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A controversial law takes aim at Ukraine’s anti-corruption NGOs

New moves to make the work of Ukraine’s NGOs “transparent” only highlights how the fight against corruption is being undermined. 

Down and out in Crimea

Three years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, social inequality is on the rise across the peninsula – and it seems that honest work doesn’t pay. Русский

Meet the women at the centre of Ukraine’s resurgent HIV epidemic

Living with HIV in Ukraine is fraught with stigma and discrimination. It’s even harder if you’re a woman.

Death by Crimea

As long as Russia holds on to the Ukrainian peninsula, it will not and cannot change for the better. Русский

 

Hatching discontent in Ukraine

In Ukraine, big agriculture uses unscrupulous methods to manufacture consensus for expansion and marginalise local communities — often with the support of international donors.

“Shut up, woman. Your day is 8 March”

What should International Women’s Day mean to contemporary Ukraine?

Goodbye, Radio Vesti

kalnysh_0.jpgUkraine’s media is caught in a political crossfire. In this situation, everyone loses — journalists, citizens and the country itself. Русский

 

Красная Армия Ростовской области

Борьба с терроризмом является одной из важнейших обязанностей современного государства. В недемократических государствах, однако, борьба с терроризмом зачастую приобретает причудливые формы. English

Ukraine’s displaced universities

Almost three years of war in eastern Ukraine have left their mark on the region’s education services. Without a resolution to the conflict in sight, the uncertainty means that many students in occupied territories can’t plan their futures. Русский

Факультет перемещенных наук

Почти три года войны на востоке Украины негативно сказались на образовательном потенциале региона. В условиях адаптации учебного процесса под политическую конъюнктуру обе стороны конфликта борются за будущих студентов. English

Crimea: peninsula of torture

Three years on from Crimea’s annexation by Russia, brutal torture is being used to scare the peninsula into silence and submission.

Мечты о Европе: беженцы и ксенофобия в России и Украине

Европейский миграционный кризис отразился на России и Украине по-разному – но в обоих случаях он укрепляет местные предрассудки, иерархии и взгляды на европейскую идентичность. English

The crossing

Life continues across the "neutral zone" between Ukraine's separatist territories and government-controlled areas, but only just.  

Dreams of Europe: refugees and xenophobia in Russia and Ukraine

Europe’s refugee crisis has affected Russia and Ukraine in different ways — solidifying local hatreds, local hierarchies and varying views of European identity. Русский

Making them pay for Maidan

You can't understand the Kremlin's agenda without examining the situation of political prisoners — and Ukrainian citizens feature heavily in this list. Русский

Что ждет украинских сирот в будущем?

Киев хочет получить два миллиарда долларов на реформу системы детских домов. English

What does the future hold for Ukraine's children in care?

Kyiv wants $2 billion from the EU to scrap its Soviet-era orphanages. Русский

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

In Ukraine, revolution and reform has given way to reaction, with vested interests entrenching themselves even further. Русский

 

Undermined: how the state is selling out Ukraine’s coal workers

Ukraine’s miners were once heroes of socialist labour. Today, after years of sector-wide neglect and corruption, there are new plans for further mine closures, leaving thousands of people without work. Русский

Raw fear in separatist-controlled Donetsk

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Crimea: freedom of speech turns to freedom of silence

Crimea has had no independent media for two and a half years now — a Crimean journalist speaks out about the situation on condition of anonymity. Русский

Clash of victimhoods: the Volhynia Massacre in Polish and Ukrainian memory

As we become increasingly aware of the tragic past, how can we avoid fuelling resentment along national lines in the present?

Bootstrapping Ukraine’s tech revolution, one startup at a time

Ukraine’s IT sector is often billed as a key part of the country’s economic future. But what challenges lie ahead for the industry? What can Ukrainian society expect from tech? 

Wołyń: towards memory dialogue between Poland and Ukraine

A new film opens up the horrors of the Second World War, but will it enable reconciliation?

Totalitarian tendencies in post-Maidan Ukraine

In Ukraine, the state apparatus, far-right movements and patriotic citizens are working together to shut down debate and silence criticism. 

Ukraine’s ministry of internal hatred

14680713_1341810105859774_6392757783503302157_n (1).jpgUkrainian citizens displaced following the outbreak of conflict in the Donbas are still fighting for their rights — and public officials are using them as scapegoats. Русский

 


What place for women in Ukraine’s memory politics?

Conflict may have forced Ukraine to re-evaluate its past, but public officials do their country a disservice by excluding and particularising the role of women. Українською

Quiet American: Sophie Pinkham in Ukraine

Black Square is essential reading for anyone struggling to understand the instability on the edge of Europe — with a dizzyingly colourful cast of characters who never come across like clichés.

Old hatreds rekindled in Ukraine

The murder of a young girl in a Ukrainian village has led to the expulsion of local Roma families. In the aftermath, observers are asking whether Roma have a place in today’s Ukraine. Українська

Coup talk in Ukraine

The war in the east, the rise of paramilitaries and polarised public opinion are feeding fears of a violent seizure of power in Kyiv. Could Ukraine follow in Turkey’s footsteps? 

What does the murder of Pavel Sheremet say about contemporary Ukraine?

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Two years after EuroMaidan, Ukraine's culture of impunity remains a deadly threat to freedom of expression.

 

In Ukraine, not only heroes deserve justice

A Ukrainian blogger sentenced for his scandalous views on the conflict in the Donbas has just been released. Whatever his shortcomings, Ruslan Kotsaba deserved our solidarity.

Bandera mythologies and their traps for Ukraine

Our discussion of history politics and mythmaking in Ukraine is desperately un-nuanced. We need to restore complexity to our understanding of social and cultural hybridity — past and present. Українською

Ukraine’s rulers are backing themselves into a corner

As Europe's sanctions resolve against Russia evaporates, Ukraine's domestic political contest is heating up — Kyiv is turning its sights on the constitutional court. 

Ukraine’s struggle with the past is ours too

What happens in Ukraine does not stay in Ukraine — uncritical glorification of Ukrainian nationalism is the west’s problem too.

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