Europe & Sentiment goes to meet those who live on the border of Europe and Russia and whose identity has been nourished by the Soviet Union, NATO, the European Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A mirror portrait of Sofya and Myroslava. Listen to the intimate testimonies of a Russian and a Ukrainian woman living in France today.
Sofya is Russian from Murmansk, Myroslava is Ukrainian from Kharkiv. Sofya was born just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1988 (33 yo), Myroslava was born just after the end of the USSR in 1992 (29 yo). In this episode, both in their own way, Sofya and Myroslava talk about their families, the cities where they grew up, their holidays in Crimea, the events that marked their identity and the war between their two countries today.
Constructed as a mirror effect, this episode was made in the urgency of the current war launched by Putin against Ukraine. Both Myroslava and Sofya live in France today but their families are still in Kharkiv and Murmansk.
Sofya & Myroslava is a way of telling the story and questioning the contours of our Europe, the heritage of the USSR, and links between Europe and Russia. In short, it is a way of talking about current affairs while taking the side of the intimate story.
You are listening to the portrait of Sofya & Myroslava part 2, growing political awareness.
To listen to part 1 of this series about Sofya & Myroslava and their childhood in Russia and Ukraine, click here.
To listen to part 3 of this series about Sofya & Myroslava on the declaration of the Russo-Ukrainian war, click here.
To listen to part 4 of this series about Sofya & Myroslava feelings of belonging to the European Union, click here .
Credits: This podcast was written, produced and edited by Laetitia Chabannes. Dubbing: Maggie Oran. Music: Arnaud Paszkiewicz. Mixing: Anais Cab. Graphic identity: Aristote Truffaut (Oiseaux rares).