Memories of Maidan: Among the Titushky on Thursday, February 20, 2014 (photos/videos)

Memories of Maidan: Among the Titushky on Thursday, February 20, 2014 (photos/videos)

Voices of Ukraine

By Jonathan Barrow, Brit on the Barricades
06.01.2014 Kyiv
Special Feature–Edited by Voices of Ukraine

1. Among the Titushky:

The word titushky is often translated into English as ‘rent-a-thug’ or similar. The main titushky camp in Kyiv was in Mariinsky Park, a five-minute walk from my flat. I spent a good many hours watching the titushky; trying at times to communicate with them–though, unfortunately, my Russian does not go far beyond the kind of slogans (‘Thanks for the dictatorship’ etc.) that I myself dislike.

Looked at from the outside, it might be tempting to write off the titushky as a monochrome bunch of brainless thugs. In reality, they were quite dispirate–and different types would come and go. Some were elderly–heavy and tired men and women bundled against the icy weather; trudging through the snow on the way to the shops. Others were little more than kids–out to…

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