Historian appeals against his dismissal as Archive Director


The first instance court has rejected historian Hennady Ivanushchenko’s suit seeking to be reinstated in his post as Director of the Sumy Regional State Archive.  As reported here, the well-known historian of Holodomor 1932-1933 and the liberation movement, was dismissed on rather far-fetched grounds.  This was less than a month after he publicly stated that the Sumy regional authorities were putting pressure on him to resign. .

Hennady Ivanushchenko informs that he has already lodged an appeal with the Kharkiv Administrative Court of Appeal, and another suit appealing against the dismissal is with the Sumy District Administrative Court.  He says that he plans to take the matter even to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary, and that his suits thus far have been put together with that prospect in mind.

As reported, Ivanushchenko was dismissed after an “official investigation” initiated by the Sumy Regional State Administration. He is supposed to have refused to accept some material for holding. He explains that any restrictions were according to their plan for the year given lack of space and staff, and that they were prepared to take the said material from 1 January 2011.  Mr Ivanushchenko was dismissed over such “failings” less than a month before that date, on 2 December.

Mr Ivanushchenko is a well-known historian and has written books about Holodomor 1932-1933 and the liberation movement.  Under his leadership (he became Director in 2005), the Sumy archives became  the only archive to fully computerize archival material on Holodomor.

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