War and Freedom: Can Democracy develop in war conditions?
A discussion about Ukrainian Democracy between Reform, Oligarchy, Nationalism and War.
Since the revolution of „Euromaydan" in early 2014, Ukraine's Democracy faces a
double challenge: In order to survive, the country has to build out of the debris of the fallen post­soviet oligarchy an effective, pluralistic state based on the rule of law. In the meantime, it has to resist Russia's ongoing hybrid war on the Crimean Peninsula and in the Donbas – a conflict that destabilizes and wears out the country, while strengthening radical and nationalist tendencies inside.

Democratic "Nation building" in times of war can be a success like in Slovenia and Croatia after the war on the Balcans in the 1990s, but it can also be overshadowed by failure like in Afghanistan or Iraq. A discussion about Ukrainian Democracy
between Reform, Oligarchy, Nationalism and War.

Where Ukraine is heading, two years after Euromaidan?
Two years have passed since Ukraine's Euromaidan protests that kicked off in November 2013 and ended dramatically in February 2014. Which way is Ukraine going now, two years after these events, followed by Russia's annexation of Crimea and its aggression in Eastern Ukraine?
The debate will focus on the successes and failures of Ukraine which can be observed after the events of 2014. Have the Maidan's expectations been met? Is Ukraine making the reforms it promised – in the judiciary system, against corruption, in business, public administration, economic deregulation, education, etc? Has there been any success in deoligarch-ization? How is Ukraine's civil society being organized? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the volunteer movement? Is Ukraine capable of opposing Russian aggression and the hybrid war Kremlin has pursued since the events of the Maidan? What is the nature of the war in Eastern Ukraine? What crimes against humanity and war crimes have been taking place there? What is the situation with the internally displaced persons, who now number over a million? Does Ukraine pose a migration risk for Europe? What is Ukraine's place in the European project now, and what contribution can Ukraine make to it?
The Kremlin's prisoners
A conversation about the case of Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian prisoners who have been wrongfully accused in a politically-biased trial organized by the repressive machine of modern Russia.
As a basis for this discussion, there will be a screening of some rough-cut footage from the documentary The Trial, followed by the story of Oleg, told by the producer Maria Gavrilova. With Russia's military aggression against Ukraine in May 2014, the FSB (Russia's Federal Security Service) started detentions, using brutal violence, tortures, and psychological pressure. Moreover, a number of Ukrainians in Crimea and Donbas have been kidnapped and delivered to detention facilities in Russia. Maria Tomak, co-coordinator of the #LetMyPeopleGo campaign aimed at winning release for the Kremlin's prisoners, will present the latest research on the undeniable victims of an undeclared war. In addition, Stefania Kulaeva, the head of ADC Memorial, will show testimonies from pro-Ukrainian citizens living in Russia who have been discriminated against.
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