It is Quiet in Odessa Again
Nearly a month after the tragic developments, life is back to normal in Odessa. There is hardly anyone on Kulikove Pole. Although there are still flowers there and photos of those who perished in the fire have appeared – in the style in which the “Heavenly Sontya” is honoured (one thought keeps coming to my mind: Why do they have to copy everything?!), but the aggressive crowd who beat my friend up because he had shouted "Glory to Ukraine", is long gone.
It is quiet now in the square. There is only a stall with Ukrainian symbols. The Trade Unions building has been surrounded with a metal fence and access is permitted only upon granted permission from the guards (which is easy to get). The Ukrainian flag is still over the square, placed there during my last stay in town. And on the roof of the Unions, in turn, someone has placed... a red flag of the USSR. They are flying in the wind concertedly and no one sees anything peculiar in that. After the hot beginning of May, the atmosphere is apolitical and apathetic, that is typical of Odessa.