Volodymyr Kravchenko: “Experts on Ukraine: All Hands on Deck!”

Volodymyr Kravchenko: “Experts on Ukraine: All Hands on Deck!”

A response by Volodymyr Kravchenko to the article by Vladimir Golstein in Forbes “Why Everything You’ve Read About Ukraine Is Wrong” (5/19/2014)

Photo: Russian propaganda. Illustration for Volodymyr Kravchenko's "Experts on Ukraine: All Hands on Deck!"
Russian propaganda. Source: Al Jazeera

To put it plainly, it has been a long time since I read so shoddy a text signed by a representative of an academic corporation as the article by an American Slavist at Brown University, Vladimir Golstein, published in Forbes on May 19 of this year.

Forget everything you’ve read so far about Ukraine. A little-known specialist in nineteenth-century Russian literature, hitherto unremarked in Ukrainian studies, will tell you what is actually going on in present-day Ukraine. I shall venture to comment on some of the theses put forward in the article, which has shocked many readers. Read more

What Should We do with the Donbas?

ДОНЕЦКАЯ РЕСПУБЛИКА

Taras Kuzio

Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (Donbas) are in the hands of terrorist separatists. Kyiv’s Anti-Terrorist Operation (a better name could have been given for this) is making progress in some cities but because Kyiv (unlike Russia in Chechnya) is unwilling to accept large numbers of civilian casualties progress will be limited. Historians and political experts will spend the next few years analysing how this region was so quickly taken over which can be reduced to five factors:

Firstly, undoubtedly Russian “green men” played an important role in giving professional expertise to hitherto marginal pan-Slavic and pro-Russian groups. Read more

The Putin and Tymoshenko Conundrum

b52aadaed8_126804David Marples

Vladimir Putin has suggested a postponement of the referenda in Donetsk and Luhansk, and offered his support for the Ukrainian presidential elections, scheduled for May 25, as a good first step toward resolving the Ukraine crisis.

His apparent moderation of tone recently prompts me to revisit a scenario that emerged earlier in the Euromaidan upheavals. In reality it is probably at best one of many conceivable options with which the Russia president may be toying with regard to Ukraine.

The scenario may seem so far-fetched as to be unworthy of considering. It stems from an alleged leak of a conversation between Yulia Tymoshenko and Nestor Shufrych of the National Security Council of Ukraine held in March. Tymoshenko appeared to suggest that Ukrainians should kill Russians and assassinate President Putin. According to Moscow Times (cited in The Washington Post), although Shufrych rejected the authenticity of the statement, an entry from Tymoshenko on Twitter appeared to verify the comments as representing her position. Read more

Gas Contracts and Fighting Corruption

Gas Contracts and Fighting Corruption: The Long Link between Lyubi Druzi and Firtash
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Taras Kuzio

Lingering doubt over Yulia Tymoshenko’s signing of the 2009 gas contract with then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has remained. Nevertheless, what is clearly seen in Ukraine’s gas relations with Russia during the last decade are three points. Firstly, it would be mistaken to assume only one Ukrainian gas contract (signed in 2009) was bad when all of them were corrupt. Secondly, there was little to differentiate the 2006, 2009 and 2010 gas contracts in terms of their poor quality. Thirdly, the so-called “pragmatic wing” (Lyubi Druzi) of the national democratic camp have never viewed gas intermediaries with Russia as problematic and some, such as Peto Yushchenko made millions from them. Serhiy  Taruta was reported by a US diplomatic cable as saying  that Viktor ‘Yushchenko never raised gas intermediaries as a problem that required a resolution and was comfortable with RUE.’

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Інтерв’ю Володимира Кулика про роль українських медій в ситуації зовнішньої агресії з боку Росії

 Координатор Сучасного українського дослідницького форуму: Справа Євромайдану  Олександр Панкєєв взяв інтерв’ю у  Володимира Кулика про роль українських ЗМІ в ситуації зовнішньої агресії з боку Росії. Володимир Кулик – доктор політичних наук, провідний науковий співробітник відділу етнополітології Інституту політичних і етнонаціональних досліджень ім. І. Ф. Кураса НАН України.  Коло його інтересів охоплює  дослідження медійного дискурсу, мовної політики, мовних ідеологій, політики пам’яті, етнополітики, ідентичності та націоналізму. 

Interview of Volodymyr Kulyk about the role of the Ukrainian media in  the situation of  the external aggression from Russia

Oleksandr Pankieiev, coordinator of the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum: The Case of Euromaidan, interviewed Dr. Volodymyr Kulyk,  senior research fellow, ethnopolitics department, Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. His research fields include the media discourse, language policy, language ideologies, politics of memory, ethnopolitcs, identity, nationalism. In his interview Dr Volodymyr Kulyk  talks about the role of the Ukrainian media in  the situation of  the external aggression from Russia.

Volodymyr Kravchenko on Putin’s Ukraine Doctrine

Putin’s Ukraine Doctrine: in captivity stereotypes

Volodymyr Kravchenko,
CIUS Director,
University of Alberta, Edmonton

1395224096_krim-russkiy The two heads of the eagle on Russia’s coat of arms, said to face both East and West, seem today to be pulling to the past and to the future, history and geography. In Eastern Europe, geography is in constant battle with history, never more so than today as Russia tests its new/old political doctrine in Ukraine.

President Putin held a telethon on April 17 designed to highlight his Ukraine policy following on his annexation of Crimea. Performing supporting roles at this stage-managed ceremony were representatives of the Russian opposition and Western analysts, members of the Valdai Club. I hope those in attendance won’t take offense, but they were a sorry spectacle.

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The US and EU Must Take New Steps Quickly to Help Ukraine

Dr. Taras Kuzio

News organizations last week reported a new conclusion by US intelligence agencies that Russian forces massed on Ukraine’s eastern borders are increasingly likely to invade mainland Ukraine, only weeks after seizing Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to undermine the political legitimacy of a Ukrainian government that has shown itself insistent on aligning with the European Union rather than Russia. And that means derailing the May 25 election in which Ukraine will certainly choose a president who would pursue that European option. A successful election would unravel Putin’s argument that Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine last month into Russian exile, remains Ukraine’s legitimately elected president. Read more

UKRAINE – #MAIDAN – УКРАЇНА Exhibit at the University of Alberta

A Revolution for Dignity

  • How did EuroMaidan become Maidan and turn into a Revolution for Dignity?
  • How does it relate to Crimea?
  • What’s going on now?
  • Where can I learn more?

A photo-exhibit dedicated to the unfolding situation in Ukraine opened today in the Galleria between Rutherford North and Rutherford South Libraries. The exhibit has been prepared by students/staff of the Ukrainian Folklore program/Kule Folklore Centre in conjunction with Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. It will be on display March 19-20 and March 22-26 in the Rutherford Library, and March 21, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the North-East foyer of CAB. Nataliya Bezborodova, Kateryna Kod (Ukrainian Folklore) and Olha Ivanova, (Translation Studies) will be manning this display in CAB on Friday afternoon ready to answer questions of those interested in learning more about the Ukrainian Maidan.

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Dr. Olexiy Haran: Don’t believe Russian propaganda

Dr. Olexiy Haran cautions against believing Russian propaganda about ‘fascist’ Ukrainian protesters

Euromaidan supporters protest against the forthcoming referendum on the Crimea's accession to RussiaDr. Olexiy Haran is professor of comparative politics at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine.  He  says that the Euromaidan was a place of multi-ethnic national solidarity in the face of repression – Putin only seeks to justify his aggression.

From his article “Don’t believe the Russian propaganda about Ukraine’s ‘fascist’ protesters”:

The Kremlin uses many kinds of falsifications to justify its aggression against Ukraine and plans to annex Crimean peninsula. One of which is that the mass protests of Ukrainians against the corrupt and bloody regime of Viktor Yanukovych, called the Euromaidan, was a gathering of far-right extremists intent on imposing nationalist rule over all other ethnic groups in Ukraine.

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