If you live in Kharkiv or follow the news, then you know that Freedom Square's Lenin has been gone for about 3 weeks.
These photographs were taken by a good friend of mine, a Ukrainian man who's become my eyes and ears in Kharkiv. He was downtown on Sunday, September 28th, just a few hours before the 50-year-old statue was pulled down in front of the crowds.
|Massive Sumskaya street pro-Ukraine rally. More photos here.|
He writes: While I was in the square, someone was shouting on the megaphone: "Don't leave! We will topple Lenin!", "Now we'll find a crane!", "Is anyone familiar with cranes?" I didn't take this seriously. I've heard these phrases many times before, going all the way back to rallies in the early 90s. Each time it proved to be just talk.
Lenin has about 4 hours left in these pictures.
This time the procession was massive and in a peaceful mood (except for the people wishing unpleasant fates upon Putin). When we arrived at the square it seemed like the rally had ended. I assumed the talk about bringing down the statue was simply to delay people from leaving. As it turned out, I was wrong.