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Guest workers migration as a back side of Bandera glorification

Polish left scientists, trade unionists and politicians discussed the problems of current Polish-Ukrainian relation with their colleges from Ukraine and Tunisia. On April 20 in Warsaw they gathered in the round table to examine Ukrainian experience of last three years. Well-known Polish political and public figures, scientists, journalists were invited to the round table as participants in the discussion. Among them were doctor Janusz Fuchs, the leader of Polish socialists Peter Ikonovich, Professor Jacek Kochan and many others.


  1. Rosolovsky, chairman of the trade union “WALKA,” Poland, gave clear parameters that outline the plight of Ukrainian guest workers in Poland. The speaker emphasized the fact that reasons for labor migration of Ukrainian workers to Poland are of economic nature. He also showed on concrete examples that age and sex composition of migrant workers from Ukraine has changed dramatically over the past year. Previously, the basis of labor migrants were women employed in the service sector, and their average age was 42 years, but now the average age of the migrants is 32 years old and men predominate among them. The speaker connects this with the growing economic crisis that has engulfed Ukraine. Earning several times less than Polish workers, “zarobitchane” (Ukrainian for “guest worker”) manage to survive themselves as well as to send money to their relatives in Ukraine. They do not have social and legal protection, they live and work in very difficult conditions.


The discussion turned out to the roots of those pitiable changes and concentrated on Maidan movement which shacked up Ukraine three years before.  Nabil AL-MALAZI, a representative of the Syrian community in Poland, gave a comparative analysis of the “color revolutions” in Syria and Ukraine. He noted that there are many obvious parallels in these events. For example, the beginning of events was connected with actions of young people; in the course of mass protests sniper executions were carried out and representatives of all camps were killed; high-ranking representatives of the White House appeared in the course of protests among the protesters, and so on. Directly and unequivocally the speaker pointed out that the authorship of all the “color revolutions” of our time belongs to the ruling circles of the United States.


The ideology of Maidan and post-Maidan Ukrainian establishment

In the ensuing discussion, a special role was given to the question of the position of the official Poland that supports openly Bandera forces and condemns those who oppose the Bandera followers. At the same time, the Volyn massacre, carried out by the latter, is declared genocide of the Polish people, which in no way interferes with cooperation with the modern Bandera forces in Ukraine.


A journalist and human rights activist from Odessa Alexander Todorov made a report in which he summarized a significant volume of material about the glorification of Bandera in Ukraine. He dwelt not only on the actual side of this process, but also on his own vision of goals, methods and consequences of the introduction of nationalist ideology into the Ukrainian public consciousness. The speaker dwelt on the characterization of the duality of the policy of modern Ukrainian ideologists who seek to glorify Banderites within Ukraine and at the same time present this process as something insignificant and far from being large in the eyes of the world community. The author of the report clearly showed that it is exactly an achievement of ideological, revanchist goals, which is the main task of Ukrainian nationalism. At the same time, ideas in the field of economic and social policy in the pro-Maidan power are absent in principle – besides obtaining loans from the IMF on increasingly harsh conditions.


Polish witnesses who took part in the events on the Maidan participated in the discussion of the report, complementing the speaker’s report with examples of tough actions by pro-Bandera activists during the “revolution of dignity”. The audience was also interested in the status of Skoropadsky and Petliura in the current iconography of Ukrainian nationalists. However, these figures do not interest much the ideologists of the Maidan and as a result their names do not appear in the Bandera pantheon.

The more pro-Maidan political forces in Ukraine glorify Bandera and extreme Ukrainian nationalism, the worse they get in economy and social policy and more guest workers flood Poland.



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