This is not an alternative history, but precisely the true one which they wanted to hide from you. This book presents documentary evidence gathered by Den. It reveals how and why high-profile crimes become possible, including murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, abduction and beating of civic activist Oleksii Podolsky, and attempted assassination of member of the Verkhovna Rada of the 2nd and 3rd convocations Oleksandr Yeliashkevych. This is the essence of the modern history of Ukraine as exemplified by human tragedies, lost chances and deformed country, which eventually led to war. Why did it become possible and when did it start?
Why do we believe that today’s English-speaking reader needs this book of ours? We saw the amazement with which the world, including our nearest neighbors, watched the Euromaidan events. It was quite a discovery for them that there was a hitherto unknown fantastic country that was fighting hard for freedom and a chance to belong to their circle. Many Europeans began to forget the way their countries had passed before the European Union emerged. And, all of a sudden, this young passionate force roused them – it surprised some, scared others, and perplexed still others. This raised very many questions. First of all, what kind of a country is Ukraine? This is a big question by itself. This book is an attempt to answer it.