UA Читати українською

The hashtag (#) in the title of this special topic serves not only as a reminder that the "Euromaidan Revolution," as other social cataclysms in the world in the recent years, from Iran to the Occupy Movement, was decisively mediated by the Internet and lived on the energy from social networks. For us it has an added meaning: Krytyka's new web platform was launched just a week before the beginning of the events on Euromaidan in Kyiv.

When we first started this featured topic, we did not know what would await Ukraine after the defeat in Vilnius, as we did not know how the events in Kyiv would end. Yet we definitely knew that the topic of #Euromaidan will remain a certain intermediary result and a conclusion of what Krytyka believed in and wrote about for the past 17 years of its existence: Freedom and human rights, rule of law and non-violent resistance, a challenge to radicalism and difficulties of political leadership. 

In this topic, we present some brilliant contributions from our authors, dedicated to revolutionary events in Ukraine. Krytyka has published a whole issue on this topic (No. 11-12, 2013). No matter how we will remember these days and nights in a month or a year, their importance for and homework they give us remain a massive challenge for the community of our authors. During the events, they wrote blogs and went onto streets - to join you, our readers, friends, and colleagues.

In Ukraine, the revolutionary changes of 1991 started with the promises of institutionalized democracy, pluralist politics, and a free economy, and ended up with...


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,...


Kyiv's Euromaidan Is a Liberationist and Not Extremist Mass Action of Civic Disobedience

Andreas Umland, Mykhailo Minakov, Yaroslav Hrytsak, garan.oleksiy, John-Paul Himka, oleksandr.zaycev, anton.shekhovtsov, voznyak.taras, olya.gnatyuk, marta.dyczok, ievgen.zaharov, Volodymyr Kulyk, Andriy Portnov, shkandriy.miroslav, timoti.snayder, Tetiana Bezruk, sigov.kostyantin ・ February 2014

We call upon all those who have either no particular interest for, or no deeper knowledge of, Ukraine to not comment on this region’s complicated national...


Dreams of Europe

Volodymyr Yermolenko ・ February 2014

Western Europeans often talk about how they have lost their European vision, about how they concern themselves more and more with petty details rather than...


William Burke-White: On possible scenarios of Ukrainian protests

Critical Solutions
December 2013

Commentary by William Burke-White might seem like a cold shower for many protesters in Ukraine, but they reflect the realities of international politics today, and a generally very difficult position for the major international actors in various regions of the world, and secondary - or even tertiary - character of the Ukrainian events for them.


"Internal Colonization" — Re-colonization

Tamara Hundorova ・ September 2011

The construction of a postcolonial consciousness in the post-Soviet space presents as an especially interesting process. The late 20th century Ukrainian...


Ukrainians: Who Are They, and What Do They Want?

Yaroslav Hrytsak ・ August 2011

Russia is the only country that, since 1991, tells Ukrainians that Ukrainian independence is a temporary phenomenon, that the Ukrainian state is not capable of...


Despite the fact that some radical politicians and publicists – Natalia Vitrenko, or Dmytro Korchynskyi, and most recently Oleh Tiahnybok above all – have always...