#Euromaidan and its Europeanness in the Ukrainian Maidan (2013-2014): The Discourses of Maidan’s Different Political and Media Actors on European Values

  • Abstract:

    This paper explores the different political and media actors’ discourses on Europeanness and on the European values during the Ukrainian Maidan (2013-2014). Arguing that the utopia vision of Europe played an active role in the protests, the author analyzes specific examples of European values, defined by the protesters and their demonstrations. The author concludes that Maidan wanted to show its “European” multinational and gender-equal nature mainly in contrast to Russia, which is depicted as less cultural and civilized than Ukraine and Europe. As for the LGBT question, it became the main hostage in the media war between Russia and Ukraine, and was put on agenda “by default”.