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Ukraine: Young Entrepreneurs Taking Matters into Their Own Hands

Art Factory Platform, a decommissioned industrial complex transformed into a creative co-working space, is teeming with young professionals during the week, and nearly every weekend the sprawling grounds host various kinds of events – from coffee and street food festivals to art exhibits and performances by hip-hop dancers. (Photo: Art Factory Platform)

While the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and the broader Russia-West standoff continues to attract attention, a potentially significant transformation is quietly unfolding in Kyiv.
 
This transformation is happening at the grassroots level, and it is primarily driven by young Kyiv residents. It is a cultural and creative renaissance of sorts, and it could be a sign of important economic and political changes to come in the embattled country.
 
Walking the streets of central Kyiv, it is difficult for anyone familiar with Ukraine’s capital not to notice a different look and feel since the EuroMaidan uprising in early 2014. A feeling of normalcy now prevails in the city center, with virtually all traces of the tumult that engulfed Maidan Square two years ago having disappeared.
 

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Eugene Chausovsky is a Senior Eurasia Analyst at Stratfor [www.stratfor.com].

Ukraine: Young Entrepreneurs Taking Matters into Their Own Hands

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