A Psychological Shift in the Ukrainian Society: Ivan Bogdan on Euromaidan (2013-14)

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Ivan Bogdan

Known for his nature scenes and series on political conflicts, photographer Ivan Bogdan has put together a carefully shot collection on the Euromaidan wave of demonstrations that took place mainly between November 21, 2013 and February 23, 2014 in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (“Independence Square”) in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ivan explains the matter from the perspective of a local: “For a long time, Ukraine’s government had been promising their citizens integration with the European world. That would’ve been a great step ahead for the country, because it was not only about a trade relationship with the EU, but also about reforms and fighting corruption.”

The government thought in one way, planned in another. Ultimately, Ukraine was ordered to enter into an unequal union with Russia. “And that would mean less civil rights, a increase in corruption and a move towards totalitarianism,” the photographer continues. “The last straw was the President’s refusal to sign the association agreement with the…

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