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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2024. № 2 (176), 442—449

UDK 39:[355.318(477) “19”]001.891 Г. Дем’ян

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2024.02.442

HRYHORII DEMYAN’S LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY IN THE VERKHOVNA RADA OF UKRAINE

KOVAL Halyna

  • ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2998-2357
  • Doctor of Philology [Dr. Hab], Leading Researcher,
  • Institute of Ethnology of the NAS of Ukraine,
  • Department of Folklore,
  • 15, Svobody Avenue, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine,
  • Contacts: e-mail: galyna.kov@gmail.com

Abstract. One of the important aspects of Hryhorii Demyan’s activity was his work as a deputy during the second convocation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The aim of this article is to reveal his legislative initiatives and proposals in the highest state body. The research methodology is based on historical, political science, legal, cultural studies, and analytical-theoretical methods, which have facilitated an objective assessment of the normative-legal framework of the entire system.

H. Demyan implemented the program of the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists «Ukrainian Choice — 1994», which was based on important nation-building tasks. The official recognition of the OUN and UPA, and the status of veterans for the members of the national liberation movement were his priority tasks, which he repeatedly articulated at sessions of the Verkhovna Rada. As the initiator of the conclusion on the recognition of the 1940s—1950s struggle, he spoke openly and directly about it, encouraging to commemorate the leaders of the nationalist and insurgent movements (Z. Kossak, D. Hrytsai), and congratulated deputies and the public on the UPA 55th anniversary. Hryhorii Demyan submitted many proposals for the new fundamental Law of Ukraine — the Constitution.

He particularly emphasised on observance of the rights and freedoms of citizens. He advocated for support for the Ukrainian army, strengthening its military capabilities and the spirit of national essence. A significant block of issues of the People’s Deputy concerned the protection of the Ukrainian language, history, and culture, especially in academic and educational institutions, as well as in state institutions. H. Demyan developed and sought the implementation of a bill on the status of mountainous regions, providing residents of these territories with state guarantees and benefits, which they continue to have. Hryhorii Demyan’s national position in defending the interests of Ukrainians at the state level was determined and unwavering.

Keywords: People’s Deputy, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, national-liberation movement, army, language, culture.

Received 14.02.2024

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