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Final point in decommunization to be set with victory in this war – Drobovych

KYIV. May 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance Anton Drobovych believes that the final point in decommunization will be set with a victory in the war.

"Most likely, it is completely exhausted [the issue of decommunization], but it largely depends on the events. A quick victory, in my opinion, will accelerate these processes. The war stretched over time can slightly tighten both decommunization and derussiification. But in general, the final point in decommunization will be set with a victory in this war," Drobovych said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

Commenting on the possibility, within the framework of the decommunization of the preservation of some objects with the establishment of information stands near them, telling their real story, the head of the UINR said that such an approach is possible, but not in all cases.

"Where we are talking about communist symbolism, for example, sickles and hammers on the Paton bridge and the Motherland monument sword, monuments and names in honor of people involved in the crimes of the communist totalitarian regime, for example, organizers and performers of the Holodomor, all this cannot remain in place, even if these oblects have some kind of artistic value," he said, adding that "the window for redetermination narrows."

Drobovych also said that in the above cases it is necessary that local authorities accelerate the decision-making process, in particular, the procedure for excluding those monuments from the register of monuments, and moved the dismantled objects to the museums.

As reported, in 2015, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law On condemning the communist and national socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and prohibiting the propaganda of their symbolism.