By Olga Zagulskaya
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
The two weeks of persecution have had their effect. Now I am suffering from hypertension. Yet another act of psychological torture had its intended effect. When I was going to work, I was warned that the students are preparing a boycott. Young people easily agreed to attack a person who always acted on the principle “I’ll give children my heart.” They were set upon me by the “intelligentsia” of Miroslav Popovich, Yuriy Vinnichuk ,and Otar Dovzhenko. At least three SBU men were circling around me, which means it’s not a purely student event.
Journalists targeted me even earlier. In response to my sincere expression of beliefs and their sources, they titled their articles “Lvov National University professor openly supports terrorists,” in other words, without any pangs of conscience they accused me of violating the Criminal Code.
I asked them not to publish their materials in those issues which contain the TV guide, since my 77-year-old mother reads them, and she’s ill. Why cause her the stress? But that’s exactly what they did, they even published a photo of me. When my mother went to church on Sunday, they showed them those newspapers. Even during the Stalin era there was a saying that children are not responsible for their parents. But the perpetrators of the so-called “dignity revolution” don’t know how to act in a humane manner.
Journalists from the TV channel 24 were invited to the event, so as to make my suffering even more public. The dean called me to ask why I wasn’t in class. My absence was noted and witnessed probably for the first time in the modern history of the department. I, someone who has not taken even sick leave the whole time I was at the university, am about to be fired for absenteeism. So as to avoid any legal proceedings. Only three years before retirement.
At one point I felt so dizzy that I could no longer stand. I sat for a little while and went to the doctor. He performed all the necessary procedures, and now I am in treatment, possibly for a long time. All because I am not indifferent to what is happening in my Motherland and to the fates of people, because I have my own understanding of events, my own position, and which I express in public. But, as Taras Shevchenko once said: I incur punishment, I suffer, but I do not repent!
J.Hawk’s Comment: Olga Zagulskaya’s “crime” was to criticize the Kiev authorities on her blog for the war on the people of Donbass, including naming them as the responsible party for the rocket bombardment of Mariupol. I doubt we’ll see a “Je suis Zagulskaya” movement in Europe any time soon. Freedom of speech is not meant for people like her.