In her little shelter dug in the ground and covered with a tarp, Tetiana Chornovol watched the horizon. This former journalist, who became a deputy and later in the army, led a handful of people in strategic positions in northern Kyiv. His role: to fire on advancing enemy tanks, this March, on the capital. “So far, I’ve beaten two,” greeted this bright young lady, who always wore a big honest smile.
At the age of 42, Tetiana Chornovol is used to fighting on different but equally dangerous terrain. As an investigative reporter, first: in 2013, he became the victim of an attempted murder following the publication of an investigation that exposed a corruption case involving a member of the government of Viktor Yanukovych. An activist too: in 2014, he was one of the leading figures of the Maidan revolution, in which dozens of pro-European demonstrators were injured or killed. And then, finally, as a politician: after the revolution, he was appointed to the government’s anti-corruption office, before resigning a few months later, lamenting Kyiv’s lack of goodwill regarding a real attack on the issue.
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