Russia’s War in Ukraine Weekly Panel Discussion: November 18, 2022

Marshall University professors Dr. Victor Fet, Dr. Kateryna Schray, Dr. Anara Tabyshalieva, Dr. Chris White, and Dr. Stefan Schoeberlein co-moderate weekly panel discussions along with invited guests and experts outside of Marshall University about the War in Ukraine. Updates are followed by in-depth discussions on the war’s relevance to Ukraine, Russia and other nations. Sponsored by Marshall University Libraries.

This week’s special guests:

Eye witness account
Alexander Volodarsky (Kyiv, now in Stuttgart, Germany)
(b. 1954, a Ukrainian-Jewish author writing in Russian, playwright, screenplay writer) (introduced by Victor) – about the first month of the war in Kyiv

Viktor Shenderovich wrote about Volodarsky, “His sense of humor is that of a person who knows how to pay attention, who is busy not with changing life, but with observing it. He possesses an ability to really see things and describe them hilariously and precisely. There is no glibness to his storytelling, but a lot of wisdom and a touch of self-deprecation.”

Zoya Polevaya (New Jersey) writes to Alexander VOLODARSKY

Dear Alex,

The stories that have been appearing on your Facebook page since the beginning of the war have supported and continue to support people in Ukraine and far beyond the borders of the country.
Attention to your work is caused not only by a wonderful writing style, but also by the presence in it of human kindness, charm, warm humor and unostentatious stamina. This was very necessary in the days of trouble, confusion and despair, characteristic of the beginning of the war.
People were waiting for your posts, they read them every day, leaving multiple comments and thanks. It was a real diary from Kyiv surrounded on all sides.
Three characters were constantly present in your stories: you are the author, your wife Anya and the dog Bastya, “adopted” during the war.
We, people from abroad, listening to the incessant news channels, realizing the danger hanging over Kyiv, prayed for you and admired your courage.
At some point, your family decided to evacuate and shared the fate of many of their compatriots, deprived of their home by the war. But life goes on and creativity continues.

*Content contained in this video is the expressed opinions of faculty, staff and guests of Marshall University and does not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of Marshall University.

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