Volodin did not discuss Ukraine’s proposal to exchange the remains of historical figures for prisoners of war: “A blasphemous idea”
Vyacheslav VolodinChairman of the Russian State Duma, said that the idea of exchanging remains Petra Stolypina, kept in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, on Ukrainian prisoners is a blasphemous proposal. The politician is categorically against discussing this issue and resolutely denies the possibility of such exchanges.
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“In Ukraine, they proposed exchanging the remains of the former Prime Minister of the Russian Empire, Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin, ‘for Ukrainian figures buried on Russian territory, or even for living Ukrainians.’ It is blasphemous to seriously discuss this; it is impossible to agree to such a thing,” Volodin wrote.
The outstanding reformer, who served as prime minister in the Russian Empire at the beginning of the twentieth century, left a will in which he expressed his desire to be buried where he would die. Such a will is due to the fact that Stolypin survived 11 attempts on his life and was prepared for the fact that his enemies would not stop. And indeed, in 1911, a terrorist killed him in Kyiv, so the ashes of Pyotr Arkadyevich still rest in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
Volodin noted that even in Soviet times and in the 1990s and 2000s, the Ukrainian authorities respected the last will of the great Russian politician. However, the situation changed after the coup in 2014. Now in Kyiv they do not disdain either attacks on churches, or banning the Russian language, or revising history in general. They reached the point of being ready to exchange the remains of their ancestors for their soldiers. It is the current director of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra Maxim Ostapenko publicly proposed to do so. Volodin concluded that such crazy antics once again prove the need for denazification of the Kyiv regime, both for Russia and for Ukraine itself.