Mykola YAKOVINA
/

Mykola Yakovyna on the inaction of officials of the ministries of Ukraine

Start

Mykola YAKOVINAMykola YAKOVYNA: “The lack of direct unambiguous answers can only mean hiding from society the fact of inaction of officials and the institutional inability of the agency in this area at such a difficult time for the country.”

The editorial office of the Crimean Svitlytsia newspaper addressed three letters dated 25.10.2019 [1] with written requests to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Ukraine to provide information on a number of topical issues of preservation of Ukraine’s cultural heritage, including monuments in the occupied territories. Although the Government approved the Regulations on the newly created Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Ukraine [2], the Krymska Svitlytsia received a letter signed by the Secretary of State of the liquidated Ministry of Culture RV Karandeeva, who is accordingly the chairman of the liquidation commission of the Ministry of Culture [3 ].

All letters of the Ministry of Culture are combined and a formal answer is provided on one page (Fig. 1).

Letter from the Ministry of Culture
Letter from the Ministry of Culture

By the way, in terms of the issues raised by the Crimean Room, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Ukraine (ICMS) is, in accordance with the above Regulation, the main body in the system of central executive bodies that ensures the formation and implementation of state policy in culture and arts. language policy, protection of cultural heritage… ” with all the powers that previously belonged to the competence of the liquidated Ministry of Culture [4] .

That is, even in some of the questions asked by the Ministry of Culture, no unambiguous (affirmative or negative) answer was received. And these are direct questions about the state of the subordinate sphere, normatively fixed for the Ministry of Culture, such as:

“ Is the state of cultural heritage monitored in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol ? ” “ Has a register of cultural heritage sites of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol been created? ” ,“ Has the register of cultural heritage sites of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol been created? ”,“ Are cultural heritage sites of local significance in particular the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, included in the State Register of Immovable Monuments of Ukraine? ” ( Letter of the“ Crimean room ”dated October 25, 2019 №06 / 10-19);

“Are violations of the state of Ukraine’s cultural heritage monitored in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol ?”, “Did the Ministry’s leadership appeal to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea regarding violations of Ukraine’s cultural heritage in the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula? ( letter of the “Crimean room” dated 25.10.2019 №07 / 10-19);

” Whether initiated Ministry to the President of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the relevant committees) question on the need to accede to the Second Protocol (1999) of the Hague Convention of 1954″ On Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict ‘ ? ” , “Did the Ministry address the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (Baku, July 2019) to consider the issue of protection of Ukraine’s cultural heritage in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol?” (№09 / 10-19)

Preparing answers to such questions should not be burdensome for the bureaucratic machine of the state department, because according to modern standards of office work allows a simple search for documents according to standard formulas. The answer also does not require generalization of a wide range of documents, statistics or documentary data and comes down to a simple unambiguous thesis: does the agency exercise its powers in the assigned area ( yes or no, as in the questionnaire)?

It is surprising that routine bureaucratic action qualifies as “an appeal to which it is necessary to summarize information, conduct analytical data processing, create new information or create it in another way.” It is hoped that a detailed answer will still be provided within 30 days, as the head of the liquidation commission of the Ministry of Culture wished. The lack of direct unambiguous answers can only mean hiding from society the fact of inaction of officials and the institutional inability of the agency in this area at such a difficult time for the country.

Mykola YAKOVINA,

expert on cultural heritage of Ukraine

 

[1] According to the registration of outgoing correspondence of the Crimean Svitlytsia newspaper ська06 / 10-19, №07 / 10-19, №08 / 10-19 and №09 / 10-19.

[2] Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of October 16, 2019 № 885 “Some issues of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports”.

[3] Annex 2 to the order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of September 6, 2019 № 738-r.

[4] Regulations on the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 3.09. 2014 № 495.

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

The project was implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation

Mikola Yakovina

Honorary President of the Ukrainian National Committee ICOMOS, Expert on Cultural Heritage of Ukraine

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: