Last Sunday, PM Mykola Azarov, accompanied by ten bodyguards (!) attended a concert by the world-class opera singer Anna Netrebko and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
When his entry into the concert hall was announced, many of the well-heeled public repeatedly called out "Shame!", and booed in their hundreds.
And at the end of the concert, as it was announced that the huge bouquet of flowers being presented on stage by two bodyguards to the star of the show were from Azarov, the audience vented their feelings and booed and heckled again.
This was no student rabble or football crowd, but well-to-do people who came to listen to classical opera - one of the cultural highlights of the year.