Kiev to open museum of Soviet 'occupation of Ukraine'

Kiev plans to open museum dedicated to seven decades of Soviet ‘occupation of Ukraine’

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Ukraine approved the construction of an open-air museum on Thursday that will display Moscow’s seven decades long “occupation” of the country.

The exhibit would help many generations remember and learn about “the crimes committed by the totalitarian Soviet regime in Ukraine,” said the Ukrainian Culture Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Kiev council voted to remove all remnants of the Soviet occupation from the country, in May. They plan to complete the removal by Aug. 24.

Ukraine also banned Nazi and communist insignia, in April.

Russia did not respond yet to Kiev’s plans.

Ukraine was under Soviet occupation from 1922 up until its collapse in 1991.

Kiev currently has a very little “Soviet occupation” museum, the size of an apartment.

Despite the atrocities committed by the Soviet Union, President Vladimir Putin has inculcated a sense of nostalgia and patriotism in his country for Soviet rule since 1999 as its collapse, in his words is “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe.”

Over a hundred protesters died in protests throughout the country in 2014, leading to the deposal of the Russian-backed regime of Viktor Yanukovych.

After the overthrow of the regime, a pro-Western government was established in Ukraine amid months of conflict in the country.

"Our children should also be able to study history through these monuments," said one of the authors of the Kiev legislation.

"Those who do not remember their history have no future."

TRTWorld and agencies