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You're reading: Back Story: Reporting fairly on the president

It is difficult to report on Ukraine’s Potemkin presidency, a realm in which all that is dark and gloomy is portrayed in gauzy, soft-focus images. It would be a “Kodak moment” were Kodak not headed to bankruptcy.

That is, it is difficult to report without the Kyiv Post appearing to be in opposition to the administration.

There are arguments that the ambitious Grigory Potemkin never constructed perfect village facades and dressed serfs as happy villagers to impress the 18th-century Empress Catherine. He was a showman, but not a charlatan.

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