Thousands of Ukrainians gathered in their capital Kiev on Monday to mark three years since the Euromaidan revolution, despite warnings of potential violence by government opponents, according to reports:
Police and national guard units closed roads in central Kiev from the early hours, a court building was evacuated due to a bomb threat and explosives experts destroyed a suspicious device close to the Maidan square. It was here on November 21st, 2013, that demonstrators first protested against the unexpected decision of Ukraine’s then president, Viktor Yanukovich, to scrap a historic trade and political pact with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia.
Many Ukrainian politicians in power today were in power before the revolution. And anti-corruption initiatives such as a recent online database for politicians to declare their personal assets have done little more than highlight for the Ukrainian people—whose average annual salary is $3,178—the extravagant lifestyle enjoyed by the country’s political elite.