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Knyzhka Corner Book Review: In Isolation: Dispatches from Occupied Donbas

In Isolation – Dispatches from Occupied Donbas, translated by Lidia Wolanskyj and published by the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, outlines the experiences of journalist and patriot Stansilav Aseyev as he faces repression, war, captivity, and torture in Donbas.

He spent more than a year in a prison “for exceptionally dangerous persons” in the city of Donetsk until he was released in a prisoner swap in December 2019.

His experiences in his native Donetsk give readers a window into the complicated realities of life in Donetsk after the Russian occupation of 2014. 

This book will be of interest to readers who want to know more about: Ukraine’s recent history, Russian aggression, the occupation of the Donbas, and the social/economic/cultural and political realities of the Donbas. Aseyev’s prose is very readable and insightful. He adds a detailed chronology of events in Ukraine and the Donbas beginning in 2013 and ending in 2017. There are photographs which show the conditions endured by residents of Donbas. 

Full transcript here.

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