Oxford in Ukraine: Committee

Chairman — Oleg Akhtyrskyi

Oleg Akhtyrskyi is an Oxford graduate (MJur 2006, St Hughs College). Oleg has been actively involved in the Oxford University Ukrainian Society while at Oxford and upon his return to Ukraine Oleg has become a local OUUS representative. He organised a number of alumni events in Ukraine. Oleg is a practicing lawyer in the sector of emerging market investments. Beyond his professional sphere, Oleg's interests include classics, squash, and tennis.

Secretary — Sergiy Naraevsky

Sergiy Naraevsky is one of the first "new wave" Ukrainian students in Oxford, having matriculated in 1996 to read for a B.A. in Oriental Studies at Wadham College. After the university Sergiy worked in the UK, returning in 2002 to Ukraine and getting involved in various projects run by the EU, UN and OSCE. He currently works as a UNV volunteer in Ukraine. Sergiy's interests include classical Japanese and IT.

Treasurer — Rostyslav Semikov

Before finishing his MSc degree (St. Cross College, 2008), Rostyslav studied health-related issues in universities of China, the UK, and the US. His studies and research have been supported by funding from the University of Oxford, the President of the Ukraine, and the U.S. Department of State. Rostyslav established an on-going partnership between Ukraine’s National Bogomolets Medical University and the University of Oxford. He is also engaged in organisation of international educational events in partnership with the US Embassy's Public Affairs Section. Rostyslav is an active member of UK and US-related charity programs for Ukraine.



Apr 25, 2017
Gennadiy Afanasiev on His Road to Freedom

Date and time: 26 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM
Venue: Merton College, the Mure Room
Admission free
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The Trinity term has begun, and this week we will have an outstanding opportunity to meet Gennadiy Afanasiev, a Ukrainian human rights activist of Crimean origin who spent over 400 days in Russian prison. One month after the annexation of Crimea, Mr Afanasiev was arrested on the charge of 'terrorist activities' after participating in pro-Ukrainian demonstrations and sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment in a Russian penal colony. As a result of a high-profile prisoner exchange, he was released in 2016. We are delighted to welcome him to Oxford to tell us about his struggles, captivity and ongoing activism.

Feb 21, 2017
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Date and time: 23 Feb 2017, 8:30PM
Venue: Worcester College, Lecture Room B, OX1 2HB
Price: £1.50 (includes a glass of wine)
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International Film Society is showing one of Paradjanov’s masterpieces, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.

Paradjanov, an Armenian director and one of the great cinematic geniuses of Soviet cinema, tells a simple Romeo-and-Juliette-like story set in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains. In Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, the simple tale of the unrequited love of Ivan and Marichka serves to revolutionise the art of story-telling in cinema, showing astonishing originality through the use of music, cinematography and camerawork. The film is a hypnotising whirlwind of colour and sound set against a background of folklore and traditional tales, which seems to come to us from another world. 
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/7516458

Feb 15, 2017
Ukrainian Truth. Winter on Fire and Heavenly Hundred

Date and time: 24 Feb 2017, 7PM
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, Oxford, OX2 6HG
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This is the first event of Truth And Peace Series in Green Templeton College.

The goal of the initiative is to promote and strengthen the truthful dialogue in academia about challenges and conflicts around all the world.

Each event features a talk, a presentation or a film and a few minutes of silence or music followed by an open discussion.

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Feb 14, 2017
Ukrainian Conversational Lunch – Week 5. Volunteering in Ukraine

Date and time:Wed, 15 February 2017, 1 p.m.
Venue: University College, Oxford (meet at porter's lodge)
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Join us for our second conversational lunch in Hilary term, and get a chance to practice your Russian or Ukrainian language with native spreakers.

Our lunch will be followed by a short presentation of the Go Global project which offers volunteering opportunities in Ukraine.

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