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Presentation of the book “The Case of Vasyl Stus”
Presenter(s): Vakhtang Kipiani
Ukrainian journalist, historian, founder of the Museum-Archives of the Ukrainian Press in Kyiv, and Editor-in-Chief of the online “Istorychna Pravda”
October 26, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Vakhtang Kipiani’s book “The Case of Vasyl Stus,” (Vivat Publishing Ltd., Ukraine), the poet’s criminal case documents, presently reside at the SBU Archives in Kyiv. The dissident-poet, writer and journalist, Vasyl Stus (1938-1985), was constantly persecuted for his defense of human rights, opposition to Russification and anti-Ukrainian policies in general. His writings were forbidden in Ukraine and were published only abroad. Vasyl Stus remains one of Europe’s most distinguished poets of the 20th century. Mr. Kipiani will include discussions of circumstances and reasons for Stus’ arrest, as well as who his friends and enemies turned out to be during the criminal proceedings. Vakhtang Kipiani, a Ukrainian journalist, historian, and founder of the Museum-Archives of the Ukrainian Press in Kyiv, was also Editor-in-Chief of the online “Istorychna Pravda” on ZIK TV. However, in June 2019, as Viktor Medvedchuk became owner of the TV station, Mr. Kipiani resigned, along with several other leading journalists at ZIK.