When Boris Yeltsin told George Bush in 1991 that the USSR couldn’t exist without Ukraine, he wasn’t referring to the economy: culturally, Russia would have been isolated. Today, the same thesis about Slavic identity is being debated with rockets. Serhii Plokhy on Ukraine’s special role in Soviet and post-Soviet history.
is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. His book ‘Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy’ received the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and the 2019 Pushkin House Prize. His latest book, ‘Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II’, was published in 2019.
Humanity and catastrophe
Authors probing history’s silences for justice’s sake
Guilty secrets hide culpability. And, when the responsibility for crimes against humanity lies shamefully buried, injustice prevails. Authors Serhii Plokhy and Philippe Sands discuss their approaches to uncovering the truth behind Nazi and Soviet war crimes and the Chernobyl disaster.