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Ukraine’s little known memory war

How Russian propaganda whipped up allegations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine during the country's 2014 protests — and why that makes it more difficult to talk about anti-Semitism in Ukraine today. 

Abducted and illegally detained: the story of Pavlo Hryb, another Ukrainian prisoner of the Kremlin

After being abducted in Belarus, this Ukrainian citizen is facing terrorism charges in Russia.

How prisoners in Ukraine’s occupied territories live, work and survive

Prisoners in the so-called “People’s Republics” in Donetsk and Luhansk are facing terrible living and working conditions – and being kept beyond their sentence. RU

Don’t forget Ukraine’s rural Donbas

War has taken its toll on rural areas under Ukrainian government control in Luhansk region. There’s little sign of relief or policy.

Temporarily displaced pensions: how pensioners in Ukraine’s occupied territories survive against all odds

The Ukrainian state still lacks a mechanism for paying pensions to citizens who live in occupied terroritories. RU

How the Russian authorities fabricated criminal charges against Crimean farmer Volodymyr Balukh

The prosecution of Volodymyr Balukh, who has been on hunger strike since 19 March, has been a show trial for those who are not prepared to accept the new reality of Russian-occupied Crimea. RU

What are Ukraine’s train drivers fighting for?

Ukraine’s rail workers are now entering the second month of their work-to-rule action. I went to a train depot in Kyiv to find out why they're protesting. 

How Russia’s security services target Crimean Tatars as “Islamic terrorists”

In the four years since the peninsula’s annexation, Russian security services have become well practiced at prosecuting Crimean Tatars on terrorism charges. RU

“Contemporary Ukrainian culture is far less contemporary than one hundred years ago”

As a recent cultural festival in Kyiv shows, generating new languages of internationalism is more important than ever before. RU

The media who cried wolf: how Eurasia’s autocracies use media for crisis management

Eurasian governments’ use of journalism for crisis agenda management erodes trust in media.

Trading sovereignty: how Ukraine's Pension Fund co-operates with the Russian authorities

By sending official information requests to the Russian authorities, Ukraine's Pension Fund de-facto recognises Russian jurisdiction in occupied Crimea. RU

An appeal to the representatives of countries who are expected to travel to the World Cup football games in Russia

The Russian Federation is holding 70 Ukrainian political prisoners in custody. Many of them have been convicted under torture and using false evidence. 

How workers in Ukraine’s metal industry are fighting for wages, rights and democracy

Employees at this foreign-owned steel complex in south-eastern Ukraine are setting an example for workers everywhere. 

Ukrainian socialists in the diaspora: lessons on Cold War solidarity from another era

Throughout the 1970s, a young generation of Ukrainian Canadians worked on solidarity campaigns for political prisoners in the Soviet Union. Challenging states' monopoly on east-west dialogue is still important today. 

Why Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is on hunger strike

Imprisoned in the Russian Far North, Oleg Sentsov is holding a hunger strike to force the release of 64 Ukrainian political prisoners. 

What are the real barriers to freedom of assembly in Ukraine?

Ukrainian far right routinely disrupt public LGBT, feminist and left-wing events. The police aren’t prepared to oppose this surge of right-wing violence. RU

As Russia ratchets up repression in annexed Crimea, Crimean Tatars deserve European support

Russia’s violations of international laws on humanitarian crises and conflicts in Crimea are a signal for further attention from the European Union.

Invisible people: why Ukraine needs to take palliative care seriously

People facing their final days are often not treated at all, despite progressive legal provisions. RU

A frontline factory, an embattled oligarch and Ukraine’s industrial drift

For the future of this chemical plant in eastern Ukraine, trade policy with Russia looms large.

Can grassroots historical initiatives bridge the gap between Poland and Ukraine?

With politicians in both countries unwilling to back down over worrying historical legislation, it’s up to historians, activists and journalists to reshape Polish-Ukrainian relations.

The permitted and the forbidden: Ukraine’s security services turn their eyes to “banned” Islamic literature

For the first time since Maidan, Ukrainian Muslims have started speaking out about harassment from Ukrainian security services. RU

Partners in piety: inside Ukraine’s evangelical business empire

This church will “really change your consciousness and reform your life”. But at what cost? RU

In Poland and Ukraine, history conflicts reveal the limits of the “nationalist international”

Historical issues have once again divided far-right groups in Poland and Ukraine. 

The pains and perils of childbirth in Ukraine

Giving birth is a feat of endurance for any woman. But aggressive treatment at the hands of medical staff, as well as corruption, make it even harder in Ukraine. RU

Turning a protest into (someone else’s) metaphysics

A new account of Ukraine’s Euromaidan focuses on the spirit of revolution rather than dissecting events as they emerged.

Surviving imprisonment: does Ukraine need a law for former prisoners from the Donbas conflict?

Ukrainian society has had to face many challenges since 2014. One of them is reintegrating people who have experienced imprisonment and violence. RU

What does the flight of a controversial news editor tell us about press freedom in Ukraine?

After the editor-in-chief of a controversial website flees for Vienna, there’s questions to answer – both for Ukraine’s authorities and the editor.

Why are some Ukrainian feminists boycotting the International Women’s Day march in Kyiv?

With increased donations and grants to Ukraine from western countries after Euromaidan, the number of non-governmental organisations have flourished. So have feminist groups. Ukrainian

Ukraine’s Orthodox church “conflict” takes to historic Kyiv

The stand-off between Ukraine’s “Moscow church” and patriotic citizens receives a new breath of life in the country’s capital. RU

The growing gap between Ukraine and Russia – and the people trying to bridge it

Ukraine and Russia are mired in a self-perpetuating conflict. Ukrainian and Russian activists recognise the problem, but will they be able to overcome it? RU

“Invisible battalion”: how Ukrainian women secured the right to fight on a par with men

For four years, Ukrainian civil society has been fighting in the war against Russia. The war effort came from below – and women are playing an active role. RU

Ukraine’s blacklists in defence of democracy and national security are doing it no favours

Fresh bans on Russian and Ukrainian cultural production are signs that Ukraine could be losing its hard-won freedom. RU

Where is Ukraine’s new police force?

Two years ago, the Ukrainian government decided to create a new national police force. But aside from the name, not much has changed. RU

Who killed Iryna Nozdrovska?

The murder of a prominent female lawyer in Ukraine questions the progress of reform and revolution.

“Putin is your God!”

The conflict between the Orthodox Church and patriotically-minded Ukrainians is becoming ever more pronounced, as priests preach ideology from the pulpit. RU

 

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