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Yet by a strange twist of history, it belongs to Writers’ Union of Ukraine, whose members promote an image of independent thinkers and unbiased writers.

But appearances can be deceptive.

The union is haunted by property scandals, nostalgia for the golden Soviet days and, it appears, writers’ bloc. Run by Volodymyr Yavorivsky, a writer and a member of parliament in opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko’s minority faction, the union is dividing Ukraine’s creative community.

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