PODCAST | The Maidan Revolution

This is part of the SDN Democracy Futures seminar series.


On 21 November 2017, Ukraine will mark the fourth anniversary of the Euromaidan revolution. Almost four years ago people gathered in the main square of Kyiv under the flags of the European Union for democratic values and against the kleptocratic regime of then-President Viktor Yanukovych. Three months later, over a hundred activists were killed, Crimea became part of the Russian Federation and eastern Ukraine was torn apart in the war. For the fourth anniversary of Euromaidan, Olga Oleinikova will discuss the three most significant political and social gains and three corresponding deficits for the democratic development of Ukraine after the Euromaidan revolution. The seminar will conclude with a discussion around Ukraine’s vision for its democratic future.

Olga Oleinikova is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney’s School of Communications. Olga also holds the position of Honorary Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and acts as a Director of Ukraine Democracy Initiative, co-hosted by the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney. Her two main research projects are: one on diaspora and democracy in Eastern Europe and one on outmigration from Ukraine to Asia-Pacific following the collapse of Soviet Union. Both projects are mixed-method studies examining the challenges, performance and prospects for democracy in Eastern Europe and Ukraine.

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