Travelling between Ukrainian embassies, the torch will be ceremoniously transferred from country to country by Ukraine’s ambassadors or consular representatives following which every community will have an opportunity to organize events around the Flame.
Tentative Itinerary for the Remembrance Flame in Canada
April 18 – National Launch prior to the opening of the exhibit Holodomor: Genocide by Famine – Toronto (at City Hall), Ontario
April 20 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
April 28-29 – Regina – Saskatoon – Yorkton – North Battleford, Saskatchewan
April 30 – May 2 – Vegreville – Red Deer – Edmonton – Lethbridge, Alberta
On the videotape (@ 7:10 on the above YouTube clip), Wall, who jokes about being “filmed for posterity,” does a mock interview with a Ukrainian accent, questioning how Romanow “walks upright with his head so far up his ass.”
Unidentified males also call Romanow a “spineless political playboy” and then-Liberal leader Linda Haverstock “a hard-headed slut.”
Wall first apologized briefly saying “It just never was then, and neither would it ever be, in any way an attempt to slight any group”. He later apologized in the legislature yesterday (here’s a transcript and MP3 download), as well to the Ukrainian community, Roy Romanow and Lynda Haverstock. Also he has decided not to pursue his lawsuit with the Canadian Press. While some have praised the speech, one sociology professor at U of Sask says that societal attitudes haven’t changed since 1991:
“The strong language that Lukiwski used probably makes it more offensive to people. But when you imitate someone’s ethnicity and disparage them because of their ethnicity, I don’t know what the line between racism and homophobia is but in my opinion they’re both offensive behaviours,” said Schissel.
His murder prompted many protests in Ukraine, as many high-profiled crimes against journalists went unresolved during the course of the Kuchma administration. There was much evidence to implicate Kuchma in the murder, including over 700 hours of recorded conversations between himself and Interior Minister Yuri Kravchenko, but unfortunately no conviction was made due to corruption, hampering and obstruction. It became a hot issue in Ukrainian politics, and a catalyst for the Orange Revolution.
On March 1, 2005 President Yushchenko announced that his killers were apprehended and three years later on March 15 Mykola Protasov, Valeriy Kostenko and Oleksandr Popovich, senior police officers working in the Interior Ministry’s Criminal Investigations directorate (CID) were sentenced to prison for 15, 13 and 13 years respectively. Kravchenko, who received orders in the recorded conversations by Kuchma to “take care” of Gongadze was found dead in his apartment near Kyiv on March 4, 2005 after being called as a witness to the murder case. An apparent suicide, some news reports suggested that suffering two gunshot wounds to the head in the manner he received would indicate foul play. It is believed that Kravchenko gave the killing orders to Police General Oleksiy Pukach to assemble with a group of high-class detectives he controls “without any morals, and ready to do anything”. Pukach remains at large and an international warrant is out for his arrest. It is believed he has fled Ukraine and was last spotted in Israel.