A Letter from Kyiv

The mayor of the Ukrainian capital Vitaliy Klitschko has been pioneering governance through spectacle, where building tourist bridges is intended to distract from the near-total collapse of public infrastructure.

A council worker clears snow from Soviet-era monuments in Kyiv. (Photo by Keystone / Hulton Archive / Getty Images.)

On 7 June 2019, a group of uniformed men entered the premises of the Kyiv Cinema in Ukraine’s capital. They ordered the cinema staff to leave, blocked the building’s entrance, and brutally injured one of the protesters who started to arrive at the cinema as soon as the news of the building’s takeover broke on the […]

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