AntiMaidan in Kharkiv
The Lenin Statue at the Freedom Square in Kharkiv is surrounded with metal barriers used to block crowd. They are decorated with orange-black ribbons. Smoke and fire.
These are the colors of defenders of the Vladimir Ilich Statue.
The Statue itself is a symbol of the old order associated with guaranteed monthly salary, Russian language in official use and the Soviet Army cult.
There are no women among the defenders. Only men. Those who served in the army are proud about it. EuroMaidan wants to take this pride away.
The statue is surrounded with lots of flags: Russian, Ukrainian and Soviet ones. With hammer and the sickle. Images of the Lenin and heroes of the Great Patriotic War:
- Glory to the Soviet Army!
Contour of the Soviet Union contains the part of Ukraine:
- CCCP 2.0
There is another contour, a piece of Ukraine with the Crimea:
- YCCP 2.0
People under the statue speak about the threat of bandits, hooligans, mess and ...fascism. Fascists are the „Bandyrovcy” - EuroMaidan activists who want to destroy the statue.
Yet, however, the Lenin defenders agreed to have a basketball game with the EuroMaidan activists. Behind the statue there is a playground with two baskets. They train before the game. The game starts at 10 a.m. at the Freedom Square halfway between the two enemy camps.