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The Department of History, Museology, and Cultural Heritage of the Lviv Polytechnic National University refutes media informational reports regarding the initiative to assign the name of Stepan Bandera (leader of far-right Ukrainian nationalists in 1940-1959 – Ed.). Lviv Polytechnic University will not be named after Stepan Bandera. Such a statement was approved at a department meeting held on June 6, 2017, during which this private initiative was discussed by the lecturer of the department, member of far-right Svoboda party Vyacheslav Hnatyuk.
During the discussion of the issue, the participants of the meeting stressed the special role of Stepan Bandera in the Ukrainian national liberation movement, noted that the memory of him is respected at the university. The street where the main building of the Lviv Polytechnic is located is named after him. The bas-reliefs of Stepan Bandera and another outstanding head of (far-right – Ed.) organizations OUN-UPA Roman Shukhevych (who served in Nazi-led Nachtigall battalion – Ed.), are installed in the lobby of the university. Students have been subjected to a systematic nation-building educational program.
Teachers of the department of history, museology and cultural heritage also noted that in the case of the actualization of the question of assigning the name to the university, attention should be drawn to the well-known representatives of the Ukrainian scientific and technical elite closely associated with the Lviv Polytechnic. Among the proposed candidates are the professor and rector of the University of Yulian Medvedsky, Professor Ivan Levynsky, other active public figures, members of Prosvita, Shevchenko Scientific Society, patrons of art.
Unfortunately, now, against the backdrop of special attention to Bandera, which is understandable and justifiable, the unique achievements of world-renowned representatives of the scientific and technical elite of Lviv Polytechnic University are out of sight. After all, it was Lviv Polytechnic University who joined the formation of the educational and scientific environment of the participants of the Ukrainian national liberation movement.