Oleh Tiahnybok
Head of "Svoboda" party

September 29 2014 Oleh Tiahnybok: Lech Walesa award is the recognition of Ukrainian people who overcame the totalitarian regime

On the 29 September, Oleh Tiahnybok, together with other participants of Maidan, was awarded with Lech Walesa prize: "For restoration of political stability in Ukraine and willingness to bring social equality". The Prize was funded by Lech Walesa Foundation in Gdansk (Poland).

The Leader of nationalists stated: "This award belongs to the whole Ukrainian nation which overcame the totalitarian regime of Yanukovich. This victory happened also because of support of Polish people. At Maidan, during the Revolution of Dignity, we constantly felt the shoulder of our brothers and friends from Poland. We are sure that we will overcome the Kremlin together. In this war, we are fighting for democracy and future not only of Ukraine but also of the whole world. We are very pleased to receive this award from Lech Walesa (who is popular in Ukraine) as a symbol of struggle against communist regime. We thank you on behalf of the whole Ukrainian nation".

Oleh Tiahnybok also congratulated Lech Walesa with his 71st Birthday: "We brought you two Birthday presents: yesterday, residents of Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine demounted the biggest Lenin's monument in Ukraine; another gift is Ukrainian embroidered shirt which has Polish national colours. We wish you good health and a joint victory with us!".

Ex-president of Poland emphasised the importance of solidarity with Ukraine: "Now the whole world has to be solidary with Ukrainian people in struggle against Russian aggressor. Today people who represent Maidan and struggle of Ukrainian nation received the award. Ukrainians are extremely brave and determined people: despite the threats they fought for their inalienable right to determine their political status and to freely develop their economic and social potential".

Press Service of Svoboda