New harassment of historian?


According to a statement from the Research Centre of the Liberation Movement, the Sumy regional authorities are putting pressure on the head of the local archives, historian Hennady Ivanushchenko.  The statement says that over the last five months the local authorities have been looking for reasons to dismiss Ivanushchenko.

“After Mr Ivanushchenko refused to resign “at his own wish” they began an “investigation” in the archives and attempts have been made to dismiss the historian by announcing the “necessary” number of reprimands on the basis of distorted and artificially selected “facts”.

Ivanushchenko is a well-known historian, the author of books about Holodomor 1932-1933 and the liberation movement.

The statement points out that the Sumy archives under Ivanushchenko’s leadership is the only archive which has fully inventoried all 57 thousand records of deaths during Holodomor 1932-1933.

As reported, in September the Director of the National Memorial Museum of Victims of the Occupation Regimes “Tyurma na Lonskoho” (Lviv), Ruslan Zabily was detained for 14 and a half hours and a criminal investigation initiated over supposed divulgence of classified documents.

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