The Ukrainian community of Innsbruck (Austria) restored the grave of their compatriot, minister for cadastral activities Mykola Kowalewsky. The official served in the Cabinet of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, the predecessor of modern Ukraine, zaxid.net wrote.
No one tended the grave, and the historical monument could have been ruined – so as to release space for a new grave.
In Austria, the land designed for burials is rented out - usually, for the period of 10 years. In 2008, the-then Ukrainian ambassador in Austria Yevhen Chornobryvko paid over 400 Euros of rent; however, the term of the rent expires in 2018. The Ukrainian community of Innsbruck sent an inquiry to Kyiv, asking to extend the period of rent and set the tombstone. The local Ukrainians managed to set a wooden cross on their own, which is a temporary measure.
Mykola Kowalewsky was a Ukrainian diplomat of the early 20th century; he served as MP of the-then Ukrainian Parliament and later climbed up the career ladder. When the Bolsheviks came to power, and the Ukrainian national-wide democratic revolution failed, Kowalewsky moved to Austria, where he eventually died.