Please be informed that on November 1st, 2012 in Kyiv a Starokyivska (Ancient Kyiv) hill sacred place of Ukrainian native faith has been outraged: unknown malefactors sew off a wooden statue of God Perun (possibly at night), which is a work of sacral art and a famous object of worship both in Ukraine and far abroad.
As known, Starokyiska hill has been a permanent pilgrimage destination of Ukranian native faith and many other Slavic native faith adherents (from Poland, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Russia, Belarussia, the USA, Canada, etc. – e.g. a large pilgrimage of the year 2010 – the Ancestral Slavic Viche (Council of Elders)). These facts have already entered the cultural history of Ukraine and the world. Kyiv Native Faith Centre has already won the reputation of one of the main centres of spiritual culture of the native faith adherents, cultivating respect for Forefathers and the Nature, affecting international tourism development and forming a positive image of Ukraine.
As estimated from the pattern and the scope of the savage action, the latter was commited by an organised body with the usage of both special equipment (gas chain-saws, lorries) and groundbreaking man power (it took a power of 15 to 20 men to erect the statue).
Please take into consideration that the experience of native faith sacred places in Ukraine has become systematical. Repeated recurrences of the native faith adherents to the law enforcement authorities have had no effect so far and the offenders have not been brought to justice for stirring of interfaith hatred and the spiritual injury, propetry losses, and physical damage done.
Such indifference of state authorities regarding violation of rights and liberties of the native faith adherents of Ukraine is becoming obvious. The lack of a true-to-life information about one of the earliest religions of Ukraine gives evidence of prenotion of the state towards its autochtonous spiritual culture and limitation of our constitutional rights. Recently Ukrainian Church and Religious Associations Council has officially rejected the entry of the Religious Centre of the United Native Faith Communities of Ukraine into the Council (with the reason not mentioned), thus we can see another fact of violation of the Constitution of Ukraine.
As a rule, stirring of interfaith and international hatred towards the native faith adherents is spread via Christian pastors who intentionally create ‘negative image of pagans’ among their parish or straightforwardly incite them towards native faith adherents. As a reply to numerous applications of the United Native Faith Communities of Ukraine regarding malicious ruining of sacred places and ceremonial statues we mainly receive responses claiming ‘lack of components of crime’. As known, such impunity of the plainly criminal actions often lead to righteous indignation of native faith adherents and aggravation of social opposition.
Nowadays the Religious Centre of the United Native Faith Communities of Ukraine is forwarding applications regarding the last outrage towards Perun sanctuary to: the President of Ukraine V.F. Yanukovich, the Ukrainian parliament speaker V.M. Lytvyn, the Minister of the Interior of Ukraine Z.Y. Zakharchenko, the Head of the Security Department of Ukraine I.O. Kalinin, the Minister of Culture of Ukraine M.A. Kulyniak and other state authorities with a view to appropriate reaction and bringing to justice the people involved in violation of the Constitution of Ukraine, rights and liberties of citizens of Ukraine on grounds of religion or nationality, and reimbursement of spiritual injuries and material losses.
The Head of the United Native Faith Communities of Ukraine
November 2nd, 2012
Translation by Vidana Bahanets'ka