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With Eurovision long gone from Ukraine’s capital, the rainbow-colored Arch of Diversity in Kyiv is back to its original grim, gray, Soviet-era look, and back to being the People’s Friendship Arch.

The gloomy monument, built in 1982 to symbolize the unity of the Soviet Socialist Republics, had for about a month been a brightly colored symbol of equal rights for all, matching the motto of May’s Eurovision, which was “Celebrate Diversity.”

Kyiv utility workers started covering the monument with colored sticking paper, turning it into a rainbow, in late April.

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