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Taras Kuzio’s Alternative Reality or How Not to Write about a Workshop (and Colleagues) –At Columbia or Anywhere Else

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Current Politics in Ukraine

Tarik Cyril Amar, Per Anders Rudling, and Andreas Umland

As organizers of the workshop “Russian and Ukrainian Nationalism: Entangled Histories” (Columbia University, April 22-23), we wish to respond to Taras Kuzio’s allegations in The Ukrainian Weekly (May 19, 2013), which badly misrepresent this event.

We would not like to speculate about Taras Kuzio’s motivations. But his text is so misleading that – for reasons of space – we can only respond to some of his distortions. Readers should be aware that the comments below represent the “tip of the iceberg”; his description and the real workshop have very little in common indeed.

Some of Kuzio’s polemical assault is based on innuendo. Kuzio alleges that “some of the workshop organizers and participants … support restrictions on freedom of speech and promote stereotypes of Ukrainians.” This statement is false – whoever precisely it is aimed at and whoever precisely it seems to…

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