The British brain surgeon who joined the fight against corruption in Ukraine

Guardian, 12 September 2014

Henry writes about how he came to visit and work in Ukraine after meeting fellow neurosurgeon Igor Kurilets in the State Emergency Hospital, ‘who was burning with a fierce determination to improve things that most of his senior colleagues seemed to lack’, in 1992.

He also describes the exhilaration he felt visiting the Maidan in Independence Square, only a few hundred yards from the hospital he works in, just before the violence broke out: ‘the atmosphere – despite the sinister police – was cheerful, yet you could feel a very real sense of determination’.

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