Last year marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, but the legacy of war and communism lives on in eastern Europe. In the new issue of Granta, Peter Pomerantsev writes about propaganda in Ukraine’s Donbass region, where pro-Russian activists battle with pro-Ukrainian, pro-democracy activists and Ukrainian nationalists, whilst Philip Ó Ceallaigh tells the devastating story of the Communist destruction of Old Bucharest. Both writers encounter people who are longing for a strong leader to bring back security and pride.
They will be appearing at The Frontline Club to discuss whether, following the challenges to democratic structures in Russia, Hungary, and most recently Poland, eastern Europe’s new democracies are at risk. The talk will be chaired by author and journalist Oliver Bullough.
Valid ID may be required.
Frontline Club, Paddington
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