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A tale of two collapses

Today’s Sievierodonetsk reflects wider processes that are taking place in the Donbas region. In the summer of 2014 de-oligarchisation and decommunisation began to progress in parallel. They resulted in two collapses.

Many of us probably do not realise the role that heavy-duty hand cleaning paste has played in the history of the Eastern bloc. In Poland, for instance, this product was called pasta BHP, and it was commonly used to remove stains from paint and grease. Its trade allowed one Polish family, the Kulczyks, to become billionaires. In the Soviet republics, that paste was called Landish and was popularly used in households as a washing detergent.
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April 7, 2020 - Wojciech Siegień - Issue 3 2020MagazineStories and ideas

From even a glimpse at Sievierodonetsk’s map you can understand its planners’ desire to make it a Soviet version of Ebenezer Howard’s garden city. Photo by Wojciech Siegień

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