Why Did Ukrainian Miners Strike in 1989? | For East and West
23 January, 2020

30 years ago, miners went on strike in the Donbas. The reason was delayed payments of salaries and holdback pay. Although the miners themselves think otherwise, historians refer to strikes as one of the causes of the collapse of the USSR. Pavlohrad, located in western Donbas, became one of the centers of the strikes. Hromadske journalists met with former strikers and their children who are also miners now – to find out whether a new generation would follow in their parents’ footsteps.


“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".