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Stunningly Beautiful Pedestrian Bridge in Kyiv

We made it into Kyiv recently, and visited the pedestrian bridge recently opened by Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko.

It is stunningly beautiful and inspirational. It fills you with hope and excitement.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has taken part in the opening of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge connecting the Volodymyr Hill with the People’s Friendship Arch, according to an Ukrinform corresponde


Later in the day, there was a freakishly strong 20 minute downpour which briefly turned Veliki Val street into a river.

Most Retail back at pre-crisis levels

In May, Ukraine’s “main retail sectors” largely returned to pre-crisis levels of February, reports PrivatBank, the nation’s largest bank. Drawing on data from bank card use, ‘non-cash turnover’ in grocery stores in May was 23% above February. Electronics and household appliances was down 43% in April, then returned to normal in May. Similarly, gas station spending returned to normal in May. The bank concludes: “In May 2020, the trade turnover in the main retail sectors reached the pre-crisis level.”

How did planners design Soviet cities?


Stalinka Aparentment 1933-1950
* plain style
* fancier style for Soviet bureaucrats

Khrushcheyovky Apartments
* 5 stories tall (maximum for non-elevator buildings
* Pre-fabricated concrene blocks
* 60 millions people living in them at the peak
* Small apartments with kitchens

“Micro-districts” – 10-60 hectares, 20,000 people

Brezhnev – 1964 – buildings with elevators, 9-16 stories

Sensitive Son

I fear that Danylo is too kind for this world.  He often brings his mother flowers. I don’t know where he got the idea.  Usually he mangles them, because he does not yet know how to carefully pick them.  Sometimes he brings only fistful of colorful petals.

Sometimes he is impatient and demands things, but it’s never too much.  Before trying a new activity, he likes to first watch from a distance for a little while, and then going into it. 

I try to nurture a spirit of being rough and physical. I always compliment bruises and scratches, telling him that’s good – that’s how boys are supposed to be. He seems to get over little falls and bumps pretty well. We wrestle a lot.  I like pushing him to the edge a little bit.  He usually loves it, laughing and screaming for all to hear.

Five African Students Hold Black Lives Matter Protest in Ukrainian City – City Council Minister Asks for their Names So He Can Deport Them

A group of five African students held a Black Lives Matter protest in Tarnopil, Western Ukraine.

Following the demonstration the Deputy Chair of the City Council asked for their names so he can deport them.

KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov Warned Us About communist subversion in 1984.

Yuri Bezmenov –

ideological subversion
active measures
psychological warfare

“change the perception of reality so such an extent that despite an abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusion in the interests of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.

It’s a great brainwashing process with goes very slowly.”

and is divided into four basic stages

demoralization 15 to 20 years

Areas of application of subversion:

Social Life
Power Structure
Labor Relations
Law and Order

“A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him.”

Accusations of Anti-Semitism as Ukrainian police official requests list of Jews in western city of Kolomyya

JTA — A Ukrainian Jewish group accused the nation’s police force of “open anti-Semitism” after a high-ranking police official requested a list of all Jews in the western city of Kolomyya as part of an inquiry into organized crime.

The official request to the head of Kolomyya’s Jewish community is dated February 18, 2020, according to a photograph of the document that Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, shared on Twitter Sunday.

“Please provide us the following information regarding the Orthodox Jewish religious community of Kolomyya, namely: The organization’s charter; list of members of the Jewish religious community, with indication of data, mobile phones and their places of residence,” read the letter.

The former Azovs claim that Biletsky beat them because of Sternenko

Original article (in Ukrainian):

It seems that there’s some conflict between Azov veterans and their once-leader. Hard to understand the full story from the translation.

Here’s a translation:

Former Azov volunteers Nazariy Kravchenko and Serhiy Filimonov were beaten by their brothers, including Azov founder and National Corps leader Andriy Biletsky.

Source: posts by Nazariy Kravchenko and lawyer Masi Nayem on Facebook

Details: On the evening of May 7, Kravchenko and Filimonov were invited to talk to Biletsky, but were beaten instead of talking.

According to Kravchenko, this happened due to the support of Odessa activist Serhiy Sternenko, against whom murder proceedings have been opened in defense of the attack.

Kravchenko pointed to four people in the photos.

Ukrainian Pravda has not yet been able to obtain Biletsky’s comment on this issue.

Kravchenko’s direct speech: “Last night Serhiy Filimonov and I were invited for a conversation with Andriy Biletsky. .

Thank you to all my colleagues for their time and inspiration in trying to convince me, but I want to say that I will continue to support Serhiy. They do not abandon their own. “

Mark von Hagen, Critic of Times’s Stalin Coverage, Dies at 65

The New York Times had long distanced itself from Walter Duranty’s reporting from the Soviet Union in 1931 when it received a letter in 2003 from the Pulitzer Prize board asking whether the prize awarded to Mr. Duranty for that coverage should be rescinded.

Mr. Duranty, who reported from Moscow from 1922 to 1941, had been accused of overlooking some of Stalin’s most egregious atrocities and rationalizing others in his coverage, which in those years was subject to censorship by the Soviet authorities.

In response to the letter, The Times commissioned Mark von Hagen, an expert in early-20th-century Russian history at Columbia University, to assess Mr. Duranty’s 1931 work. The Pulitzer had been awarded on the basis of 13 articles Mr. Duranty wrote that year.

Professor von Hagen’s resulting eight-page report was highly critical of the coverage but made no recommendation about the prize. Only in interviews after the report was released did he suggest that the award be revoked because of what he described as Mr. Duranty’s “uncritical acceptance of the Soviet self-justification for its cruel and wasteful regime.” In his view, he said, Mr. Duranty had fallen “under Stalin’s spell.”

“He really was kind of a disgrace in the history of The New York Times,” Professor von Hagen was quoted as saying.

In the end, however, the Pulitzer board decided that it did not have enough grounds to annul the award, which was bestowed in 1932.

Professor von Hagen died on Sunday in a hospice facility in Phoenix after an extended illness.

Low-Class People Fighting Over a Low-Class Business – shooting in Brovary (Video)

Apparently, this tweet in from Brovary, a town on the outskirts of Kyiv.

Different oligarchs are fighting over control of the crappy little busses that provide public transportation. I assume corrupt local police are tied up with gangs and local oligarchs.

Shit fighting over shit. Very sad to see this in Ukraine. And their weapon’s discipline is inexcusably bad. They’re a bigger threat to each other than to any adversary.

Kyiv Fraud Factory Firms Traced to Penniless Proxies

But all three of these struggling Swedish citizens own companies registered at a prime address in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital city. Even more improbably, they bought these Estonian companies through other firms they own in the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

They are part of a larger network of firms registered in the same distinctive way: Estonian companies owned by shell companies in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, largely owned by down-on-their-luck Swedes.

The reason for this unusual ownership pattern becomes clearer after a look at what these companies were used for: hawking get-rich-quick investment schemes online.

Many are tied to a Ukraine-based call center exposed in a series of articles by OCCRP and Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) in March. The center allegedly defrauded people across the world by convincing them they were making investments in stocks, bitcoins, and foreign currencies through legitimate financial firms. The scheme is currently under investigation in Sweden.