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"Maidan Nezalezhnosti" Independence Square - Maidan Nezalezhnosti Tip by iwys

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, is Kiev's main square. It is the equivalent of Trafalgar Square in London or Moscow's Red Square.'Maidan' literally translates from Ukrainian as 'square'. The word originally came from Persian.

The square received its current name in 1991 in the aftermath of Ukrainian independence. Nezalezhnist (independence) commemorates the Ukrainian independence achieved in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. During the Orange Revolution of 2004, Maidan Nezalezhnosti made international news, as hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in the square and pitched tents for several weeks, enduring the cold and snow. Their protests against electoral fraud resulted in an additional round of presidential elections being ordered by the Supreme Court of Ukraine, which were won by the opposition candidate, Viktor Yushchenko.

When I was here is December, there was a giant Christmas tree and lots of men and women dressed in Santa Claus outfits.


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  • Updated Dec 16, 2008
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