In Depth

Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

He’s not Hitler. But we’ve got to stop him all the same. t’s been a busy few weeks for Vladimir Putin. In the last month, the Russian president has hosted the Olympic Games, invaded a neighboring country and massed troops along its border. Back in Moscow, the Kremlin has cranked up the volume of hysterical…

Kharkiv as a Ukrainian City Stands for Sovereignty and Integrity of Ukraine

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

Kharkiv is the second biggest city of Ukraine, situated in the East of the country, close to Russian border. Nevertheless, Kharkiv is a Ukrainian City, and first of all, in the modern sense of “Ukrainianship”: Kharkiv is foreign to imperial thinking. Freedom-loving and responsible people live in Kharkiv: they do not agree to delegate the decision making on their fate to the totalitarian foreign state and its absolute ruler.

From Chess Player to Barroom Brawler

Mar 15th, 2014 | By

There’s increasing evidence that Vladimir Putin is dangerously drunk on power — and reckless. BY MARK GALEOTTI MARCH 14, 2014 It is too easy to forget that beneath Vladimir Putin’s glossy and faintly plastic exterior of chilly abstraction beats the heart of a truly red-blooded homo sovieticus. While Russian airborne forces gather at airfields near…

From Stalin to Putin – the story of Ukraine

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

Says the mouse to the man as it’s trapped in his hand:
“I’m not in your house but you’re here on our land.
I fear not your size, and I fear not your might,
And the harder you squeeze me, the harder I’ll bite!”

Ukrainian MUW professor keeping close eye on conflict

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

With Russia and Ukraine teetering on the brink of armed conflict, a local professor is speaking out about what is happening in his home country.

The internal war of Putin against Ukraine

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

The 1st of March was a tragic day for Kharkiv and for all the Ukraine. At aproximagely 14.20 a crowd of several thousand people with Russian flags attacked the Kharkiv Region Administrative Building where a group of civic activists, self-defense members were staying since February, 22. The young defenders, some of them younger than 18, students and football fans were brutally beaten and publicly humiliated in front of the crowd of exultant people who were sure that they had overcome dangerous “extremists” and “terrorists” from Western Ukraine who invaded the Eastern city of Kharkiv. 130 people were gravely injured, some disappeared.

After Yanukovych, Maidan’s Next Fight Will Be To Preserve a Ukraine Safe for Minorities

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

By Amelia Glaser February 25, 2014 12:00 AM Russia has likened the protests to pogroms, but Jews have joined the movement because what’s at stake is an independent future Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti—Independence Square—is a 20-minute walk from where I lived a decade ago. I was a graduate student, researching the historical interaction between the region’s subcultures—especially…

Why a new Ukraine is the Kremlin’s worst nightmare

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By

ANDREW WILSON Sunday 23 February 2014 The domino effect of democracy on Russia’s border threatens the entire system Putin has built since 2000 – and he will not let it go lightly The details still need to be decided, but the revolutionaries have won in Ukraine. Some elements of the old regime may survive, but…

Journalists under Attack Again in Ukraine in Escalated Antigovernment Clashes

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

“Berkut” officers often used force to make the journalists destroy the information filmed, as in case with other journalists and photo correspondents, including Sergiy Golovnev and Maxym Kudymets from Insider online-edition, Volodymyr Borodin from Vesti newspaper, Ivan Liubysh-Kirdej from 1+1 TV channel, and Victor Gatsenko, a From-UA photographer.

What can Ukraine expect from the West now?

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

Apply sanctions. Don’t waste time in searching for their Achilles’ heel: it is the money deposited in your banks. Execute your own laws and stop money laundering. The Europe we want to be part of can never degrade the absolute value of human lives in favor of an absolute importance of money.