Cats in the “Museum of Corruption”

by Greg Mayer

After security forces abandoned the Ukrainian presidential palace amidst street-fighting in Kiev, protesters seized control of the opulent mansion and its grounds (which include a zoo and a pirate-themed restaurant). The protesters, who seem well organized, did not loot the palace, but have opened the grounds for the people to tour, and have opened the house for limited guided tours. One of the tours was given to the NY Times, which posted a video of the tour here.

Stuffed cat in the Ukrainian presidential palace.

Stuffed cat in the Ukrainian presidential palace.

At 2:17, it shows two little cat statues playing golf, then a bronzish cat statue, and then, finally, the cat above, apparently sleeping on a couch. A voice is heard to ask “Is he alive?”, to which a slightly accented voice replies, “No. It was alive.” Full video below.

33 Comments

  1. Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad the Ukrainians have a chance at a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Here’s hoping they don’t make the same mistrakes we have in the US.

    b&

    • gbjames
      Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      They will make their own mistrakes. I just hope they aren’t too bad. And then there are those that can be made by big meddling powers next door and around the world. But for the moment at least, it is a moment of hope.

    • Posted February 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      Seeing as the protesters were paid $25 a day, financed by the US and drug lords among others, there is little chance of that. The US saw the Ukraine slipping out of its control, thus weakening its efforts at surrounding Russia with military bases and nuclear missiles, so it did what it reckoned it had to do. It exploited the people of the Ukraine for its own interests, it doesn’t give a flea’s fart for the welfare of the Ukrainian people.

      • gbjames
        Posted February 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

        I have a Ukrainian friend who would disagree rather robustly with your characterization of the protest movement.

        • Posted February 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

          Proof that the people of the Ukraine have been manipulated by Western governments.

          I too have many Ukrainian friends, some of whom not only took part in the demonstrations but did it for the $25 a day because their monthly salaries are four times or less that much.

          • gbjames
            Posted February 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

            That makes no sense at all. My friend disagrees with you and this is proof that he’s manipulated by Western governments?

            Please.

            • Posted February 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

              If he disagrees with me, it proves he was fooled by the mainstream media or was manipulated. Is your friend actually in the Ukraine right now, in Kiev, or in the USA? Either way, your friend is out of touch or manipulated.

              • pacopicopiedra
                Posted February 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

                So if someone agrees with you, that proves you’re right, and if someone disagrees with you, that proves you’re right. I second gbjames: please. How can you expect anyone to take you seriously when you write something like that?

              • Posted February 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

                I generally am right, as in the present instance.

                Found something for your edification:

                http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/02/17/us-eu-paying-ukrainian-rioters-protesters-paul-craig-roberts/

                Plenty more, but this one should be sufficient.

              • Posted February 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

                Oh, and your reasoning works both ways:

                So if someone agrees with me, that proves I’m wrong, and if someone disagrees with me, that proves I’m wrong? Because that is exactly what you are implying.

              • gbjames
                Posted February 26, 2014 at 5:30 am | Permalink

                The simple answer is “neither” (in Kiev or in the USA).

                Your reasoning is so laden with absurdities and false assumptions that there is little reason to take anything you say seriously. I’ll not do so and will now disengage.

              • John Taylor
                Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:08 am | Permalink

                I’ll bet Monsanto is behind all this.

              • gbjames
                Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:14 am | Permalink

                No, John Taylor. I’m pretty sure it is the Illuminati.

              • Trophy
                Posted February 26, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

                On a more serious note, the line “western countries are paying the protestors” is *the* typical propaganda used by anti-west dictators. I’ve heard it multiple times in my own country and the lie doesn’t get more ridiculous than that.

                Do you think CIA is running ads on Ukranian newspapers saying “Come to streets, risk your lives and we’ll give you a one time 25$ payment!” Also, how is the money given to them? Bank transfers? Bit coins? One guy flies with a suitcase full of 100$ bills from Washington, and distributes money on the streets?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted February 26, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      I’m glad the Ukrainians have a chance at a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

      If my wife (technically Ukrainian) heard you type that, I’d need a new screen. And keyboard. If they’re lucky, they’ll get a choice of kleptocratic tyrants.

      • Posted February 26, 2014 at 9:15 am | Permalink

        To be fair, they have a chance at a less-insane government. They also have a chance to get fucked over again again. But they do have the chance to get it right this time — it’s only at times like this that those sorts of chances emerge.

        I may be an hopeless romantic, but I’d like to think that maybe, just maybe, they’ll get it right this time….

        b&

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Pirate-themed restaurant? I’m just letting that sink in.

    • Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      I’m thinking it must have something to do with globally-warmed marinara.

      b&

    • stuartcoyle
      Posted February 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      It is good to see that the Ukranians take their Pastafarianism seriously.

    • mordacious1
      Posted February 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      Walk-the-plank steak?

  3. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Ah, so that was how Janukovics was vanishing so rapidly. He was cataputted out of his couch.

  4. Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Professor Ceiling Cat is appalled at the stuffed cat–and the other stuff, too. But especially the stuffed cat.

    • gbjames
      Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, that’s pretty bad.

    • davidintoronto
      Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      To the extent that there’s any dignity in death, a cat in repose is at least better than a feline helicopter.
      ;)

    • Amy T
      Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      no self respecting cat would have stuck around that kitty palace!!!!!!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted February 25, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Me too. Yuck. It’s so distasteful and creepy.

      • Diane G.
        Posted February 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

        Second the creepy!

  5. penguin0302
    Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    If you have stuffed cats as decorative props, you’re kinda, sorta missing the point. (high sarcasm)

    • Posted February 25, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      There was far more than enough money “invested” in that castle to provide forever homes for all the homeless cats in the Ukraine, including spaying, neutering, vaccination, microchipping, the works.

      Perfect example of misplaced priorities.

      b&

      • Posted February 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

        Yes. Makes the stuffed cat even more creepy.

  6. Posted February 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Anyone notice the huge icons and blue prayer book in the video? :-|

    • Posted February 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      Collectors’ pieces worth fortunes.


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