Bezler and emptiness. What awaits Donbas after the war

Yekaternia Sergatsova

Journalist from UP.Life Yekaterina Sergatsova talked to the Donetsk intellectuals about the reasons of what is happening in Donbas, and what awaits the region after the war is over.

“Donbas is a region which has definitely inherited the system of values that existed in the Soviet Union: historical paternalism, dominance of collective values, historical memory, for the most part oriented towards the Soviet heritage,” Dmitro Mironovich, culture sociologist in charge of the sociology lab in one of the Donetsk universities, begins our conversation.

According to Mironovich, such moods were beneficial for the local government: the economy of the region which had been created in the USSR has not changed. Consequentially, the lifestyle of the citizens in the region has not changed either.  Continue reading

Thoughts from Kyiv – 13 April 2014

sshot-1By Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School,  Director of the Doctoral School, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”

According to Eastern Rite tradition, the dead are mourned for 40 days. Although deaths are commemorated annually thereafter, after forty days, the lives of survivors are expected to continue. Sunday 31 March happened to be the 40th day after the Yanukovych regime’s sniper safari of Maidan protesters on 20 February. For better or worse, I will consider this day to have been the final day of Phase 2 of Ukraine’s revolution:

Phase 1 – Nov 21 to Dec 1 = 10 days of Euromaidan;
Phase 2 – Dec 1 to March 31 = 120 days of Revolution of Dignity.
Phase 3 – Systemic change has now begun in earnest with the launch of the Presidential campaign, and certainly, there will be many pitfalls before this phase is over (it will likely last until the end of 2014). Now seems a good time to take stock of where we are, and what Phase 3 is likely to be all about. Continue reading

Rückschau auf die Veranstaltung: “Vom Maidan bis zur Loslösung der Krim – kritische Innenansichten aus der Ukraine”

Rückschau auf die Veranstaltung: “Vom Maidan bis zur Loslösung der Krim – kritische Innenansichten aus der Ukraine”.

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Philosophical thoughts from Kyiv – 20 March 2014

portrait_wynnyckyjBy Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School,  Director of the Doctoral School, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”

Today is a noteworthy day. Exactly 120 days ago a few hundred people set up a tiny protest camp on Kyiv’s Independence Square. On November 21, this small group of people was outraged at the sudden about-face of the Azarov government, and its refusal to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Treaty. I returned to Kyiv on Sunday November 24 (after a short teaching assignment in Lviv) to participate in a fairly substantial demonstration: the first Sunday “viche”. We were pleased that upwards of 50 thousand came out to protest on that day. How far we’ve come since!

Looking back on the past 120 days, I feel like I’ve lived 5 years! I suspect many others feel the same…

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IGNORANCE IN THE WEST

Robert van Voren, Feb. 23, 2014

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Watching the news programs in The Netherlands during a short stopover I am amazed at the low quality.  Not only is a lot of the news old, lagging considerably behind the changed reality, it is also limited both in depth and in scope. A few days ago, while a battle raged in Kyiv and some one hundred activists had been shot dead, the Dutch radio canceled a radio interview with me “from the front” because of “more important news”: the country had won a gold medal in Sochi. And not the first! No, it was the 19th or 20th, but still this was considered more important than the war right on the doorstep of the European Union. Continue reading

Butusov: A Revolution of Consciousness

The only true revolution – a revolution of culture and intelligence.
A revolution of Consciousness. -Butusov.

Voices of Ukraine

By Yuriy Butusov
14.03.2014 FB status update
Translated by Olya Lutska and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=744752665535265&id=635416686497814&stream_ref=10

I remember Facebook from 5 months ago…

– the news feed full of cats, “looks,” and photos from dinners at restaurants, where politics were mentioned just to mutter about a hard life and to mock someone’s stupid deeds or quotes. On December 2, while in the hospital, I logged into my Facebook account and had around 400 friends. It was at that time when things started to change. As of today, I have 13,000 friends but the number of people I’m interested in is even higher.

I’ve stopped checking out news agencies’ websites because I know that Facebook searches for the news faster than I, analyzes the information more quickly and focuses attention in a wittier way. That’s why I just live here, equal among equals, and try as hard as…

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