Days of Freedom in Belarus

David Marples On Saturday, Belarusians will commemorate March 25, the Independence Day of 1918 or as it is more simply known, the Day of Freedom. This year the march has unusual significance because it takes place following a series of protests and mass demonstrations across the country. How serious is unrest in Belarus and what […]

The Destruction of ‘Colonial Remnants’

David Marples In late November 2016, Radio Svoboda held a programme on Ukraine’s ‘post-colonial status’ that featured comments from supporters and practitioners of Decommunisation. Its most notable feature was the sentiment that in spite of the progress made in 2016, many Ukrainians remain ignorant of their own history and trapped in a colonial mindset imposed […]

Death of a Separatist Leader

David Marples The death of Mikhail Tolstykh (1980-2017), better known by his nickname Givi, was affirmed on February 8 by Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the Prime Minister of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ (DNR), a separatist enclave within Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine. Tolstykh died when a bomb exploded in his office around 6am. Zakharchenko accused the Ukrainian authorities of […]

Open Letter Concerning Kagarlitsky

Stop calling warmongers “anti-war activists” An open letter to the Stop the War coalition By Simon Pirani Dear friends, This is to ask you to think about your organisation’s alliance with Boris Kagarlitsky, the Russian political commentator who supports war in Ukraine. In a statement of 19 October, the Stop the War Coalition (STW) described […]

CIUS’ 40th Anniversary Conference

David Marples On October 14-15, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) held its 40th anniversary conference at Lister Hall, University of Alberta. For the first time in twenty years, most experts on Ukraine and Ukrainian Canadian studies resident in Canada, and several from the United States, as well as one from the UK and two from Ukraine, […]