Aleksandr Burakovsky, 61, was at the center of the political changes that took place in Ukraine during perestroika and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Expelled from the Communist Party in 1990 for signing and distributing a declaration demanding political pluralism, he later helped establish the Democratic Party of Ukraine. He was a key organizer of Rukh, the popular movement of Ukraine, and was chairman of its Nationalities Council from December 1989 until February 1993. He was also chairman of the Kyiv Chapter of the Society of Sholom Aleichem, a Jewish literary-cultural organization. In 1994, Burakovsky emigrated to the United States, where he works as a correspondent for the New York-based daily Novoe russkoe slovo. He is a regular contributor to several newspapers in Ukraine and to Russian-language publications in the United States.

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