December 4, Ukraine’s Cabinet appointed Anton Drobovych as the new head of the Institute of National Remembrance. Drobovych replaced Volodymyr Vyatrovych, who now became MP from Poroshenko’s European Solidarity faction. We tell what is known about the new head of the Institute of National Remembrance.
Biography of Anton Drobovych
Anton Drobovych lives in Kyiv, he is married. He is a Ph.D. in philosophy, an expert in the field of education and culture, a researcher of mythology and modern communications, an art critic and the head of educational programs for the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.
He works as an assistant professor at the Department of Cultural Studies of the National Pedagogical University named after Drahomanov and an expert at the Institute of Social and Economic Research. Drobovych is a laureate of the IV Stedley Art Foundation competition of art criticism. In addition, he is the author of a series of lectures on the topic of mythology in art, as well as more than 50 scientific publications in the field of philosophy, cultural studies and anthropology.
Earlier, Drobovych worked in government bodies, state institutions of culture and education, including as an adviser to the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine.
After the dismissal of Volodymyr Vyatrovych from the office, a competition was announced for this post. In November 2019, there were 17 applicants, and according to the results of the interview at the National Agency for Civil Service - two of them remained: Anton Drobovych and Vasyl Yablonsky.
In an interview with Istorychna Pravda outlet, Drobovych said he wanted to "make the official memory policy in Ukraine more balanced and liberal."
Among the tasks in the position of the head of the UIP, he noted a change in the image of the institute and giving it a more understandable role for taxpayers.
"So that the organization is not perceived as the mouthpiece of agitation, ideological struggle or propaganda, but becomes an instrument for citizens to establish public dialogue and strengthen a healthy identity," Drobovych said.
He also noted that one of his priorities as head of the Institute of National Memory should be the establishment of "historical honesty and the strengthening of the intellectual fashion for critical thinking." Drobovych is sure that more efforts must now be made to preserve the memory of the common history of Ukrainians and Ukrainian Poles, Jews, Armenians, Tatars, Greeks, Bulgarians, and others.
According to him, the process of decommunization in Ukraine is not completed and there is still a lot of work to do, both in legal and in practical terms.
The new head of the Institute of National Memory believes that Voloydmyr Vyatrovych and his team did a lot of work and very loudly announced it.
“I don’t like all the decisions and the methods by which they acted. Some things I want to remake or complete in a different way. But I must give credit to these people - this is almost the first case in the history of the Ukrainian independent state when someone is so passionate and resolutely carried out humanitarian policy. They had the will, strength, and action," said Drobovych.
In turn, Vyatrovych said that the appointment of Drobovych was “another wrong personnel decision by the government in humanitarian policy. This is no longer a mistake, but a turn in the other direction. There may not be room for nationals and Ukrainians in the national memory.”
According to the income statement for 2018, Anton Drobovych owns part of the apartment in Kyiv, and his wife Iryna also has a share in another apartment. The new Institute of National Remembrance head drives a 2004 Volkswagen Polo. Over the past year, Drobovych earned about 3,900 USD as a professor and received more than 14,000 USD from his entrepreneurial activity.
Anton Drobovych stores half a million hryvnias (20,000 USD) in cash and he has 5,000 USD on bank accounts.