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26.12.2019PEN Ukraine’s list of best books published in Ukraine in 2019

Last year PEN Ukraine established a new tradition: in the last days of December we share the list of the best Ukrainian books of the year. … read more

23.12.2019PEN Ukraine Statement to Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights on Pavel Sheremet’s Murder

Dear Mrs. Denisova,
We, who have signed below, express our solemn concern regarding violations of rights of the suspects in the case of Pavel Sheremet’s murder. … read more

31.10.2019PEN America condemns illegitimate 15-year sentence for Ukrainian journalist

(New York, NY) – Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine sentenced journalist and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) contributor Stanislav Aseyev to 15 years in a penal colony. … read more

22.10.2019Donbas militants ‘sentence’ journalist Stanislav Aseyev to 15 years for ‘spying’ & ‘extremism’

The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ has announced that imprisoned journalist and blogger Stanislav Aseyev has been ‘sentenced’ to 15 years’ imprisonment.  It is claimed that this was for ‘spying’; … read more

03.10.2019International PEN Congress in Manila adopted the resolution on the state of freedom of expression in Crimea

On the 2nd October  during the 85th PEN International Congress in Manila (the Philippines), the Assembly of Delegates united in one voice voted in favour of adopting the resolution on the state of freedom of expression in Crimea. … read more

09.09.2019Russia/Ukraine: Oleg Sentsov freed in prisoner swap

PEN International and PEN Ukraine welcome the release of prominent Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was freed on 7 September 2019 as part of a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine. … read more

10.07.2019He is not forgotten: celebrating Oleg Sentsov’s birhday, his sixht in captivity

Polina Kovaleva

On July 13, Oleg Sentsov will celebrate his 43rd birthday, the sixth one he has spent in Russian captivity.
A filmmaker, writer, and 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write honoree, … read more

19.06.2019#FreeAseev: Statement of the Executive Board of PEN Ukraine

Over two years ago, in June 2017, a Ukrainian writer and journalist Stanislav Aseev was abducted in Donetsk on the temporarily occupied territory. Abductors – the so-called Ministry of State Security of the DPR – denied their involvement in this case, … read more

31.05.2019Two Crimean Solidarity women activists detained in Russian-occupied Crimea

Halya Coynash

Two Crimean Solidarity activists, both of them mothers with young children, were detained in occupied Crimea on 30 May, and held for many hours in the so-called Centre for countering ‘extremism’, … read more

28.05.2019First Crimean Tatar Anthology Released

Crimean Fig, dedicated to the Black Sea peninsula, features the stories, essays, and poetry of 33 authors.
The first Ukrainian Crimean Tatar anthology, “Crimean Fig,” was presented at the Book Arsenal Festival in Kyiv, … read more

28.05.2019Ukrainian Author Wins EU Literature Prize

For the first time, the European Union Prize for Literature was awarded to a Ukrainian author, Lviv writer Halya Shyyan.
“When you receive such an award, … read more