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A Presentation of the Documentary about a Ukrainian Intelligence Officer

A presentation of a 40-minute documentary about the heroic and dramatic life of the intelligence officer of the Ukrainian People's Republic Mykola Krasovskyi took place in the Lviv Palace of Arts.

There was good reason for journalists and filmmakers' getting interested in the image of Krasovskyi, as well as for the selection of his quotes about intelligence for the exhibition devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Foreign Intelligence of Ukraine, presented in early 2019 at the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.

“…Not everyone has a real capability of intelligence work”, said Krasovskyi in one of the documents that outlined the peculiarities of service in the intelligence of the young Ukrainian state, – because it is also God’s gift – a talent which can be developed and perfected, but in no way it can be instilled into a person who was not born with this talent, it is impossible at least as it is impossible to become an artist, poet or sculptor just because one wants to”.

Mykola Krasovskyi's name was first introduced to the public by Volodymyr Sidak, Doctor of History, long-time Rector of the National Academy of Security Service of Ukraine. A number of publications based on new facts and documents found in the archives were made by researcher on the history of the intelligence Oleksandr Skrypnyk. These materials made interested the Ukrainian screen writer, director, journalist, laureate of the Ivan Franko Prize for Information Activity, a public figure Taras Kalyandruk, the author of the documentaries about Petro Sahaydachnyi, Ivan Vyhovskyi, Danylo Halytskyi, Mykhaylo Hrushevskyi, Ivan Franko, Roman Shukhevych and many other prominent figures, as well as about life-turning events in the history of Ukraine.

The result of the work of the creative team with the assistance of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine was a full-scale documentary film “The Matter of Mykola Krasovskyi's Life”. The film details the eventful life and activities of this extraordinary personality, the son of a Kyiv clergyman, who began his career as a police assistant and later became one of the best investigators in Kyiv, a relentless and principled crime-fighter.

Special attention in the film is paid to the investigation of the murder in Podil in Kyiv in the time of the Russian Empire of the teenager Andriy Yushchynskyi (the sadly remembered Beilis' case). Risking his status and life, Mykola Krasovskyi consistently fought against the fabrication of the case, as well as against heightening anti-Semitism. It was his moral position that did not allow the tsarist Russia's officials, using the Beilis' case, to inspire a wave of bloody Jewish pogroms in Kyiv.

The turning point in Krasovskyi's life was the year 1917. The Ukrainian Central Rada, which was looking for people to attract to its side, invited him to service as an officer who accepted the idea of national statehood. First he was appointed Commissar of the Criminal Police Department of Kyiv, but soon became Chief of the Information Bureau of the Intelligence Department of the General Staff of the UPR Army.

It was the main working body of the military intelligence and counterintelligence of the Armed Forces of the republic, which actively worked as a separate intelligence service. In this position, Mykola Krasovskyi had done a lot to build the national intelligence.

The film's authors, step by step, traced Krasovskyi's life and career, his life in emigration after the defeat of the national liberation movement of the Ukrainian people of 1917–1921, where he continued intelligence work until he fell into the hands of the NKVD when he went to the Ukrainian territory with another intelligence task.

The film “The Matter of Mykola Krasovskyi's Life” is a thoroughly accomplished research with a professional diving deep into historical material. Especially noteworthy is the fact of using little-known historical documents and cinematographic materials, as well as comments of well known historians and public figures. Apart from presenting historical facts, the authors tried to show the spirit of the era through the life of an individual who was an active participant of political processes of the time.

This was discussed after watching the film in the Lviv Palace of Arts, where gathered together the cadets and lecturers of the Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi National Army Academy, border guards, representatives of military and foreign intelligence, Security Service of Ukraine, historians, journalists, film critics and public figures.

Discussing the film, the present pointed out that the image of the Ukrainian intelligence officer Mykola Krasovskyi is a clear example of how to honestly and faithfully serve one's  people, to observe the code of professional ethics, not changing one's principles and consistently getting the jobs done.

This was voiced by Deputy Director of the “URS Film” company Volodymyr Malynovskyi, lecturer of the Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi National Army Academy Colonel Roman Kinash, historian, Professor Mykola Lytvyn, Professor Roman Kolodiy, and many others.

Speaking to the audience, screen writer and film director Taras Kalyandruk pointed out that with this film they were launching a series of films about the history of Ukrainian special services.

The members of the film crew expressed their hope that representatives of Ukrainian TV channels would get interested in the film and soon it would be seen by many people.

 

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