Nov. 22 is the Day of Freedom to mark the start of the 2004 Orange Revolution, which overturned a presidential election rigged for Viktor Yanukovych and led to Viktor Yushchenko's election.
How do you feel about the Orange Revolution?
“All of us were so proud! There were many of us who came to Kyiv from Lviv. We all wanted a better life for ourselves and our kids and believed we could get it. And even though we haven’t succeeded, it is our history and we have to remember it.”
“I was a schoolboy back then and was’nt there myself. But all the people were talking about the revolution. Everyone thought we need to change something.”
“I remember the revolution very well. Everybody hoped for better, but I didn’t really believe it would change for the better. It is getting worse and worse. I am a war veteran and all I get is Hr 1,000 [$125] a month. I hardly survive.”
“It was such euphoria. I was there every day, believed our lives would become better and we would get a taste of freedom, but It only got worse. I wouldn’t go anywhere now. I don’t believe in any revolutions any more.”
“People are always manipulated by someone and rarely make the decisions themselves. I have an impression that we are just toys in the hands of our authorities.”