“Rebel” Russian Thugs Kill Plans and Entrepreneurship in Donetsk

(p. A13) “We do not go out at night,” said Irina, a journalist who lost her job when the rebels closed her newspaper in May. “We have stopped planning.”
Her boyfriend, Evgeny, lost his job, too, when his security firm folded. He said the business collapsed after the rebels seized money from the central bank and armored vehicles from other banks, leading them to close. He turned to his secondary business, fixing motorbikes, only to be ordered at gunpoint to fix some stolen motorbikes for the rebels.
“I came to the conclusion there is no sense,” he said. “You start a business and get a bit successful, and two weeks later men with guns come and say, ‘Good boy, get lost.’ “

For the full story, see:
CARLOTTA GALL. “Lured Back by a Cease-Fire in Ukraine, but Not Feeling at Home Yet.” The New York Times (Thurs., SEPT. 11, 2014): A6 & A13.
(Note: the online version of the story has the date SEPT. 10, 2014.)

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