To President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma
Head of the Cabinet of Ministers Anatoly Kinakh
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
The national communities of Ukraine express their deep indignation in connection with the pogrom of the Brodsky Kiev Choral Synagogue.
Timing of the action, in our opinion, is not accidental. The Jews of the entire world mark the sorrowful days of the Catastrophe, mourn the warriors of Israel who have lost their lives and, having done honour to the dead, celebrate the Day of Independence.
At the moment the pogrom-makers are officially called "tramps", "brawlers" and even "fans". But this contradicts to the reality. The peoples of our country who have survived pogroms, extermination, deportations know the aggression is never spontaneous. It is always done to order and directed against those considered non-natives, dissidents, migrants, - aliens, in a word.
Such actions are targeted not only at the Jews, but at other national communities of Ukraine as well: Roms, Russians, Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians in Crimea. In practically every case we do not see any resolute rebuff on the part of the executive and legislative branches of power, in particular, by those officials who are responsible to look to the problems of national minorities. At least, that was the case during the pre-election campaign.
There are only two ways to oppose anti-government extremism - immediate punishment of initiators and executors and joint distinct actions of government and public organizations against any manifestations of interethnic intolerance. Only joint struggle against evil and violence will allow us to create a civil society.
CO-PRESIDENTS OF THE CONGRESS OF NATIONAL COMMUNITIES OF UKRAINE
Stanislav Kostetsky, Chairman of the Union of Poles of Ukraine,
Georgy Mozer, Chairman of the Association "Society of Germans "Viedergeburt".
CONGRESS PRESIDIUM MEMBERS:
Joseph Zisels, Executive Vice - President, Chairman of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine,
Konstantin Olaru, Chairman of the Christian Democratic Alliance of Romanians of Ukraine,
Nadezhda Gladkikh, Chairman of the Crimean Hungarian Society, Member of the Board of the Democratic Union of Hungarians, Co-Chairman of the Crimean Republican Foundation for Interethnic Accord,
Viktor Kirvel, Chairman of the Estonian National Group in Ukraine,
Dalya Makarova, Chairman of the Mainoris Kiev Society of Lithuanian Culture,
Kanafiya Khusnutdinov, President of the All-Ukrainian Tatar Cultural Centre "Turgan Tel",
Nadezhda Yefimishch, - Chairman of the Kiev Society of Peoples of the Finno-Permic group.
Valentina Yermolova, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Society of Russian Culture "Rus",
Mustafa Dzhemilev, Chairman of the Majlis of Crimean Tatars,
Alexandra Prostenko-Pichadzi, Chairman of the Federation of Greek Societies of Ukraine,
Pyotr Grigorichenko, Chairman of the Society of Roms "Forumo Romen Ukrainatar",
Ivan Matjushenko, President of the National Cultural Society of Gypsies "Romen" of the Kharkov region.
Tatyana Khorunzhaya, Editor-in-Chief of the Congress of National Communities of Ukraine's newspaper "Forum natsiy",
Dora Kostova, Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper "Roden Kraj",
Boris Dragin, Deputy Editot-in-Chief of the newspaper "Dzennik Kiyovsky".