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May 1972 – Nadiya Svitlychna is arrested by Soviet authorities, accused 
of distributing samizdat (government-suppressed literature and other 
media), and eventually sentenced to four years in a Soviet labor camp.

October 2006 – Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, known for her 
coverage of abuses against civilians in Chechnya, is shot to death in 
the elevator of her Moscow apartment building.

Come to an event about past and present human rights:

“The 6th Annual Grigorenko Readings:
A Commemoration of the Life of Nadiya Svitlychna,
Heroine of the Soviet, Ukrainian and Russian Human Rights Movements"

When:	TODAY! Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 9:00am-3:30pm
Where: 	Room 1501, International Affairs Building (15th 		floor), 
Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St.

With speakers:

ANDREW GRIGORENKO (General Petro Grigorenko Foundation)
ANNA PROCYK (City University of New York)
PAVEL LITVINOV (General Petro Grigorenko Foundation)
NINA OGNIANOVA (Committee to Protect Journalists)
MYROSLAVA GONGADZE (Gongadze Foundation)
STEVE SESTANOVICH (Columbia University)

Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Diana 
Howansky at ukrainianstudies@columbia.edu or 212-854-4697.



The October event of the Ukrainian Film Club will feature The Piano 
Tuner (2004), director Kira Muratova (Ukraine), 154 minutes. "The Piano 
Tuner" is a penetrating portrayal of a society on the verge of moral 
collapse. As the old network of interpersonal relationships falls prey 
to the kleptocratic capitalism of the Kuchma era, human behaviour is 
overtaken by one principle: “Money does not smell.” Virtues like 
honesty, decency, compassion, and trust become liabilities and can lead 
to ruin. The main protagonists, two women past their prime, are by 
choice out of tune with the real world. Enter the Tuner. His nice 
manners, quick wit, and empathy are a subterfuge. Ominously, the tuning 
of an old piano becomes the “tuning “of the two ladies to the new 
reality of post-Soviet Ukraine.

Starring Georgiy Deliyev (Ukraine), Alla Demidova (Russia), Nina 
Ruslanova (Russia), Renata Litvinova (Russia) – each of whom delivers an 
unforgettable performance in this film. Original Russian language 
version with English subtitles.

The film will be introduced by Yuri Shevchuk, the director of the 
Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University. Discussion will follow the 

The event will be held on Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 PM in 717 
Hamilton Hall, Columbia University, 1130 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 
(subway train #1 to 116th St.). The screening is free and open to 

Diana Howansky
Staff Associate
Ukrainian Studies Program
Columbia University
Room 1208, MC3345
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY  10027
(212) 854-4697

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