Monday, October 17, 2005

How sad and how outrageous.

A bunch of pictures posted at Maidan - pictures of an angry rally that took place at the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra on Oct. 14: people with Russian flags giving out leaflets advertising their upcoming Oct. 15 anti-UPA event on Khreshchatyk.

Lavra shouldn't be used this way - it's an important religious site, there's so much history there, a number of wonderful little museums and artists' studios scattered around - and it's such a beautiful place for a tranquil evening walk.

It's heartbreaking to see Lavra occupied by a mob of hateful phonies - and it's sickening to realize that a rally like this couldn't have taken place without the priests' permission. Moreover, the priests (those with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchy) are, most likely, encouraging this sort of pseudo-political action.


Tiny bits from Lavra's history are here and here.

Some photos from my walk in Lavra this past summer are here.

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