One of the first large shopping malls in Kyiv’s city center, the Globus mall situated under the main square Maidan Nezalezhnosti, was built in 2001. At the time, heated protests were taking place against then-President Leonid Kuchma. With dozens of people living in tents on the main square back then, it seemed like officials were shying away from outright breaking up the camp. Such a move could have triggered international condemnation. So, they came up with a more sophisticated plan.
Excavators and cranes were brought to the site to start digging up a huge hole. Protesters were forced to leave as the site became a construction area.
“It was done to gracefully get rid of the tents. First they dug up a hole, then came up with what to do with the hole and then they had a tender,” Harick Kogorodskyi, a businessman who built the mall, told Ukrainska Pravda.