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“How did we work without cell phones? Or the Internet?”

When I landed in Kyiv in the spring of 1991, an Oxford Ph.D. student coming to Ukraine to do research, I quickly decided that the best vantage point to see history unfolding was to become a journalist. So I got myself a job with The Guardian of London.

Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union, its media system was state-owned and centrally controlled. Most Ukrainian journalists had never encountered non-Soviet media, or met someone from the West.

“How did we work without cell phones? Or the Internet?”

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