The Permanent Representative Tamila Tasheva met with the American historian, writer, journalist, laureate of many international literary prizes, Anne Applebaum.
Mrs. Applebaum has been researching the history of Ukraine for a long time and is an expert on the development of civil society in Eastern Europe, as well as the author of a number of books on historical processes in Eastern Europe. In particular, she received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in the category of popular science books for her work “Gulag: A History”. In addition, Ann Applebaum is the author of a book about the Holodomor in Ukraine called “Red Famine. Stalin’s war on Ukraine”.
This time Anne Applebaum arrived in Ukraine, in particular, as part of the preparation of material about Crimea.
During the meeting, the Permanent Representative spoke about the development of a “road map” for Ukraine’s first steps after the de-occupation of Crimea, namely: aspects of the future humanitarian policy on the peninsula, the issue of lustration and amnesty, the development of a personnel policy and other areas of work.
“Ukrainian state wants to be ready for the de-occupation of Crimea, so it is already working on all these strategies, which should form the basis of specific laws and resolutions”, Tamila Tashevanoted. – “We understand that the process of reintegration will be difficult, so we take our task seriously”.
During the discussion, Mrs. Applebaum also noted the growing interest in Ukraine in world academic circles. The participants of the meeting discussed the mechanisms that can help to intensify these processes.
“For a long time, people did not identify the states of Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, which gained independence in 1991, as something separate and sovereign, even despite their long history. It was said that Siberia starts from the “Charlie” checkpoint in Berlin and stretches to Vladivostok. However, now these countries are increasingly perceived as sovereign and powerful states that have their own subjectivity and are attractive as a separate element of study”, the researcher is convinced.
The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Denis Chistikov, and the Head of the Crimea Platform Department at the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Maria Tomak.