The first criterion to be used in order to sort this out are the components of “anti-democratic” as a concept. It is pretty simple: if the law was adopted by a “criminal” regime, it is “dictatorial” by default; however, if it’s adopted by the democratic pro-European power, the law is clearly progressive, expedient and European. The other criterion is the memory and attention of the Ukrainian people. If the citizens do not detect the infringement of their rights and freedoms, or they do but forget about it, one can easily believe that the democracy has finally been established in the country.
Based on these criteria, the attempt at establishing a dictatorship failed. For example, we shall provide the illustration of the comparison between the content of the “dictatorial” laws of January 16 and the laws adopted after the Revolution of Dignity.
The outstanding “democratic novations” of the new power, drafted hastily in a legislative manner hardly comprehensible both to the Europeans and an “average Ukrainian”, should include the bill #1317 from December 9, 2014 (the authors are Members of Parliament L. M. Knyazhitskiy of “People’s Front” and V. M. Denisenko of “Petro Poroshenko’s Block”).
The bill imbues our Ministry of Culture with the function of state defense and national security, which are completely alien to it. The above gives the Ministry the authority to draw up “List of Persons Threatening the National Security”, based on the submissions of the Council of National Security and Defense, the Security Service of Ukraine and the National Council on Television and Radio.
Such “honourable mission” is entrusted also to our State Committee for Cinematography, which draws up at its discretion “List of Films and TV Series of the Occupant Country Banned from Showing”. These “black lists” in one fell censored (or, more specifically uncensored, because all around the world censorship is applied specifically instead of by whole lists) swoop incorporated 83 culture personalities, dozens of iconic Soviet films that include them, as well as 162 films and TV series of the “aggressor state”, produced after January 1, 2014.
Ukraine is directly threatened by the Pannochka from the film “Viy”, the sportswoman and komsomol Nina from the film “Caucasian Captive”, because the main heroines of these films are portrayed by the worst enemy of our country since 1967 (the year of release of “Caucasian Captive”) Natalia Varley. Because of the chief of German intelligence Schellenberg, played by Oleg Tabakov, Schtirliz, Muller, radio operator Kat and the entire “Seventeen Moments of Spring” fell under disgrace. The school teacher Nadya, her ex-lover Ippolit, the doctor Zhenya and the entire “Irony of Fate” turned into Ukraine’s enemies. And Nadya’s friend (Valentina Talyzina) is to blame.
Wounded but morally unbroken brigade commander Kotov from “Burnt by the Sun” (Nikita Mikhalkov) also fell from grace, just like in 1937, under Stalin. D’Artagnan (Mikhail Boyarskiy) with his Musketeers and the immoral song “Merci Beaucoup” are also welcome in Ukraine no more. Victor Yushchenko’s best friend, good soul, humorist, as well as banker and recognized French star Gerard Depardieu and the characters of world and French film classic portrayed by him somehow managed to join the company of the worst enemies of our state and people. The less prominent,but still dangerous to our society persons also include: “Alchemist”, “Dubrovskiy”, “Angelica”, “Miracle Worker”, “Messenger from Heaven”, “Weak Woman”, “Aleshkin’s Love”, “My Sister, Love”, “Vasilisa”, “Village Teacher”, “Zemsky Doctor”, “Heraclus”, “Mama Lyuba”, “Alyonka from Pochitanka”, “Matchmakers”, “Flippant Woman” and “Tishka Locomotive”.
Although, in our opinion, this list should have ended with the film “Fools Die on Fridays” (1990) from the director Rudolph Fruntov.