Cossacks vs “Narnia”
The Cossacks may have left Maydan, but not moved out of Kyiv. For months on end, they have enjoyed their (well-earned) reputation, and perhaps this is how they managed to negotiate their move to Trukhanova Island with the municipal administration. The Cossack Sich has been stationed there for some days now, and the sotnya took part in the “island cleaning” organised by the city authorities this weekend. After the recent events, some had feared that under the guise of community work, new attacks were being planned against what remains of the Maydan – but so far no incidents have been reported.
There are, however, reasons to be concerned. On Friday, the last symbols of the Maydan were gone – the Christmas tree, the stage and the Spilno.tv social TV tents. The latter two were partly removed by the so-called “Klitschko titushki” or the “neo-titushki”. Their core was formed by the activists of the so-called “Narnia”, a group whose origins are just as mysterious as its name. They first became known in February 2014, when they took over the building of administration (KMDA) which was given to the Maydan by the municipal administration, thus breaking the previous arrangements. Officially, however, they are not related to any organisation, calling themselves the “Kyiv self-defense".
Their recent “fame” was earned from “cleaning” the Maydan whilst employing methods seen earlier as the signature style of Yanukovych titushki – by destroying, breaking and setting the tents on fire. During their subsequent “revue” on Friday they violently assaulted the activists defending the stage and the field base of our colleagues from Spilno.tv; three of the journalists were hospitalised, one of them with concussion.
When asked, one of the “Narnia” representatives said their main goal was to “keep the city in order and prevent riots".