Blogs tagged with: Ukraine

Ukrainians: Expect-the-Unexpected Nation

Ukrainians: Expect-the-Unexpected Nation

Rory Finnin

Twice within the span of a decade, Ukraine has riveted the world’s attention with dramatic mass demonstrations in support of political and economic transparency, freedom, and the rule of law. And at these critical junctures in the country’s history, scores of foreign journalists and analysts have appended a proviso to the scenes of throngs of Ukrainian citizens donning the yellow-and-blue and demanding more of the political leaders who routinely fail them...

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Posted: Friday 20 December 2013


A Divided Ukraine: Europe’s Most Dangerous Idea

A Divided Ukraine: Europe’s Most Dangerous Idea

Rory Finnin

Pick up any news clipping about Ukraine from the past twenty years, and you are likely to find a cursory description of the country along these lines: ‘Ukraine, roughly the size of France, divided between a pro-EU west and a pro-Russian east’. A journalist once admitted to me that his editors routinely appended such a refrain even to articles and reports attesting to a different, more complex reality...

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Posted: Thursday 27 March 2014


The Crimean Tatar Sürgün: Past and Present

The Crimean Tatar Sürgün: Past and Present

Rory Finnin

On 18 May 1944 a young Crimean Tatar poet named Idris Asanin began a torturous journey to Central Asia at the gunpoint of Stalin’s secret police, the NKVD. Along with hundreds of thousands of other Crimean Tatars, a Turkic-speaking Sunni Muslim people indigenous to Crimea, Asanin’s family endured an ordeal of mass death and brutal dispossession that claimed the lives of at least thirty percent of the entire population...

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Posted: Sunday 18 May 2014


Fighting ‘Crimnesia’: The Question of Crimea in the Russia-Ukraine War

Fighting ‘Crimnesia’: The Question of Crimea in the Russia-Ukraine War

Rory Finnin

Proxy logic, the Ukraine, Russia and perceptions of an international crisis.

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Posted: Thursday 9 April 2015