UCCLA - For Immediate Release (Ottawa: 28 February 2009)
Commenting on the forthcoming expulsion of a former captain of the Soviet secret police the chairman of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA), Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, said:
"Canada should never have become a haven for veterans of the Soviet secret police, including the NKVD, SMERSH and KGB. All those who belonged to any of these organizations, which are collectively responsible for the enslavement, torture, and murder of millions of innocent men, women and children, were supposed to have been automatically excluded from entering our country. Therefore anyone found here who was a member of any Soviet secret police force, as well as those who enabled Communist war crimes and crimes against humanity before, during or after the Second World War, should be expelled, without exception, regardless of their ethnic, racial or religious heritage or ideological convictions. We applaud the Government of Canada for liberating our country of those who willingly served the Soviet empire."