Need to know: Ukrainian protesters topple Lenin

Statue in Kiev heralded historic bond between Ukraine and Russia


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The story
Ukrainian protesters screamed in the streets for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russia leader who turned away from trade with the European Union and toward Ukraine’s former Soviet ally to the east. Rarely are protests so perfectly symbolic as an attack by a group of demonstrators on an 11-foot statue of Soviet revolutionary Vladimir Lenin—a “symbol of Ukraine’s shared history with Russia,” writes the U.K.’s The Telegraph. The demonstrators toppled the statue, decapitated its head, and handed out remnants to onlookers.

The stat
500,000: the estimated number of protesters, by some counts, who took to the streets in Kiev’s central square

The quote
“It’s not just a simple revolution. It’s a revolution of dignity.” —Oleh Tyahnybok, a leader of the opposition Svoboda party


What’s above the fold

The Globe and Mail Canadian judges are refusing to force offenders to pay victim fees.
National Post
Protesters in Ukraine toppled a statue of Lenin.
Toronto Star The Harper government‘s approach to social programs is changing Canada.
Ottawa Citizen At least 200,000 protesters gathered in Kiev, Ukraine.
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Need to know: Ukrainian protesters topple Lenin

  1. Two mixed bags. The Kremlin gains points because it is speaking more about Christians persecuted than any other government, however it loses points because of how Khodorkovskiy, for example, has been treated for more than a decade.

    As for Brussels, take a look at the comments about it by “euroskeptics” like the UKIP party.

    Therefore, what is preventing Ottawa, London, Canberra, Wellington & Singapore to come up with an alternative for Kyiv, because in all honesty, neither the Kremlin nor Brussels can deliver a better future.

    • Christians? Persecuted? Maybe in Syria if Assad falls or Pakistan or pockets in north Africa…but it certainly doesn’t justify the exclusionary, xenophobic, self-justifying fascist, authoritarianism of a despot like Putin

      • I invite you to take a look at the facebook page of Bishara Shlayan, who is endeavouring to get Arabs out of the mess of spinning their wheels for far too long. Also look at http://www.facingislam.blogspot.com & http://twitter.com/MidnightWatcher

        When it comes to Putin and Kasparov, where one is strong, the other is weak. Where is Kasparov when it comes to how Christians are treated outside of Russia? Where is Putin when it comes to media winding up dead? Which is part of his record, as well as what you cite.

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