Andrei Kurkov, Ukrainian author

The Ukrainian author noted for the black humour of his novels on post-Soviet life talks to Agnes Frimston about the state of his homeland

The World Today Published 1 October 2014 Updated 23 February 2021 2 minute READ

Agnes Frimston

Deputy Editor, The World Today

What would you like to see happen to your country?
The Ukraine that existed before the events of last year was very peaceful, very tolerant, very quiet – maybe a bit too tolerant to hopeless and corrupt politicians. But now, we have a society that has been radicalized, and in the next parliamentary elections, we will have a lot of new radicals in the parliament. This is partially good because they will fight against corruption, and they will put pressure on the government and the president to carry on the reforms that were promised.

Do you feel that Ukraine has been abandoned by Europe?

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