Speech of the President of Ukraine in the Israeli Knesset

Dear Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Speaker, Esteemed Members of the Knesset, Ladies and gentlemen! Shalom! First of all I would like to thank […]

Categorical violence and categorical responsibility

Aug. 24, 2014  Oleksiy Panych, professor of Philosophy, Kyiv I am reading “Bloodlands” by Timothy Snyder. In his description, the events of 1930s-1940s in Central […]

A need to contain Russia

20 March 2014 Anne Appelbaum There have been high moments: Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin, locked in a bear hug; George W. Bush looking into […]

Anders Åslund

Anders Åslund (born 1952) is a Swedish economist with a particular interest in economic transition from centrally planned to market economies. Åslund served as an […]

Anne Applebaum

Anne Elizabeth Applebaum (born July 25, 1964) is an American Jewish journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has written extensively about communism and the development […]

Arm Ukraine or Surrender


Ben Judah

MOSCOW — Russia and Ukraine are now at war. At least 2,200 people have died in the conflict; thousands more may die yet. The Western powers — America, Europe, NATO — now have no good options, but they cannot do nothing

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Bernard-Henri Lévy (born 5 November 1948) is a French public intellectual and author. Often referred to today in France simply as BHL,[2] he was one […]

Decoding Ukraine

20/02/2014 Anne Applebaum A lexicon of the smears, stereotypes, and clichés used to describe the battle for the country’s future. Warsaw, Poland — For those […]

Russian War Crimes in Eastern Ukraine in 2014

“When they brought me to the cellar I saw three dead male bodies. One was in a sitting position by the wall. Two others were young, one lying on his stomach, the other on his back. Their throats were cut and they were naked. The blood from their throats was dripping into the sewage drains in the floor”

Galina Ackerman

Galina Ackerman, Journalist Radio France Internationale, France. From 1986 to 1988 was Editor in Chief of the French Edition of Continent. From 1988 she holds […]

Jean-Dominique Giuliani

Jean-Dominique Giuliani, Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation The Foundation, a reference research centre, works in support of European integration. Special Advisor to the European […]

Yosyf Zisels

Yosyf Zisels (born 12 December 1941 in Tashkent) is a human rights activist and Ukrainian dissident. He was a member of the Ukrainian Helsinki group […]

Konstantin Sigov

Konstantin Sigov – Director of the Scientific Publishing Society “Duh i Litera” and the European Humanities Research Center of the National University “Kiev Mohyla Academy” and […]

Lilia Shevtsova

Lilia Shevtsova (born 1949 in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR) is a Kremlinology expert and currently serves as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International […]

Lyudmila Ulitskaya

Lyudmila Evgenyevna Ulitskaya (Russian: Людмила Евгеньевна Улицкая, born February 21, 1943) is a critically acclaimed modern Russian novelist and short-story writer. She was born in the […]

Mark Galeotti

Mark Galeotti is Clinical Full Professor of Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. He is an expert and prolific […]

Open letter of Ukrainian Jews to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin

Mr. President ! We are Jewish citizens of Ukraine: businessmen, managers, public figures, scientists and scholars, artists and musicians. We are addressing you on behalf […]

Putin’s New Nostalgia

November 10, 2014
Timothy Snyder
As Russian military convoys continue the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has chosen to rehabilitate the alliance between Hitler and Stalin that began World War II. Speaking before an audience of Russian historians at the Museum of Modern Russian History, Putin said: “The Soviet Union signed a non-aggression agreement with Germany. They say, ‘Oh, how bad.’ But what is so bad about it, if the Soviet Union did not want to fight? What is so bad?”

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was born in Australia (1958), where he matriculated from The Scots College (1975). He received […]

Boris Nemtsov: Alive in Death

(RU) Французский философ и писатель Бернар-Анри Леви вспоминает свою встречу с Борисом Немцовым и размышляет о том, что значила для России его жизнь и его гибель
Я познакомился с Борисом Немцовым в апреле 2000 года. Вскоре после начала второй чеченской войны. Я приехал в Россию, чтобы взять интервью у Игоря Иванова, в то время министра иностранных дел.
Решив воспользоваться оказией, я поехал в Комитет солдатских матерей, чтобы познакомиться с человеком, который в то время был известен всего лишь как бывший губернатор Нижнего Новгорода. Он долгое время считался преемником Бориса Ельцина, но на финишной прямой его обошел кагэбист Путин.

Boris Sokolov

Boris Sokolov (Russian: Бори́с Вади́мович Соколо́в), born January 2, 1957, Moscow, is a historian and a Russian literature researcher (he has Candidate of Science degree in […]

Ivan Krastev

His latest books in English are Democracy Disrupted (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) and, In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust […]

Olga Sedakova

Ol’ga Aleksandrovna Sedakova was born in Moscow on December 26, 1949 to the family of a military engineer. She started school in Beijing, where her […]


Marcus Bensmann, David Crawford
It’s one of the greatest war crimes of modern times – and the truth still hasn’t been told. On July 17th 2014 at about 16:20 local time, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers died, including many children. Who fired the missile? Over several months the Berlin-based investigative newsroom CORRECT!V has gathered facts, investigated in eastern Ukraine and Russia, and found witnesses to the missile launch. The investigation unveiled a clear chain of evidence. MH17 was downed by a ground-launched BUK missile – launched by a unit of the 53rd Russian Air Defense Brigade from Kursk. The brigade unit, tasked with protecting Russian tank units, was operating in mid July on Ukrainian territory without displaying national emblems.

Maria Snegovaya

  Maria Snegovaya – http://columbia.academia.edu/SnegovayaMaria

George Soros

George Soros (Hungarian: Soros György; born August 12, 1930, asSchwartz György) is a Hungarian-born Americanbusiness magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Soros […]

For my European friends

30.07.2015 Igor Solomadin “We had no idea how people live in China,” – confessed to me one of the participants of the left movement in […]

The Banksy of Donetsk Documents His Torture

OCTOBER 21, 2014 via Sergey Zakharov When Sergey Zakharov first put up art installations and graffiti satirizing pro-Russian fighters in his native Donetsk he expected a […]

Timothy D. Snyder

Timothy D. Snyder (born August 18, 1969) is an American historian. He is a Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of […]

Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash is the author of nine books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ which have charted the transformation of Europe over the […]

Edward Lucas

Edward Lucas is a senior editor at The Economist. An expert in energy, intelligence and cyber-security issues, he covered Central and Eastern Europe for more […]

Oleksiy Panych

Oleksiy Panych Кyiv, Ukraine was born in Odesa on May 08, 1960. In 1970-2013 he lived in Donetsk, worked at a metallurgical factory, a coal […]

(RU) Украину нужно защитить

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Volodymyr Yermolenko

Philosopher, essayist Kyiv, Ukraine Philosopher and essayist, holds a PhD in Political Science from L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, School of Advanced Studies in […]

War and Peace in the 21st Century


Victor Gaetan

The Church prays for an end to the conflict in Ukraine.
KIEV, Ukraine — Since Ukrainian Christmas on Jan. 7, hellish scenes of cruel death have become routine in the eastern Donbass region on the Russian border.

What else could we have done? Ukraine after Vilnius

Kadri Liik

28th November, 2014

In its 63-year long history, the European Union has seen many odd summits – but even against that background, 28 November 2013 in Vilnius must have stood out as something profoundly strange. The 28 leaders of the world’s largest economic bloc stood face to face with the man whom, by then, most of them had already come to despise: Viktor Yanukovych, the deceitful president of the corrupt and nearly bankrupt economy, Ukraine. In vain they begged him to sign an Association Agreement that would have given his impoverished country access to their lucrative market. He demanded billions in return and, when the money was not forthcoming, he refused to sign.


  • The Shoah in Ukraine: Truth and Friendship

    Summary: The Shoah in Ukraine had specific features that have branded and were branded by the millennial relations between Jews and Ukrainians. This long history bears great obstacles as well as great potentials to a shared narrative between the two people. I would like to assess them under three headings. 1) Thepervasive nature of lies and legends create a special difficulties for the recovery of such a shared narrative, difficulties which are far beyond the average pattern of divided memories. The memory of huge and tragic events is plagued by denial, censorshipand legends at a very deep and global level.


    On March 10, 1946, at Lviv, the Orthodox Church of Russia, under pressure from the Soviet government, forcefully integrated the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and claimed jurisdiction over it. When the participants in the synod on March 8 and 9, voted for the “reunification” of their Church with the Patriarchate of Moscow, all the Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops were behind bars in prisons. The 216 priests and 19 laymen, assembled in the Cathedral of Saint George in Lviv by the NKVD, the ancestor of the KGB, were at the mercy of a “group of initiative” led by two Orthodox bishops, Antony Pelvetsky and Myhailo Melnyk, and an orthodox priest Gavril Kostelnyk.

  • Speech of the President of Ukraine in the Israeli Knesset

    Dear Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Speaker, Esteemed Members of the Knesset, Ladies and gentlemen! Shalom! First of all I would like to thank you for the high honor of speaking in the Knesset—both the heart and the brain center of Israel's democracy. My sincere gratitude goes to the Israeli side—the President, the Prime Minister and personally to my good friend, Speaker Yuli Edelstein—for such an exceptional opportunity. I take it as a fact of high respect and esteem not…

  • Russian War Crimes in Eastern Ukraine in 2014

    “When they brought me to the cellar I saw three dead male bodies. One was in a sitting position by the wall. Two others were young, one lying on his stomach, the other on his back. Their throats were cut and they were naked. The blood from their throats was dripping into the sewage drains in the floor”

  • A Russian Insight on the Russian Tragedy

    You must rush at Andrei Zvyaguintsev films if you have not seen them yet, notably The Banishment and Leviathan. Zvyaguintsev is a towering artist, the beauty and the expressive force of his pictures are constantly staggering. Although often mute and elliptical, difficult to articulate, they convey the clearest understanding, exactly like music. Take for instance, in Leviathan, the excavators demolishing the hero’s house, iron faced cold dinosaurs of injustice. Like all great art, it goes beyond a single explicit message (in Leviathan, it would be the corruption of local politicians and Courts) and offers a deeper human significance. Any interpretation is then partial compared to the thick meaning of his films.

  • Svetlana Alexievich: The Truth in Many Voices

    October 12, 2015 Timothy Snyder Jean Gaumy/Magnum Photos The Chernobyl nuclear power station, May 2008 It is right, but also not quite right, to celebrate the journalist and contemporary historian, Svetlana Alexievich, this year’s laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature, as a Belarusian writer. The force of her work, the source of its power and plausibility, is the choice of a generation (her own) as a major subject and the close attention to its major inflection point, which was…

  • «…There is nothing but music»

    Constantin Sigov «It isn’t obligatory to listen – there’s nothing but the music» – with this unpretentious joke the composer presents us his new discs. Release from the slightest shade of deliberateness helps us to remove the wrapper from this thin disc of real generosity. From what horn of plenty these marvelous gifts came? Maybe it is not obligatory but so desirably to hear and listen to them. The first sounds of the morning bagatelle return me to my forgotten night mood.…

  • The Real Reason Russia Is ‘Helping’ Syria

    Eighteen months ago, when Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, confusion prevailed in the West. Today, as Russia sends troops, armor, and aircraft to Syria, we are once again perplexed. On Monday President Vladimir Putin provided the explanation: Russia’s intervention is aimed to defeat ISIS and reduce the flow of refugees to Europe. A review of the last major Russian intervention, in Ukraine, might help us to evaluate this claim.

  • Edge of Europe, End of Europe

    (RU) «Тема столкновения российской дезинтеграции и европейской интеграции хорошо знакома украинцам. В украинском Харькове, на расстоянии менее двадцати миль от российской границы, проживал один из мыслителей, видевших в перспективе этот долгий процесс интеллектуального взаимодействия. Юрий Шевелёв...». Один из самых известных западных историков, специализирующихся на странах Восточной Европы, — Тимоти Снайдер — в статье «Edge of Europe, End of Europe» для New York Review of Books упоминает Харьков и делает параллели между Мыколой Хвылевым и Сергеем Жаданом. «МедиаПорт» публикует полный перевод материала.

  • For my European friends

    30.07.2015 Igor Solomadin "We had no idea how people live in China," - confessed to me one of the participants of the left movement in Europe, which came out to protest against capitalism under the Maoist slogans in the late 1960s. Maoism was then fashionable among the young and not so young (e.g., French philosopher Sartre) European intellectuals. At one time these people had done a lot to change Europe and the Western world in general for better with their passionate and relentless…

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