Fourth year of Social Intermediaries School was dedicated to conflicts between the groups of citizens and the authorities. Traditional training modules were complemented by the new ones, created as a result of cooperation with Kurve Wustrow – our partner organization from Germany.
Some wonder when the next Maidan will occur in Ukraine. I hope there will be no need for this extreme protest technology as our country is set on a solid path of transit to democracy. However, every new Ukrainian government should know for sure – the Ukrainian people will stand up again, if we see fundamental violations of democracy.
A cat is fighting – this is not a metaphor. The cats are working as psychologists (or a “walking happiness” as per words of one of the battalion commanders). The cats are hunting mice and rats that are found in hundreds at the military steppes posts.
I do not consider the times of changes a curse as an ancient Chinese proverb says. These times provide a chance to unheard advances of human talent and of the countries these humans create. We have the chance to build the new country, friendly for its inhabitants, interesting for the world, open for friends and safeguarded against enemies. I know Ukraine will make a great use of this chance; the open question is when exactly? The systemic transformations should be implemented quickly; otherwise, reforms could take decades.
There have been suggestions from several persons (including myself) that studying history of Yugoslav Wars could be beneficial for understanding the things and decision making in Ukraine. These conflicts are arguably the most similar historical events and both similarities and differences could help to provide better understanding and better prediction of the developments in the territories of the former Soviet Union.