✅ Kyiv Pride 2018: Celebrating Ukraine’s LGBT Community
Daily life for Ukraine’s LGBT community often involves discrimination and even human rights violations. One event hoping to one day put an end to that is Kyiv Pride, which has taken place annually since 2013. This year’s Pride kicked off on June 8 and featured a program of lectures, seminars and film screenings aimed at raising awareness of LGBT rights and issues. Kyiv Pride culminated on June 17 with an Equality March through the streets of the city center.
Executive Officer, Kyiv Pride
PR head of Kyiv Pride
✅ Syria and Ukraine – War & Peace & Russian Intervention
In 2014, Russia encroached on Ukrainian territory with its illegal annexation of Crimea and support for militant separatist in the occupied eastern regions of Ukraine. Then, in September 2015, Russia turned to the Middle East and sent troops into Syria in support of the Assad regime. Although Ukraine and Syria may seem like worlds apart, they face a common threat: Russia. On June 18, English-language newspaper Kyiv Post will host a conference focusing some of the themes that tie these two countries together, including war and territorial loss.
Editor-in-Chief, Kyiv Post
Spokesperson, Syrian Network for Human Rights in London
✅ “Red Famine” Author on Changing Global Politics
Author Anne Applebaum’s back catalogue features a range of award-winning work exploring some of the most crucial moments from Soviet and Eastern European history. Her recent work, Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, examines the Soviet man-made famine of the early 1930s and the devastation it left in Ukraine. Hromadske caught up with the Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner at the launch of the Ukrainian version of Red Famine to talk about reception of her book abroad, as well as current events in the United States, Europe and around Ukraine.
Washington Post columnist
✅ Scholar Lucan Way on Competitive Authoritarianism
Competitive authoritarianism describes regimes that have all the trappings of a democratic state – such as elections and institutions – but just fails to use them. This could be said of Ukraine under President Leonid Kuchma, and later under Viktor Yanukovych. But what about today? Hromadske speaks to author and associate professor at the University of Toronto Lucan Way to discuss where competitive authoritarianism exists today and what Ukraine needs to do to avoid this label in the future.
Associate Professor, University of Toronto