Yale World Fellow Vakarchuk helps orphans of the Maidan and ATO

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “I decided to rest usefully. I wanted a break from the way I have been for the last 15 years, like a squirrel on a wheel.” Svyatoslav Vakarchuk , the famed headliner of Ukraine’s most popular rock band, Okean Elzy, thus described his arrival in New Haven in August 2015 to spend a semester at Yale University as one of 16 World Fellows at the university.

The Yale World Fellows program seeks to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged leaders committed to positive change through dialogue and action. Created in 2002 as part of Yale’s efforts to become a more globally focused university, the program engages mid-career thinkers and doers who are on a clear trajectory of success. These creative practitioners are invited to come to Yale to explore critical global issues, participate in cross-disciplinary studies, sharpen leadership skills and build relationships with other emerging leaders throughout the world.

Currently there is an active network of some 250 World Fellows in 81 countries. Besides Mr. Vakarchuk, this year’s class includes 15 leaders, among whom are an anti-corruption activist from Ethiopia, a journalist from India, a Reuters photographer, a television producer from Kenya, a trade policy expert from China, an interdenominational faith leader from the United Kingdom and a development economist from South Africa.

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Svyatoslav Vakarchuk speaks on civil society in Ukraine at Fordham University

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NEW YORK – Svyatoslav (Slava) Vakarchuk delivered a guest lecture, titled “Ordinary Citizens in Extraordinary Times: Civil Society in Ukraine,” at Fordham University on November 20. This event was sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the deans of arts and science in an attempt to advance the understanding of world politics among Fordham students.

Mr. Varkarchuk is currently finishing up his Yale World Fellowship program in New Haven, Conn. The purpose of the program is to cultivate a generation of globally engaged leaders devoted to making the world a better place. Throughout the program, Mr. Varkarchuk has been active in contributing as a lecturer at various American universities, including Harvard, Columbia and the University of California-Berkeley.

Olena Nikolayenko, associate professor of political science at Fordham, introduced the guest speaker to the audience, albeit he does not need any introductions in the Ukrainian community. Mr. Vakarchuk is widely known as the lead singer of the most successful post-Soviet rock band of Ukraine, Okean Elzy. The tours of Okean Elzy sell out venues and stadiums across Ukraine and the world, while each of the eight studio albums released since their formation in 1994 in Lviv were a music sensation in Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s Biggest Rock Star Doesn’t Want to Go Back Into Politics—Yet

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On August 31st, while the Ukrainian parliament debated a bill to grant greater autonomy to separatist regions in the country’s restive east, ultra-nationalist protesters hurled firecrackers, Molotov cocktails, and a grenade at National Guard troops and riot officers stationed outside. In the resulting chaos, three people were killed and a hundred and thirty injured. The unity and coherence of the Ukrainian government, and of Ukraine itself, appeared to once again be unravelling.

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Activist and Okean Elzy vocalist Svyatoslav Vakarchuk on Ukraine two years …

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The frontman and cultural icon tells UT why its too early to draw conclusions on the events of 2014

Ukraine Today's special correspondent in Washington DC Natalka Pisnya is joined by Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Ukrainian musician, leading vocalist of Okean Elzy and civil activists, to discuss the results of 2013-2014 Euromaidan revolution.

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Activist and Okean Elzy vocalist Svyatoslav Vakarchuk on Ukraine two years after Maidan

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The frontman and cultural icon tells UT why its too early to draw conclusions on the events of 2014

Ukraine Today's special correspondent in Washington DC Natalka Pisnya is joined by Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Ukrainian musician, leading vocalist of Okean Elzy and civil activists, to discuss the results of 2013-2014 Euromaidan revolution.

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Svyatoslav Vakarchuk visits Yale University, shares views on Ukraine

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – He is not your typical rocker.

Svyatoslav (Slava) Vakarchuk, who holds an advanced degree in physics, has served in the Verkhovna Rada and leads the most popular rock band in Ukraine, recently visited Yale after completing a successful concert tour in the U.S.

Engaging a packed room of Yale students and faculty in a casual question and answer conversation, Mr. Vakarchuk displayed a far-ranging knowledge of history and deep understanding of events in Ukraine today. Blunt and sometimes controversial, he presented interesting personal views, as well as the views of younger people in Ukraine, which he understands well.

Ukraine turns to Europe

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Großfahndung nach mutmaßlicher Entführung von Bankiers-Frau – FAZ

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Die Münchner Polizei fahndet nach einem unbekannten Mann, der eine 46 Jahre alte Frau entführt und Lösegeld gefordert haben soll. Wie die Polizei am Donnerstagmorgen mitteilte, gibt es bislang keine Hinweise, wo sich der mutmaßliche Täter aufhält. Eine Großfahndung sei bislang erfolglos geblieben. „Wir ermitteln bezüglich eines Verdachts der Entführung und des erpresserischen Menschenraubs“, sagte eine Sprecherin. Weitere Details wollte die Polizei in einer Pressekonferenz gegen Mittag bekanntgeben.

Wie die „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ berichtete, wurde die Frau eines leitenden Sparkassenmanagers am Mittwochmorgen in ihrem Wohnhaus in Ottobrunn bei München mit einer Schusswaffe bedroht. Der Entführer habe ihren Sohn gefesselt und sie gezwungen, mit ihm nach München zu fahren. Dort konnte sich das Opfer auf einem Supermarkt-Parkplatz befreien, wie mehrere Medien übereinstimmend berichten.

Der unbekannte Täter soll den Berichten zufolge in einem Erpresserbrief 2,5 Millionen Euro Lösegeld gefordert haben mit den Worten „Wir haben Ihre Frau.“ Die Polizei bestätigte zunächst lediglich, es habe eine „Bedrohungslage“ gegeben.

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