Defiance on the Maidan

Video: Michael Petrou reports from Kyiv


Maclean’s correspondent Michael Petrou reports from Kyiv where he updates the news of the day and explains how the mood has changed from a week ago:

Here’s Petrou’s reports from the weekend, after another day of clashes in Ukraine:

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Defiance on the Maidan

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  2. The Kremlin’s own pollster released a survey
    on Monday that showed 73% of Russians reject it.

    At home, this intervention looks to be one of the most unpopular decisions Putin has ever made. The Kremlin’s own pollster released a survey
    on Monday that showed 73% of Russians reject it. In phrasing its
    question posed in early February to 1,600 respondents across the
    country, the state-funded sociologists at WCIOM were clearly trying to
    get as much support for the intervention as possible: “Should Russia
    react to the overthrow of the legally elected authorities in Ukraine?”
    they asked. Only 15% said yes — hardly a national consensus.

    Read more: How Putin’s Ukraine Invasion Is a Disaster for Russia |

  3. Russia’s next parliamentary election is scheduled for December 2016,
    and would be followed by a presidential election in March 2018

    Will Putin last that long?

  4. The truth is that most Russians oppose intervention in Ukraine. Even the state-run Russian Public Opinion Research Center
    found last month that 73 percent of Russians are against it
    . The unanimous vote by unelected “senators”
    last week granting Putin’s request to use military force in Ukraine
    illustrates the unrepresentative and authoritarian nature of Russia’s
    political system. Consider the irony that, while Putin’s officials
    justified the invasion by citing the need to “protect Russians in Ukraine,”
    Putin’s police forces were arresting and beating Russians on the
    streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg for protesting against war. More than 300 people were arrested Sunday alone.

    Russia’s opposition leaders, including Boris Nemtsov and Alexei Navalny, did not take part in these protests. Conveniently for the Kremlin, they have been in jail for days
    after their arrest last week for participating in a separate anti-Putin rally. That demonstration was held to protest the hefty prison sentences — ranging from
    2½ to four years — handed out to opposition activists who rallied against Putin’s inauguration in May 2012. According to the human rights group Memorial, Russia now has 40 political prisoners. The Kremlin’s crackdown also targets the remaining independent media outlets, including TV Rain and Ekho Moskvy

    The Russian opposition has made its stance clear. In a
    statement from prison, Nemtsov referred to Putin’s occupation of Ukraine
    as “madness of a deranged KGB officer.” The People’s Freedom Party that Nemtsov co-chairs with former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov accused the Kremlin of “an unwillingness . . .
    to recognize the Ukrainian people’s sovereign right to decide its own
    fate.” And while Navalny cannot comment publicly — he was transferred in
    recent days to house arrest
    that prohibits him from communicating with the outside world — his Progress Party has declared Putin’s war on Ukraine “a reckless policy” that “goes against the interests of our country.”