Established initially as a Russian-language daily newspaper in the early 20th century, Demokratychna Ukraina (Демократична Україна, Democratic Ukraine) underwent dramatic transformation in the wake of the August 1991 coup attempt against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. In addition to changing the name of the newspaper, Demokratychna Ukraina began publishing in Ukrainian and altered its editorial policies to allow and, in fact, encourage a new kind of journalism that valued democratic ideas and ideals. Over the years, building upon its Soviet-era reputation as a solid news outlet, the newspaper would grow to become one of the most important print media in the newly independent Ukraine. After a tumultuous financial period and dwindling subscriptions, Demokratychna Ukraina suspended publication in 2017 before starting again as a weekly publication in 2018, only to be suspended again in 2020.
The Demokratychna Ukraina Digital Archive is an important resource in charting the rise of an independent media landscape in Ukraine and for studying the country’s checkered democratic transition since independence.
The Demokratychna Ukraina Digital Archive includes all obtainable issues published since 1992 and represents the most complete collection available for this title. The archive features full page-level digitization, complete original graphics, and searchable text, and is cross-searchable with numerous other East View digital resources.
The Demokratychna Ukraina Digital Archive is a part of the East View Global Press Archive® (GPA), a groundbreaking program from East View Information Services to create the most comprehensive collection of digital news sources from around the world. GPA is the result of a landmark initiative of Stanford Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to digitally preserve and make more accessible thousands of original print newspaper publications collected by the Hoover Institution and now housed by Stanford Libraries.