01.05.2019Russia has more political prisoners now than it did at the height of the Cold War

Eli Lake

By all outward appearances, Vladimir Putin’s hold on power seems secure.
His party won the 2018 elections with 77 percent of the vote. … read more

05.04.2019When bridge turn out to be walls

Mykola Riabchuk

With all due respect to my western friends, I cannot accept calls to construct “bridges” with Russia right now, unless and until Russian proxies stop killing my fellow citizens. … read more

02.04.2019Roman Sushchenko: Landscapes beyond the Bars

The Ukrainian journalist, correspondent of the national agency “Ukrinform” in France, political prisoner illegally detained in Russia on September 30, 2016 and soon after sentenced to 12 years in a strict regime colony. … read more

28.03.2019Three Poems by Serhiy Zhadan

Written by Serhiy Zhadan
Translated from the Ukrainian by John Hennessy and Ostap Kin

[She’s fifteen, sells flowers at the train station]
She’s fifteen, … read more

14.03.2019Stanislav Aseyev: Behind the Wall

A writer, journalist, blogger and member of PEN Ukraine unlawfully imprisoned by Russian-backed separatists of the Donetsk People’s Republic in May 2017.
“I won’t even say my name. … read more

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 which stands for “poets”, “playwrights”, “essayists” and “novelists”.
2. What is the primary goal of PEN? … 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