The Ukrainian Left during and after the Maidan Protests
What are the current prospects and opportunities for left wing politics now in Ukraine both in the parliamentary and extra-parliamentary spheres? Are there any prospects for a ‘left turn’ in the separatist republics? What political lessons should the European and the international left draw from the political events in the Ukraine and what were their results for the local left?
Two years after Euromaidan: repression of public protest returns
During the period from April to August 2015 some positive trends regarding the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly were reversed, and now the total number of instances of repression of protests is higher than during the term of Viktor Yanukovych. This is according to the results of monitoring of protests, repressions and concessions conducted […]
Unite or Fall: Labor Protests in Ukraine in the Face of the Crises
Ukraine is facing changes of a significant scale. Caused by external and internal factors and processes, these changes will influence the socio-economic and political reality of the majority of Ukrainians. The character and degree of the changes are yet to be defined in the political struggle inside the country. Do workers, as the biggest social class, have the potential to press for their interests in the face of a spiraling crisis?
A socialist case for Ukraine
On the anniversary of the fall of Ukrainian President Yanukovych, which marked the onset of the current conflict, Rob Ferguson and Tomas Tengely-Evans interview Volodymyr Ishchenko in Kiev. They talk about recent military defeats of Ukrainian army, draft evasion, collapsing economy, global imperialist rivalry, and the right and left in Ukraine RF: Volodymyr, there is currently […]
Maidan, the Right-Wing and Violence in Protest Events Analysis
Volodymyr Ishchenko How significant was the participation of the far right in Maidan? Unfortunately, this question quickly falls victim to extreme politicization due to two phenomena: first, active propaganda aimed at discrediting Maidan by its opponents, including the Russian media, and second, by whitewashing attempts by Maidan’s (left-)liberal or moderate nationalist supporters. Despite the hot […]
Protests against DPR/LNR on the territories controlled by separatists
Ukrainian Center for Social and Labor Research have been monitoring media reports of the protests in the separatist-held eastern regions of Ukraine since August 2014. For the moment, 15 protests against Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have been recorded, with the number of protests increased in September as compared to August. This increase may have been caused […]