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Ukraine: Taras Shevchenko's Birthday 5 Years Ago

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Ukraine, Arts & Culture, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, Protest

March 9 is the 192nd anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine's national poet. Two translations of his best-known poem [1], The Testament, are posted at Orange Revolution. Peter Byrne at Abdymok recalls [2] this day five years ago, when opponents of Leonid Kuchma's regime clashed with the police – first by Taras Shevchenko's monument and later near the presidential administration in Kyiv.