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Coming Home: City in Turmoil - A Journey to Kiev with Marina Weisband

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When Marina Weisband arrived in Wuppertal at age six, she didn’t speak a word of German. Today the former political director of the Pirate Party is a familiar face in Germany - and in Ukraine. Marina Weisband was born in Kiev, only 16 months after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. As a child, she suffered from serious health problems. Doctors urged her family to leave the Soviet Union and so they decided to make a fresh start in Germany. Now Weisband has recently returned to the country she left years ago, to revisit the places she knew as a young girl. Along the way, she called on relatives and friends, and took a first-hand look at the political upheaval that has gripped Ukraine.