she had been writing inUkrainian for two years, but to speak inher native Ukrainian language in completelyRussian-speaking surroundingsseemed to her to be unrealistic. “And nowin the U.S., I feel as if I visited westernUkraine. Among relatives of Mrs. Gravesthere were Sichovi Striltsi [UkrainianSich Riflemen] and soldiers of the UPA[Ukrainian Insurgent Army], about whomshe told me a lot,” Nadiya commented.Program’s beginningsThe genesis of this unique program canbe traced to the Ukrainian AmericanYouth Association’s School of UkrainianStudies in New York City. Five years agothe school community initiated a programfor youths of Ukrainian descent to studythe Ukrainian language, history and cultureat the National University of KyivMohyla Academy (KMA) in Ukraine.This was an intense immersion and studyprogram, with four weeks of classroomwork and multiple cultural excursions. Itwas also an inclusive program, open toany American, Canadian, Australian orEuropean student of Ukrainian heritagewho sought a learning-by-immersionexperience.The Social Development Institute, anot-for-profit charitable organizationfounded in 2007, has been collectingfunds so that American students couldparticipate in this program at reducedcost.Last summer Mr. Kazarenko becameacquainted with Marta Kowalczyk-Reuter, who along with her daughter,Melanie, attended the KMA SummerProgram. Later that year, after the SDIAmerican Winter program was established,it was necessary to locate hostfamilies willing to provide a memorableexperience for the visiting students. Mrs.Reuter was particularly successful inidentifying host families from theWashington area.Mrs. Reuter was born in the UnitedStates to an ethnically mixed family longseparated from the territory of presentdayUkraine. Her father was born inKrakow, Poland, into the Lemko-Ukrainian community that suffered a highdegree of Polonization between the twoworld wars and afterwards the forcedresettlement of Akcja Wisla. Her motheris German, not Ukrainian. Mrs. Reuterlearned Ukrainian well enough to becomea teacher of Ukrainian as a second languagein the Washington-area School ofUkrainian Studies.Mrs. Reuter’s guest in January wasSofiya Lukyanchuk. “Although my fatheralways speaks only in Ukrainian, I beganto follow his example only two monthsbefore coming to the U.S., confessedSofiya. “It seemed to me that I spokeRussian before, because I loved that language.However, when I was in theStates, all the Ukrainian friends of theReuters were surprised that in the Donbaspeople spoke Ukrainian so well. I understoodthen that, during all those years,despite having a mother tongue, I wasusing a foreign one. Now I do not want tobe considered a Russified Ukrainian.”Each host family planned an ambitiousagenda according to the preferences oftheir young guests. For example, Sofiyahad an opportunity to study for a week atan American high school together withMelanie Reuter. The two girls are similarin age and both attend the ninth grade.“Most children from eastern Ukrainehave never been in its western regions,and vice-versa, and that is why they areafraid of each other,” noted NatalyaOlson, whose guest was OleksanderVasiliev. “If only more Ukrainians sawhow American people of different nationalitiesand religions live alongside eachStudents from Ukraine (from left, beginning with second from left) NataliyaSydoruk, Uliana Sydoruk, Oleksander Vasiliev, Nadiya Rokytyanska and SofiyaLukyanchuk, with Natalia Brandafi (left) and Melanie Reuter (right) from theirhost families in the United States.other, how they learned to respect eachother, to live together, to work together.”Mrs. Olson offered Oleksander theopportunity to visit her parents, who livein Ivano-Frankisvk, western Ukraine.They will gladly show him theCarpathians during the summer.According to Mrs. Olson, “As these studentsshare their personal experiences,they will find that this is the best way tomove beyond stereotypes.”Supporters of the programMoney for airline tickets and medicalinsurance for the Ukrainian students wasdonated by Ukrainian immigrants to theU.S. Many of them came as displacedpersons after World War II, while otherscame more recently as students or as economicrefugees. Many eventually earnedpositions of responsibility in Americancorporations. “They are working, gettingused to American life, but don’t forgetabout their motherland,” Mr. Kazarenkounderscored.Almost all the donors were born in thewestern areas of Ukraine, and have noconnections to the Donbas. What influencedthem to support this project?One of the sponsors answered: “Myunderstanding is that a degree ofUkrainian proficiency is required of thestudent participants in the program. Thisprobably puts them in a very uncomfortableposition where they live. Somereward and encouragement to such studentsis appropriate.”Some of the financial sponsors’ originaldonations were matched by the companieswhere they work. Support was alsoprovided by the Jersey City, N.J., branchof Selfreliance Ukrainian American(Continued on page 24)
No. 11THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 201013A 50th birthday: Writer Yuri Andrukhovych, patriarch of Bu-Ba-Buby Michael M. NaydanUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – On March13, Yuri Andrukhovych, patriarch ofBu-Ba-Bu, turns a fabulous 50.If you somehow happen to be unawareof the phenomenon of Bu-Ba-Bu (the firstsyllables of the words meaning burlesquesideshow-buffoonery),it is the extraordinarilypopular and innovative avant-gardeliterary performance group that Mr.Andrukhovych created in 1985 alongwith the poet Viktor Neborak and thecomedic writer Oleksander Irvanets.The group helped to transform theUkrainian literary scene by attracting anentirely new generation of young andyoung-at-heart Ukrainians to a newUkrainian literature that was free, inventive,wild and most of all – fun.It was a literature that was linked topopular rock groups such as PlachYeremiyi (Jeremiah’s Cry) and MertvyiPiven (Dead Rooster), who turned worksby the Bu-Ba-Bu writers into extremelypopular songs, and to artists such asYurko Kox, Volodya Kaufman andVolodymyr Kostyrko, who took part inmulti-media performance-events,designed book covers, penned illustrationsand created paintings in a carnivalizingstyle that playfully interacted withthe works and irreverent attitude ofBu-Ba-Bu. It was a literature of performancefor ever-increasing crowds ofadmirers. Bu-Bu-Ba’s height of popularityculminated in the Chrysler Imperialmulti-media “happening” at the LvivOpera House in 1992 staged by Mr.Kaufman.The essence of Bu-Ba-Bu and theBu-Ba-Bu generation was the expressionof aesthetic freedom – freedom fromoppressive government controls over thearts and literature, as well as freedomfrom having to conform to the conservativeUkrainian literary past. The call wasto reinvent, re-energize and modernizeUkrainian literature as something moreuniversal that was attuned better to whatwas happening throughout the world. Thecall has been heeded and, in fact, hasturned out to be greatly influential onother writers and the reading public inUkraine.T h i s w r i t e r h a s k n o w n M r.Andrukhovych for 17 years and I hadread some of his works before we met. Ifirst encountered him after a literary eveningat the Lviv Philharmonic during theWorld Congress of Ukrainian Studies inLviv in 1993. Oksana Zabuzhko introducedme to him, as well as to the poetMr. Neborak. I bought an autographedcopy of Mr. Neborak’s ground-breakingcollection “The Flying Head” then, whichI eventually published in English translationnearly a dozen years later.While our first encounter was pleasantbut very brief at the Philharmonic, Yuriand I were to meet in subsequent yearsmany times both in Ukraine and in theU.S. I later was to publish several of hispoems and his novel “Perverzion” in myEnglish translations.Yuri spent 10 months at my university(Penn State) in 2000-2001 on a FulbrightGrant with his wife, Nina, and their twothen teenage children, Sophia and Taras.Sophia herself has since become a prosewriter of note. Yuri was invaluable to meboth as a friend and as a helpful resourcefor me, and I would say that on occasionhe even acted as a co-conspirator in mytranslation of his brilliant but extremelycomplicated novel Perverzion, whichcame out in 2005 with NorthwesternUniversity Press. I document some of ourcollaboration on the translation in my2003 article published in Yale Journal ofCriticism, “Translating a Novel’s Novelty:Yuri Andrukhovych’s ‘Perverzion’ inEnglish.”Together with my actor friend MichaelBernosky, Yuri and I also performed numerousbilingual public readings of excerptsfrom the novel and his poetry throughoutthe U.S. and Canada. We currently haveplans to create a CD of dramatic readingsfrom the novel in English with Yuri’s authorialintroductions and with improvisationalmusical accompaniment. This, we hope,will help serve as a kind of guide for readersto show them how to read the novel as aperformative text.Mr. Andrukhovych has always promoteda Western, European orientation forUkrainian literature, and has been anextraordinary ambassador for Ukrainianculture, traveling throughout Europe andbecoming particularly popular in neighboringPoland and the German-speakingcountries. His excellent speaking skills inPolish, German, Russian and Englishallow him to communicate directly withdiverse audiences. Many of his writingshave been translated into English,German, French, Italian, Czech, Russian,Polish, Serbian, Bulgarian, Finnish andother languages.The positive reception of Yuri and hisworks can be attested to by his frequentinvitations to be a writer in residence inGermany, Austria and Switzerland, as wellas by his numerous European literary prizes,including the Herder Prize (2001), theErich Maria Remarque Prize (2005), theLeipzig Book Fair Prize for EuropeanUnderstanding (2006) and the AngelusPrize (2006). Mr. Andrukhovych twice hasYuri Andrukhovych in his home in Ivano-Frankivsk in March 2007.delivered invited lectures to the EuropeanParliament and continues to be a thoughtfuland articulate voice for the Ukrainiannation, although he would be the first toinsist on his right to aesthetic freedom andto express what he feels he must write andsay, to be a citizen of the world.While some of the more conservativeelements in Ukrainian culture have criticizedMr. Andrukhovych for his use ofscatological language and candid depictionsof sex in his works, he has been ableto help reinvigorate the Ukrainian literarylanguage and to draw an extraordinaryamount of attention to Ukrainian literatureand to bring it into dialogue with thecontemporary world. As many writers,Yuri began as a poet. His poetry collectionsinclude “The Sky and City Squares”(1985), “Downtown” (1989), “ExoticBirds and Plants” (1991), “Exotic Birdsand Plants with ‘India’ Added” (1997)with imaginative illustrations by YurkoIzdryk, and “Songs for a Dead Rooster”(2004). Many of his poems are even morepopular as songs, such as “The Griffin”and “The Viper” by Plach Yeremiyi.He also has translated into Ukrainianthe poems of American Beat and NewYork School poets that came out in thevolume “The Day Lady Day Died”(2006). (Lady Day was the nickname forthe prominent jazz singer Billie Holliday).He also translated Shakespeare’s Hamletinto Ukrainian, which had great successon the Ukrainian stage and was publishedin 2008.Mr. Andrukhovych is perhaps bestknown as a prose writer and novelist. Hisfirst prose publications included a cycleof realistic short stories on Soviet militarylife, “To the Left Where the Heart Is”(1989), which was followed by“Recreations” (1992), “The Moscoviad”(1993), “Perverzion” (1996), “TwelveRings” (2003) and the largely autobiographical“A Mystery: Instead of aNovel” (2007). (“Recreations” is availablein Mark Pavlyshyn’s translation,“The Moscoviad” in Vitaly Chernetsky’s,and “Perverzion” in my translation.“The Moscoviad” is a biting satire ofthe last throes of the crumbling Sovietempire as experienced by the Ukrainianpoet Otto von F. in its Moscow capital.“Perverzion” to my mind remains themost imaginative and brilliantly writtenof his novels, though it is not particularlyeasy for the casual reader. It is also themost playful of his works, though it doesdeal with quite serious philosophicalquestions such as good vs. evil, mortalityand immortality, and love. When I teachthe novel to students, I often compare itsinherent complexity and multiplicity ofnarrative voices to James Joyce’s“Ulysses.”Yuri invariably links his transition frompoetry to prose by always depicting poetsas the main heroes of his novels. BohdanIhor Antonych, for example, provides themodel for “Twelve Rings.” At times Mr.Andrukhovych even includes poems in hisprose texts. The style of his writing is elegantand often times poetic. He has a penchantfor using a great amount of irony,parody, wit and verbal play in his writings.These all comprise common characteristicsof post-modernist writing.Mr. Andrukhovych has also made enormouscontributions to Ukrainian culturein the genre of the essay, focusing in largepart on Halychyna and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as well as on thereturn of Ukraine back to its Europeanroots. His collections of essays includeDr. Michael M. Naydan is WoskobFamily Professor of Ukrainian Studiesand professor of Slavic languages andliteratures at The Pennsylvania StateUniversity. (Continued on page 18)On the streets of Lviv spring 1999 (from left): Viktor Neborak, Volodya Kaufmanand Yuri Andrukhovych.Yuri Andrukhovych with the members of Mertvyi Piven just before a book presentationand performance at Hnat Khotkevych Palace of Culture in Lviv inApril 2007.
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No. 11THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 201015Dumka Chorus prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversaryby Helen SmindakSpecial to The Ukrainian WeeklyNEW YORK – The sound of a mixedchorus singing a capella in Old ChurchSlavonic swelled to a crescendo, hushed to awhisper, then rose again, carrying the gloriousnotes of a sacred concerto by DmytroBortniansky through the lower halls of St.George Church in the East Village.Conductor Vasyl Hrechynsky lowered hishands, and the men and women of the50-voice Dumka Chorus sat back in theirchairs, enjoying a few moments of conversationbefore the conductor’s brisk handclapcalled them back to rehearsal mode. “Nowlet’s try [Andriy] Hnatyshyn’s kolomyika,”he called out. With tenors Oleh Kukil andBorys Kekish as soloists, the ensembleswung into the exuberant dance music of theCarpathian Mountains’ Hutsul region.It was a wintry Sunday afternoon, a timewhen most people were enjoying a quietfamily gathering, watching televisedOlympic Games, or clearing snow-ladenwalks and driveways. For the members ofNew York’s Ukrainian Chorus Dumka, itwas a four-hour span of practicing Ukrainianfolk songs, sacred music and excerpts fromoperatic works, honing their voices in preparationfor a milestone event – Dumka’s 60thanniversary concert, scheduled for March 28at the prestigious Merkin Hall on the peripheryof Lincoln Center.Preparing for this significant occasion,two branches of the chorus came together toblend voices as a single unit. New Jerseymembers, who meet for Wednesday nightrehearsals at the Ukrainian OrthodoxCultural Center in South Bound Brook, N.J.,joined the main force, which gathers forrehearsals on Friday evenings at the spaciousDumka quarters in the St. GeorgeUkrainian Catholic Church complex.Music and camaraderieAs singers mingled around a food-ladenbuffet table during a refreshing luncheonbreak, brothers Ronald and Paul Liteplo saidthat a gratifying combination of music andcamaraderie has kept them in Dumka’sranks for over 20 years – and they don’t planto retire just yet.Baritone Volodymyr Kornaha, a memberof the choir of Holy Cross UkrainianCatholic Church in Astoria, Queens,declared “I absolutely love singing,” toexplain why he’s been attending Dumkarehearsals and performances without pause,also for more than 20 years, like 18 otherchorus members who have dedicated morethan two decades of service to Dumka.“Most of our members sing in churchchoirs,” said Ihor Jadlicky, former Dumkapresident. “The men and women whobelong to our chorus come from New YorkCity’s five boroughs, from towns in NewJersey, and even from as far away asYonkers and Tarrytown north of New York,as well as Connecticut. Many of them spendcountless hours to get to a rehearsal, and justas long to return home – but their commitmentto Dumka is unshakeable.”He said some of Dumka’s male membersgained their early vocal training with theYoung Dumka Chorus, which was active inthe 1950s.Mr. Hrechynsky, who has served asDumka’s conductor and music director for19 years, is seen as the linchpin that keepsthe chorus on track and in perfect pitch. Aquiet-mannered man who (according to hisflock) turns into a “very demanding conductorbecause his standards are extremelyhigh,” he is greatly admired by the choristersfor his professionalism and deep commitmentto Ukrainian music.Before coming to New York in 1991, Mr.Hrechynsky was choirmaster of the LvivTheater of Opera and Ballet, conductor ofseveral Lviv choirs, and an instructor ofconducting at Lviv Conservatory, fromwhich he received a degree in choral conductingand choral music. He completedadvanced studies in conducting at MoscowConservatory and holds a master of musicdegree from Rider University’s WestminsterChoir College in New Jersey.Mr. Hrechynsky continues a tradition ofillustrious conductors who have served thecompany from the time of its founding as amale chorus in 1949 to the present: LeontyKrushelnycky, Alexander Bernyk,Oleksander Mykytiuk, Ihor Sonevytsky,Ivan Zadorozny, Ivan Zukowsky andSemen Komirny. (Mr. Komirny led the chorusfor 17 years.)An impressive recordSince its transformation to a mixed chorusin 1959, Dumka has racked up a highlyimpressive performance record, includingappearances at New York City’s venerableSt. Patrick’s Catheral and Carnegie Hall, theJohn F. Kennedy Center in Washington, andthe Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey.The chorus has also performed in Detroit,Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto andMontreal.Observing its 35th anniversary with aEuropean concert tour in 1985, Dumka gaveperformances in England, Austria, Germanyand France. Three years later, for the celebrationof the Millennium of UkrainianChristianity, the chorus presented concertsof Ukrainian religious music in leading citiesin England, Germany and France.Dumka’s crowning achievement came in1990, when the chorus gave its first performancesin Ukraine, appearing before cheeringaudiences in Kyiv, Lviv and Poltava.The chorus performs at summer festivalsat the Ukrainian National Association’sSoyuzivka resort, and presents Christmasconcerts in January at Ukrainian churches inthe Greater New York and New Jersey area.The Dumka Chorus of New York.Rehearsal for March 28 concertThe march-tempo “Battle Hymn of theRepublic” received a stirring rendition asthe practice session continued, contrastingvividly with the reverential tones of“Ave Maria,” beautifully sung by sopranoTamara Vashchenko with violin accompanimentby Mr. Kukil.During a short break, Mr. Hrechynskychatted with me about the concert program,which will spotlight various facetsof Ukrainian culture, including folk songslike Stanislav Liudkevych’s “As the NightEmbraces Me” and Mykola Leontovych’s“Oh, Grey Cuckoo,” a work to be offeredby the women’s chorus. The cherishedpoetry of Ukraine’s national bard, TarasShevchenko, will be heard in two selections:his exalted “Dumy Moyi,” withmusic by Mykola Kolessa, and “TheDnipro River Roars,” set to music byDenys Sichynsky.“We’re also doing the unforgettable‘Va Pensiero,’ the chorus of the Hebrewslaves from Verdi’s opera ‘Nabucco,’ ” hesaid, “and the finale from Lysenko’sCantata “Rejoice, Ye Unwatered Field.”Folk songs will include Anatol Kos-Anatolsky’s “Oh, My Beloved,” set to thepoetry of Ivan Franko, and two works ofYevhen Kozak – his exciting “Fantasy onUkrainian Folk songs” and the enchantingsong “The Shepherd.”“Nineteen years is a significant portionof Dumka’s history,” Mr. Hrechynskysaid. “Those years have been filled withdifferent repertoires and programs.What’s most important are the members,who decided to cultivate Ukrainian musicin the U.S.”Mr. Kekish, who heads the chorus’sexecutive board, said Dumka’s founderswere intent on preserving and cultivatingUkraine’s rich secular and religious musicalheritage. “We try to hold to that purpose;sometimes we test our mettle onother music as well,” he noted.Besides Messrs. Kekish and Kukil andMs. Vashchenko, soloists includeSviatoslava Kaczaraj, Ronald Liteplo,Mykola Lutsak and Ihor Stasiuk.Concertmeisters Larisa Gutnikevich andNatalia Vashchenko, both of whom studiedin Lviv, will provide piano accompaniment.Appearing as guest artists, Lviv-bornviolinist Iryna Kit and pianist SviatoslavDemochko, a native of Zbarazh, Ukraine,will perform the composition “Melody”from the movie “The High Pass,” a Sovietfilm about Ukrainians fighting forUkraine’s independence who are portrayedas bandits.Ms. Kit, 19, a senior at LaGuardiaHigh School of Music, Art andPerforming Arts and a member ofKaufman Center’s Young Artist Program,often appears as soloist with New YorkCity chamber groups. Mr. Demochko, 15,also a member of the Young ArtistProgram, who has appeared at MerkinHall, the Ann Goodman Recital and othervenues, will give a solo performance of“Dumka-Shumka,” Lysenko’s secondrhapsody on Ukrainian themes.Dumka executive members see theyoung artists as the future of Ukrainianmusic who will continue to preserve theUkrainian musical heritage.The 60th anniversary celebration isorganized by Ronald and Paul Liteploand Mr. Jadlicky, assisted by Mr. Kekishand executive board members AlexandraJablonskyj, Larissa Lawrynenko, SvitlanaMakhno, Roxolana Podpirka, GeorgeSemeniuk and Mr. Kornaha.Concert tickets may be purchased inadvance exclusively through Merkin Hallat 212-501-3330, or at the box office onthe day of the performance.Violinist Iryna Kit. Pianist Sviatoslav Demochko. Conductor Vasyl Hrechynsky.
16THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010No. 11NEWSBRIEFS(Continued from page 2)issue “was only starting” for the EuropeanParliament, and he thanked the regionalcouncils of Ukraine’s western regions,which asked the European Parliament tocancel a clause of its resolution on Bandera.He added said that, in passing such a clauseof the resolution on the situation in Ukraine,there was “an active side that initiated and[provoked] them [members of the EuropeanParliament] in every way possible,” but hedeclined to specify who that was. Mr.Yushchenko described his decision to awardthe Hero of Ukraine title to Bandera as aTRAVELMERCHANDISECLASSIFIEDSconscious one, and said that Bandera andRoman Shukhevych had brought Ukrainecloser to its independence, so, in his opinion,they were heroes. (Interfax-Ukraine)Rada OKs new way to form coalitionKYIV – The Verkhovna Rada on March9 amended Article 61 of Ukraine’s Law onthe Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada, givingthe go-ahead to the formation of a coalitionby not only factions, but also by individualnational deputies. A total of 235 deputiesvoted in favor of the change. Accordingto the amendment, a coalition is “a union ofdeputies’ factions, national deputies formedon the basis of election returns and commonTO PLACE YOUR AD CALL MARIA OSCISLAWSKI (973) 292-9800 x 3040SERVICESor e-mail email@example.comPROFESSIONALSIrene D. Rogutsky, D.D.S.Restorative and Cosmetic DentistryInvisalign Premier Provider29 West 57th StreetNew York, NY firstname.lastname@example.orgFOR SALEMorris Twp, NJ4 Bdrm, 3 Full bath HOMEGourmet kitchen, Park-like setting,Patriot’s PathClose to NYC trains & Ukr Cultural Ctr.Whippany, NJ. Contact 973-727-3950Insure and be sure.Join the UNA!political grounds with a majority of nationaldeputies of the constitutional composition ofthe Verkhovna Rada.” At the same time, amotion concerning the formation of a coalitionwith deputies’ factions was removedfrom the Verkhovna Rada regulations. Acoalition agreement on the creation of theparliamentary majority will be attached witha list of national deputies who enter thecoalition. The time periods for the formationof a coalition remain unchanged: a coalitionmust be formed within a month after the dayof the first meeting of the newly electedVerkhovna Rada, or within a month after theday of the break-up of a previous coalition.It is foreseen that the Party of Regionsintends to form a coalition with theCommunist Party of Ukraine and theVolodymyr Lytvyn Bloc. (Ukrinform)Yanukovych signs Rada regulations lawKYIV – President Viktor Yanukovychmet leaders of the parliamentary factionson March 10, the presidential press servicereported. He stated: “It is necessary to finda political will to create a majority in theVerkhovna Rada of Ukraine. And theUkrainian community and our world partnersexpect political stability in our state.That is why I ask you to decide.” After thediscussion, which also involved VerkhovnaRada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn, thepresident signed the Law on Regulationsof the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine andreiterated the importance of early formationof a parliamentary majority and effectivegovernment. (Ukrinform)Tigipko comments on rules changeKYIV – Changing the way a parliamentarycoalition is formed is a political raiderattack, said Sergei Tigipko, who came inthird in the first round of the presidentialelections. Speaking in a March 5 interviewwith the TBi channel, he was commentingon the adoption in its first reading of theamendments to the Verkhovna Rada’s regulations.“This is going to be a colossalmistake of Yanukovych, too, should hesign this law, as well as of the majority andthe Party of Regions, if they resort to this,because this is a direct violation of theConstitution,” Mr. Tigipko said. “Not asingle fair person will support this authority,which means no real changes will bemade, because reforms take the support ofthe public. And if they [politicians] do so,they will immediately lose the support ofthe West, Western investors. I mean theInternational Monetary Fund and theWorld Bank, and then we will have a weakhryvnia and other aftereffects,” he added.“This will practically be a political raiderattack.” Mr. Tigipko predicted a powerfulconsolidation of democratic forces againstPresident Yanukovych, the Party ofRegions and the majority coalition in theVerkhovna Rada. The way out of the situation,he suggested, are early parliamentaryelections and a new Parliament, “whichwill create a legitimate coalition and willnot be afraid of making unpopularreforms.” He added, “A stable majority ispossible only through new parliamentaryelections.” (Ukrinform)Yanukovych meets G-8, EU ambassadorsKYIV – President Viktor Yanukovychon March 10 met with ambassadors toUkraine from the Group of Eight and theEuropean Union in order to inform themabout the process of forming a parliamentarycoalition and a new government, aswell as share his vision of possible scenariosof political developments inUkraine. In turn, the ambassadors disclosedtheir views on recent developmentsin Ukraine. The diplomats welcomedthe fact that President Yanukovychmet with them before signing the amendedLaw on Regulations of the VerkhovnaRada of Ukraine. They also stressed theimportance of Mr. Yanukovych’s decisionto go to the Constitutional Court asking itto consider and produce a verdict on thelegality of the coalition and government,being formed amid new conditions, assoon as possible. The ambassadors alsopointed out that Ukraine’s partners needstability; President Yanukovych emphasizedthe Ukrainian nation also needs stability.That, he said, is the main prerequisitefor successful introduction of changesand reforms. Therefore, he stressed, it isimportant to quickly form an effectiveand professional government. The foreigndiplomats said the international communityis ready to cooperate with Ukraine’snew leadership in order to achieve stabilityand implementation of reforms.(Ukrinform)Tymoshenko declared opposition leaderKYIV – The Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc,(YTB), the People’s Movement ofUkraine (Rukh), the Christian DemocraticUnion (CDU), the Party of the Defendersof the Fatherland (PDF) and the publicmovement People’s Self-Defense (PSD)formed an opposition at a March 9 rallyin Kyiv. Participants in the meeting dedicatedto the 196th anniversary of TarasShevchenko’s birth elected YuliaTymoshenko a leader of the united democraticopposition. (Ukrinform)Tymoshenko on partnership with U.S.KYIV – Meeting on February 25 withGen. James L. Jones, national securityadvisor to U.S. President Barack Obama,Ukrainian Prime Minister YuliaTymoshenko said she will maintain thestrategic partnership with the United Statesirrespective of her further political activity– either as a government official or as anoppositionist. Gen. Jones was in Kyiv toattend President Viktor Yanukovych’sswearing-in ceremony. “I would like allachievements between our states to becontinued regardless of whether I and myteam are in office or in opposition. We willalways maintain the strategic partnership,”Ms. Tymoshenko stated, adding that theUkraine-U.S. Strategic Partnership Charterand the Road Map for Cooperation are keyinstruments for efficient cooperation.(Ukrinform)Azarov is acting head of PRU factionKYIV – Party of Regions NationalDeputy Mykola Azarov was appointedacting chairman of the party faction in theParliament, Oleksander Yefremov, thedeputy head of the PRU faction, said onMarch 1. “As Viktor Yanukovych tookoffice, he is not entitled to combine jobs,so Mykola Azarov will hold this postuntil the party rally,” Mr. Yefremovexplained. Mr. Yefremov also added thatthe Party of Regions had not yet decidedon the date of the rally, which is to elect aparty leader and head of the party faction.(Ukrinform)Lytvyn: Rada will back consortiumKYIV – Verkhovna Rada ChairmanVolodymyr Lytvyn said he is confidentthat all political forces will support thecreation of a gas transit consortiuminvolving Ukraine, Russia and Europe ona parity basis. Speaking live on the InterTV Channel on March 9, he said: “If thematter concerns a gas transit consortium,...so that resources of every stateare invested proportionally, I am sure thatboth Our Ukraine and the YuliaTymoshenko Bloc and all other politicalforces will back such an approach.Moreover, Ukrainian society will acceptthis easily.” He said that, when such aconsortium is set up, Ukraine must getaccess to the development and use of gasfields in Russia, as well as financial andtechnological support from the EuropeanUnion. According to Mr. Lytvyn, if suchan agreement includes those provisions,its creation would not face criticism inUkraine. (Ukrinform)
No. 11THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 201017Obituaries...(Continued from page 4)among others – 47 Ukrainian writers in all, according to theFinancial Times.Ms. Rich was the also author of several collections ofher own poetry, most notably “Outlines” (1960) and“Portents and Images” (1964).She was born on April 24, 1936, in London as FaithElizabeth Joan. An obituary in the Financial Times reportedthat she came into contact with post-World War IIUkrainian refugees who settled in Britain through hermother’s work with the Red Cross. From a young age, shetranslated Ukrainian and Belarusian works into English.She studied at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, in1955-1957 and then at Bedford College in London in1958-1961.Her first published translation, in 1957, was of the prologto Franko’s poem “Moses.” In 1997, on the 40th anniversaryof that publication, she was honored by theUkrainian Writers Union with the Ivan Franko Prize.She was best known for “Song Out of Darkness,” a collectionof her translations of Shevchenko’s most significantpoems that was released in London in 1961 on theoccasion of the centennial of the poet’s death.It is an excerpt from Ms. Rich’s translation of “TheCaucasus” that appears on the monument to Shevchenkoerected in Washington in 1964.Ms. Rich was known also as a human right activist whosupported the activity of Solidarity in Poland and wroteabout Soviet abuse of psychiatry, including the case ofUkrainian political prisoner Leonid Plyushch.After Ukraine re-established its independence, Ms.Rich traveled there regularly. In 2007 she was awardedthe state Order of Princess Olha for her contributions toUkrainian culture.Since 2006, Ms. Rich was a contributor to UkrainskaDumka/Ukrainian Thought, a newspaper serving theUkrainian community of the United Kingdom.In 2007, with the support of the National Academy ofSciences of Ukraine, a volume of Ms. Rich’s translationof selected Shevchenko works (with a foreword by IvanDzyuba), was published in Ukraine.As noted in the Financial Times, at the time of herdeath Ms. Rich was working on completing a translationof Shevchenko’s “Kobzar” in time for the 150th anniversaryof the poet’s death, which will be marked in 2011.Victor Pedenko, 72, officerof Ukrainian World CongressLONDON, Ontario – Victor Pedenko, former generalsecretary of the Ukrainian World Congress, died onNovember 29, 2009. He was 72.He was born in 1937 in the Donetsk region ofUkraine.In Canada, he was active in diverse Ukrainian communityorganizations, and he held leadership positions in theUkrainian Youth Associationof Canada, the Organizationof Democratic UkrainianYouth of London, Ontario,and the Ukrainian CanadianCongress, Toronto branch.Mr. Pedenko began hiswork with the UkrainianWorld Congress (then knowas the World Congress ofFree Ukrainians) in 1976 asa member of its plenum andon the World EducationalCoordinating Council. In1998 he was elected general secretary of the UkrainianWorld Congress (UWC).As a UWC officer, from 1998 through 2008 he visitedUkrainian communities around the globe and participatedin numerous international forums and conferences.He was the UWC representative to the Kyiv-basedUkrainian World Coordinating Council and he headed amission of election observers in Ukraine.The Ukrainian World Congress noted that Mr.Pedenko “worked tirelessly throughout his life for thegood of Ukraine and all things Ukrainian.” In recognitionof his work, he was received many awards.In August 2009, the Ukrainian World Congress honoredMr. Pedenko for his many years of exemplary serviceby presenting him its highest honor: the Medal ofSt. Volodymyr the Great. Mr. Pedenko was also honoredby Ukraine, receiving the Order of Prince Yaroslav theWise (third degree); by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church– Kyiv Patriarchate, being awarded the Order of PrinceVolodymyr the Great (third degree); and by theUkrainian Canadian Congress, which awarded him theTaras Shevchenko Medal.Surviving are Mr. Pedenko’s wife, Halyna, as well astheir children and grandchildren.Fifth AnniversaryDr Wasyl Kostrubiak departed to God March 15 of 2005.He will be always remembered dearly by his wife, Regina.Prayers for the rest of his soul, are requested by his family members inUkraine, the United States and Spain.The mass for the eternal rest of his soul will be celebrated at the Churchof St. John the Baptist in Oviedo (Spain), on Sunday, March 14, 2010.Death announcementsDeadline: Tuesday noon before the newspaper’s date of issue.Rate: $7.50 per column-inch.Telephone 973-292-9800, ext. 3040; e-mail, email@example.com.Please include the daytime phone number of a contact person.
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No. 11THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 201023Kinderhook is backBand to perform at UACCNJ, Soyuzivkaby Christina KotlarWHIPPANY, N.J. – After twenty-sevenyears, Kinderhook is back. The New Jerseyband that was instrumental in changing locallive bar band music into a rocking NewJersey club scene with appearances at someof the New York-New Jersey metropolitanarea’s biggest live performance venues isback with original band members for a solidcountry-flavored and highly infectiousmusic set on Sunday, March 14, at theUkrainian American Cultural Center of NewJersey in Whippany and at the SoyuzivkaHeritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y., inJuly.Originally called Kinderhook Creek, butlater shortened to Kinderhook, a Dutch wordfor “children on a hill,” the band began as acountry quartet in 1973 at RutgersUniversity in New Brunswick, N.J. The initialmembers were Jerry (Yaropolk)Kopychuk, banjo, guitar, lead vocals; YuriTurchyn, guitar, violin, vocals; Andy Fediw,bass guitar, vocals; and Stan Taylor, pedalsteel guitar. After a year, the band addedCraig Barry as its drummer to fill out thesound. Joe Breittenbach joined the band in1975 as lead guitarist.In the 1970s and 1980s, Kinderhook hadthe ability not only to draw a full-housecrowd but to move it to Southern rockaccoustic sound with three-part harmonies.Kinderhook’s country music brought out thecrowds and the music industry suddenlybecame caught up in the same type ofsound.At its highpoint, Kinderhook was the topdrawingband in the state, bringing sometimesas many as 2,000 people to clubs andperforming six times a week.The band played original music at a timewhen no other club band was doing anythingbut cover tunes. As Kinderhook’s originalmusic progressed, the band began openingfor national recording acts. The first wasConway Twitty, then came David Bromberg,Commander Cody, Poco and a host of others.By 1982, Kinderhook remained the onlyunrecorded act to play the Central ParkSchaefer Music Festival (1975), openingbefore 25,000 people.On Sunday, March 14, Kinderhook willbe the opening act before New Riders of thePurple Sage at the UACCNJ of Whippany,N.J.Opening show running time at theUACCNJ is 45 minutes, starting at 7 p.m.Doors open at 6 p.m. The Hoverlia SocialClub will be open during the show and afterwards.To reserve tickets for March 14, readersmay e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; for more information call theUACCNJ, 973-585-7175. The UACCNJ islocated at 60 North Jefferson Road,Whippany, NJ 07981.The band is scheduled to perform at theUkrainian Cultural Festival at Soyuzivka inKerhonkson, N.Y. on Saturday, July 17, andat Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in AsburyPark, N.J., on Friday, August 6.More about Kinderhook can be found onFacebook – Kinderhook TwentyTen –including rehearsal videos, photos and commentsfrom fans far and wide, past and present.Annual SUSTA conferenceto be in Boston on March 20-21by Bohdan PechenyakPHILADELPHIA – The executive boardof SUSTA – the Federation of UkrainianStudent Organizations in America – and theBoston College Ukrainian Society invite allinterested parties to participate in the annualSUSTA conference, which will take placeon March 20-21 under the theme of“Ukrainian Youth and Education.”Organizers believe the theme of educationto be of utmost importance to Ukraineand its students both at home and abroad.Ukraine’s and the world’s future depends onthe ability to provide an adequate and wellroundededucation that can help foster independent,critically minded thinkers and leadersin various fields of life. Such educationis crucial for developing deep respect forintellectual excellence and theoreticallygrounded practice, and for future leaders’ability to understand both the context andthe long-term consequences of their actions.With this in mind, organizers have inviteddistinguished speakers to talk about the educationalreforms in Ukraine over the pastseveral years and to share experiences ofstudying in Ukraine, Western Europe andthe United States.In addition, the conference program providesfor a number of workshops focused onorganizational and individual development,and time has been set aside for recreation,meeting other participants, sightseeing inBoston, as well as a performance by theSyzokryli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.Early registration ($20) is now open atwww.susta2010.org, and will be availableuntil March 16, after which a full ticket priceof $25 will become effective. Registrationincludes breakfast and lunch on Saturday,March 20. For further information, readersmay e-mail email@example.com.Kinderhook (from left): John Greenaway, Jerry Kopychuk, Yuri Turchyn, CraigBarry, Andy Fediw.Turning the pages...(Continued from page 6)nate the activities of various ministriesand other executive institutions. TheCabinet would need to comply with thedecisions of the National Security andDefense Council of Ukraine, which areconfirmed by presidential decrees.Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’ssupport of the bill came with the conditionsthat Parliament schedule a review ofa report by an ad-hoc commission on theprivatization activities of Kyiv MayorLeonid Chernovetskyi, and that theOU-PSD would support a bill calling forthe mayor’s dismissal. “No authority andpower have any value if we keep corruptionintact in the capital,” underscoredMs. Tymoshenko.The Cabinet bill failed to reach thefinal reading after opposition forcespledged to draft their own amendments tothe bill following its initial reading andvote. Verkhovna Rada Chairman ArseniyYatsenyuk sent the draft law to bereviewed by a parliamentary committeefor two weeks before being reintroducedon the floor.On March 18, 2008, the Parliament bya vote of 246-5 approved a resolutionordering pre-term mayoral and local electionsin Kyiv, setting an important precedentthat could decide the fate of allmunicipal governments across Ukraine.Passed with the support of the LytvynBloc, the vote was the first time that theVerkhovna Rada had successfully votedto remove an entire municipal administrationfrom office.Although the YTB had a strong popularityin Kyiv, it was unable to removeMayor Chernovetskyi from office in electionsheld 70 days after the resolutiontook effect on May 25, 2008. Only 53.39percent of the city’s electorate cast theirballots, and Mr. Chernovetskyi won 37.72percent of the votes.Source: “Rada approves draft law onCabinet and bill on pre-term elections inKyiv,” by Illya M. Labunka, TheUkrainian Weekly, March 23, 2008.
24THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010No. 11Students from Ukraine...(Continued from page 11)Federal Credit Union and the New Yorkoffice of AeroSvit airlines.The organizers of the SDI AmericanWinter program plan to continue to providethis unique opportunity for easternUkrainian teenagers between the ages of14 and 18. They will work with localschools to identify students who study inUkrainian schools or in Ukrainian classesat Russian schools and who show outstandingpromise by becoming winners ofa city or regional level of the Petro JacykInternational Ukrainian LanguageCompetition. In order to be considered,students need to apply to the SocialDevelopment Institute through their localProsvita organization.The program also claims to establishUkrainian American youth clubs in townswhere former participants live. InKramatorsk such a club already exists dueto the efforts of the head of the local Prosvitaorganization, Mykola Konobrytsky.He is a former director of the UkrainianLyceum and currently a teacher of history.He established a local branch of PlastUkrainian Scouting Organization, educatedyoung people in his lyceum asUkrainian patriots, and initiated a traditionfor high school students to startclasses with the raising of the Ukrainianflag and the singing of the nationalanthem each morning. Unfortunately, as aresult of his patriotic work, he has sufferedsubtle, and not so subtle, persecutionby the local authorities.The Social Development Institute welcomesfinancial support, equipment andcomputers for the Ukrainian-AmericanYouth Club in Kramatorsk in order toorganize Internet-bridges betweenUkrainian students and their Americanpeers, as well as teachers and well-knownsocial and cultural figures in the U.S. (Forinformation readers may log on to www.sdinstitute.org.)An introduction to AmericaOf the SDI American Winter program,Nadiya Rokytyansklea wrote:“Having had the chance to be introducedto America, none of us sat idly duringthose two weeks. Each of us nowknows Washington, the political and culturalcenter of the United States, as weknow the five fingers on our hand. Thestaggering beauty and grandeur of theLincoln, Jefferson and Washingtonmemorials, the White House, Capitol,Library of Congress, National Gallery ofArt, National Archives, as well as tens ofother memorials and buildings in the capital,will remain in our hearts forever aswell as in the countless number of photographswe took during this trip.“We were lucky also to have a fewdays to walk around New York – a city ofskyscrapers, offices of world-renownedcorporations, chic hotels and some of theworld’s largest stores. We will be glad fora long time that we saw Times Square,Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty,and Broadway and Fifth Avenue.”Nadiya added, “As difficult as it was toreturn, we are now home with our parents,and we infinitely thank all thosewonderful people who gave us such anopportunity to see another world and tomeet such nice people.”Mr. Kazarenko underlined: “We hopethat SDI American Winter will help tobreak the Soviet views of people inUkraine and to destroy the psychology offear and separation. And our hopes aresupported by the words of Nadiya andSofiya who reported, after coming backto Ukraine, that Ukrainian families in theUnited States helped them to feel thatthey are Ukrainians. And to be Ukrainiansmeans not just to be selected; it means tobe yourself.”Moscow expert...(Continued from page 6)at the foundation of statehood,” Mr. Tishkovsays, “then this country can split apart withoutany external interference or become afederative formation on the basis of theCanadian formula of ‘multiculturalism on abilingual basis.’” That saved Canada, and itcould in principle save Ukraine.Asked by his interviewer whether theinternational community is “obligated” tosupport the territorial integrity of Ukraine,Mr. Tishkov responded bluntly: “ ‘theMoscow patriarch's...(Continued from page 7)becoming cornerstones. PatriarchLubomyr Husar’s vision of a KyivanPatriarchate uniting Greek-Catholics andOrthodox, in communion with both Romeand Constantinople, would not only sidelineRussia’s professional ecumenists. Byuniting Eastern and Western traditions, itWinter events...(Continued from page 19)guests ate, drank and danced the nightaway, bidding farewell to 2009 and welcomingin 2010. The New Year’s EveCommittee led by Marusia Shwed wasresponsible for this fabulous fund-raiserfor the UECC.The Ukrainian Educational andCultural Center prides itself on givingback to its community through languagecourses, social services, programs andcultural events. None of these eventscould be possible without Natalka Firko,UECC vice-president of programs andevents.international community’ owes nothing toUkraine, except those of its members whohave treaties with it in which such obligationsare written.”“The preservation of integrity is aboveall an internal affair of Ukraine itself –that is, of its population, which must haveall the possibilities for expressing itsviews and for a legitimate administration.”If the people living there agree onhow to live together, then they will; ifthey don’t, then it is possible Ukraine willcome apart – without regard to what outsidersprefer.would offer Europe the most convincingexample of a revitalized Christianity.But Moscow need not fear the specterof a united Kyivan Catholic-OrthodoxPatriarchate. As long as UkrainianChristians are weak and divided, this willremain a pipe dream.Andrew Sorokowski can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.Asked about the last few months, shestated, “From the day we start planningfor our winter events to the day we stop,there is much hustle-bustle, many hoursof planning, excitement in decorating andpreparing. … I like to see the communitycome together, like a family does, for allof these events that we plan for them.”The Ukrainian Educational andCultural Center, founded in 1980, is anon-profit organization whose objectiveis to preserve and promote awareness ofthe Ukrainian heritage throughout thePhiladelphia community. The UECC islocated at 700 Cedar Road in Jenkintown,PA 19046 and can be reached at215-663-1166 or email@example.com;website: www.ueccphila.org.
No. 11THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010OUT AND ABOUT25March 18WashingtonBook discussion by Serhii Plokhy, “Yalta: The Priceof Peace,” Ronald Reagan Building and InternationalTrade Center, 202-691-4000TorontoHyphenated Ukrainian” by Walter Kish, UkrainianNational Federation hall, 416-960-3424or 416-925-2770March 20Pysanka workshop, Ukrainian Homestead,Lehighton, PA 610-377-4621March 20McKees Rocks, PAMarch 20Piscataway, NJMarch 20-21BostonMarch 21Parma, OHPysanka workshop, Ukrainian Community ofWestern Pennsylvania, St. Mary UkrainianOrthodox Church, 412-364-0968or www.ucowpa.orgPysanka workshop with Olga Kobryn, MiddlesexCounty Cultural and Heritage Commission with theFolklife Program for New Jersey, East JerseyOlde Towne Village, 732-745-4489Conference, Federation of Ukrainian StudentOrganizations of America, Boston College,www.ukrainianstudents.netSpring Sale of Attic Treasures, Ukrainian NationalWomen’s League of America – Branch 12, St.Josaphat Astrodome, 440-887-1201March 21Pysanka workshop and Easter bazaar, UkrainianWashington Catholic National Shrine, 202-526-3737March 21TorontoEaster Bazaar and Concert, featuring the LevadaChoir Ukrainian Youth Ensembles, St. NicholasUkrainian Catholic Church, 416-233-9700March 27Ukrainian Easter Traditions Workshop, TheNew York Ukrainian Museum, 212-228-0110or firstname.lastname@example.orgMarch 27New YorkMarch 27MontrealConcert featuring pianist Angelina Gadeliya andthe Lviv Duo of violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv andpianist Marianna Humetska, Ukrainian Instituteof America, 212-288-8660Fund-raiser, “Hip-Hop Hopak,” Concordia UkrainianStudents’ Union and the McGill Ukrainian Students’Association, Ukrainian National Federation hall,Cusu.email@example.comMarch 28Easter Bazaar, St. Michael Ukrainian CatholicBaltimore, MD Church, 410-870-1720March 28Easter Bazaar, Ukrainian Homestead,Lehighton, PA 610-377-4621March 28MontrealLecture by Prof. Radoslav Zuk, “Key Characteristicsof Ukrainian Church Architecture of the MazepaPeriod and Their Sources,” Ukrainian Youth Center,514-481-5871March 2860th anniversary concert, Dumka Chorus of NewNew York York, Merkin Concert Hall, 212-501-3330March 22WashingtonMarch 23New YorkMarch 24Lecture by Nadia Diuk, “Democracy in Ukraine: AreWe There Yet?” Ronald Reagan Building andInternational Trade Center, 202-691-4000Lecture by Ihor Poshyvailo, “The Ecology of theMuseum Sphere in Ukraine,” Columbia University,212-854-4697 or firstname.lastname@example.orgBook launch, “Here and There – Reflections of aMarch 29Cambridge, MASeminar by Oksana Kis, “Women’s Participation inthe National Liberation Movement in WesternUkraine Region in the 1930s-1950s,” HarvardUniversity, 617-495-4053Entries in “Out and About” are listed free of charge. Priority is given to eventsadvertised in The Ukrainian Weekly. However, we also welcome submissionsfrom all our readers. Items will be published at the discretion of the editorsand as space allows. Please send e-mail to email@example.com.
26THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010No. 11UKELODEONFOR THE NEXT GENERATIONPlast scout recognized by red cross of Northern N.J.CHESTER, N.J. – Thomas(Toma) Mandicz, 17, of Chester,N.J., was presented with a certificateof appreciation from theAmerican Red Cross of NorthernNew Jersey in recognition of hisdonation of more than 350 hats,gloves, mittens and scarves.A junior at West Morris MendhamHigh School, Toma has been anactive member of Plast UkrainianScouting Organization since age 7and is currently the leader (kurinniy)of Troop 5 of the Newark Plastbranch. He is working towardachieving Plast’s eagle scout rank,which requires the completion ofnine separate projects based on specificthemes of Ukrainian scouting.For the community servicetheme, Toma opted to help theAmerican Red Cross of NorthernNew Jersey, which responds todisasters such as residential fires,floods, extreme temperatures, transportationaccidents, hazardousmaterial incidents and communityemergencies in Bergen, Essex,Hudson, Morris, Passaic andWarren counties.Toma commented: “I thought itwould be useful for the Red Crossworkers and volunteers who arriveat the scene of an emergency tohave packaged sets of warm hats,gloves and scarves to give to thevictims during the cold weather.”During the fall of 2009, Tomacontacted the American Red Crossof Northern New Jersey to getapproval for his idea; requestedpermission from several sites tohold his collection of new hats,gloves, mittens and scarves; andadvertised the project via posters,fliers and e-mail. He then sortedand packaged the gathered itemsinto individual sets ready for distributionto the needy and deliveredthe items to the American RedCross.Arthur Samaras, director of emergencyservices for the AmericanRed Cross of Northern New Jersey,said, “We are very grateful for theinitiative Toma has taken in organizingthis clothing drive. On average,across our region our volun-Alexandra KwitToma Mandicz receives a certificate of appreciation from Charles Maltbie,response manager and disaster services HR coordinator for the AmericanRed Cross of Northern New Jersey.teers respond to one disaster eachday. These items will be givendirectly to victims of disaster locally.Toma should be proud of hisaccomplishments.”Toma’s collection sites were theWest Morris Area YMCA inRandolph, West Morris MendhamHigh School in Mendham, theUnited Healthcare Office Complexin Basking Ridge, and theUkrainian American CulturalCenter of New Jersey in Whippany.In addition, he obtained a donationtowards the collection fromWalmart of Ledgewood.Cleveland high schooler excels in academics and the artsby Maria FlynnCLEVELAND – Sixteen-year-oldAlexandra (Geega) Kwit excels inall she does. In October 2009, shewas inducted into the NationalHonor Society at her school, WalshJesuit High School. She alsoreceived an award for coming inthird in her school for the highestgrade point average. She also excelsin the arts and is a youth counselorfor Plast Ukrainian ScoutingOrganization.Alexandra has danced with theKashtan Dance Ensemble, and everysummer attended the Voloshky DanceCamp. She also takes voice, piano,violin and ballet lessons. Her passionhowever, is the theater. She prefersmusicals, since she loves to sing anddance. While in junior high, she landedthe role of “Dinah” in the play“High Society,” and also the lead roleof Marian the Librarian, in the musical“The Music Man.” Currently sheis preparing for the role of Glinda theGood Witch, in the “Wizard of Oz,” amusical that will premier in March.Last year in June, Alexandra earnedfirst place at “Vyshkil NovatskykhVporiadnykiv,” a camp for futurecounselors of Plast cub scouts(“novatstvo” – children age 6-11),which was held at the Cleveland-areaPysanyi Kamin camp. Fifty boys andgirls, mostly from the eastern andMidwestern states, attended the10-day camp, at which they learnedhow to prepare programs for theirmeetings, organize various activitiesand work with young children.Alexandra is now a counselor for theyoungest girls (“novachky”) in theCleveland Plast branch who belong tothe group called Dolphins.Asked about her future plans,Soccer player in national championshipsDU BOIS, Pa. – Sixteen-year-oldsoccer player Gabriel Hrecznyj, asophomore at Du Bois Area HighSchool in Du Bois, Pa., will be playingfor the Region 1 Champions inthe Olympic Development ProgramNational Championships inPhoenix, Ariz., on March 11-14.Gabriel has attended summercamps at Soyuzivka and has playedin the Ukrainian NationalsTournament in the past. Thispast summer and fall he was withthe Eurosoccer Academy of theU.S.A. in Romania, Spain andPortugal. He plans to travel toUkraine and Poland to see theEuro-2012 soccer championship.He is the son of Bohdan andLorian Hrecznyj. The Hrecznyj fam-Alexandra says she would like to be apediatrician. However, because of herstrong love for the arts, she would stilllike to be involved in music and theater.She has set her sights on attendingHarvard.Gabriel Hrecznyjily attends St. George UkrainianCatholic Church in Pittsburgh.
No. 11THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 201027Youngsters learn to be savers, thanks to SelfrelianceCHICAGO – To promote goodsavings habits among the younggeneration, Selfreliance UkrainianAmerican Federal Credit Union(SUAFCU) started the SuperSaversClub that is open to any SUAFCUmember under age 18. Among thosemembers are students of Chicagoand New Jersey area schools ofUkrainian studies who have savingsaccounts at the credit union.St. Volodymyr Ukrainian OrthodoxCathedral’s School of UkrainianStudies in Chicago, which is attendedby over 150 students, is one of fiveschools in the Chicago area that participatein the SuperSavers program.The school encourages students toKrylati’s young soccer players are undefeated championsby Matthew TomaszewskyYONKERS, N.Y. – The Krylati soccerteam in Yonkers, N.Y., had a verysuccessful season this year. FromSeptember to November 2009, theteam members played games onSaturday afternoons, including twotournaments along the way. Theyplayed in the McGrail Youth SoccerTournament at Tibbets Park and theBryn Mawr Thanksgiving Tournamentat Welty Park – and won both tournaments.The team is full of skilled playerswho show up to every game ready tocompete and, hopefully, win. Theteam roster for most of the season wasas follows: Mykola Duda, TarasHalva, Michael (Myshka) Kuzemczak,Nazariy Miniv, Stefan Palylyk,Matthew Tomaszewsky, AndreyShmotolocha, Mykola Swyntuch, IgorPidhirny, Visar Hoxhal, MarkoShmotolocha, Danylko Sydor,Matthew Mazzola, Martin Dedvukaj,Edward Fay, Inna Lemyzhanska andVladyk Deputat.Matthew Tomaszewsky, 12, is amember of the Krylati youth soccerteam.participate in the program and atyear’s end receives a “reward” fromSelfreliance for its work in promotinggood savings habits.Selfreliance staffers meet with thestudents to explain the concepts ofthrift, ownership, responsibility andthe need to save for the future. Severaltimes each year Selfreliance holdsdrawings for mp3 players or otherawards for qualifying members of theSuperSaver Club who have made adeposit during the designated timeperiod.For information readers may contacttheir Ukrainian school director orSUAFCU staff at any branch office, ore-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.A team is only as good as theircoaches, and Krylati had two thisyear: Michael Tomaszewsky and JayPalylyk. These two coaches have beenwith the team for three years now, andthey are loved by all the players.During the season, Krylati wonevery game they played, giving them aperfect 7-0-0 record. The squadplayed its games at Emerson Field, offof Odell Avenue in Yonkers. Teammembers always played with heart,and they were happy after winningeach and every game they played.Krylati played three games in theMcGrail Tournament. They won theirfirst game, beating South YonkersTeam One 7-0; they tied their secondgame 2-2 against South Yonkers TeamTwo; and they won their final gameagainst Richards 2-1. They werethrilled to take home the McGrail Cupand individual medals in their firstyear at the tournament. The cup willbe displayed at the Ukrainian YouthCenter on Palisades Avenue inYonkers.In the Bryn Mawr Boys and GirlsClub Tournament, they won their firstgame against Bryn Mawr 1-0, beatHillcrest 4-0, and won their finalStudents of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral’s School ofUkrainian Studies in Chicago school show off their SuperSavers Club giftsfrom Selfreliance Ukrainian American Federal Credit Union.game against Richards 2-0. Theyreceived a trophy to display at theUkrainian Youth Center, as well asindividual medals for the players.The undefeated Krylati team practicesat St. Michael’s UkrainianCatholic Church and at the UkrainianCenter in Yonkers, and is sponsoredby the Yonkers branch of theUkrainian American YouthAssociation. Team membersexpressed thanks to Father Phil andmishanynaThis month, we challenge UKELODEON readers andMishanyna fans to find the names of the capitals of 13 ofUkraine’s 24 oblasts, which are hidden in the Mishanyna grid.CHERNIHIVCHERNIVTSICHERKASYDNIPROPETROVSKDONETSKUAYA Yonkers for making it possiblefor them to play a sport they love andproudly represent the YonkersUkrainian community.From now on, when the Krylatiplayers and coaches go to theUkrainian Youth Center, they will seetheir two trophies displayed with allthe others in the glass cabinets. Theywill remember the tournaments andthe undefeated season they are so veryproud of.IVANO-FRANKIVSKKHARKIVKHERSONKHMELNYTSKYIKIROVOHRADKYIVLUHANSKLUTSKThe Krylati youth soccer team.
28THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010No. 11Easter Greetings 2010Holiday Issue Publication DateTh e Uk r a i n i a n WeeklyContinue your tradition.Send best wishes to your family andfriends, colleagues and clients on theoccasion of Easter with a greetingin The Ukrainian Weekly.Being Ukrainian means:o Two Easters in springtime, sometimes together.o “Zlet” and “Sviato Vesny” in May.o Soyuzivka’s Ukrainian Cultural Festival in July.o “Uke Week” at Wildwood in August.o Back to Ukrainian school in September.o “Morskyi Bal” in New Jersey in November.o Christmas in December.o Christmas in January.o Deb in February.o A subscription to The Ukrainian WeeklyALL YEAR ROUND.Advertising DeadlineMarch 28 March 191/16 page – $35; 1/8 page – $50;1/4 page – $100; 1/2 page – $200; full page – $400All advertising correspondence, reservations and payments should be directedto Mrs. Maria Oscislawski, advertising manager, tel. 973-292-9800, ext. 3040,fax 973-644-9510, or e-mail: email@example.comKindly make checks payable to The Ukrainian Weekly.Please send payment to:The Ukrainian Weekly, Advertising DepartmentP.O. Box 280, 2200 Route 10, Parsippany, NJ 07054PREVIEW OF EVENTSSaturday, March 27NEW YORK: Music at the Institute willpresent Angelina Gadeliya, pianist, and theLviv Duo – Solomiya Ivakhiv, violinist,and Marianna Humetska, pianist. Ms.Gadeliya will perform solo piano works byBrahms, Carter, Revutsky, Schumann andScriabin. The Lviv Suo will perform worksby Bartok, Kosenko and Ravel. The concertbegins at 8 p.m. and will be followedby a reception at the Ukrainian Institute ofAmerica, located at 2 E. 79th St., corner ofFifth Avenue. General admission is $30;UIA members and seniors, $25; students,$20. Advance tickets may be purchased bysending a check payable to UIA-MATI, orby calling 212-288-8660 with a creditcard.MONTREAL: The Concordia UkrainianStudents’ Union (CUSU) and the McGillUkrainian Students’ Association with theUkrainian National Youth Federation isorganizing for the first time ever “Hip HopHopak” – a Ukrainian dance versusBreakdancing competition and fund-raiserfor Help Us Help the Children. Proceedswill go towards helping orphaned childrenin Ukraine. Featured will be the SyzokryliDance Ensemble from New York andMontreal’s Bboy crew. Prizes will beawarded. The event will be held at theUkrainian National Federation hall, 405Fairmount, beginning 8 p.m., with a wineand cheese reception from 6 p.m. Ticketsare $10. For advance tickets and furtherinformation contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Sunday, March 28-Sunday, April 4APOPKA, Fla: Holy Week and Easterservices in Central Florida will be held atSt. Mary Protectress Ukrainian CatholicChurch, Apopka, Fla. (near Orlando) asfollows: Sunday, March 28, 11 a.m., PalmSunday liturgy and willow blessing;Thursday, April 1, 10 a.m., divine liturgy,and 5 p.m., reading of 12 Gospels; Friday,April 2, 10 a.m. Holy Sepulcher Service;Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. divine liturgy;Sunday, April 4, 10 a.m. Paschal Matinsand 11 a.m. Easter divine liturgy. St. MaryProtectress is located at 245 Lake McCoyDrive.PREVIEW OF EVENTS GUIDELINESPreview of Events is a listing of community events open to the public. It is aservice provided at minimal cost ($20 per listing) by The Ukrainian Weekly to theUkrainian community.To have an event listed in Preview of Events please send information, in English,written in Preview format, i.e., in a brief paragraph that includes the date, place, typeof event, sponsor, admission, full names of persons and/or organizations involved,and a phone number to be published for readers who may require additionalinformation. Items should be no more than 100 words long; longer submissionsare subject to editing. Items not written in Preview format or submitted without allrequired information will not be published.Preview items must be received no later than one week before the desired date ofpublication. No information will be taken over the phone. Items will be publishedonly once, unless otherwise indicated. Please include payment for each timethe item is to appear and indicate date(s) of issue(s) in which the item is to bepublished. Also, senders are asked to include the phone number of a person whomay be contacted by The Weekly during daytime hours, as well as their completemailing address.Information should be sent to: email@example.com or Preview of Events,The Ukrainian Weekly, 2200 Route 10, P.O. Box 280, Parsippany, NJ 07054; fax,973-644-9510. NB: If e-mailing, please do not send items as attachments;simply type the text into the body of the e-mail message.To subscribe to The Ukrainian Weekly, fill out the form below, clipit and mail it to: Subscription Department, The Ukrainian Weekly,2200 Route 10, P.O. Box 280, Parsippany, NJ 07054.Or simply call 973-292-9800, ext. 3042.