No surprise

It comes as no surprise to me that Yulia Navalnaya took no time at all to become a prominent and courageous dissenting voice following her husband’s death. Back in June of last year, I noted the central role of women in fighting for liberal democracy against the Putin regime, both on the front lines and on the home front.

I also want to note the arrest earlier today of a female U.S. citizen in Yekaterinburg for donating $50.00 to Razom, the Russian government charging her with “treason for sending just over $50 to Razom for Ukraine, a New York-based nonprofit organization that sends assistance to the country,” according to this New York Times report. You know what to do — but I wouldn’t travel to Russia anytime soon.

Making the recent rounds of social media is the below TED presentation about Ukraine and democracy from Ukrainian historian Olesya Khromeychuk, who last November succinctly (in classic TED Talk form) “[shared] three lessons anybody can use to join the global fight for democracy.” Dr. Khromeychuk is currently the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London and the author of the fine wartime memoir The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister, about which Simon Sebag Montefiore said: “Heartbreaking, agonizing, poetical and unforgettable. An immediate history of a cruel war and a personal chronicle of unbearable loss, beautifully and vividly told by a superb historian and elegant writer in a work that brings every death in Ukraine alive with transcendent grief and love.” No argument from me; you should read it yourself.