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Speaking tour: Resisting Russian imperialism

Ukraine’s struggle for self-determination

Four scholars and leftists from Ukraine and Russia will participate in a speaking tour with events in Chicago, New York, and Berkeley.

The Ukraine Solidarity Network (U.S.) is sponsoring a national tour of Ukrainian and Russian anti-war activists opposed to Russia’s invasion. The tour will take place in Chicago, New York, and Berkeley, from September 3 to 14, 2023.

The tour will feature four outstanding analysts who have experienced first-hand the ravages of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and his effort to silence anti-war opposition in Russia. They will discuss the nature of Russia’s war, why it is essential to support Ukraine’s fight for self-determination, and the need for a progressive rather than neoliberal reconstruction of Ukraine.


  • Sunday, September 3, 3:30 p.m. Panel featuring Hanna Perekhoda, Denys Bondar, and Ilya Budraitskis at the Socialism 2023 Conference.
  • Tuesday, September 5, 6:30 p.m. Hanna Perekhoda, Denys Bondar, and Ilya Budraitskis speak at Loyola University’s Lakeshore Campus (6511 North Sheridan Road) in the Damen Student Center Cinema. C-sponsored by the Theology Department, the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program, the Global Studies Program, and the Center for Research on International Affairs. The event is free and open to the public.

New York City

  • Saturday, September 9, 7:00 p.m. Hanna Perekhoda, Denys Bondar, and Ilya Budraitskis will speak at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St. (between 7th & 8th Avenues), Manhattan. This session will be livestreamed. Here is the link to register. (For the health and safety of all, including the speakers, we are requesting that everyone in the audience wear a mask. If you don’t have one, one will be provided.)


  • Wednesday, September 13, 5:00 p.m. Hanna Perekhoda and Ilya Matveev will speak at the University of California, Berkeley, in Dwinelle Hall, Room 370.

The speakers

  • Hanna Perekhoda is a researcher at the University of Lausanne, studying political imagination in Russia and Ukraine. She is a founder of the Swiss-based Committee of Solidarity with the Ukrainian People and with the Russian Opponents of the War and also a member of the Ukrainian left organization Sotsialnyi Rukh (Social Movement).
  • Ilya Budraitskis is a Russian exile and author of Dissidents Among Dissidents: Ideology, Politics and the Left in Post-Soviet Russia. He writes on politics, art, film, and philosophy for openDemocracy and Jacobin and is co-founder of Posle (“After”), a network of Russian intellectuals in exile who oppose the war against Ukraine.
  • Ilya Matveev is also a Russian exile, currently a visiting research scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, studying Russian and comparative political economy. His work has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Labor and Society, Europe-Asia Studies, East European Politics, and other journals.
  • Denys Bondar, a native of Ukraine, is a professor of physics at Tulane University. He is involved in a variety of initiatives to help Ukraine and is a member of the Ukrainian left organization Sotsialnyi Rukh (Social Movement).

Featured image credit: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine; modified by Tempest.

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