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Georgiy Gongadze

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Journalist, public figure, founder of the digital media Ukrainska Pravda.

1969–2000

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Ponzu (Semi bold)

Designer:

Andriy Konstantynov

The infamous murder of Georgiy Gongadze stirred up society and caused the first mass protests in the independent Ukraine. The then officials were found involved in the opposition journalist’s death, and the Ukrainians demanded accountability from the authorities. This was a point of no return in the formation of independent journalism in Ukraine. 

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Source: Ukrainska Pravda

Georgiy Gongadze was an experienced journalist of Georgian origin who was always proud of his roots. He was one of the first people to develop a culture of independent media in Ukraine. Gongadze first worked as a media person in Lviv and then in Kyiv. 

During his life, he was not a “great martyr for free speech” as is commonly portrayed now. However, Gongadze sincerely sought to create a space for free expression and pluralism in Ukraine. 

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Source: Ukrainska Pravda

The released recordings of former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma’s conversations with the then Minister of Internal Affairs, which were popularly nicknamed “Kuchmagate,” shed light on the terrible murder of Georgiy Gongadze, the founder of the now famous newspaper Ukrainska Pravda. 

Police ex-general Oleksii Pukach, who was found guilty of the crime, explained the reason for the murder as “disrespect for President Kuchma.”

The decapitated body of Gongadze was found in a wooded area of the Kyiv region on November 2, 2000, and the head itself only 9 years later. The news of the journalist’s death shook the whole country, and a wave of protests under the slogan “Ukraine without Kuchma” swept through major cities. Perhaps, it was this public attention that put an end to the rise of Kuchma’s authoritarianism, or Kuchmism. 

The perpetrators of Gongadze’s murder were eventually brought to justice, but the masterminds of the crime were never punished. At least, this is the opinion of the deceased journalist’s family and the active part of Ukrainian society.

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Unveiling of the memorial plaque for Georgiy Gongadze, 2020, Source: Kyiv City State Administration (KCSA).

The story of the high-profile political murder of a journalist has taught Ukrainians to raise the critical questions with authorities, about democracy, free speech and European values. It also became a test of maturity for the people of Ukraine; they did not allow the murderers to be in power with impunity, but could not achieve complete justice.

Just ten years after the murder of Georgiy Gongadze, Ukraine was again on the brink of authoritarianism, but luckily, the country was able to overcome it, preserving the independent media. 

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Serhii Kazarian

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Designer:

Andriy Konstantynov

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Designer:

Andriy Konstantynov

Andriy Konstantynov is the founder of Mint Type. He created his first typeface in 2004, but began to work in typeface design in 2012. In 2015, he graduated from the Advanced Typography Master’s Program at the EINA School of Design at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

About the Typeface:

Extatica is an eclectic geometric display grotesque with narrow uppercase letters, static but emotional at the same time, hence the name.

The typeface took about two months to create.

Extatica has distinctive atypical forms in characters such as -t-, -f-, -т-, and capital letters that are deliberately narrow for such a typeface.

How to use the typeface — tips from the creator:

Ponzu is a display typeface most often used in posters, logos and book covers.

Trivia facts about the typeface creator:

In 2022, I decided, all of a sudden, to go back to my roots and start programming. Now I’m creating a file manager for macOS, without abandoning the typeface business.

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