Monthly Archives: December 2013


Of Statues and Revolutions

On December 8th, protesters in Independence Square in Kiev in Ukraine toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin.

At the same time in Moscow the Duma (Parliament) was debating whether to reinstate a statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky in Lubyanka Square. Dzerzhinsky is known as the father of the Secret Service which at some point became the KGB. He was notorious for torture and executions during the Red Terror.

The Ukrainians are protesting their President’s reneging on his promise to sign an agreement with the European Union and turning towards Moscow instead.

Ukraina means “on the border” and is in fact on the border between Russia and Western Europe, facing both simultaneously. This Janus Syndrome has a long history.

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