Misha Friedman
  • Photojournalist Misha Friedman, with the support of the <a href="http://pulitzercenter.org/people/misha-friedman" target="external">Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting</a>, set out in early 2015 to document the creation of Ukraine’s new police force that set out to model itself on a justice system that was void of the corruption that characterized its past. ABC News interviewed Friedman about his project and the training of a new police force. Pictured, prospective female police recruits lining up for strength and endurance exams at Kiev Police Academy.
    Misha Friedman
  • According to Friedman and Masha Gessen in a report for Foreign Policy, "The idea driving Ukraine's current police reform ... is the scramble to create a state out of the mess of transition and corruption that has ruled [Ukraine] since the Soviet Union broke up 24 years ago. In February 2014, Ukrainian government security forces fired live ammunition at protesters, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/ukraine-forces-fire-protesters-white-house-outraged/story?id=22594842" target="external">killing close to 100.</a> Pictured, Kiev Police Academy cadets practicing gun safety.
    Misha Friedman
  • "The government in Kiev has brought in the former deputy interior minister from Georgia, who rebuilt the police force there in 2006, to lead the effort. The stakes are as high as could be: rule of law and the people's trust in the new regime–their sense that last winter's protests meant something–hang in the balance." -- From reporting done by Friedman for the Pulitzer Center. Pictured, First Deputy Interior Minister Eka Zguladze at a meeting with senior Ukrainian officials in Kiev.
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  • According to Friedman, the mission of this new government, like the fresh faces of its new police force, was to inspire a new Ukraine. It was to give the followers of the revolution an immediate and tangible outcome of the revolution. Pictured, Anna Ierygina tries out her new uniform the day before graduating from Kiev Police Academy.
    Misha Friedman
  • Friedman explained to ABC News, "The Ukraine government looked to remake the section of the police force that had the most contact with its citizens, the traffic police, and to show that this new institution with uniforms and training provided by the United States, would usher in a new government that was built on trust." Pictured, Kiev Police Academy cadets practicing with handcuffs.
    Misha Friedman
  • Friedman, who has a degree and interest in post-Soviet studies, told ABC News that he was drawn to this story because he felt it gave him a rare chance to document positive change in post-Soviet countries."When I photographed Russia and Ukraine [in the past] it was hard to be optimistic, but this [story] was the one I really felt had a chance. I knew this was going to be important to Ukraine." Pictured, Kiev Police Academy cadets practicing gun safety at a firing range.
    Misha Friedman
  • Friedman said that In Kiev, the number of woman applying to the police force was shocking to a country that rarely saw women outside of traditional family roles. For some of these woman who could not fight on the front lines it gave them an opportunity to contribute to the new Urkaine. Pictured, Irina Zelinskaya, 28, Kiev Police Academy cadet, at the gym with her sparing partner Natasha.
    Misha Friedman
  • Future Kiev Police Academy instructors practice with officers from the California Highway Patrol.
    Misha Friedman
  • Yulia, a Kiev Police Academy cadet practices apprehending a suspect.
    Misha Friedman
  • Kiev Police Academy eats lunch.
    Misha Friedman
  • Xenia, 27, Kiev Police Academy cadet does her nails on her break from classes.
    Misha Friedman
  • The graduation ceremony for Kiev Police Academy instructors.
    Misha Friedman
  • A female cadet gets ready for graduation from the Kiev Police Academy.
    Misha Friedman
  • On July 4, 2015, after 3 months of intense physical training, the first cadets of the Kiev Police Academy graduate. Pictured, Irina Zelinskaya, 28, Kiev Police Academy cadet before graduation.
    Misha Friedman
  • Kiev patrolman makes an arrest in the city center as crowds watch on. According to Friedman, police reform is spreading throughout Ukraine with more crimes being reported. To learn more about the work of Misha Friedman, <a href="http://mishafriedman.com/" target="external">click here</a>
    Misha Friedman
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