Vladislav Davidzon, the Chief Editor of The Odessa Review, is a Russian-American writer, translator, and critic. He was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and lives in Paris.
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Is the Odessa Mafia’s Angel of Death Actually Dead?

Ill and now missing from the scene, Alexandr Angert leaves a volatile power void in the Russo-Ukrainian underworld

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In Post-Soviet Ukraine, Victory Day Is a Matter of Interpretation

Protesters flock to numerous pro-Russia marches commemorating the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany

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Why Is Ukraine Investigating a 94-year-old Jewish Soviet Army Veteran?

The case of Boris Steckler, a war hero accused of killing a Nazi collaborator, is the latest salvo in the Ukrainian government’s memory wars

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Political Theorist Benjamin Barber Dies at 77

Barber’s prescient book ‘Jihad vs. McWorld’ put into perspective some of the forces that led to the attacks of 9/11

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Arnold Schoenberg’s Artistic Milieu on Display in Europe

Exhibitions in Paris and Vienna put the Jewish composer and painter’s creative and personal life in perspective

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The Ukrainian MP Who Leaked Paul Manafort’s Secrets Speaks to Tablet

Serhiy Leshchenko publicized documents allegedly revealing an effort by Trump’s former campaign manager to cover up payments he received from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine

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On the Life and Death of Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The Russian dissident, whose ‘Babi Yar’ poem continues to captivate, has died at 83

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Statue of György Lukács in Budapest to Be Removed

The Marxist philosopher’s views do not apparently sync with those of Viktor Orbán’s Hungarian government

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Breaking Manafort Scandals Reveal the Rot at the Heart of the Trump Campaign; Russia Wins

Rival Ukrainian government factions also have their reasons for dropping dirt on the former campaign manager and consultant to the underbelly of world governance

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Ukrainian Politician Nadia Savchenko Questions ‘Jewish Yoke’ Over Country

The anti-Semitic remarks are a confounding addition to the legacy of a national heroine

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Bernard-Henri Lévy Premieres ‘Battle of Mosul’ Documentary in Iraq

In Erbil, Kurdish officials and high-ranking Peshmerga took in BHL’s latest doc about the fight for a city that rages on

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Kompromat vs. Maskirovka

Whether Putin has compromising material on Trump or not, he has already succeeded in compromising America’s political culture

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Phone Call From Biden Said to Precipitate Ukraine’s UN ‘Yes’ Vote

Sources suggest the U.S. actively pressured Ukrainian officials to declare Jerusalem settlements ‘illegal’

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Shul at Breslover Rebbe’s Grave Desecrated With Swastika-Carved Pig’s Head

Anti-Semitic tensions are rising in Uman, Ukraine

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In Attempt at Fiscal Transparency, Ukrainian MPs Publicly Open Their Coffers

Ukrainian citizens have expressed shock at the vast wealth of their political representatives, many of whom carry millions on hand

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Ukraine’s Post-Soviet Identity Through the Murky Lens of Its Statues

The Ukrainian government announced this week a new statue dedicated to a controversial nationalist. Elsewhere, scores of Lenin monuments are being torn down. But Soviet nostalgia remains ubiquitous.

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At Babi Yar Memorial, a Tenor of Somber Acknowledgement

As ceremonies in Kiev commemorating the victims of the Babi Yar massacre draw to a close, a number of speeches by Ukrainian dignitaries have brought the atrocity into a clear, historical focus

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Kiev Begins Weeklong Memorial To Mark 75 Years Since Babi Yar Massacre

Numerous Ukrainian Jewish figures gave impassioned speeches in Ukraine’s parliament, including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

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Sculptor Ernst Neizvestny, Who Challenged the Soviet Regime, Dies at 91

‘A great independent and irreverent spirit and a moralizing political dissident in the great Russian tradition’

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Jewish Sex Crimes and Bromance Vie for Attention at Cannes, While Israeli Films Are Excellent

Dispatch from La Croisette: Woody Allen’s critics hogged the spotlight until Bernard-Henri Lévy waltzed in with the Kurdish high command

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Putin to European Jews: Come to Mother Russia!

When members of the European Jewish Congress shared their concerns about heightened anti-Semitism at home, the Russian president invited them to ‘return’

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Bedlam Erupts During Trial of UKROP Party Leader

The trial of Hennadiy Korban is widely seen as a proxy conflict between oligarchs Ihor Kolomoyskyi and Ukrainian President Poroshenko

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UKROP Party Leader Hennadiy Korban Sentenced to House Arrest

Detainment widely viewed as a proxy conflict between Ukrainian oligarchs Ihor Kolomoisky and President Poroshenko

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Kiev’s Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Torched; Assailant Remains At Large

The Ukrainian monument overlooks the ravine where nearly 34,000 Jews were killed in 1941

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In Lviv, a Dubious Anti-Semitic Demonstration

Ukrainian Jewish leader: ‘In this region there does not exist even the slightest manifestation of xenophobia or ethnic intolerance’

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The Vatican Recognizes ‘Heroic Virtue’ of Andrey Sheptytsky

Pope Francis endorsed a decree that deems the Ukrainian Archbishop—who sheltered more than one hundred Jews during World War II—as ‘Venerable’

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A Chief Rabbi of Russia Supports Those Who Hang Gays

Adolf Shayevich speaks his mind in recent interview in Snob magazine

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The Kindergarten Teacher Who Won Cannes

Hungarian actor Géza Röhrig stars in Auschwitz drama Son of Saul

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