Sviatoslav Vakarchuk: 10 principles that must guide those in power in Ukraine

Frontman of ‘Okean Elzy’ provides fundamental principles to new government in Ukraine 

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This is my appeal to the “new” government! Ukraine faces uncertain times today. This includes the threat of loss of territory, the uneasy situation in various regions, economic challenges and much more. In such a situation, you have no margin for error. No, I don’t mean mistakes in the process of doing your job which were, are and always will be for each of those who works. I’m talking about strategic mistakes that might not only cause it to lose its place in office but to the loss for all of us of territorial integrity and stability. Don’t go down the path of your predecessors.

Here are the 10 principles that you must follow at all times: Continue reading

Okean Elzy responds to St. Petersburg concert ban threat

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Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, leader of the band “Okean Elzy,” has responded to accusations of nationalism. His response, written in Russian, is posted on his Twitter blog, Espreso.TV reports.

“Who do you think is a nationalist?” he asks. “If that is the person whose favorite writer is Chekhov, then yes, I am a nationalist. If it is the person whose favorite song was “Shine, shine my star,” then I’m a nationalist,” he writes. Continue reading