Riots Against Soviet Police in Ukraine | Beyond East and West
11 May, 2020

In the 1960s, large-scale riots against police lawlessness took place in Odesa and Kryvyi Rih in the USSR. Dissatisfied with the illegal detentions, residents thrashed police stations and fought with the abusive policemen.

Until the 1990s, the citizens of the USSR did not fully know what rights they had to protect themselves from abuse.

These events have become urban legends in Kryvyi Rih and Odesa, but few people know about them. Former law enforcers and human rights activists remind us of anti-police riots in the USSR.

"Riots Against Soviet Police in Ukraine" is the latest in Hromadske's English-language series "Beyond East and West" in partnership with LSE Arena, a programme based at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics and Political Science. 

"Beyond East and West" is a research project exploring Ukrainians’ connection to and understanding of their nation’s history. As part of this project we are producing a series of videos on history and analysing the response of audiences across Ukraine.

The material uses archival imagery of Kryvyi Rih from the YouTube channel EXPERT-KR.