The museum of the writer Mikhail Bulgakov does not need to be closed, said the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko. He recalled that, despite criticism of Ukraine in his works, Bulgakov was a resident of Kyivian
Ukrainian Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko opposed the initiative to close the museum of the writer Mikhail Bulgakov in Kyiv, which was previously proposed by the secretariat of the National Union of Writers of Ukraine.
«Bulgakov— resident of Kiev. Yes, in some works of art he had, I emphasize, replicas of certain heroes regarding the liberation struggle of Ukraine at the beginning of the 20th century. But I think that the museum is definitely not to blame. Neither a museum, nor a monument,»— he said, pointing out that the writers' union has other issues that need to be addressed (quote from UNIAN).
Tkachenko separately emphasized that his position is unambiguous and “the museum should not be touched.”
On August 31, the secretariat of the National Union of Writers of Ukraine proposed instead of the Bulgakov Museum in Kyiv to create a museum of the Ukrainian composer Alexander Koshyts, who lived in this house until 1906. The writers proposed to transfer the exhibits of the Bulgakov Museum to the National Museum of Literature.
The writers substantiated such a proposal by the fact that the museum of the writer who “violently hated Ukraine and its independence, and also denigrated it in his works as best he could” should not work in Kyiv. As an example of such works, the novel “White Guard” is given. The writers also stated that Bulgakov is the “ideologist of the Russian world”; and “one of the most insidious enemies of Ukraine.”
Museum director Lyudmila Gubianuri, commenting on the initiative of the Writers' Union, said that he “did not use all his weapons.” “Before they initiate the closure of the Bulgakov Museum, they must initiate the expulsion of Bulgakov from the Writers' Union and the deprivation of citizenship for anti-Soviet activities. What they have been doing throughout their rich history,»,— quotes her words «KP in Ukraine».
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Bulgakov was born in Kyiv in 1891, where he received his medical education at Kiev University. The writer first visited Moscow in 1917, and finally moved to the Russian capital in September 1921. In the house that is now his museum in Kyiv (House of Turbins), Bulgakov lived from 1906 to 1919. In 1929, he was accused of anti-Soviet propaganda, his plays were excluded from the repertoires of Moscow theaters, and his works were not published.
After a telephone conversation with Joseph Stalin in 1930, Bulgakov was able to get a job at the Moscow Art Theater, and was later admitted to the Writers' Union USSR. The novel “The Master and Margarita”, completed in 1940, was published only 26 years after the death of the writer.
In mid-August, from the wall of the building of the Institute of Philology of the Kyiv National University. Shevchenko removed Bulgakov's memorial plaque.