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Pictures from demonstration at Russian consulate in Toronto

May 30th, 2010 No comments

We mentioned earlier today of the demonstration happening at the Russian consulate in Toronto, and pictures from the event are beginning to surface:

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Last minute event reminders today: Calgary Ukrainian festival & demonstration at Russian consulate in Toronto

May 30th, 2010 No comments

Update: Pictures from the demonstration at the Russian consulate in Toronto are available

Here are some events that are happening today, definitely worth checking out if you’re in Calgary or Toronto:

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Calgary Ukrainian Festival

 

Sunday, May 30th: 11a.m. – 5 p.m. ( 3 shows )
KITCHEN HOURS: 11am-4:00pm

Festival tickets $5 each Children under 5 FREE

Zabava tickets $15 each, not included in Festival Ticket

Click here for the schedule

Triwood Community Centre, 2244 Chicoutimi Dr.N.W.

 

 

 

Rally for Ukraine

 

Sunday, May 30, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Russian Consulate General
175 Bloor St. East (Bloor and Church), Toronto

TOGETHER WE WILL
PROTEST Russia’s drive to re-colonize Ukraine
PROTEST the stationing of Russian armed forces in the port city of Sevastopil
PROTEST the violation of the Ukrainian Constitution by the President, Cabinet of Ministers and Parliament of Ukraine
PROTEST President Yanukovich’s rejection of Famine/Genocide legislation adopted by Ukraine,
Canada and many other countries
PROTEST censorship of Ukraine’s media, and the harassment and arrest of demonstrators
PROTEST the assault on Ukraine’s national identity, its history, heroes, language and culture
TOGETHER WE WILL STOP THE ASSAULT ON UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENCE AND DEMOCRACY!

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Carassauga 2010 is this weekend!

May 28th, 2010 No comments

Looking for this year’s Carassauga post?
image It’s Carassauga time again! Mississauga’s annual culture celebration runs Friday May 28 to Sunday May 30 and the award-winning Ukrainian pavilion will be on hand again at the Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church. You can check out our posts from the 2009 and 2008 festivals, as well this year’s schedule  below: Read more…

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Education minister Tabachnyk approves unified Russian-Ukrainian textbooks: Stalin’s mass murders ‘entirely rational’

May 26th, 2010 No comments

Among the many ‘bend over’ deals Yanukovych signed with Medved on his visit to Ukraine last week, this slipped through many people’s radars:

The release of the first unified Russian-Ukrainian textbook for history teachers is planned for the end of 2010, the Ukrainian education minister said at a RIA Novosti video link-up

“The textbook is being created for to the teachers who work with…secondary school pupils – to understand each other better,” Dmitri Tabachnyk said.

Many Ukrainians despise Tabachnyk for his professed hatred of Ukrainian nationalism. Not surprising then is his approval of school materials in Russia that have been quietly transforming into Soviet-era propaganda pieces for the government to idolize Stalin for a new generation:

Stalin acted ‘entirely rationally’ in executing and imprisoning millions of people in the Gulags, a controversial new Russian teaching manual claims.

Fifty-five years after the Soviet dictator died, the latest guide for teachers to promote patriotism among the Russian young said he did what he did to ensure the country’s modernisation.

The manual, titled A History of Russia, 1900-1945, will form the basis of a new state-approved text book for use in schools next year.

It seems to follow an attempt backed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to re-evaluate Stalin’s record in a more positive light.

Critics have taken exception, however, to numerous excerpts, which they say are essentially attempts to whitewash Stalin’s crimes.

Historians believe up to 20 million people perished as a result of his actions – more than the six million killed during Hitler’s genocide of the Jews.

Now the new teaching manual is attempting to tell a generation of Russian schoolchildren that Stalin acted rationally.

The manual informs teachers that the Great Terror of the 1930s came about because Stalin ‘did not know who would deal the next blow, and for that reason he attacked every known group and movement, as well as those who were not his allies or of his mindset.’

It stresses to teachers that ‘it is important to show that Stalin acted in a concrete historical situation’ and that he acted ‘entirely rationally – as the guardian of a system, as a consistent supporter of reshaping the country into an industrialised state.’

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The controversial manual is produced by the country’s leading school book publishers Prosveshenije, a state-supported company that was a monopoly supplier of classroom texts in the Soviet era, and appears to be returning to that role.

Alexander Kamensky, head of the history department at the Russia State University for the Humanities, said the manual was, ‘sadly,’ a sign that teaching history in schools has become ‘an ideological instrument.’

But it seems to echo Putin’s remarks to a group of history teachers in June 2007 when he said while Stalin’s purges were one of the darkest periods of the country’s history, ‘others cannot be allowed to impose a feeling of guilt on us.’

An earlier manual called Stalin an ‘effective manager’.

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With this being taught in Ukrainian schools, as well as erections of Stalin busts in the country it seems that a new Soviet Union is in the works.

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Another Ukrainian busker plays at Toronto subway station

May 22nd, 2010 No comments

From BlogTO:

Allow me to introduce this week’s busker, seasoned violinist Ruslan Nebesov, whom I met on the northbound Bloor-Yonge platform. Ruslan himself is stoic and calm, but tutelage at a prestigious Ukrainian music school and decades of musical discipline have given his playing an obvious shine.

With that said, allow me to introduce this week’s busker, seasoned violinist Ruslan Nebesov, whom I met on the northbound Bloor-Yonge platform. Ruslan himself is stoic and calm, but tutelage at a prestigious Ukrainian music school and decades of musical discipline have given his playing an obvious shine.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself. Who is Ruslan Nebesov?

I’m a musician. I started to play the violin when I was 6 years old at the School of Stolyarsky, a school in Odessa, Ukraine for gifted musicians. I especially like to play the piano and the violin.

What is your musical genre?

Mostly classical, but I can play jazz, traditional, some gypsy…everything, almost.

Ruslan also plays in a band called Jumple

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