Interview with the President of the World Congress of Subcarpathian Ruthenians Dzhugan Vasily Mikhailovich
-Vasily Mikhailovich, I would like to congratulate you on your election as the President of the World Congress of Subcarpathian Ruthenians and wish you success in the hard work for the benefit of Subcarpathian Ruthenian people. Please answer a few questions.
-Thank you for your wishes. I am ready to answer your questions.
-Explain please in a nutshell, the reason of organization of the World Congress of Subcarpathian Ruthenians.
Indeed, there already exists World Congress of Ruthenians, headed by professor. R. Magocsi.
-Initially, the idea to assemble World Congresses of Ruthenians (WCR) has been proposed by Dr.Ivan Parkani, a former employee of the Office of the President of Czechoslovak Republic in Prague in 1990. This idea was discussed with Ruthenian, Mr. Rudolf Matola from Prague. In fact, R. Matola was the most active of the organizers of the First World Congress of Ruthenians. Since then, nine Congresses took place. However, with each subsequent Congress, its involvement in the fate of Subcarpathian Ruthenians went in the wrong direction. Ruthenian issue in Ukraine was left at the mercy of the Ukrainian authorities. In addition, after we got information about the delegate of the Tenth Congress from the Ukrainian side, it became clear that we must act. Moreover, the idea of a new World Congress of Subcarpathian Ruthenians “soared in the air” for a long time. Czech organizations and Subcarpathian Ruthenians from the United States joined in and it all went moving. It so happened, that the biggest Ruthenian community living densely in the territory of the Ruthenians to the south of the Carpathians, was left without protection. At the same time, Ukraine has reinforced the prosecution and ethnocide of Rusyns in their paternal land. They did not bomb towns, but started the destruction of the habitat of Ruthenians, their culture, history and spirituality. Subcarpathian Rusyns can no longer wait for assistance from anyone, and there is no point of doing so. The most interesting thing is that the most active part in the Organizing Committee took the son of Rudolph Matola Genily Matola.
-There are already evaluations of the First World Congress of Subcarpathian Ruthenians by Ukrainian, Russian, and American sides. How do you evaluate the outcome?
-Everything is logical: Ukraine is mute with regard to resolving the Ruthenian issue, while Ukrainian Special Services continue to persecute Ruthenians on ethnic grounds. Ukraine has exhausted its time limit. Ruthenians are being terrorised by everyone, from fascist renegades from [Svoboda] “(Freedom)” to special groups of SSU (Security Service of Ukraine), hired by Kiev… Ruthenians have put their life, families and destinies at stake of fight… they crossed the Rubicon, ready to go to the end, and will not back away from the set goals; they have nothing to fear. Ukraine carries on their extermination; it simply cannot get any worse…
We have completely different processes in Subcarpathian Ruthenia at present; everyone is doomed to be involved, without exception. Ukrainian authorities anyway will have to prove themselves innocent in 18 years of ethnocide of Ruthenian people. We have begun to address Ruthenian issue within the framework of international laws, and in Europe no one dares to deny people‘s right to exist.
I.e. the main result of the First World Congress of Subcarpathian Ruthenians is to begin the solution of the Ruthenian issue in another format, this time without Ukraine, at the international level through international law. As our backers, we have hundreds of thousands of lobbyists of Rusyns worldwide. Republic of Subcarpathian Rus is to be!
At the Conference of People's Parliament of Subcarpathian Ruthenia, that was held in Svalyava we have made an appeal to all Ruthenian Congresses to unite. Are you ready?
In addition, we offer to create a Coordinating Consulting Council, which would not be binding, created temporarily for coordination, and organization of periodical conferences (they can be held in the form of online conferences).
We invite the World Congress of Ruthenians (WCR) to join the World Congress of Subcarpathian Ruthenians (WCSR) on the rights of the honorary member. WCR could invite WCSR on the same terms. We are prepared to join WCR as well. Honorary Member should not necessarily share our goals and objectives.
-You actually made a formal proposal as the President of WCSR to the delegates of WCR, which will take place in a few weeks in Serbia?
-Yes. I would like to ensure that our proposals are understood. Ruthenian people, regardless of the country they live in, are indivisible. The borders, oceans and other obstacles are surmountable. The most important thing now is to unite in order to save the Ruthenians.
-Thank you for the interview.
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