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    Posted January 28, 2014 by
    Kiev, Ukraine
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    Ukraine unrest

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    The Price We Pay


    When I moved to Kiev at the age of 10, it was a beautiful green city.
    So, what happened to it? It is now a half-destroyed city with dictatorship laws and ever-present fear that you could be attacked just because of voicing your political views.
    Yesterday, when I left school (which is a walking distance from Maidan, but yet not cancelled), I had this strange feeling. I did not know how exactly I would get home, at one moment I even thought, “Will I get home at all”?
    Khreshchatyk, the main street, was on fire, the black smoke-cloud was moving towards my school, cars were stuck in traffic jams and “berkuts”, the militia, were about to start the attack. That day I got home alive, but during these days 5 people have been shot dead, 50 activists missing and hundreds injured in a clash with police.
    What makes the situation even more ironic is that on the unity day of Ukraine the Ukrainian government allows militia to use firearms and water guns against demonstrators. (It is -11C in Kiev!) This is a video of “berkuts” stripping a naked man.
    I don’t want to agree with a famous writer Robert A. Heinlein, who said, “You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.”
    I want both.

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