Often mislabeled "Decommunization
Laws," in reality, here "decommunization
" serves to "whitewash dark areas" of the national past and as "a cover for ...
(20) Poland's judiciary also underwent a thorough "decommunization
" in the early 1990s.
The Law on decommunization
of the names present in urban space (22) [the Law] which was introduced in Poland after the Law and Justice (PiS) electoral victory caused serious nationwide discussion about its legitimacy, especially because it sparkled another wave of changes (the first occurred just after 1989 and was rather spontaneous).
He gathered small testimonies of people whom we met during the project, from an old babushka [granny] to the author of the decommunization
laws," he added.
The prosecution of former Colonel Boris Steckler is the latest salvo in the historical memory wars of the Ukrainian government's "decommunisation" campaign, a process that commenced with the Ukrainian parliament hastily passing a package of controversial decommunization
laws in May of 2015.
"Unlike other Eastern European countries, which underwent the process of decommunization
and lustration, where former members of the communist oppressive apparatus were banned from taking high public appointments in government, media or academia, Bulgaria still remains very much in the hold of the former communist nomenclatura and its descendants," explained Christy, who has written about Bokova's candidacy in a variety of outlets.
A Ukrainian artist, Alexander Milov (whose work appeared last August at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada), transformed the statue in response to recent "decommunization
" laws, which require the removal of Communist symbols in Ukraine.
There was no decommunization
, as there had been deNazification in Germany after 1945, no trial of Communist leaders for crimes against humanity, and none of the efforts, so successful in postwar Germany, to demonstrate the benefits of political and economic freedom and the rule of law.
The best illustration of that phenomenon is the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism; wide circles of Polish intelligentsia toot a very emotional stand on it and they were really astonished by the fact that an event that initiated the process of decommunization
was driven from the international memory.
(12) If the latter seems laughable in the context of Putin's Russia, it behooves us to step outside the green zone of American liberal democracy and consider what decommunization
has wrought in the collective imaginary both in terms of resistance to authority and attraction/repulsion to the siren songs of the West.
The separation of church and state versus the influence of church over politics, complete decommunization
versus equal rights for former nomenclature, and abortion rights regardless of situation versus no such rights regardless of situation are the most influential issues in this social values dimension.