Ukraine

Friday 24th November 2017, 7:00 PM

“I Saw My City Die”

Modern warfare is taking conflict back into the cities, with disastrous effects on civilian populations. Our panel share their experiences of city warfare across the Middle East and Europe.


Wednesday 14 September 2016, 7:00 PM

Kleptoscope: London’s Dirty Money

For the first event in a new series investigating corruption and dirty money in London – its origins, its launderers, and how it gets spent – we will be hearing three groundbreaking stories focusing on the former Soviet Union. We will discuss how Russian kleptocrats have used the services of the British capital to retain and launder their money; how London’s property market has become a piggy bank for the world’s corrupt elite; and how ex-Soviet businessmen have covertly funded MPs and parliamentary groups, gaining preferential treatment as a result.


Monday 11 July 2016, 7:00 PM

Screening: Ukrainian Sheriffs

Ukrainian Sheriffs follows Viktor and Volodya, two men who have been appointed local sheriffs by the mayor in the town of Stara Zburyevka, Ukraine. While dealing with crimes such as stolen ducks and drunken neighbours, the news about the war is slowly creeping in on them through their televisions and the invitations to join the army. Ukrainian Sheriffs gives us look beyond the war and inside everyday life in a remote Ukrainian village, with a great eye for the shady side of life.


April 29, 2016

The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism

From the rise of anti-Western paranoia and imperialist rhetoric to the intervention in Syria and the annexation of Crimea, a distinct theory of Russian national identity based on ethnicity and geography, Eurasianism, has moved from the fringes of political discourse to become official state policy.


Monday 23 May 2016, 7:00 PM

Screening: Oleg’s Choice + Q&A

Since the summer of 2014, thousands of young Russians poured into the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine. Driven by propaganda on Russian television, they believed they were fulfilling their patriotic duty. This documentary follows two volunteers, Oleg and Max, as they discuss their motivations and share their own perspective on the conflict. Oleg’s Choice serves as a uniquely personal testimony of one side of the war rarely seen in the western media.


Monday 9 May 2016, 7:00 PM

Screening: Bloody Money + Q&A

UPDATE: Unfortunately, on account of legal challenges directed at the Frontline Club, this event will no longer include a screening of Bloody Money as originally advertised. The event will still be going ahead minus the screening – and promises to be a fascinating discussion on the wider issue of corruption in Ukraine featured three key experts in this field: presenter and journalist Oliver Bullough; executive director of Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Action Centre, Daria Kaleniuk; and Shauna Leven, Global Witness’ Campaigns Director on corruption.


February 26, 2016

In Pictures: Granta – The Legacy of Communism

On Wednesday 24 February 2016, journalist and author Oliver Bullough was joined by Peter Pomerantsev, writer and senior fellow at the Legatum Institute, and author Philip Ó Ceallaigh to discuss the legacy of communism in eastern Europe. The event marked the release of Granta magazine’s new edition – No Man’s Land.


February 25, 2016

No Man’s Land: The Legacy of Communism

By Isabel Gonzalez-Prendergast On Wednesday 24 February, a panel of experts met to discuss the legacy of war and communism in eastern Europe. A full house convened for the event to mark the release of the latest edition of Granta, No Man’s Land, which focuses on the ground between opposing forces, twenty five years since the fall of […]


Wednesday 24 February 2016, 7:00 PM

GRANTA: The Legacy of Communism – From the Donbass to Old Bucharest

Last year we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, but the legacy of war and communism lives on in eastern Europe. To mark the launch of the new issue of Granta – No Man’s Land – contributors Peter Pomerantsev and Philip Ó Ceallaigh will be taking us from the front line of the propaganda war in Ukraine’s Donbass region to the devastating story of the Communist destruction of Old Bucharest.


November 19, 2015

In the Picture with Giles Duley: “Anti-War Photographer”

By Ratha Lehall On Wednesday 18 November, the Frontline Club hosted photographer Giles Duley to discuss the themes and individual images in his latest project, One Second of Light. Duley was joined by Roger Tatley, director at the Marian Goodman Gallery, and Jon Levy, a photo editor currently working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). One Second of […]


Saturday 31 October 2015, 4:00 PM

Green Caravan Film Festival Screening: Babushkas of Chernobyl

Some 200 women defiantly cling to their ancestral homeland in Chernobyl’s radioactive “Exclusion Zone.” While most of their neighbours have long since fled and their husbands have gradually died off, this stubborn sisterhood is hanging on — even, oddly, thriving — while trying to cultivate an existence on toxic earth.


Monday 21 September, 7:00 PM

Screening: Gamer – An Evening in Support of Oleg Sentsov

Please join us and our partners for an evening in support of imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker, Oleg Sentsov. We will be screening Sentsov’s award-winning film Gamer. Honourable guests will include David Lan, Michael Stewart, Mike Downey and other prominent UK cultural figures.


May 27, 2015

Documenting Ukraine: The Curious Tale of a Handmade Country + Maidan Shorts

By Francis Churchill As part of the Documenting Ukraine festival held on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May in partnership with Open City Docs and GRAD, the Frontline Club screened the UK premiere of Anthony Butts’ work in progress: The Curious Tale of a Handmade Country. With astonishing access, Butts followed and filmed Ukrainian rebels in the east of the country […]


Friday 12 June 2015, 7:00 PM

Al Jazeera Preview Screening: Chechnya, War Without Trace + Q&A

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Manon Loizeau.
Award-winning journalist Manon Loizeau has spent the past 20 years covering the Chechen conflict. In Chechnya, War Without Trace she returns to the places she knew well, filming undercover, to examine the lasting effects of conflict with Russia.


Sunday 17 May 2015, 2:00 PM

Documenting Ukraine: Two Days of Cinema and Debate – Day Two

Open City Docs and the Frontline Club present Documenting Ukraine: Two Days of Cinema and Debate — special events and discussions exploring the realities of modern Ukraine and the depth of Ukrainian cinema — on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015 at the Frontline Club.


Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2015

Documenting Ukraine: Two Days of Cinema and Debate

Open City Docs and the Frontline Club present Documenting Ukraine: Two Days of Cinema and Debate — special events and discussions exploring the realities of modern Ukraine and the depth of Ukrainian cinema — on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015 at the Frontline Club.


Saturday 16 May 2015, 12:00 PM

Documenting Ukraine: Two Days of Cinema and Debate – Opening Day

Open City Docs and the Frontline Club present Documenting Ukraine: Two Days of Cinema and Debate — special events and discussions exploring the realities of modern Ukraine and the depth of Ukrainian cinema — on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015 at the Frontline Club.


March 16, 2015

Media censorship, broadcast funding, and The World According to Russia Today

By Josie Le Blond Who shot down MH17? For international TV channel Russia Today (RT), whose tag line is “Question More,” the truth has many faces. But is the Kremlin-backed channel’s post-modernist approach to news threatening to undermine empirical journalism? That was the subject of a panel Q&A following the UK premiere of Misja Pekel‘s […]


Friday 13 March November 2015, 7:00 PM

UK Premiere: The World According to Russia Today + Q&A

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Misja Pekel. Its critics call it a bullhorn for Russian propaganda, Russia Today (RT) claims only to show a different perspective on world events, and presents itself as an alternative to the mainstream media. In Misja Pekel’s The World According to Russia Today, current and former employees, journalists and media analysts dissect RT’s modus operandi. What is it like to work for the channel? How much influence does the Kremlin really have? And is it possible to discern between fact and opinion when Russian interests are at stake?


February 4, 2015

Conflict in Ukraine: One Year On

By Graham Lanktree A year since revolution erupted in Ukraine has marked increasingly violent changes inside the country. Yet the transformation remains unfinished and it is uncertain where the conflict and efforts to reform corruption will go next as fighting intensifies across the east of the country. To discuss the future of Ukraine, and whether 2015 […]


January 30, 2015

The Great European Disaster Movie

By Francis Churchill “We are in an aeroplane, and we don’t know who is driving the aeroplane. We are in a storm and we don’t know what is happening to us…”. This was the idea that Annalisa Piras wanted to entertain in her new film, The Great European Disaster Movie, which previewed at the Frontline Club […]


Tuesday 3 February 2015, 7:00 PM

Ukraine: One Year On

It is a year since protests erupted in Ukraine. The events that followed saw the fall of Viktor Yanukovych, the annexation of Crimea and violent clashes breaking out across the east of the country. As the stand off with Russia continues, we will be taking a view of the situation in Ukraine one year on. Will 2015 see an end to the most dangerous conflict to grip Europe since the wars in the former Yugoslavia?


Wednesday 4 February 2015, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Andrey Kurkov

For February’s members’ BookNight we are pleased to welcome acclaimed Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov, who will present his recently published book Ukrainian Diaries over an intimate dinner with Frontline Club members.


Friday 6 February 2015, 7:00 PM

Screening: All Things Ablaze + Q&A

In November 2013, the protests in Ukraine began peacefully but eventually, after much confusion and chaos, drums, bagpipes and European flags seamlessly turned into bloody resistance. When the first casualties fell on both sides, no matter how black and white it seemed from outside, the line between good and bad blurred. This collective project by Ukrainian filmmakers Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov, offers a powerful insight into the way the events unfolded in Kiev. This screening is in partnership with Open City Docs Fest and will be followed by a Q&A with director Oleksandr Techynskyi.


June 20, 2014

Ukraine: a new challenge

By Sally Ashley-Cound On Wednesday 18 June at the Frontline Club, Bridget Kendall, diplomatic correspondent for BBC News, chaired a heated panel discussion on the current situation in Ukraine and the role of local and Russian media in the region.


Wednesday 23 July 2014, 7:00 PM and Thursday 24 July 2014, 6:30 PM

In the Picture with Anastasia Taylor-Lind: Maidan – Portraits from the Black Square

Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s portraits of ‘fighters’ and ‘mourners’ from Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev from February 2014, captured with an air of stillness and reflection, show the individuals involved in, and impacted by, the unrest. She will be joined in conversation by Olivier Laurent, editor of TIME’s LightBox.

Maidan – Portraits from the Black Square will be published in its entirety by GOST Books on Thursday 24 July 2014. Join Taylor-Lind for the official launch and signing on the book at the club from 6:30 PM. For more details, see here.


May 2, 2014

Vested Interest: In Hock to Oligarchs?

By Elliott Goat Opening the debate organised by Standpoint magazine, which took place at the Frontline Club on May 1, Standpoint Editor Daniel Johnson began by restating the motion: This house believes that Britain is more interested in doing business with Russian Oligarchs than standing up to Vladimir Putin.


Wednesday 18 June 2014, 7:00 PM

Ukraine Crisis: Turning the Page and Shaping the Narrative

Following months of unrest, Ukraine has a new leader. Known as the Chocolate King, Petro Poroshenko is tasked with restoring law and order, and steering the country away from conflict.

As fighting in the east continues, we will be looking at the challenges that lie ahead for Poroshenko and asking how he will unite the country.


April 7, 2014

Sergii Leshchenko on open access information in Ukraine

By Sally Ashley-Cound On Friday 4 April, Open Access was screened at the Frontline Club. Bringing together the work of five directors – Volodymyr Tykhyy, Serhiy Andrushko, Jeanne Dovhych, Dmytro Konovalov and Dmytro Tiazhlov – Open Access follows the stories of five different people as they attempt to invoke the 2011 Ukraine law on access […]


Thursday 1 May 2014, 7:00 PM

In Hock to the Oligarchs?

Standpoint magazine brings together a distinguished panel to debate Britain’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.