Talented people who developed world science, literature, and art have always been born in the Luhansk region. And also, they cherished love for Ukraine, because of which they often suffered.
Here are just a few of the many similar stories from the time of the USSR. Literary critic and poet Ivan Svitlychnyi lost his job because of his citizenship, was under constant surveillance, and eventually received 12 years of imprisonment. Writer and human rights defender, the first head of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, and war hero Mykola Rudenko spent more than 10 years behind bars on charges of anti-Soviet propaganda. The writer Vasyl Holoborodko was expelled from the institute only for the fact that he showed acquaintances the text of another Ukrainian dissident, Ivan Dziuba, and his works were banned from publication for decades.
New generations of Luhansk citizens continue to fight for freedom. Serhii Zhadan, who was born and spent his childhood in Starobilsk, Luhansk region, is considered one of the main writers of modern Ukraine.
The author of 15 poetry collections, five novels, and many translations is known all over the world. For example, the novel “Voroshylovhrad” was translated and published in Germany, Hungary, Poland, France, Belarus, Italy, Latvia, the USA, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and Georgia. “Mesopotamia” — in Poland, Germany, the USA, Italy, Denmark, and Latvia. “Internat” — in Germany, Belarus, Romania, Poland, North Macedonia, Denmark, the USA, and Lithuania.
In 2022, the writer received the Peace Prize of the German Booksellers “for outstanding creativity and for the humanitarian attitude with which he cares for people during the war and helps them at the risk of his life.” Well, the Polish Academy of Sciences nominated a writer for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2022 — Zhadan has been among the favorites for this award for several years.
A talented person is talented in everything, a phrase that Zhadan clearly confirms because he is also the vocalist of the punk band “Zhadan and Dogs”, which regularly performs in Ukraine and Europe.
Well, Artur Proidakov, from the temporarily occupied city of Kadiivka in the Luhansk region, is actually a living confirmation that Luhansk is Ukraine. After all, this Ukrainian language teacher won the Global Teacher Prize Ukraine 2021 — the award for the best teacher of the year. A worthy descendant of Borys Hrinchenko, a Ukrainian who compiled a four-volume dictionary of the Ukrainian language more than 120 years ago in the Luhansk region, the most comprehensive of those times.