A Note on a Belarusian Stalinist

David Marples Several Belarusian newspapers have noted that August 9, 2017, is the 115th anniversary of the birth of Panteleimon Ponomarenko (1902-84, a native of Krasnodar, Russia), the party leader of Belarus during the Stalinist repressions and war years. Ponomarenko has a mixed reputation but there seems to be a consensus that he was always […]

KUZIO-MARPLES: POST-DEBATE REMARKS AND FACT CHECK

Ernest Gyidel Debates play (or at least expected to) a healthy, rejuvenating role in any academic discipline or field of studies, preventing conceptual ossification and ideological rigidity. In this regard, William Szuch’s YouTube channel UkeTube deserves much praise for hosting two (so far) debates on one of the most controversial questions of the Ukrainian history […]

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 […]