Dan PeleschukFebruary 25, 2014 12:41
KYIV — Men respect them, women feed them, and all the young ladies want their photos taken with them. They’re Kyiv’s masked and armored 'self-defense' forces, and they’re the most popular authority around town. Protesters’ deep distrust of law-enforcement agencies means these volunteers have a mandate from the people. But with a post-Yanukovych government rushing to restore political order, it remains unclear how long they’ll stay on the streets or what their future will be.