In the midst of the turmoil in Ukraine, a Kiev museum is exhibiting the “treasures” of the country’s fled leaders. Of course, many of these things are not treasures, but instead are exhibited to show how ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and his cronies wasted the Ukrainian people’s money on complete and utter tat. I wish I could go myself, in the spirit of “tasteful friends,” but I have to rely on the English-language Internet and the powers of Google Translate.
Which is where I run into a problem of history. English-language media attributes all this junk to Yanukovych, but although I’m sure he was capable of buying all this crap for himself, it isn’t all his—some of it, and some of the tackiest, was the property of Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Viktor Pshonka. Continue reading →