A translation for The Guardian: ‘I want to live in style’ – the gay provocateur defying rebels in eastern Ukraine

I was recently asked by the Calvert Journal, a website about contemporary culture in the post-Soviet world, to translate an article written in Russian by the journalist Denis Boyarinov for the journal Takie Dela. Today the English version of the article was republished by the Guardian, appearing here on its New East Network, and on the homepage … More A translation for The Guardian: ‘I want to live in style’ – the gay provocateur defying rebels in eastern Ukraine

Winter in Ukraine

Over New Year I spent a week in Lviv, in the west of Ukraine near its border with Poland, and a week in Luhansk province, 1200 kilometres to the east, on the border with Russia. At both ends of the 26-hour train journey the snow on the ground was ankle-deep, sometimes falling in blizzards, and the temperature on some days was as low as minus 21 degrees celcius. … More Winter in Ukraine