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.
The participants of the meeting put forward proposals on the improvement of the national education of youth, proper commemoration of Ukrainian human rights activists - dissidents, rehabilitation of those fighters for freedom of Ukraine who did not enjoy proper recognition by coincidence of historical circumstances, continuation of further decommunization
and de-Russification of the Ukrainian information environment, enhancement of the role of civil society and reformation of political system.
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.
Democratization Without Decommunization
in the Balkans, East European Democratization, Published by Elsevier Limited on behalf of Foreign Policy Research Institute, Fall 2006, pp.
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.
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.
On the other hand, the ideological role of the civil society would be defined rather negatively by denying the communist mentalities and ideology or, at best, by hoping that eventually, gradual decommunization
or a comprehensive reconstruction of mentalities would be possible.
The Kaczynski brothers are routinely maligned by leftist intellectuals and journalists precisely because they oppose denationalization and support decommunization
10) Fatos Tarifa and Jay Weinstein, "Overcoming the Past: Decommunization
and Reconstruction of Post-Communist Societies," Studies in Comparative International Development 30:4 (Winter 1995/96).
This relative failure of the privatization of state-owned firms can be attributed to three factors: the influence of neoclassical economics, the absence of decommunization
, and the unwillingness of the new elite in the region to recognize and enforce the right of ownership in state-owned assets.
Even if this problem could be addressed through an aggressive decommunization
("de-nomenklatura") program, another analyst observes that the "new Russian civil servants" do not hold the key to needed reform either.
Eastern Europe skipped the most important part of its modern history; it never carried out wholesale decommunization
, and it never began educating its masses in civility.