While Russia annexed Crimea and supported separatists in Donbas under the pretext of protecting Russian-speakers from the new “fascist” government in Kyiv, it was actually pro-Ukrainian mobilization in the large Russian-speaking cities of the east and south that prevented Ukraine from disintegrating further. Three years after the Maidan, what is the future of the Russian language, culture and identity in Ukraine? Does it make sense to approach the conflict in the country’s east along ethnic lines? Does de-communization mean de-Russification? Are Russian speakers especially vulnerable to Russian propaganda? These questions will be discussed by a bestselling Ukrainian author who writes in Russian; a historian from Dnipro(petrovsk) who has been closely following the dramatic developments in eastern Ukraine; and a political scientist, originally from Crimea, who studies Russian information warfare.
Andrej Kurkow is a Ukrainian novelist and is currently a Sheptytsk’kyi Visiting Fellow of the IWM’s Ukraine in European Dialogue program.
Andrii Portnov is Visiting Professor at the Department of Slavic Studies at Humboldt University Berlin. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow of the IWMs Ukraine in European Dialogue program.
Anton Shekhovtsov is Fellow at the Legatum Institute in London. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM.
Tatiana Zhurzhenko is Research Director of the IWM programs Russia in Global Dialogue
and Ukraine in European Dialogue.
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