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The Ukrainian Revolution: Repression, Interpretation, and Dissent

Four Dead in Ohio

ISBN: 978-1-80071-808-1, eISBN: 978-1-80071-807-4

Publication date: 6 July 2021


This chapter examines the dynamic of state-society interaction during the events of the winter 2013–2014 Ukrainian Maidan Revolution. Using a new dataset, containing responses from the activists of the dissent movement, the study uncovers the “tipping point” at which revolutionaries were much more likely to support violent tactics. The study adds to the scholarly debate on repression-dissent, showing that social interpretation of state repression is essential in affecting social support for political violence. In addition to the theoretical contribution, this article presents the first systematic scholarly account of the repression-dissent dynamic of the 2013–2014 Ukrainian revolution, implementing original empirical and interview data.




The author wishes to thank Kaitlyn Funneman and Aliyah Price for research assistance, Ken Moffett and William Wilson for their help with research methodology, as well as Mark Hedley, Jamie Mayerfeld, Ken Moffett, Christina Jarymowycz, Olga Onuch, Johanna Solomon, and anonymous reviewers for their invaluable comments on earlier drafts of this article. Research for this article was supported in part by the following grants: the University of Alberta Ukrainian Studies grant and Shklar/USF postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.


Wilson, S. (2021), "The Ukrainian Revolution: Repression, Interpretation, and Dissent", Solomon, J.A. (Ed.) Four Dead in Ohio (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Vol. 45), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 157-188.



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