The November-December, 2015 issue of Krytyka opens with an article on “Ukrainian Volunteer Battalions and the ‘Azov’ Regiment” by Andreas Umland, a German political scientist, Senior researcher at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, editor of the book series Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, and of the journal Forum of Contemporary East European History and Culture. Umland touches on the problems of Ukrainian right-wing extremism, and the appearance, origins and ideology of the “Azov” battalion. Some observations presented in the article were summarized in the journal Osteuropa (2015, № 1–2).
Jacobus Delwaide is political scientist, historian and journalist. He taught at universities in the Netherlands, the USA and Belgium, worked at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), and was a columnist for De Volkskrant (Amsterdam). In his article “Bonfire of Extremisms: the Dutch Referendum Conundrum” he writes about the political and social causes of the failure to ratify the Ukraine Association Agreement with EU in the Netherlands. As he sees it, “far from being a healthy exercise in democracy, the Dutch referendum process mutated into a raucous carnival in which nearsighted nationalism and outright mendacity set the tone.”
Andrew Wilson, Professor in Ukrainian Studies at University College London and a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, has worked extensively on the comparative politics of the post-Soviet states since 1990. In his article “Three Reasons why the West Should not Forget about Ukraine” he writes about the consequences of the West’s flirtation with Putin and the threat of Ukraine’s entry into the Russian sphere of influence.
Olena Zinkevych’s article “Music During the Fire, the Kyiv Conservatory Under Occupation (19.09.1941– 06.11.1943)” draws on the diary of the artist Iryna Horoshunova which she kept during World War II. Olena Zinkevych is a musicologist and Professor at the Peter Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine. Most of her works are focused on the intersection of art history and the history of everyday life.
Volodymyr Verloka (“Yermolenko, or The Almost Unnoticed”) and Inna Bulkina (“An Essay on Anthology”) review two books published in 2015 in Ukraine, a collection of essays “Distant / Close” by Volodymyr Yermolenko and “From Ontology to Anthology: Representing Ukrainian Literature” by Olena Haleta.
Oksana Cooper’s “Together We Create an Aura of Time” reflects on the appearances of Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature, in Kyiv April 6-7, 2016, including her public lecture “The Book as a Monument to Suffering and Courage” at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University and a book presentation of the Ukrainian translation of “Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future”.