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Witch-hunt in Ukrainian schools

A new school year begins in Ukraine at September 1, that is why this day is considered Knowledge day. Ukrainian nationalists have decided to prepare for that date on their own, and have organized a witch-hunt among teachers and university professors. They are specifically browsing the pages of teachers in social networks to identify signs of sympathy for the Soviet Union or Russia, as well as opposition to the Kiev regime’s interpretation of Ukrainian crisis in 2014-2016 years. If they find something like this, they begin a public persecution of the victim.
In recent weeks, there were already several such cases in Ukraine. Witch-hunt campaign was launched in Mariupol. There Ukrainian nationalists found 8 teachers whose views they consider “anti-Ukrainian” and demanded their dismiss. Nationalists in Kharkov took similar searches. They found 3 teachers. http://kharkovchane.ru/2016/08/16/v-gorodax-ukraina-trebuyut-uvolit-uchitelej-za-lajki-v-socsetyax/
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Nationalists in Odessa conducted similar searches too. Nationalist site «048.ua» told about the features of this technology. The monitoring object was the social network “Odnoklassniki”: “About a week we examined what our teachers write and where put the “like” in the social networks. How do we do it? – We went to the site of each school, found the name and photo of the teacher, and picked through the search human we needed”. According to them almost every school in Odessa has a teacher hostile to Ukrainian nationalism. In their article nationalists indicated information about the seven teachers. http://www.048.ua/news/1336557
In Kharkov, Odessa and Mariupol they hurried to write denunciations to the state security. How did that affect the fate of teachers, we do not know.
The campaign also spread to the universities. Journalist Sergei Ivanov shows particular activity in public denunciations on the university professors. He works on the TV channel “1 + 1”, the owner of the channel is one of the largest Ukrainian billionaires Kolomoisky. Ivanov began his inquisitorial activity in the Zaporozhye region, and recently switched to Kiev. In the Kiev Pedagogical University, he found the two sisters Inna and Irina Kovalchuk. One taught English and other trained in postgraduate school. He had caught both sympathetic to Russia. The sisters visited Moscow this summer and photographed on a background of the Kremlin and the Russian flag. As soon as the TV channel “1 + 1” told about the case, Kovalchuk sisters had been dismissed from the university. A warrant for the dismissal the university rector’s office has received personally from the Minister of Education of Ukraine Liliya Grinevich. Mrs. Grinevich said in an interview with TV channel “1 + 1”, it is necessary to dismiss such teachers on charges of committing an immoral act. https://youtu.be/hD3nom_yoRc?list=PL1neMztLSbMMZ2OSs1hl7BKBb3UcA_wD1
In Ukraine there are no laws that would prohibit teachers to express their views on the Internet. However, this ban is now set in the order of case law.

 

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