Date/Time: Thu 29 Jun / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: HB.40 Monash University Caulfield Campus
Decommunisation as an Element of the Democratic Transformation of a Post-Totalitarian Society
Presented by Volodymyr Vyatrovych
What are the consequences for Ukrainians of 70 years of totalitarian rule? What is Ukraine doing to complete its economic transformation, reinforce democratic procedures, and make sustainable changes in public attitudes? When will the Leninist mindset of Ukrainians be overcome, and when is a new integrated national policy of individual freedoms and human rights likely to emerge? Volodymyr Vyatrovych will attempt to provide answers to these questions and will highlight how the experience of the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe is being applied in Ukraine to combat the results of totalitarianism.
Volodymyr Vyatrovych is the director of the Institute of National Memory of Ukraine (since 2014) and was in 2008-2010 director of the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) Archive, which incorporates the archives of the security services of the Ukrainian SSR. Mr Vyatrovych defended his Candidate of Sciences dissertation in Ukrainian history at Lviv University in 2004. He is the author, among other monographs, of The Second Polish-Ukrainian War 1942-1947 (2011), The Standpoint of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists Toward Jews: The Shaping of a Policy in the Context of a Catastrophe (2006), and a series of studies titled History Stamped “Secret” (2011-2014), based on archival materials in previously secret Soviet security service archives. Volodymyr Vyatrovych’s books have addressed some of the most contested and divisive issues of Ukrainian wartime and post-war history.
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