“Masks of the Revolution” Broadcasted on French TV Against Kiev’s Wishes


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

2nd February, 2016


The documentary “Masks of the Revolution” is an investigation into the events in Ukraine during the “revolution” in 2014. Earlier, the Ukrainian Embassy in France asked Canal+ to reconsider their decision to broadcast the film. It was shown on Monday (1st February) evening on French TV against Kiev’s wishes.

The author of the movie, a French journalist named Paul Moreira, over the course of a one-hour film recalled the events in Ukraine in 2014, starting from the protests on the Maidan and ending with the tragedy in the trade unions building in Odessa.

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During the filming, the reporter interviewed representatives of the nationalist party “Svoboda” and the groups  “Azov” and “Right sector” (banned in Russia). The film is based on eyewitness accounts of the events, configured as nationalist and Pro-Russian. A lot of attention in the investigation was paid to the influence of the USA on the events in the country, in particular the visits to Ukraine of ex-CIA chief David Petraeus and U.S Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

Against Ukraine

In late January the Ukrainian Embassy in France stated their disappointed at Canal+ for intending to broadcast “Masks of the revolution”, regarding it as disinformation. According to the Embassy, the film confuses viewers about the tragic events that occurred in Ukraine. The Embassy asked that Canal+ should reconsider its decision to show the film.

Kiev’s main square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), was occupied by supporters of European integration on November 21st 2013, immediately after the announcement of the government of Mykola Azarov to suspend the signing of the Association agreement with the EU. Later Maidan became the epicenter of confrontation between security forces and radicals. The clashes, during which firearms and “Molotov cocktails” were repeatedly used, caused dozens of casualties.

Then on the 22nd of February 2014, the Verkhovna Rada dismissed President Viktor Yanukovych from power, changed the Constitution and appointed early presidential elections, the results of which put Petro Poroshenko in power.

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