Kharkiv: pro-Russian demonstration and attempt at a referendum
The first day in Kharkiv was full of emotions. I managed to see the Anti-AutoMaidan (a parody of AutoMaidan) and a pro-Russian demonstration in front of the building of the Regional Administration together with a Kharkiv “attempt” at a referendum. I met two activists of the local Euromaidan and participated in a session of the local Self-defence. Finally, I witnessed plundering and the torching of the local office of Prosvita (a Ukrainian organisation that promotes national culture). Nothing could stop the assailants; they wrecked a car parked on the premises, burnt books by Ukrainian dissidents along with documentation.
The symbol of the Right Sector, hated by Oplot (pro-Russian coercive organisation comprising predominantly sportsmen and other heavies) was “accidentally” found. Accessories associated with the Right Sector were ostentatiously burnt. This is what a Russian style “cultural” revolution looks like.