Zvyahilsky Statement Wishful Thinking!
November 21, the day of the rigged 2004 presidential election, marks the third anniversary of the Orange Revolution, officially celebrated on Nov. 22. Still, with miners dying by the dozen and with the smell of shyrka in the air, few fell like celebrating. Ukraine’s circle of life hasn’t changed much.
Donbas, which overwhelmingly supported Yanukovych, made no peace with the Orange Revolution. Now that the Yanukovych’s Party of Regions has been in power for a while and will probably remain so, will Donbasians make peace with coal mines that send them to death?
Ukrayinska Pravda quotes a Delo report in which Yukhym Zvyahilsky, the man who controls the Zasyadka Mine, denies expressing willingness to close the mine. In fact, Zvyahilsky issued a full denial at a funeral ceremony yesterday.
Delo traces the previous statement to Anatoliy Akimochkin, leader of an independent labor union, who, in his own words, overheard it during Zvyahilsky’s conversation with head of the Secretariat Baloha and national security chief Plyushch.
The Zasyadka Mine produces 4 million tons of coal annually, but has a casualty rate 7 times above the industry average.
The poster caption reads:
“Life’s gotten better, comrades. Life’s gotten more fun. And when life is fun, work gets done.”
Stakhanovtsy, expand the ranks of the Stakhanov movement!
(Note: From 1924 to 1961, Donetsk bore the name of Stalino.)
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