Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Kyiv Post 10th anniversary


The Kyiv Post had its 10th anniversary last week. It published a very good recap of its history. Missing from its history was a mention of individual writers whom had work on the paper in the past. The work of Greg Bloom, writing on business topics, always was informative and knowledgeable without being overly familiar with individual business people. Also missing was Jake Rudnitsky, his antic writing on the social scene of the city was always a highlight of the Post. His writing last winter on the elections in Donetsk in the Exile.ru was some of the best writing on those times.  Certainly the Post could use some of his passion and lack of regard for popular taste.

One function of the anniversary issue of the Post was to stake a claim has having an historic role as a document of the development of the city, or at least the city’s ex-pat universe. This is appropriate, but it also points to the paper’s limitations. The nature of the Post has been of a weekly guide to life in Kyiv with limited information on the politics and the economy of Ukraine. There have always been better places to go in you required information about Ukraine. The late, lamented Eastern Economist was one of those places. Currently, both FirstNews and Ukraine-Observer.com provide greater coverage on a daily basis. Probably both of these web-sites are loss-making and might not be available in the long term. The Post is really the only news source that has been around for ten years and probably will continue for long time. In should be the primary source for individuals interested in the life of Kyiv in the last ten years, at least in the English language. Unfortunately, there are probably very few places where the entire print run of the Post has been collected. I would hope that universities which have Ukrainian research centers, Harvard for example, would have collected the Post for its library, but I am unsure of this. The internet should be a likely place to hold the Post’s history. But currently, the Post has a subscription wall between its writing and the general public. This wall, regardless of how financially sound it is, will only marginalize the Post from its rightful place in the history of the city.

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