Vasyl Stus — calling for his own destruction . . . and getting it

Vasyl Stus “Соціалізм — це найчесніший людський лад. І він мусить виростати на чистій, на природній людській основі чесності, справедливості і взаємодопомоги людей, а не підтримуватись зграєю платних шпигунів, поліцейських, донощиків, кар’єристів, чиє ім’я — людська безликість. І за такий соціалізм варто боротися до скону.”

Translation (Google): Socialism – is the most honest human system. And he must grow in clean, natural human based on honesty, fairness and mutual people and not supported bunch of paid spies, police, informers, careerists, whose name – human impersonality. And for such a socialism worth fighting to end of life.



(Ukrainian: Васи́ль Семе́нович Стус; January 8, 1938 – September 4, 1985) was a Ukrainian poet and publicist, one of the most active members of Ukrainian dissident movement. For his political convictions, his works were banned by the Soviet regime and he spent 23 years (about a half of his life) in detention. On November 26, 2005 he was posthumously given the title Hero of Ukraine by order of the state.

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Vasyl Stus died after he declared hunger strike on September 4, 1985 in a Soviet forced labor camp for political prisoners Perm-36 near the village of Kuchino, Perm Oblast, Russian SFSR, where he had been transferred in November 1980. Danylo Shumuk reported that the commandant, a certain Maj. Zhuravkov, committed suicide after the death of Vasyl Stus.[5] In the Kuchino camp, out of 56 inmates kept there between 1980 and 1987, 8 died, including 4 members of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group.


In 1985, an international committee of scholars, writers, and poets nominated Stus as a candidate for the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, but he died before the nomination materialized.[8] He was nominated by a German writer Heinrich Böll, who publicly stated that he expected Stus to win the prestigious prize.


The tradition of Ukrainian patriots feverishly advocating their own destruction remains alive and well.


  1. Ed K

    It was written, “The tradition of Ukrainian patriots
    feverishly advocating their own destruction remains
    alive and well.”

    Stus is atributed to saying, “Socialism – is the
    most honest human system.” This statement is an
    absurd assinuation. Making one human a slave to
    another is never honest.

    1. Roman

      Many of Ukraine’s celebrated national heroes, including Lesya Ukraiinka and Ivan Franko, both of whom appear on Ukraine’s currency, were avowed socialists and Marxists (Franko partially repudiated his Marxism).

      What elevated them to the status of national heroes was their agitating for a Ukrainian socialism in contract with the world-wide socialism called for in Moscow. That’s it. After some selective censoring, the Soviets found Franko’s writing to be very useful. They even named one of the Ukraine’s Oblasts and cities after him.

      After the Bolshevik Revolution, Ukrainian identity became a symbol of opposition to the Soviet Union. (Every state needs to homogenize identity within its borders, incorporating distinct local narratives into an over-arching myth of the state.)

      Ukrainian identity was brutally repressed in a variety of horrible ways, including mass deportations and mass executions which encompassed cultural pillars like clergy, artists, writers, musicians, and aristocrats. The eventual status of Ukrainian identity in the Soviet Union leads many patriots to consider the Bolshevik Revolution to be a purely Russian affair. This is an error.

      Many Ukrainians were involved. Many were active, enthusiastic, blood-thirsty reds. But once they succeeded (with Russian assistance) in forming a Socialist state, it was a simple matter to have the Ukrainian socialists lined up and shot, and replaced by the true puppet master from Moscow.

  2. Ed K

    And this gets into the problem of Stepan Bandera.

    The guy has been painted by propagandist from Russia as
    evil, from Jews as anti jewish, from Germans as anti …

    Much that is available about is from some propaganda machine.

    However, comments directly from some who knew him
    said he was simply pro Ukrainian. That incidents of him
    attacking Jews were from Jewish groups supporting the

    It is important to grasp that Ukrainian nationalist were caught
    in the middle and fought all sides in their quest for Ukrainian

    Thanks to the Carpathian Mountains a few of those Ukrainians
    who fought all sides for Ukrainian independence walked to
    freedom and told an inside story preserved in a few Ukrainian
    communities in North America.


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