Whether by choice or necessity, Ukraine’s new generation of creative professionals are rebelling against former President Petro Poroshenko’s draconian ‘de-Communisation’ policies by calling for a reappraisal of Soviet aesthetics as they strive for cultural self-awareness in the wake of the ongoing war with Russia.

In May 2015, a series of poorly conceived ‘‘de-Communisation laws’ passed by Poroshenko banned Soviet and Nazi propaganda and effectively sanctioned mass vandalism against Soviet-er...

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