Posts tagged ‘EuroMaidan’

18/03/2014

Russian propaganda about cultural property crime in Ukraine is absurdly obviously fake

At the same time as the Yanukovych regime’s cultural property crimes are being exposed, (pro-)Russian activists are mirroring them with propaganda that accuses the resistance of equivalent crimes (in this case, corruption and illicit export) and sins (unpatriotic behaviour).

The ‘absurdity [Абсурдность]’ of the ‘fake [фейк]’ news is ‘obvious [очевидной]’. But it can be convincing to people who do not have and have never had reliable access to reliable information. And it can be convenient to locals and outsiders who want to promote their favoured political-historical narratives. So it is important to disprove it.

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17/03/2014

‘Putin’s tourists’ (Russia’s agents) have ransacked the Ukrainian Veterans Museum in Donetsk

‘#Putin’s tourists [have] ransacked a veterans museum in the prosecutor’s office in #Donetsk’ (though the source news site seems to be down…).

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24/02/2014

Illicit antiquities in the Attorney-General’s house?

Now that ‘Self-Defence [Самооборони]’ (civil order) guards have secured it, protester-tourists have visited Attorney-General/Prosecutor-General Viktor Pshonka’s house in Gorenichi (outside Kiev), too (as they did the president’s residence before). Soon, there will be an entire circuit of literally stately homes, properties bought and embellished with the pay for state work and the benefits of state power. And just as they found suspected illicit antiquities at Yanukovych’s residence, so they found suspected illicit antiquities at Pshonka’s house.

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23/02/2014

a truly historic artefact: the National Art Museum of Ukraine wants the Maidan trebuchet

The National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU) [Національний Художній Музей України (НХМУ)] has appealed for the preservation of the Maidan trebuchet.

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23/02/2014

Public antiquities in the president’s residence?

Since Viktor Yanukovych’s retreat from Kiev, many Ukrainians have visited the president’s country residence, and seen the wealth and wastefulness for which he was legendary – fleets of classic cars and boats; a wooden galleon; a private zoo; a folly of Classical ruins; grotesquely, golden eagles that had been crucified, seemingly by extremists as effigies of the synonymous Berkut special police… And they’ve found a couple of questionable and/or questionably-acquired antiquities.

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22/02/2014

the Ukrainian museum of police atrocities

In the midst of the conflict, resisters and observers have gathered forensic evidence of the violence. For example, Postup Human Rights Centre (joint) coordinator Konstantin Reutski ‘picked up [Подобранное]’ shell cartridges(1), grenade rings and a car stopper near Zhovtnevogo (in Kiev). Now the resisters have created a temporary exhibition.

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22/02/2014

Lenin down and out in Ukraine

On the 8th of December 2013, nationalist Svoboda (Freedom Party) activists meticulously planned and pulled down a statue of Lenin in Kiev. In the last 48 hours, however, a dozen or more Lenins have been toppled across the country, even in stereotypically regime-aligned Dnipropetrovsk.

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05/12/2013

earthmovers’ revolution: Ukraine

I still remember a Ukrainian journalist friend telling me (and others in our circle) that the 2004-2005 Orange leaders were not trusted and the revolution was not expected to be a success in and of itself. The real democracy movement hoped to create just enough breathing space, just long enough, to be able to prepare itself for the next push (which would involve protecting the people from the rulers they had supported).

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