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Occupy Kiev: What Should Ukraine Do Now With The Heroes of the Maidan? 


The heroes of the Maidan forced a corrupt president to relinquish power even as snipers picked off their comrades—and now they're vowing to stay put in Kiev indefinitely.

The password to this fervent Ukrainian winter revolution has been ‘Slava Ukraina’—Glory to Ukraine —which when spoken to the tough protestors guarding Maidan elicits an immediate smile and a resounding cry of ‘Geroyem Slava’—Glory to the Heroes. For the first months of the heroic revolution, I understood this inspired verbal exchange with protestors as a ritual, rooted in the need to boost morale. At the time, ‘heroes’ were still a vague concept, characters from Hollywood films and Soviet propaganda, with no relation to real life...