Ukraine attempts to avert PR disaster by sending ‘vodka bears’ to rehab
By Oliver Moore
The Globe & Mail, June 2012
After a life of stumbling for entertainment, Ukraine’s bears sober up for the Euro Cup.
Ukraine Tries to Sober Up Its Bears for Euro Soccer
By Peter Savodnik
Businessweek, June 2012
Yura the brown bear, who weighs about 800 pounds and has a friendly disposition, recently moved into a six-by-10-foot cell with a striking view of the Carpathian Mountains. The cell is tidy, with a few clumps of hay and hunter-green bars. A few pens away is Mashenka, who is smaller and has an ecru-brown coat. Then comes Rosa. Vanya Khars, a security guard who watches the bears, says sadly, “Rosa is still an alcoholic.” Still, Khars says, “these three are happy here.”