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Imperfect universalism



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Mykola Riabchuk

is a Ukrainian writer, intellectual and a political and cultural analyst. He is Senior Research Fellow with the Institute of Political and Nationalities' Studies at the Academy of Sciences in Kyiv. He is also Vice President of Ukrainian PEN. His most recent book, Gleichschaltung: Authoritarian Consolidation in Ukraine, 2010-2012, was published in both Ukrainian and English.



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Mykola Riabchuk

Turn to the right - and back

As Walter Benjamin once remarked, "every rise of Fascism bears witness to a failed revolution". A statement that events in Ukraine after the Orange revolution go some way toward confirming, writes Mykola Riabchuk; not that a sudden reversal of recent trends remains out of the question. [more]

15.04.2015


Mykola Riabchuk

Emancipation from the East Slavonic ummah

For both Russia and Ukraine, the conflict in eastern Ukraine marks the beginning of a painful process of emancipation from a pre-modern imagined community of eastern Slavs. A process, writes Mykola Riabchuk, from which modern civic national identities must emerge. [more]

11.03.2015


Mykola Riabchuk

Decentralization and subsidiarity

In opposition to federalization à la russe

A spectre is haunting Ukraine, the spectre of federalism, observes Mykola Riabchuk in an article on Russian interference in Ukraine. So will the Ukrainian elite and people grasp what is likely the last chance to save the country and implement institutional reform? Or will Putinism win out? [more]

05.08.2014


Mykola Riabchuk

Revolution in Ukraine: Take three

The main threat to the revolution comes not from Crimean separatism nor from far-right groups, writes Mykola Riabchuk. The biggest threat comes from within: from old habits and oldboy networks. New politicians are needed to avoid repeating the missed opportunities of 1991 and 2004. [more]

28.02.2014


Andrey Kurkov, Myroslav Marynovych, Mykola Riabchuk

To prevent the escalation of violence

Statement of the Ukrainian Centre of the International PEN Club

After the Ukranian government rubber-stamped a series of repressive laws last week and further violence, the Ukrainian Centre of the International PEN Club releases a statement calling for support for Ukrainian writers and journalists, and solidarity with the Ukrainian people. [more]

23.01.2014


Mykola Riabchuk

Euromaidan and beyond

Preliminary conclusions

Euromaidan is not just about failing to sign the Association Agreement, it is about Ukraine's whole development as a country. For 22 years, it has been stuck in a grey zone between post-Soviet autocracies to the east and democratizing neighbours to the west, writes Mykola Riabchuk. [more]

13.12.2013


Mykola Riabchuk

Raiders' state

Even Ukrainian cultural journals have become the target of "raiders" -- shady groups working on behalf of powerful interests who use bogus property claims to close down businesses. The biggest raider of all is the Yanukovych government itself, says Mykola Riabchuk. [more]

11.05.2012


Mykola Riabchuk

Tymoshenko: Wake-up call for the EU

The EU shouldn't be surprised by the Tymoshenko verdict: its support of anything nominally reformist has been perceived as acceptance of a range of repressions. Tough measures are now needed to prevent another authoritarian state forming on the EU's borders. [more]

10.01.2012


Mykola Riabchuk

Metaphors of betrayal

Whatever one thinks about the "centuries-old affinity" between Ukraine and Russia, any western policy towards Ukraine that downplays the issue of values is fundamentally flawed, writes Mykola Riabchuk. [more]

26.03.2010


Mykola Riabchuk

What's left of Orange Ukraine?

After Viktor Yanukovych's election victory, Ukraine is supposedly back where it belongs: in the Russian sphere of influence. The reality, however, is more complicated, writes Mykola Riabchuk. For the Ukrainian leadership, it will be more a case of "muddling through" -- for the time being. [more]

04.03.2010


Mykola Riabchuk

Another quarrel in the post-Soviet komunalka

The Russian-Ukrainian agreement over gas supplies will not last, writes Mykola Riabchuk. It runs against the economic interests of the Russian elite, whose pressure Ukraine lacks the capacity to withstand. The EU, meanwhile, is reluctant to play the role of strong arbiter. [more]

23.01.2009


Mykola Riabchuk

How I became a Czech and a Slovak

Mykola Riabchuk recalls how the politics of the Prague Spring filtered through to Ukraine until the crackdown on "bourgeois nationalism" five years later; and how, during perestroika, the roles were reversed and he brought banned literature to friends in Czechoslovakia. [more]

08.10.2008


Mykola Riabchuk

Pluralism by default

Viktor Yushchenko's election victory in September 2007 opened up an opportunity for improvement of Ukraine's democratic institutions, writes Mykola Riabchuk. The current crisis, a symptom of "pluralism by default", represents a setback for those hopes. [more]

17.09.2008


Mykola Riabchuk

Bad peace vs. good war

Ukrainian democracy might be chaotic and immature -- but at least it's democracy. Nevertheless, there's still a lot to do before the country achieves anything like stability. [more]

01.06.2007


Mykola Riabchuk

Farewell to the cargo cult

The current stand-off in the Ukraine is a result of "incomplete revolution". The failure to establish democratic structures has allowed the mechanisms of authoritarianism back into Ukrainian politics. [more]

04.05.2007


Mykola Riabchuk

Is the West serious about the "last European dictatorship"?

Western civil society should stop tolerating cynical realpolitik towards Belarus and put pressure on their governments to blacklist offending officials. [more]

07.02.2007


Mykola Riabchuk

Ukraine at the crossroads

Can a state based on blackmail be reformed?

What will it take to really change the Ukrainian political system? [more]

18.05.2005


Mykola Riabchuk

Ukraine: The not-so-unexpected nation

Mykola Riabchuk on the history of Ukrainian independence and the ideological background of Victor Yushchenko's "Orange Revolution". [more]

04.04.2005


Mykola Riabchuk

Ukraine: One State, Two Countries?

Does the Ukrainian political elite use the country's deep sense of political ambivalence to stay in power? [more]

14.07.2003


Mykola Riabchuk

Ukrainian Media: Still "not so free"

In his analysis of the Ukrainian media landscape, Mykola Riabchuk maintains that a situation when people have plenty of rights on paper but cannot employ them in reality has largely persisted in the post-Soviet space. [more]

23.11.2001


 

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