Monthly Archives: January 2014

Maidan Chronicle – January 19-20, 2014 – The Day Kyiv Blew Up (In Lieu of a Conclusion)

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  I had to leave unpublished a manuscript giving more details of my last day in Kyiv (January 19, 2014) due to a friend’s safety concerns.  This piece was published as a guest contribution to “Sean’s Russia Blog” (http://seansrussiablog.org) on

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Maidan Chronicle – January 18, 2014, Part Two: I Become a Dissident

I met up with Nazar after my visit to the Kherson Region’s tent on the Maidan.  He happened to be right around the corner, behind the small wooden buildings in front of the Independence Column (nicknamed the Stella).  He was

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Maidan Chronicle – January 18, 2014 – Part One: Back to Kyiv

I left Donetsk the evening of January 17 with a slight feeling of dread.  Over the afternoon I had gotten over the shock of the new laws implemented by the Ukrainian government against protests, but my friend Dmytro reported that

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Maidan Chronicle – January 17, 2014

No more interviews for me, at least for today.  I am sitting at home, wondering what might be happening in Kyiv.  Unlike last night, where fear and dread prevailed, I now feel anger and defiance.  Music from Okean El’zy and

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Maidan Chronicle – January 14-16, 2014

On January 14, I took the early morning train from Kharkiv to Donetsk.  Ievhen got me a cab to the train station.  At last, it was open.  Inside, a Santa Claus sang American Christmas songs in English beneath a towering

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Maidan Chronicle – January 13, 2014

I was in Kharkiv one more day to interview Euromaidan activists and local experts and attend a Euromaidan rally for that evening.  Eventually, I even managed to wind up being interviewed on a local radio program.  I spoke with Volodymyr,

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Maidan Chronicle – January 12, 2014

It was my second day in Kharkiv, and the First All-Ukrainian Euromaidan Forum was going to conclude.  Already in the morning, there were signs that this would be a tense day.  Ievhen, while accompanying Konstantyn to the Forum’s semi-secret assembly

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