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Kurkov's Death and the Penguin satirised links between the mafia, the media, and authorities in 1990s Ukraine (Photo: Antarctica Bound)

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Ukraine and the penguin: An alternative view on the protests and EU diplomacy

As EU envoys go back and forth to Kiev, Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov says few people know who they are and that the protest is no longer about Europe.

The writer, best known for his satire Death and the Penguin, spoke to EUobserver by phone on Wednesday (5 February) amid a visit by EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and ahead of another trip by EU commissioner Stefan Fuele.

“There is not much information about their visits and most people don’t know who they are. Among...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Kurkov's Death and the Penguin satirised links between the mafia, the media, and authorities in 1990s Ukraine (Photo: Antarctica Bound)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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