Russian Ambassador Grigory Logvinov condemns the article in “The Australian”

Undeserved honour: On the address of the head of the so called «Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations» (AFUO) Stefan Romaniw on the pages of «The Australian».

There is an expression in Russia: «undeserved honour». It would be an undeserved honour given to Mr Romaniw to debate with his hysterical verbiage.

I would like to appeal to those who appeared to be quite unpretentious and not squeamish to read this «essay». I ask them to think about, what the author calls for? He clearly strives for a war with Russia, and hopes for leading from behind. It seems that «great heroes» of Ukraine, hetman Mazepa and Stephan Bandera, were speaking in his genetic memory. It is well known, the first one betrayed Russian emperor Peter the Great and defected to Swedish king Karl XII. The second one went further – he served Adolf Hitler in a Nazi uniform killing with German weapon first of all Poles (it is strange, that this fact was forgotten in Poland). It seems that Mr Romaniw has an obvious nostalgia for those persons. So who will go along with him?

However, the phraseology of Ukrainian authorities and their sympathizers have long ceased to surprise anyone. It is at least puzzling, that such a solid edition as «The Australian» accepted such a low-grade material, frankly aimed at the incitement of ethnic hatred. How come the editorial board of the newspaper went in for cooperation with the head of the right-wing extremist organization, who glorifies Nazi criminals and their accomplices, exposed by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal?

Probably Mr Romaniw was «too embarrassed» to mention such an «insignificant fact» that the AFUO headed by him is a territorial section of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) – the direct successor of the Bandera armed bands tarnished by war crimes? Still I would like to understand the principles, by which the editorial board was guided, providing a platform for demagogy to rusophobic radicals, while repeated requests of the Russian Embassy to publish its articles were either ignored or rejected. How then such a policy correspond with the multicultural policy proclaimed by Australia?

I call on the respectable newspaper to take an unbiased and impartial stand in covering of the international issues and not to damage its reputation by yielding the floor to materials of such a doubtful content. I also recommend the Australian people to avoid misleading by a cheap boisterous hysteria of marginal persons.

Grigory Logvinov