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History never ends

People never know exactly how to change history. But they should try, and try hard. This is because history is very much unpredictable, it loves to surprise and is often ironic, sometimes in a bitter or even cruel way.

Forty years ago, when I was two, a young artist named Arthur Fredekind did something unusual in my native city of Dnipropetrovsk (modern Dnipro). Together with his colleague, he produced a couple of flyers with only one word and a question mark on them: Solidarni? It was a clear allusion to the Polish social and political movement that started in Gdańsk. Arthur scattered several flyers in the mailboxes of various blocks in the neighbourhood. It happened in a closed Soviet city under special KGB surveillance far away from the Polish border. Despite this, some newspapers from then socialist Poland were available. Even these served in some way as a window to the West… Pretty soon, Arthur was arrested and convicted on defamation charges.
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December 1, 2021 - Andriy Portnov - issue 6 2021MagazineStories and ideas

Lenin statue at the center of the Lenin square, in the center of Dnipropetrovsk in 2011. In March 2014 this Lenin Square was renamed "Heroes of Independence Square" in honor of the people killed during Euromaidan and the statue of Lenin on the square was removed. (CC) commons.wikimedia.org

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