Several electronic petitions for the transfer of the remains of the ideologist of Ukrainian nationalism Stepan Bandera and the leader of the nationalist movement Semyon Petliura were registered on the website of the President of Ukraine.
The authors justify their initiatives by the fact that acts of vandalism are perpetrated on the graves of Bandera and Petliura. One author also proposes the creation of a “Pantheon of Heroes of Ukraine”.
At the moment, Bandera’s grave is located at the Waldfriedhof cemetery in Munich, Petliura’s remains are buried at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.
Stepan Bandera collaborated with Nazi Germany during the Great Patriotic War, until 1959 he headed the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, banned in the Russian Federation). On account of the combat wing of the OUN – the militants of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (banned in the Russian Federation), who, after the name of the leader of the movement, began to be called Bandera, many crimes. About 100 thousand Poles, Czechs, Jews of Western Ukraine died at their hands. Thousands of Ukrainians were brutally killed for refusing to cooperate with the nationalists. Bandera took part in the battles against the Red Army.
Semyon Petliura took an active part in the events in Ukraine in 1917-1921. In order to maintain an independent republic under his rule, he alternately entered into an agreement with Germany, Poland, Romania, France, England, with representatives of the White movement and even with the Bolsheviks, until Ukraine was finally liberated by the Red Army. Participated in mass Jewish pogroms and brutally cracked down on all those who disagreed. After the defeat, he fled abroad. In May 1926, he was killed in Paris by Sholom Schwartzbard, whom the French court acquitted, taking into account the motives – revenge for relatives and other Jews who died during the pogroms.