Ukraine’s politicians face mob attacks

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Over the past few weeks, Ukrainian political activists have carried out a series of sensational actions, seizing politicians and local officials and throwing them into big bins. The activists, many from far-right groups, accuse the politicians of various offences, and call their actions “trash bucket challenges” – echoing the “ice bucket challenges” that were recently an internet viral hit. They even have a hashtag: #trashbucketchallenge. The Ukrainian version, also accompanied by video footage, has been eyecatching – and often brutal. In one, Viktor Pylypyshyn, a politician trying to register as a candidate for the 26 October parliamentary elections, was tossed into a…

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