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Eugene Melnyk vs. Vladimir Putin

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is spearheading an international movement to boycott the products of major sponsors, including Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch InBev, until the 2018 World Cup is moved away from Russia.

Melnyk, always outspoken about Russia’s invasion into Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, is livid at the hypocrisy of FIFA — soccer’s governing body — for allowing the country to stage the tournament while Russian president Vladimir Putin is waging war.

“(Putin) has no right to have that,” Melnyk, chairman of the Advisory Committee for United with Ukraine, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Melnyk suggests Putin is trampling on the tournament ideals of global unity and peace.

“It goes against every possible theme of soccer and the World Cup and what it’s supposed to stand for,” he said....

Melnyk’s parents escaped Ukraine and met in Toronto in the early 1950′s and he grew up hearing countless stories about the Soviet invasion of their homeland. His paternal grandmother was thrown out of her home by Soviet officials. Melnyk has supported a variety of causes and charities in Ukraine. He distrusts Putin and worries about the country’s future.

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Ken Warren needs to learn some history before writing his nonsense. How exactly did Soviets invade Melnyk’s parents country when they had no country. Western Ukraine, if that’s where they are from, was part of Poland until the 1930’s

Posted by George0211 on 05/29/14 at 07:14 AM ET

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Hmm… what could have happened to Western Ukraine in the 1930s to make it no longer a part of Poland?

Posted by softsign on 05/29/14 at 08:55 AM ET

So they want to be part of Poland? Point is they weren’t independent.

Posted by George0211 on 05/29/14 at 08:57 AM ET

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The article talks about Melnyk’s “homeland”. I didn’t see any claims regarding Ukraine’s legal status at the time. In the 1930s, his parents’ homeland was part of Poland, which was invaded by the Soviets. The article is correct.

Also, surely a student of history such as yourself will be aware that Ukraine had brief periods of independence in the early part of the 20th century?

Posted by softsign on 05/29/14 at 09:13 AM ET

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Also, surely a student of history such as yourself will be aware that Ukraine had brief periods of independence in the early part of the 20th century?

Posted by softsign on 05/29/14 at 09:13 AM ET

After the Bolshevik revolution, sure. It didn’t last very long, and that Ukraine was invaded, if you like to put it that way, by both Poland and Russia, at the time.

Posted by George0211 on 05/29/14 at 10:13 AM ET

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A nation does not need a state to have a homeland. Further, Russians would have been a foreign party regardless of the state status of Ukraine.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/29/14 at 01:32 PM ET

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A nation does not need a state to have a homeland. Further, Russians would have been a foreign party regardless of the state status of Ukraine.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/29/14 at 01:32 PM ET

Not if they are taking back territories that belonged to them originally.

Posted by George0211 on 05/29/14 at 01:35 PM ET

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“Belonged” is a problematic view for a homeland.  That’s often imperial language that those occupying the land would disagree with. Imagine if the Cherokee descendants decided to “retake” Georgia.

I think the main issue here is you’re viewing land as a matter of states and I’m viewing it as a matter of national identity.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/30/14 at 01:58 PM ET

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