The remains of the prominent Ukrainian writer and poet Oleksandr Oles, buried in Prague, were exhumed, reports zn.ua.
The body of the other man will be buried in the tomb of the writer. According to the legislation of the Czech Republic, the relatives and friends of the deceased person shall pay the grave space fee, which amounts to 775 USD.
According to the representatives of the local community, Volodymyr Mykhailyshyn, a Czech citizen of Ukrainian descent, had been paying the fee until recently on his own initiative. However, Mr. Mykhailyshyn died lately and now his son wants to bury his father in the tomb of Oleksandr Oles.
According to the representatives of Ukrainian diaspora, the reburial was scheduled for 12 o’clock on January 3, 2017. Further plans of the burial of the remains of Oleksandr Oles and his wife is unknown.
The Minister of Information Yuriy Stets commented on the situation and noted that the respective state institutions are already informed of the problem and taking efforts to solve it.
Oleksandr Oles (Kandyba), moved abroad after the October Bolshevik revolution in 1919. He lived in Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Prague since then. He published a number of his selections, whose main topic was nostalgia for Ukraine. Oleksandr Oles died in 1944.