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Maidan exhibition partners fall out over cash collection rights

The controversial 'People of Maidan' photographic exhibition which has already attracted extensive media scrutiny in Latvia appeared to be in disarray Wednesday with the organizers apparently falling out over the right to collect donations.

Tuesday saw the 'Latvia Renaissance Fund' - a private business that was the nominal organizer of the 'People of Maidan' exhibition in Latvia - issuing a statement claiming it had the sole right to collect donations, despite the fact that it is not a charity.

"We would like to warn our partners that under the terms of our 2014 cooperation agreement we are the only organization with the legitimate rights (natural and legal persons donations) for donations to the exhibition 'People of Maidan' operating in the Latvian Republic and the territories of the European Union. Be careful, do not give money to fraudsters!"

Wednesday saw a response by the US-based Soul of Ukraine Foundation, founded by photographer Sergey Melnikoff a.k.a 'MFF' whose work forms the content of the exhibition.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Soul of Ukraine Foundation declared:

"Soul of Ukraine lets it be known that Latvia Renaissance Foundation does not represent the interests of the fund and is not authorized to make any declarations or to be interviewed, enter into agreements on behalf and in the interest of Soul of Ukraine, as well as to raise funds for projects of the fund Directorate."

The fallout would seem to reduce the chances that Mr Melnikoff will fulfill a promise to carry out a photographic project titled "100 Views of Latvia" for which the Latvian Renaissance Fund is currently soliciting sponsorship donations of €15,000.      

The Latvian Foreign Ministry continues to support the 'People of Maidan' exhibition. 

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