Sunday, August 19, 2007

Museum to victims of "orange revolution"

How ridiculous is this?

A museum devoted to the "victims" of the 2004 "orange revolution" will open in the east Ukrainian city of Lugansk [sic] August 20.

Organizers said the exposition would demonstrate the harmfulness of uprisings like the 2004 protests in the capital, Kiev [sic], and other cities, that swept the pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko into the presidency of the ex-Soviet state. ...

There will ... be a stand addressing recent moves to restrict the use of the Russian language, still widely used in the country, especially in the industrial east and the Crimean Peninsula. A collection of poetry by Alexander Pushkin and Nikolai Nekrasov and a Russian language textbook will be placed in a glass case with a sign reading "Forbidden." ...

Nothing like hysterical over-reaction, eh? Hard not to regard this as typical of a formerly privileged class adjusting to the egalitarianism of democracy.

The museum ... is apparently designed as a counter to a museum to the "Soviet invasion," which opened in Kiev [sic] recently, a museum devoted to victims of Soviet totalitarianism, soon to open in Lvov [sic], western Ukraine...
A spokesman for [Yulia Tymoshenko said] that "orange" parties would not protest against the exposition: "What is there to protest against? Against absurdity?"

Indeed.

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