On 21 August 2014, a charity exhibition of photographs by RIA Novosti journalists depicting the victims of the crisis in the East of Ukraine opened in central London. London-based Ukrainian activists attended the event and organised a peaceful demonstration in order to counter the one-sided and manipulative portrayal of the crisis at the Russian-backed event.
The exhibition opened at the Coningsby Gallery which is a small place close to Goodge Street tube station. It was supported by the foundation ‘Kultura’. For a superficial observer, it may have initially looked like a politically neutral fundraising event to support the conflict victims – a laudable aim, no doubt.
However, the devil is in the detail. The event’s title ‘Humanitarian crisis in the [sic] Ukraine’ immediately causes concern: using the article ‘the’ in front of this country’s name goes back to the times before Ukraine’s independence and implies perception of it as…
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