NCSEJ Protests Awarding of Ukrainian Order of Freedom to Anti-Semitic Writer
WASHINGTON, D.C.  January 23, 2017
FROM: Mark B. Levin, CEO
             Daniel Rubin, Chairman
             Alexander Smukler, President


On January 21, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko awarded the Order of Freedom, his nation’s highest civilian honor, to Vasil Kvasnovsky, a Ukrainian political activist. Kvasnovsky was part of an extensive list of others receiving various awards and honors by presidential decree.

NCSEJ sent a letter to President Poroshenko protesting in the strongest possible terms the bestowing of this honor on Kvasnovsky, whose far-right politics and anti-Semitic books The Intrigues of the Twins: Zionism and Communism and From Darkness to Light: The Moscow-Jewish Syndrome of Ukrainian Holocaust contradict the spirit of the Order, which is given to “outstanding citizens…[for] consolidation of Ukrainian society, democracy, socio-economic and political reforms.” The letter can be seen here.

We will keep you updated on any further developments.


1120 20th Street NW, Ste. 300N Washington, DC 20036-3413
Telephone: +1 202 898 2500  |
Founded in 1971, NCSEJ represents the organized American Jewish community in monitoring and advocating on behalf of the estimated 1.5 million Jews in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, including the 15 successor states of the former Soviet Union.