• Anne Applebaum on the Challenges Facing Ukraine and What the West Needs to Do

    HURI sat down with Anne Applebaum to discuss the Ukraine crisis, Ukraine's relationship with Russia, and the country's ties to the West. The author of  Pulitzer Prize-winning "Gulag: A History," Anne Applebaum is a respected expert on the former Soviet Union and present-day Russia.

  • Chornobyl: The Tombstone of the Reckless Empire by Serhii Plokhii

    The Chornobyl disaster marked the beginning of the end of the world nuclear superpower—a little more than five years later this superpower would fall apart, doomed by the inefficiency of its managerial and economic system, as demonstrated by the Chornobyl disaster and the political and ethno-national movements which that disaster helped initiate.

  • Opening the KGB Archives: Andriy Kohut Tells Ukraine's Story

    On Thursday, October 6, 2016, Andriy Kohut joins HURI to discuss Ukraine's decision to provide open access to its KGB archives and the state of the archives since the adoption of the law "On Access to the Archives of Repressive Organs of the Communist Totalitarian Regime of 1917-1991," which was passed by the Ukrainian Parliament on April 9, 2015.

    This law "significantly changed the practice of access to Communist secret services documents," Kohut said. "Since then, the right to know about Soviet repressions has been set above the right for privacy in Ukraine. The Law coincides with the Central European practice of judicial regulation of access to totalitarian special services archives."

  • The Man with the Poison Gun: Q&A with Serhii Plokhii

    The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story, Serhii Plokhy’s latest publication, tells the captivating story of Bohdan Stashinsky, a KGB assassin who eventually defected to the West. The product of meticulous archival research, the book sheds new light on this thrilling real-life drama.

    While there are good reasons to associate a KGB assassin with a cold-blooded killer, Stashinsky’s path to that role was far more complicated and tragic. Forced to cooperate in order to save his family from arrest, he agreed to be a KGB informant and was subsequently groomed to serve as an assassin.

    We sat down with Serhii Plokhy to ask him a few questions about the book, his research process, and the interesting surprises he uncovered.

  • What Germans Knew and How It Affected Them: Paolo Fonzi on the Great Famine

    On Monday, March 28, HURI’s Seminar in Ukrainian Studies features Paolo Fonzi, Shklar/USF Fellow, and his research on how Germans perceived the Great Famine in Ukraine. HURI asked Fonzi to provide a preview of his talk and some information about the research he’s doing at the Institute.

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