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People

My Odessa: Yulia Verba

The writer Yulia Verba has just published a very funny book of short stories “Spawn of the Moldovanka” about her childhood in Odessa’s Moldovanka neighborhood. She first trained as an engineer, though she did...

My Odessa: Nika Lozovskaya

The Paris educated founder of Odessa's chic new restaurant Dizyngoff speaks about her childhood home on the corner of Pushkinska street.  My favorite place in Odessa is at the intersection of Pushkinskaya and Lanzheronovskaya streets....

Film, Music, And Freedom – The Work Of Alla Zagaykevych

  The composer Alla Zagaykevych is a real character. Her work in film is not the main arena in which Ukrainian composer Alla Zagaykevych flexes her creative muscle. She is more known for her orchestral...

My Odessa: Oleg Nikolaev

The socially active owner of the Frebule restaurant, the Make My Cake pastry shop and the White Whale coffee chain speaks about the newly reconstructed open air theater. The Green Theater was created by my...

My Odessa: Zhanna Kiseleva

My choice of a favorite spot in Odessa is prosaic — it’s 5a Oleshi Street, and I live here. This used to be quarantine housing, there are two arches connecting the two buildings. It...

Jamala: The Voice Of Ukraine

Raised on jazz, soul and the traditional songs of her Crimean Tatar people. She experienced the temptations of easy fame and betrayal. She lost her family home to annexation and conflict. Persevering, she won...

Memories Of Yevgeny Yevtushenko

A Russian-American student with family roots in Ukraine, who studied with the great poet at the City University of New York recalls his magnetic personality.  The first person to have ever stood in front of...

On The Life And Death Of Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The Russian dissident was a flamboyant and remarkable figure who was in excellent physical shape until his death at the age 83 on April 1st. His seminal 1961 poem 'Babi Yar'  which spoke about...

Bohdan Kryklyvenko And The Struggle To Make Human Rights A Reality In Ukraine

On January 27, 2014 Bohdan Kryklyvenko heard a woman yelling for help outside of his office. Kryklyvenko rushed outside, forgetting his winter coat in the process, to where riot police in balaclavas were encircling...

A Home For Tolerance And Equality In Odessa

According to the Human Rights Watch report of 2016, homophobia and intolerance towards the LGBT community are still widespread throughout Ukraine. Gay people are often attacked physically and undergo diverse forms of social opprobrium...