The political outlook of young people is shaped not only by educational measures and practical activities, but also by meeting with older people who fought in the near past with the totalitarian regime.
In Ukraine we have many such veterans, who principally and heroically fought with the cruel state machine during the communist regime. The younger people believe those whose past was stainless.
During two days, on 27-28 April, a member of Kharkov Group for human rights protection and a deputy head of the republican Christian party Vasyl Ovsienko met with young people.
When Vasyl Ovsienko was a student, he produced and distributed samizdat, then he became a member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, then he got into prison and concentration camp where he all in all stayed for 14 years.
Vasyl Ovsienko had eight meetings with students of Kherson University, with lyceum students, with high-school students, with philologists at the courses of improving qualification. He also spoke by radio and TV, met with the intelligentsia of the town. The topics of his talks were the movement of the 60s, Helsinki movement in Ukraine, his meetings with Vasyl Stus, the famous poet and human rights protector.
In recent years Ovsienko had about 200 meetings all over the Ukraine, and everywhere he was a success.
The meetings in Kherson were organized by Mykola Olenkivskiy, an archeologist, the acting head of Kherson organization of the Congress of Ukrainian intelligentsia.