Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian President Vladimir Putin mourns. It is named after Vladimir Lenin, whose corpse still rots on the Kremlin’s Red Square, 100 years after the October Revolution he led.
Ukraine’s Friend Of The Week: Pussy Riot
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a political prisoner, has been imprisoned by Russia for more than three years. Subjected to a sham trial on bogus terrorism charges, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison — all for opposing Russia’s illegal seizure of Ukraine’s peninsula — and is serving his sentence in Yakutsk.