The outgoing week gave us the opportunity to recover from the “great historical events” and to sink a little deeper into the present: the presidential election, the resistance of the Moscow Patriarchate and the trial of our guys. However, in order to understand the trends – you need to know them. The key events of the post-holiday week are gathered in the traditional digest from Opinion.
The paintings by Ivan Trush, Ukrainian impressionist painter, were chosen for the visual accompaniment. His artworks started the rebirth of Halych painting. Throughout the entire artistic journey of the artist, there is the motive of a lonely pine in the middle of the steppe (he created several landscapes of the same name), a wide, spacious, buffeted by the winds, burned by the sun, but still free and beautiful… This image is considered to be the symbol of the author. The peculiarity of Trush’s works on the general topic is that he does not talk about everyday life, does not pay attention to the details, and minimize the plot, trying to make his point.
The Mayor of Gdansk, Poland was attacked with a knife. A 27-year-old local resident stabbed Paweł Adamowicz several times when he was performing at the stage of a charity concert. The victim got into a hospital severely injured, he experienced a cardiac arrest. The attacker claimed that he had been in prison for a crime which he had not committed and that the mayor’s party had sent him there.
According to Polish media, the attacker was sentenced five years ago to a series of armed robberies at SKOK and Credit Agricole bank departments. During the trial, he pleaded guilty. Recently, he came out of jail. A press card helped him to get the mayor at a charity concert. As a result of the attack, Adamowicz was seriously injured at the heart, diaphragm and had woundings of the internal organs of the abdominal cavity. Adamowicz died a few days after the attack.
The death of the Mayor of Gdansk brought thousands of people to the streets of the city. Citizens lit candles. The action under the slogan “Stop Hatred” was also held in Warsaw and in several other Polish cities. The streets were full of people. In Warsaw, three-day mourning of Paweł Adamowicz, who died from knife wounds after an attack on a charity concert was announced.
He was the Mayor since 1998. Thanks to him, Gdansk became the first Polish city that started posting an expense register online. Also, there was launched a register of open access to public information and a “tax calculator” (a person can indicate his salary and find out how much money from his taxes goes to education, culture, road repairs, etc.).
In addition, in 2006, Gdansk was the first city in Poland that introduced a scholarship program for students studying at IT departments at universities.
That is why tens of thousands of Poles came to say goodbye to Adamowicz. For them, he was a symbol of a proper and dedicated leader. Do we have such mayors? Will our people go out for commemorating of our mayors? This is a simple and not rhetorical question.
The Verkhovna Rada voted a law on the change the subordination of religious communities. Thus, the parliament legally transferred the Moscow Patriarchate into the subordination of the UOC. Now, the decisions on changing the subordination of the parish are taken by at least two-thirds of the number of members of the religious community. Churches from Odesa and Transcarpathia (former Moscow Patriarchate) have already begun this process.
Meanwhile, Metropolitan Pavel, vicar of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, said that he was “wanted to charge him with a non-preservation of valuable things, but they will not find anything”, commenting on the searches and missing icons from the Lavra.
But the most interesting part of his monologue is the story of how Pasha-Mercedes (the Moscow Patriarchate’s clergyman was called so because of his love for German cars) evicted museum workers from the Lavra. He says that he came and cursed them and all the people died. Those who did not die, fled.
“We found (in the territory) an antique fake shop. And I said that they would die if they did not leave. And in one day three people died. After that, they wrote an open letter to His Beatitude Volodymyr, Metropolitan of Kyiv. I saw that he was really angry. He said, “How dare you? You cursed the museum workers and three people died”. He answered, “By the evening everyone will die. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. And another man died. They quickly fled”.
At the same time, he added that “does not wish anything evil for anybody.”
Christian-like. Sure thing!
Radio Liberty journalists found out that Volodymyr Zelensky, a presidential candidate, owns a business in Russia. According to their data, there are three Russian Movie Production Companies owned by one Cyprus offshore. One of the mentioned companies is a co-founder of the 95th Quarter, while the beneficiaries of the Cyprus offshore are Volodymyr Zelensky, his business partners Andrii Yakovlev, Borys and Serhii Shefiriv, and Timur Mindych, a person within Kolomoiskyi ’s circle. Despite Zelensky’s statements, he did not close this business after the war had broken out. And one of the companies, “Green Films”, won the competition for partial financing of film production from the Russian budget.
In response to an awkward question of the journalists, he gave quite a sharp answer.
“Why are you talking to me here? (the journalist caught Zelensky near the office because the press service refused to arrange a meeting)… If the press service does not answer, then it means somebody doesn’t have time… I don’t owe you anything, I owe to my parents only… Goodbye”, said the comedian (or a politician?).
After the hype in social networks, Zelensky had to apologize.
“They suddenly caught me – I responded sharply. I’m sorry, just in case. Once again, neither I nor the 95 Quarter studio, nor any of the members of our team work in Russia after the things Russia had done to Ukraine. We do not go there. I do not have concerts there, they even initiate a criminal case on me because I and the 95 Quarter company helped our army financially”, Zelensky emphasized.
He added that 95 Quarter company sells intellectual property rights to 21 countries, in particular to all Former Soviet Republics.
Believe him or not – it is up to you. But hold on, don’t wear pink glasses, so as not to be disappointed. As we still have more than two months before the election of the president of Ukraine.
There will be a lot of interesting things.