President Viktor Yanukovych chose Vladimirsky Cathedral to attend an Easter service. Respected Dzerkalo Tyzhnya newspaper reported that the president’s security detail banned some churchgoers from entering the church in order to avoid crowding. Photos showed Yanukovych standing during the service in a half empty church hall.

Regular citizens are nowhere near Yanukovych on the photos. Instead, at least ten security guards surround him, fiercely looking around, ready to take action. The next layer of protection is a row of police officers. Only behind them are regular worshipers seen standing. Women in head wraps don’t look very excited about their distinguished Easter mass companion.

In December of 2012, the president was photographed attending a service near the Volodymyr the Great monument in Kyiv. While walking between two rows of nuns, Yanukovych was flanked by over a dozen guards.

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