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Czech government to let Ukraine re-bury writer Olexandr Oles
19:09, 5 January 2017
Czech government to let Ukraine re-bury writer Olexandr Oles

The remains of famous poet and his wife will be transported to Ukraine by late January

19:09, 5 January 2017

112 Agency

The government of Czech Republic will let the Ukrainian side remove the ashes of famous Ukrainian writer Olexandr Oles’ back to his motherland. The respective decision will be made by the end of the month, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said.

The price of transportation will make USD 2,000; until the actual transportation takes place, the remains of Oles will be kept in the repository of the Prague graveyard – for free.

Olexandr Oles’, the famous Ukrainian writer of the 20th century, died in 1944 and was buried in Prague, Czech Republic. Ukrainian art patron Volodymyr Mykhailyshyn gave funds to take care of the grave. But recently Mykhailyshyn died, and he was buried at the same site where Oles’ rested. The poet's remains were exhumed, which that caused wide public reaction in Ukraine.

The next of kin of the writer said they wanted Oles’ to be re-buried in Ukraine. President Poroshenko charged the Foreign Ministry to make sure that the ashes will be moved to Kyiv and re-buried, perhaps at the Lukianivske cemetery.   

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