10.03.2019Post-Soviet activists find respite in Georgia

David Kitai

Tbilisi Shelter City offers a refuge for human rights workers from Russia, Tajikistan and beyond.
Leonid Agafonov spent four and a half years in a Siberian prison camp, … read more

10.03.2019New persecution in occupied Crimea inevitable after Russia allows imprisonment for “disrespect for the authorities”

Halya Coynash

Russia has taken another dangerous step towards stifling criticism of those in power and inconvenient information. This will have serious consequences for Crimea where freedom of speech has been under mounted attack since Russia’s invasion and annexation. … read more

27.02.2019What is PEN Ukraine? 10 FAQ

1. What does “PEN” mean?
“PEN” is an abbreviation from “poets”, “playwrights”, “essayists” and “novelists”.
2. What is the primary goal of PEN?
International PEN Club was founded in 1921 in London at the initiative of writers John Galsworthy and Catherine Amy Dawson Scott. … read more

22.02.2019The Facts about Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Ukraine that Russia doesn’t want known

Halya Coynash

There have been no acts of anti-Semitic violence in Ukraine over the last two years and relatively little anti-Semitic vandalism.  This lack of news would not be worth reporting if it wasn’t for the constant claims that the opposite is true, … read more

22.02.2019“Two Ukraines” reconsidered

On February 11, 2019, Dr. Mykola Riabchuk, Honorary President of the Ukrainian PEN Center, delivered a public lecture on “Two Ukraines” Reconsidered: What the Euromaidan and Russo-Ukrainian War Have Wrought and What They Have Not” at Harvard University. … read more

17.01.2019Learning to ‘love your enemy’ in a Soviet labor camp

Courtney Grogan

Lviv, Ukraine, Dec 20, 2018 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News). – “I can honestly say that the labor camp was the best place to understand what ‘love your enemy’ really means,” said Myroslav Marynovych, … read more

14.01.2019A day in an Istrian olive grove

Andriy Lyubka

This essay was originally published in New Eastern Europe magazine. Here published upon the kind permission of the author and NEE. … read more

12.12.2018“Essay is a way of life, where culture is the foundation”: Ola Hnatiuk

This week in Kyiv starts a mini-festival “Days of Essayistic”, including a series of discussions, lectures, and the most important event in Ukrainian essayistic – the Yuriy Shevelyov Award Ceremony.  … read more

12.12.2018Oleg Sentsov awarded the 2018 Sakharov Prize

Today, Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was awarded the prestigious European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Currently serving a 20-year prison sentence in Siberia on trumped-up terrorism charges, … read more

01.12.2018Why Zakhar Prilepin was invited to Slovenia?

The column report of a Ukrainian activist in Slovenia on how the organizers of the 34th Slovenian Book Fair invited for the presentation a Russian writer, … read more

23.11.2018No end to brutal torment of Ukrainian journalist sentenced for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea

Halya Coynash

Mykola Semena. Photo: Ayshe Umerova
Mykola Semena is facing a long period of recuperation after an operation in occupied Crimea for a condition likely brought on by the stress of the political persecution the Ukrainian journalist has suffered since 2016. … read more

21.11.2018Amazon should stop profiting from Russian-sponsored terrorism in Donbas, Stalin and the Soviet regime

Halya Coynash

It looks disturbingly as though only money talks for Amazon, even when the money is made by promoting Russian armed, funded and manned pseudo republics waging war in Ukraine, … read more