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26 января 2014

Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine

In the last days I received multiple requests to translate my posts for foreign readers, as they have very limited information about the happenings in Ukraine. This material describes events which took place in Kyev on January 22 and 23.
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22 January 2014. Battles on streets of Kiev.

I came to Kiev. I came to see for myself what is happening here. Of course, an hour after arriving at Maidan, you begin to understand that everything what you've read in dozens of articles, saw in TV news reports is total crap. In the upcoming reports I will try to, as objectively as possible, to sort out this new wave of Kiev revolution.

Usually reporters try to answer the question: “Who came out to Maidan and why.” Depending on the political leaning of MSM, the answers are different. Some say it's “fascists who came out to lynch the Moscali (Ukranian derogatory for Moscovites and Russians in general).”, some say “they're bums and slackers, who've got nothing better to do” and “instigators on the government payroll.” In reality, there is no answer. Those who came out are completely different. Remember, how a couple of years in Moscow there was a MSM buzzword “angry townspeople.” Here you see football fans, retirees, office plankton. And everyone is standing together. A sweet, ol' grandmother is pouring Molotv cocktail in a nationalists' bottles; and a manager of a large company is carrying ammunition to the student. And as it seems to me at this time, these people do not have a specific plan, nor idea of what to do next. Of course, individually, everyone has their own plan to “save Ukraine.” For some its “we need a couple of crates of AKs and grenades, we'll sort things out here quickly.” Others “need to ask the world community for help and bring in the UN troops.” At this time there is no central idea of what to do, an idea that can unite and point in one direction the people at Maidan.

The only thing that is completely clear – people came out against Yanukovich.

The burning barricades are visited by people who have come to let out anger and resentment that have accumulated over the years – for the excesses of cops; for the corruption; for the 'golden toilet'; for the stupidity of the sell-out officials. An elderly man, 80 years of age, walks up to young guys in masks and asks them for a bottle of flaming liquid. They ask him:

“- Grandad, you wont be able to throw it far enough!
- Just give me one, I want to show these beasts that they cannot treat me like this”

Unfortunately, the Ukranians had bad luck with opposition. The street mob is not controlled by anyone. Klichko and his company met with Yanukovch yesterday. Later they came out to the people, began to say something, but no one believes them. And no one wants to follow them. The main mass of people are completely non-political. They come out to kick Yanukovich and his company's ass. Everyone has their own grievances and vision of the future.

There are very real battles on the streets of Kiev right now. Unfortunately, Yanukovich is far, so the Berkut (Ukranian SWAT) and soldiers have to play the role of Yanukovich' ass. The scenery in Kiev is scary. Black smoke, burning barricades and constant explosions. Berkut's flashbangs and the protestors' fireworks explode in the streets. Each side is shooting at the other and there are already first casualties(2 to 5 based on different sources).

Let's go to the barricades?

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Блохастик на борту

На рейсе АлИталии Майами-Рим (которым я на прошлой неделе вернулся в Москву), рядом со мной летел мужчина с собачкой. Собачка была без клетки, переноски, даже без поводка. Все пассажиры ужасно обрадовались блохастику на борту, каждый заигрывал с песиком, пытаясь завладеть его вниманием. Песик быстро почувствовал вседозволенность и начал шастать по салону, лаять, тереться об углы и обнюхивать вещи пассажиров.

Раньше я думал, что перевозить животных можно только в клетках. Какие сейчас правила? Я могу с собой брать кошку Марту? Буду лететь, а она на коленках спать у меня. А потом Марта убежит, куда-нибудь заберется, а мы всем самолетем будем ее искать. Весело же.

Почем помидоры?

Один из московских гастрономов. Вслед за арбузами по 28 000 рублей, на прилавках столичных магазинов появились помидоры по 5850 рублей за килограм. Для нищебродов есть дешевые сорта всего по 4500 рублей. Говорят, берут хорошо.

Думаю, в случае чего, россияне не будут столь воспитаны и интеллигентны, как украинцы на Майдане, и Москву все же разграбят.

Рынок на Гаити

Давайте немного отвлечемся от украинской революции и вернемся в солнечный Порт-о-Пренс, столицу Гаити. У меня еще осталось два репортажа оттуда. Один из них - про рынок. Я был на многих рынках мира и могу с уверенностью сказать, что центральный рынок Порт-о-Пренса - самый грязный в мире.

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