During the consideration on 15 November in the Supreme Council of Ukraine of a draft resolution on marking remembrance days and jubilees in 2012, the leader of the Communist faction, Petro Symonenko stressed that he will not vote for it as the “draft resolution removes the Soviet age from our history.” The strongest criticism of the communists is aimed against the figures of the Greek Catholic Metropolitan Josef Slipyj and Cossack Hetman of Ukraine, Ivan Mazepa. RISU's Ukrainian-language web page posted this story on 16 November.
The bill was submitted by Ukrainian deputies, V. Karpuk and V. Yavorivskyi and, according to the Committee on Culture and Spirituality, defines the list of the most important events in the social-political life of Ukraine and jubilees of outstanding persons to be marked at the state level in 2012 and provides appropriate legal basis for the organization of the celebrations. The bill was previously considered and recommended by the Supreme Council’s Committee on Culture and Spirituality.
The days proposed include the 120th anniversary of birth of the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, a political, religious and scholarly figure, Josef Slipyj (Kobernytskyi) (1892-1984) on 17 February, 2012 and the 325th anniversary of the election of Ivan Mazepa Hetman of Ukraine on 25 July, 2012. The draft resolution contains also other important days and jubilees connected with religious-social life of Ukraine, such as 150th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral and 80th anniversary of the genocidal Holodomor.
According to the result of the voting in the parliament on 15 November, the draft resolution was rejected.