Those who follow Ukrainian issues today know that many foreigners who consider themselves radical leftists oppose that country’s attempt to break away from its...


A Big Migrant Family

Svetlana Filonova ・ December 2015

When the Soviet Union ceased to exist, all the newborn independent states – the former Soviet republics – were faced with a challenge: Russian speaking people of...


Iran, Ukraine, and the Global Nuclear Order

Mariana Budjeryn ・ August 2015

The Iran deal and the Budapest Memorandum have at least two things in common. Firstly, they are both manifestations of the international community’s efforts to...


His favorite color is blue. He writes about the blue storms of civil-war battles and blue stagecoaches careening into the sky-blue distance. He calls a short...


"Decommunization" and Academic Discussion

Volodymyr Viatrovych ・ May 2015

The lack of a decommunization policy in Ukraine after its declaration of independence was one of the reasons that led to the revanchist neo-Soviet regime of...


Krytyka invites scholars and experts to add their voice to the discussion of the so-called “anti-communist” laws (also known as “decommunization laws”) that were...


As scholars and experts long committed to Ukraine’s regeneration and freedom, we regard these laws with the deepest foreboding. Their content and spirit...


When George Orwell looked back at the Spanish Civil War, in which he participated as a volunteer, he noted that its outcome was "settled in London, Paris, Rome,...


Can Memory Save Us From History? Can History Save Us From Memory?

Critical Solutions
July 2014

International conference Ukraine: Thinking Together
Panel Seven: Can memory save us from history? Can history save us from memory? Monday May 19, 2014 (Diplomatic Academy,Kyiv)
Participants: Timothy Snyder, chair, Slavenka Drakulić, Olga Filippova, Frank Foer, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Martin Šimečka, Andrey Kurkov.
Language: English


Bohdan Ivchenko. The Soviet Authorities’ Policies Toward the Don Cossackdom (1917-1937)

Oleksandr Polianichev ・ March 2014
Kharkiv: Tochka, 2010.
This book, by young Kharkiv historian Bohdan Ivchenko, contributes to a topic in Soviet Studies that has not yet received due attention. The categories of nation and class, by which intellectuals and politicians characterized the population, were of little use with regard to the Don Cossackdom. The author constructs his own narrative, emphasizing the plurality of means through which the Bolsheviks and the Cossacks interacted. At first, the Bolshevik leaders were inclined to think they had the support of the “revolutionary” worker Cossacks, opposing their military elite. However, after