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Ex-consul of Ukraine, known for neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism, returns to Ukraine’s MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

Vasyl Marushchynets, ex-consul of Ukraine in Hamburg, also received a “forfeit” of $9,200
12:01, 17 December 2019

Vasyl Marushchynets
Ukrainian News

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine complied with the decision of the 6th Administrative Court of Appeal, reinstating the ex-consul of Ukraine in Hamburg Vasyl Marushchynets, who has become well-known for his posts of anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi nature. In addition, the notorious diplomat was paid the average salary for a forced absence from work for almost a year and a half in the amount of 9,200 dollars. 

This is stated in the response of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the information inquiry of Ukrainian News agency.

At the peak of the scandal, Ukraine received a personal note of indignation from the German Foreign Ministry about Marushchynets, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko called him “pathetic villain,” and former Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said such people “have no chances in the Foreign Ministry.” The media of Germany, Poland, and Israel wrote indignantly about his posts, and, like a cherry on top, he became an antihero of Reuters, Yahoo, Daily Mail and The New York Times agencies, thus making Ukraine famous in the world's leading media for this.

At the time, in May last year, he was promptly returned to Ukraine and dismissed from the diplomatic corps and service upon an official investigation. District Administrative Court of Kyiv agreed with the arguments of the Disciplinary Commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when Marushchynets tried to overrule his dismissal. However, in November this year, the panel of judges of the 6th Administrative Appeal Court decided that Marushchynets was dismissed illegally, and that his actions did not violate the oath of a public servant and decided to reinstate him in his office. Facts that made the Germans, Poles, British and Americans extremely indignant seemed to our court as an insignificant episode “taken out of context.”

As Ukrainian News reported earlier, the Foreign Ministry refused to respond to the first inquiry on whether a court decision was fulfilled and how, citing personal information that were not addressed in the inquiry. The ministry only after answered to a second inquiry, providing copies of the conclusions of the Disciplinary Commission, on the ground of which Marushchynets was dismissed, and a copy of the court decision, which restored Marushchynets in office.    

It became clear why the ministry was reluctant to provide answers the first time. In fact, the judgment was not fully implemented. The court ordered to reinstate Marushchynets to a specific position of consul in Hamburg.    

However, this was impossible for two reasons. Firstly, Ukraine by that time already had a consul in Hamburg, and there were no reasons to recall. Secondly, and it is the main reason is the presence of a personal note on Marushchynets from the German Foreign Ministry. After Germany pointed at “undesirability of his activity,” sending a “hero” there even under pressure from the court is a suicidal act for Ukrainian diplomacy.    

Therefore, Marushchynets was given the position of First Secretary of the Security Department of the Department for Countering Threats from the Russian Federation at the central office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a salary of 408 dollars.

A 63-year-old Marushchynets became famous for his photo on his 60th birthday with Hitler's autobiographic book Mein Kampf, posts against “k*ikes,” reposts of materials justifying Holocaust and Babyn Yar events, calls to take back the territories from Poland and Hungary.

 

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