From Maidan to Ukrainegate: In Discussion with Vladislav Davidzon

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From Maidan to Ukrainegate: In Discussion with Vladislav Davidzon

21st October 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Ukrainian politics, society and culture has had a whirlwind decade and Russian-American literary critic, editor, essayist, and journalist Vladislav Davidzon has been there to document it all. In his new book, ‘From Odessa with Love: Political and Literary Essays in Post-Soviet Ukraine’, Davidzon collates essays and articles that offer unique – and often humorous – insights into events spanning the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, mafia spats, and the author’s own embroilment in Ukrainegate – the US impeachment inquiry.

As co-founder of The Odessa Review, Davidzon is familiar with many leading figures in Ukrainian politics and culture, writing about them for a Western audience. His eye for the absurd, literary grasp of language, and longstanding love for the city of Odessa have left him well-placed to translate the often-peculiar realities of the post-Soviet space to the wider world. Henry Jackson Society is therefore delighted to host him to discuss these events, his new book, and the broader question of Ukrainian politics and relations with Russia and the USA.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to welcome you to a thought-provoking discussion on Ukraine’s political realities with Vladislav Davidzon and our own Aliona Hlivco.



Vladislav Davidzon is a journalist, editor and artist who for ten years has been Tablet Magazine’s European culture critic and roving reporter in Eastern Europe. As well as being a policy analyst and essayist, his art and literary criticism and reportage have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bookforum, The American Interest, The New York Observer, Foreign Policy, Kyiv Post and The Washington Examiner. He founded The Odessa Review and he is a Non-Resident Fellow at The Atlantic Council. Vladislav’s book ‘From Odessa With Love‘ was published by Academica Press.



Aliona Hlivco is the Strategic Relations Manager at Henry Jackson Society. Prior to that she was a political analyst, country risk adviser (mainly focusing on the FSU states), Guest Lecturer at Regent’s University London and a regular contributor at Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme’s roundtables and events. Aliona had an extensive political career in Ukraine. Having obtained MPA and MA (Hons) in Political Science she went on to become a Political Consultant and a Campaign Manager for one of the largest political parties in Ukraine. After having worked as a Chief of Staff to an MP, she ran for office herself and stood as a candidate in the Ukrainian Parliamentary General Elections. In 2015 she was elected a Local Councillor in her hometown Chernivtsi and became Chief Party Whip in the Regional Parliament. Aliona also served as a Chief Adviser to the Chair of the Regional Parliament. She regularly appeared on Ukrainian national media outlets, debating on domestic, security and international issues. She has also been a TEDx speaker and is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian with a limited proficiency in German.




On the 21st October 2021, Aliona Hlivco, Strategic Relations Manager at HJS, interviewed Vladislav Davidzon, a renowned author, literary critic, essayist and journalist. The discussion centered around his recently published debut book: ‘From Odessa With Love: Political and Literary Essays in Post-Soviet Ukraine’, which itself touches upon a wide range of themes. Both his book and the interview explored the themes of change and revolution, in both Ukraine and Belarus. He emphasized the importance of past revolutions in shaping civil society, even if they did not succeed, arguing that the Orange Revolution of 2004 did not fail because it set the stage for the Euromaidan, the revolution of 2014, much as the Bolshevik revolution of 1905 came to fruition in 1917. Finally, Vladislav spoke of his hopes for the future, arguing that fighting corruption in Ukraine would be long and difficult, but real progress has been made. He expressed hope for the Zelensky administration, though he was less optimistic about the situation in Belarus. 


21st October 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Vladislav Davidzon, Aliona Hlivco


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