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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Gay, Communist, Yiddish Utopia

Artist Yevgeniy Fiks believes in a future of Yiddish-speaking space colonies

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Ukraine Declares Martial Law and Putin Claims that Kiev Could Get Away With ‘Eating Babies’

 

Days after a Russian naval vessel rammed a Ukrainian ship and detained the sailors onboard

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Ukraine’s Capital Names a ‘Nemtsov Square’ After Slain Leader of Russian Opposition

Kiev’s city council passed the measure after a long campaign to honor Boris Nemtsov, a staunch supporter of Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution

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Good Riddance to Dana Rohrabacher, ‘Putin’s Man in Congress’

It’s been a long strange trip for the anti-Communist cold warrior turned pro-Putin congressman

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EU Gives Human Rights Award to Imprisoned Dissident, Sends a Message to Putin

The prestigious Andrei Sakharov Prize was given to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, held in Russian prison since 2014

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The Crisis of Constantinople

After millennia, the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches are splitting apart, fracturing the unity of Constantinople and possibly escalating the war between the two nations

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Ronald Lauder Awarded Andrey Sheptytsky Medal by Ukrainian-Jewish Organizations

The ceremony held in New York also provided a rare spotlight on the low-profile founder of Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter, James Temerty

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A Ban on Russian Books

The largest city in Western Ukraine votes to ban Russian-language cultural products

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Death of the Mobbed-Up Soviet Sinatra

A Communist crooner, proud Jew and pro-Putin Russian nationalist, Iosof Kobzon, the Soviet Sinatra, is dead at 81

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Will the Manafort Trial Turn Trump Against Ukraine?

Dirt dug up in the trial of Trump’s former campaign manager about shady deals in Eastern Europe could inflame tensions between Kiev and D.C.

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The Day Prague Spring Was Crushed

Fifty years ago tonight, the brutal crackdown on Prague Spring marked a turning point after which Western communists and fellow travelers could no longer ignore the Soviet Union’s ruthlessness.

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Ukraine Barks at the Russian Bear

Are symbolic threats involving bears a sign of bigger escalations to come between Ukraine and Russia?

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A Ukrainian Insider on Manafort, Man About Town in Kiev

The trial reveals a Manafort instrumental in creating the very ‘swamp’ that his candidate Donald Trump vowed to clean up.

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Last-Minute Threat Cancels Nobel Laureate Speech in Odessa

Svetlana Alexievich named an ‘anti-Ukrainian activist’ by controversial website

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Your Guide to the Next, Never-Ending War

David Patrikarakos’ excellent ‘War in 140 Characters’ is a terrifying and useful account of battle in the age of Twitter

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As Another Roma Is Murdered in Ukraine, Kiev’s Control Over Far-Right Paramilitary Groups Is Called Into Question

The government must act decisively and resolutely to dispel the threat to the country’s minorities

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An American in Paris, Dispensing Wisdom

Pamela Druckerman’s new book is a (very French) guide to maturing gracefully

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In Memory of Isaiah Berlin

Why there should be a run on the philosopher’s books, on what would have been his 109th birthday today

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About That Assassination in Kiev…

Less than 24 hours after he was allegedly assassinated, Putin critic Arkadi Babchenko appears at a press conference to speak of a Ukrainian sting operation to catch his assailants

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Russian Journalist Critical of Putin Assassinated in Kiev

Arkady Babchenko was shot in the back while returning home from the grocery store

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Shlock vs. Shock at Harvey Weinstein’s Old Hunting Grounds: A Last Dispatch From Cannes

Godard gets stiffed. Ukrainian gets punched. Spike Lee’s KKK Disneyland. And more from the Croisette.

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Cannes Diary, Episode 2: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. Lars von Trier Returns. Kurdish Women Fight Alongside Han Solo.

Israeli offerings at the celebrated film festival are lackluster, and even the oligarchs seem cowed in a glamour industry facing its reckoning

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Fake News From Cannes

Sergei Loznitsa’s dark, formalist ‘Donbass,’ set in the occupied eastern region of Ukraine, is a harrowing and sophisticated fictionalized account of the reach of Putin’s Russia

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In Ukraine, Speculations About the Manafort Investigation Continue

In the wake of an explosive New York Times article, new questions—and few answers—arise

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New BBC Report Sheds Light on Ukrainian Mafia’s London-Based Money Laundering

The allegedly dead “Don of Odessa,” Aleksandr Angert, is making headlines again

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In Paris, Tens of Thousands March to Honor Slain Holocaust Survivor

Including, sadly, Marine Le Pen, who was heckled by protestors and quit the rally shortly after her arrival

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Putin and the Jews? It’s Complicated.

The Russian president is a proven philo-Semite. He’s also not above using the Jews to take shots at political enemies.

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In Ukrainian Politics, It’s Fear, Loathing, and Chaos

A mafioso mayor, a former president, and the Russian Bear all contribute to the state’s political’s turmoil, but the people seem resilient in the face of uncertainty

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Prominent Russian Website Publishes Virulent Anti-Semitic Screed

Accusing the Jews of all of history’s ills, the essay is an alarming departure from Moscow’s past philo-Semitic positions

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