Here is a picture of us protesting at the Russian embassy in Canberra, Australia just after Russia invaded Crimea. In this picture you can see me, my two Ukrainian aunts and my (over ninety) grandmother. Beside me (but you can’t see) is a group of Crimean Tatars, protesting that Crimea is Ukraine, not Russia.
Originally posted on Quartz:
Editor’s note: Mustafa Nayem is a 33-year-old Afghan-born Ukrainian and one of the country’s most popular bloggers and journalists. A Facebook post he published on November 21, 2013, is credited with kicking off the protests in the Maidan, the central square of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, that led to the ousting of president Viktor Yanukovych three months later. The party loyal to the new president, Petro Poroshenko, gave Nayem a spot high up on its list, guaranteeing his election to the Rada in the parliamentary election held yesterday (Oct. 26).
With his seat more or less assured, Nayem and two other journalists-turned-politicians, Sergey Leschenko and Svitlana Zalishchuk, decided to investigate allegations of vote-buying in an electoral district in central Ukraine. (Some seats in the Rada are filled by district voting, and some, like Nayem’s, from party lists.) Photographer Misha Friedman tagged along for what proved to be a rather more eventful election weekend than any of them had anticipated.—Gideon Lichfield
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