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No Gay parade

May 31, 2012

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A bent-over fork lies in the stairwell. Pictures have been torn from the walls. Twenty-six out of forty photographs have been defaced – literally, fork-tangs leaving ripped tears like animal claws across the faces of the subjects. These are lesbians, homosexuals, and transgender people who agreed to have themselves photographed in order to raise awareness […]

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Night walking

April 30, 2012

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I join a friend, Larisa, for supper at her parents’ house; we discuss violence in Ukrainian society, and in particular violence against women, a popular subject since the recent well-documented case of a girl from a provincial city who has been gang-raped, strangled, set on fire and left for dead in a ditch by three […]

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Peregonchiki

March 17, 2012

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I am on the train to Poland, to visit scientists studying wolves. It is the mating season; the scientists wait for calm weather conditions, then drive at night through mountainous forest to high points on the sides of valleys where sound can travel far, and howl. If wolves are within range – about 10 kilometres […]

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Lost wallet man

March 17, 2012

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I’m walking home from work, it’s cold, Saturday night, and there are troops of uniformed police along all the main streets and at every metro station. In the centre, on Independence Square, despite the wind and light snow falling, I decide not to wait for a bus, and walk up the hill; it’s only ten […]

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Tree-planting and other hobbies – touring Donetsk II

February 18, 2012

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  We meet Yuri in McDonalds. He is dark-featured – one of his parents is Georgian. He takes us on a walking tour of Donetsk by night. It is about minus fifteen, but a fierce wind makes it seem a lot bitterer. ‘Watch out as you cross the road,’ he says. ‘People drive even more […]

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