Yevhen Minko

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Yevhen Minko
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Native name
Євген Володимирович Мінко
BornJuly 30, 1983
OccupationAuthor, journalist
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Yevhen Minko (Ukrainian: Євген Володимирович Мінко; born July 30, 1983) is a contemporary Ukrainian author and psychoanalyst renowned for his work in the field of media and propaganda studies, as well as political and cultural journalism.



Minko began his career in journalism in the early 2000s. In 2007, he was appointed the editor-in-chief of the Telekrytyka magazine, a leading media studies publication in Ukraine. Telekrytyka was launched in 2001 by the Internews Network with the support of USAID. [1] The project's declared objective was to increase the quality of news available to Ukrainians, as well as to raise the issues that were often silenced by other media outlets subjected to the government's direct or informal control. [1] [2] [3]

During that time, Minko became a frequent commentator on the issues of media in Ukraine and internationally.

In 2008, Minko exposed a disinformation campaign in the European media that had originated from the Russian state Channel One: a fake story on massive sales of Hitler dolls in Kyiv. After Minko's exposure, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, and other media either removed or corrected their erroneous reports. [4]

In 2009, Minko criticized the Culture Ministry of Ukraine for banning Sacha Baron Cohen's movie Brüno from being shown in the country's theaters. Interviewed by Time , Minko accused the Ministry of moral censorship that missed the point of the film. [5]

After resignation from Telekrytyka in 2010, Minko is mainly known for a string of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as his publications in the Krytyka magazine, [6] partnered by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.

Being a long-time vocal critic of Russia's aggressive attitude towards Ukraine, Minko had publicly denounced the Russian invasion of 2022 and called Vladimir Putin a delusional political leader, "a tyrant whom the Western elites treated indulgently for decades and who, thanks to them, turned into a real monster that is threatening humanity." [7] He subsequently named the invasion "a real genocidal attack that [the abuser's] lying and cowardly nature leads him to label a special military operation.” [8]

In 2022, Minko announced that his next book will be a research on Jewish dreams during the Holocaust and Stalin's antisemitic campaign. The forthcoming book is inspired by the work of Charlotte Beradt The Third Reich of Dreams: the Nightmares of a Nation, 1933-1939, originally published in 1966. [7]

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  1. 1 2 Final Report Including Progress Report for August-December 2022 (PDF). Internews Network Ukraine. 2002. pp. 25–28.
  2. "Mr President, Don't infringe the Constitution!". Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group. March 16, 2010. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  3. "Less and less coverage of important topics on the news". Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group. July 13, 2010. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  4. Amies, Nick (May 15, 2008). "False Hitler Doll Reports Vex Ukraine". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  5. Marson, James (2009-07-15). "No Sex, Please: Ukraine Bans Brüno". Time. ISSN   0040-781X . Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  6. "Yevhen Minko Publications". Krytyka (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  7. 1 2 Minko, Yevhen (2022-08-16). "The Nightmare of History". UJE - Ukrainian Jewish Encounter. Canada. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  8. Minko, Yevhen (September 2022). "A Stockholm Syndrome with Genocidal Complications". Krytyka. Retrieved 2022-10-09.