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Ihor Ihorovych Kostenko
Ігор Ігорович Костенко
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Kostenko in 2013 on his 22nd birthday
Born (1991-12-31)31 December 1991
Zubrets, Buchach Raion
Died 20 February 2014(2014-02-20) (aged 22)
Kiev, Ukraine
Residence Lviv
Nationality Ukrainian
Education Lviv University
Occupation journalist, student
Awards Wikipedian of the Year (2014)
Hero of Ukraine Hero of Ukraine (2014)

Ihor Ihorovych Kostenko (Ukrainian: Ігор Ігорович Костенко; 31 December 1991–20 February 2014) was a Ukrainian journalist, student activist and Wikipedian killed during the Euromaidan events.[1]

Biography

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Kostenko was born in Zubrets, Buchach Raion. He was raised by his grandparents, as his parents worked primarily in Saint Petersburg. As a child he attended Saint Josaphat Buchatskiy, a Ukrainian Catholic parochial school in Buchach. He had one sister, Inna.[2]

Kostenko received his bachelor's degree in 2013 and was a first-year graduate student in geography at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, in Western Ukraine. His thesis was the development of the tourism industry in Buchach.[2] He also worked as a journalist for the online edition of the sports website Sportanalitika (Sport Analytics).[3]

He was also a regular contributor to the Ukrainian Wikipedia under the nickname Ig2000, creating more than 280 articles on aviation, economics, football and other subjects. Kostenko's article on the Soviet destroyer Nezamozhnik was recognised with the "Good Article" rating.[1]

Death

Sketch of Kostenko's Ukrainian Wikipedia article held up during a commemoration on 20 February 2015, the one-year anniversary of his death and of the deadliest day of Euromaidan. The red text at the bottom says, "Nobody's been forgotten, but why the fuck, nobody's been punished?"

Kostenko went to Kiev on 18 February to take part in the Euromaidan demonstrations, the pro-Western movement that broke out after Ukraine's government refused to ratify its earlier decision to join the European Union. He joined other friends from Lviv in building barricades to protect the protesters. The confrontation between protesters and police worsened in the late hours of 19 February, and snipers began shooting at demonstrators.[1][4]

On 20 February 2014, Kostenko's body was found on the street, near the October Palace. He had gunshot wounds to the head and heart, and multiple fractures to his legs.[2][4]

The day after his death, Kostenko's friend Yuriy Muryn recalled his last communications with Kostenko. "He just called me yesterday and I didn't hear it ring. I called him back today and he didn't answer. I just can't comprehend it," Muryn said. "And during the first riots on Hrushevskoho he sent me his girlfriend's phone number, saying: 'Tell her that I love her, if something happens.' I thought he was joking, but when riots broke out again, he asked: 'Do you remember about my request?'"[2]

On 22 February, a procession of hundreds of people followed his hearse taking Kostenko from Kiev to Lviv for his funeral. More than 500 mourners held a candlelight vigil in Ternopil.[5] Kostenko and six other victims from Euromaidan were mourned 23 February at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lviv.[6]

Legacy

On 21 November 2014, together with the other activists killed during Euromaidan, Kostenko was posthumously awarded the title "Hero of Ukraine," the highest national award a Ukrainian citizen can earn.[7]

Kostenko was also named 2014 Wikipedian of the Year. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced the award during the 2014 Wikimania Conference in August in London. Wales presented the award to Kostenko's sister, Inna, in September in Kiev.[8]

The magazine of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine posthumously named Kostenko "Student of the Year." The auditorium at Lviv University was renamed the "Ihor Kostenko Memorial Auditorium" in his honour.[9] An additional plaque was installed at his high school, Saint Josaphat Buchatskiy.

References

  1. ^ a b c "In memoriam of Ihor Kostenko" (in Ukrainian). Wikimedia Ukraine. 23 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Olga Omelianchik, Yekaterina Stulen (21 February 2014). 'Если что-то случится, скажи, что я ее люблю' ['If something happens, tell her that I love her']. Vesty Ukraine (in Ukrainian). 
  3. ^ "Ihor Kostenko killed in Kyiv" (in Ukrainian). 20 Minutes. 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Серед вбитих сьогодні упізнали львівського журналіста Ігоря Костенка (оновлено) [Lviv Journalist Ihor Kostenko Among Those Killed Today] (in Ukrainian). Institute for Mass Information. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Тернопілля: село на Бучаччині втратило відразу двох своїх синів (Відео) [The village of Ternopil Buchach just lost two of its sons] (in Ukrainian). 7Days. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Львівщина попрощалась із сімома Героями [Lviv Says Goodbye to Seven Heroes] (in Ukrainian). Dyvys. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ № 890/2014" (in Ukrainian). President of Ukraine. 
  8. ^ "Lifestyle Blog: Ukrainian from the Heavenly Hundred becomes Wikipedian of the Year". Kyiv Post. 15 Aug 2014. 
  9. ^ «У твоєму імені живу»: Ігор Костенко – освітянин року ["Your Name Lives On" - Ihor Kostenko Student of the Year] (in Ukrainian). Lviv University. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

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