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 are 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 a Sheptytsk’kyi Visiting Fellow at the IWM.
Andrii Portnov is Visiting Professor at the Department of Slavic Studies at Humboldt University Berlin. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow of IWM’s Ukraine in European Dialogue program.
Anton Shekhovtsov is a Visiting Fellow of IWM’s Ukraine in European Dialogue program.
Tatiana Zhurzhenko is Research Director of the IWM programs Russia in Global Dialogue and Ukraine in European Dialogue.