Rampant Odessa “svolota”
Marshal Zhukov hate. Hate the descendants of Nazi policemen, concentration camp guards, collaborators. In Odessa Bacillus hatred of Zhukov, who commanded in 1946-1948, the Odessa military district and the city destroyed a robbery, were brought after the coup in Kiev nationalists come in large numbers from the Western regions.
Broken plaque on the house where he lived in Odessa, Zhukov
Special hatred they have caused the monument erected on the prospectus of Marshal Zhukov. “Svolota”, in Odessa activists called “Freedom”, not just stolen the bust. Acted on thieves ‘ habit at night. Triumphantly posted photos and videos in social networks, boasting a street hooliganism. And at the same time remained “unknown” for the guards.
Soon visiting “svolota” replaced the native of the Odessa group. And in Odessa “their” ideological nationalists not their role to hire anybody local. Business this competitive, there survive only those who have a “roof” above. In 2017, hired pravoseki headed by a certain Sergey Sternenko stole the bust of Marshal, which until then scoffed “svolota”. After the theft of the bust to find it failed. And today, the monument stands the headless pedestal column. However, on may 9 and 10 April – the Day of liberation from Nazi invaders – Odessans bring to this column of flowers.
Monument to Marshal Zhukov and what’s left of it
Recidivist Sternenko tried to judge in Odessa, then his case was transferred to Kiev. Today, instead of stay in jail awaiting trial, bully-pravosek travels across Ukraine on the road performing, lecturing and conducting training in the tactics of street fighting.
But the biggest shock of the memory of Odessa caused Saakashvili, whom Poroshenko was appointed Governor of Odessa. By order of Saakashvili tore down a memorial stone in the beginning of the prospectus of Marshal Zhukov and renamed several streets in a “Patriotic” manner.
A memorial stone in Odessa, demolished on the orders of Saakashvili
In may 2016 the prospectus of Marshal Zhukov was named prospect of the Heavenly Hundred. The mayor Trukhanov tried to resist the orders of the Governor, but only as long as its not called on the carpet to the interior Minister Avakov. From the Minister’s office of the Odessa mayor came down, and satisfied with Avakov said that they are “good talk”. However, the name of the Heavenly Hundred, no one in Odessa, Marshala Zhukova prospect calls, and if someone say without thinking, it immediately corrected. Odessa Avenue, as before, bears the name of Marshal of the Victory.
Until recently, in Odessa was the only memorable sign of G. K. Zhukov – the bas-relief on the wall of the Primorsky district on Kanatnaya street, where after the great Patriotic war the headquarters of the Odessa military district, commanded by Zhukov. And on 31 October the bas-relief began ostentatiously to dismantle the members of some obscure organization “National resistance”.
Before the destruction of the bas-relief to Marshal Zhukov
The head of this “resistance” – Sergey Hodiak, member of the Odessa massacre on may 2, 2014, shooting at Odessa with a hunting rifle. The “hunter” is still proud of that shot at people. After the massacre in Odessa city centre from wounds from bullets died five people.
The demolition of the bas-relief of Marshal Zhukov was ordered and paid for by the chief kvartirno-operational Department of the defense Ministry of Ukraine in Odessa Colonel Konyukhov. Appropriate paper the nationalists presented the patrol police, which caused the inhabitants, and those who tried to stop the demolition of the memorial sign, it said, “don’t like it, move to Russia”. In the evening of that day the citizens of Odessa gathered near the building of the military enlistment office at the place of the demolished bas-relief mounted portrait of Marshal Zhukov held a rally, brought flowers, candles… the Memory is not so easy to kill.
Meeting in memory of Marshal Zhukov
And night came again Hodiak accomplices, threw flowers, and the lamps all burned. The same thing takes place in Odessa every year on the walk of Fame, where Odessans tons of flowers on 10 April and 9 may and near the House of trade unions in a tragic anniversary may 2.
November 4, somebody wrote on the wall of the Primorsky military: “Zhukov, the hero of Ukraine”. The authorities urgently ordered to wall up the niche with bricks left over from bas. Afraid Of The Marshal Of The Victory. I’m afraid the undying memory of Odessa…
1 Dec 2019, in 123 th anniversary of the birth of G. Zhukov in Odessa on the site of the demolished bust of the famous Soviet commander held a meeting of citizens of Odessa who came to honor the memory of Marshal of the Victory. “A man of great military talent, bold and original in his opinions, very hard in carrying out decisions in life, and feared no obstacles to achieve military objectives” – these words recalled G. K. Zhukov in his memoirs army General S. M. Shtemenko…Larisa Fedotova