Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev by Andrey Kurkov:
Friday 27 December
Recently, people have been offering free classes in English and self-defence in the Maidan for all those who aspire to a glorious European future. The classes take place every day at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Trade Unions building. There are only thirty people in the English class. That’s not many. If we want to join Europe any time soon, we need to put more effort into learning foreign languages. I wonder how many people are going to the self-defence classes, and what they are learning.