Forgotten Pavlohrad Rebellion: Peasants vs Soviet Authorities | For East and West
23 November, 2019

One of the biggest uprisings against Soviet power in Ukraine took place in villages near Pavlohrad – Bohdanivka and Ternivka, in western Donbas. People rebelled against collectivization and dekulakization (dispossession).

At the beginning of April 1930, the peasants took up arms. In the end, 13 peasants were killed, 200 were arrested, 27 were sentenced to death. The Dnipropetrovsk region suffered perhaps the most during the Holodomor a few years down the line.

However, the local people know little about those who resisted the famine. At the cemetery in Ternivka, there is a monument to the representatives of the Soviet authorities who suppressed the uprising. On the other hand, the rebels were buried in a mass grave along with those who died of starvation.

The joint hromadske and LSE research project "For East and West" sets out to explore Ukrainians' attitudes to history: in this case, whether the uprising is still remembered in the region. 


“For East and West” is a joint research project by hromadske and the London School of Economics and Political Science on Attitudes of Ukrainians to History.

What hromadske does: create 15 videos about historic events: both in Ukraine and beyond.

What LSE does: analyze the reactions of Ukrainians to specific events in the history of the country and the world with the participation of Ukrainian and British sociologists, working with focus groups, exploring social networks.

The results will be announced in 2020 and should become interesting material for Ukrainian media and society. At the stage of sociological research conduction and topic selection, we were advised by leading Ukrainian historians: Serhii Plokhy, Yaroslav Hrytsak, and Serhy Yekelchyk.

Project Objective: using visual storytelling to find ways to overcome the polarization of society and restore the media’s role as a platform for constructive discussion.

The project is part of the London School of Economics' innovative Arena program, which uses high-quality research and analysis to understand how to overcome the polarization of society in today's world.

Project Managers: Anne Applebaum – co-director of Arena program, an American columnist, author of books on the Gulag and the Holodomor; Peter Pomerantsev – co-director of Arena program, a British journalist, a propaganda researcher, the author of "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia," as well as "This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality."

Project Editors: Nataliya Gumenyuk, Yevhen Samoylenko

For questions about the project, email us at [email protected] mentioning the theme "For East and West".