On the website of the Institute, in the “Our publications” section, there is an electronic version of the book “Unforgiven. Oleksandr Dovzhenko and the communist special services” written by the chief researcher of the Department of Theory and History of Political Science, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Yuriy Shapoval.
This scientific work is the result of copious cooperation with our Polish colleagues – scientists of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The director of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor Grzegorz Motyka, initiated the publication of our employee’s research work.
Our colleague’s many years of painstaking research work on the book about Oleksandr Dovzhenko ended in June 2022 with its publication by the Polish publishing house “Volumina. Daniel Krzanowski” of a thorough study, through the prism of the peculiarities of the era and the events, inscribed in the historical and political context of the time, of the personal life and work of a brilliant man, who was Oleksandr Dovzhenko.
Recently, on July 28, 2022, a round table was held in Warsaw (Poland) – “Discussion around Yuri Shapoval’s book “Unforgiven. Oleksandr Dovzhenko and the communist special services”” with the participation of Polish and Ukrainian scientists – specialists in historical and political sciences.
In the author’s afterword, written already after February 24, 2022, Yuriy Shapoval notes: “I hope this publication will evoke not only sympathy for Oleksandr Dovzhenko. I would like that the least of all. I hope otherwise. Dovzhenko will appear as a living person. And there are no living persons without flaws and specific features. However, this alive Dovzhenko, even if you try to revive him with the help of Chekist secret documents, is much more valuable than Dovzhenko as a boring, bronzed film classic, which he was made to be for many decades”.