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Young Ukrainian Activist to Speak at Georgetown Wednesday

April 1, 2014 – Less than a week after the U.N. General Assembly declared Russia’s annexation of Crimea illegal, Georgetown will host an event with Yulia Marushevska, the young Ukrainian protestor recently featured in a February Youtube video that went viral.

The April 2 event is sponsored by Georgetown’s Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) Master of Arts Program.

"Yulia's video is a good example of what Georgetown CCT students are studying these days  – how technology is giving us an even richer, deeper, rawer, and personal view into life events than ever before," says Shane Hoon, CCT’s director of admissions and communications.

More than 7 million people have watched the “I am a Ukrainian” video featuring the 25-year old Ph.D. student at Ukraine’s Taras Shevchenko University.

“I want you to know why thousands of people all over my country are on the streets,” Marushevska implores in the video. “There is only one reason. We want to be free from a dictatorship.”

Russia annexed Crimea in early March and on March 27, the U.S. State Department indicated that the former Soviet Union’s Army is prepared to invade Ukraine if President Vladimir Putin directs it to do so.

"We are honored to host a talk by Yulia Marushevska, whose brave decision to speak out about what's happening in Ukraine is an inspiration to us all,” Hoon says.“The video speaks to the power of American technology and its ability to reach out to the world and effect change."

The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the university’s Intercultural Center (ICC) auditorium.

A Los Angeles filmmaker friend of Marushevska’s – Ben Moses – edited and posted the video on the Internet. In late February, she revealed her identity, believing she would be safer if people knew her name. She has since been interviewed by media from all over the world and is now on a speaking tour.

“We are a civilized people but our government are barbarians,” she says in the video. “I know that maybe tomorrow we will have no phone, no Internet connection, and we will be alone here and maybe policeman will murder us one after another. That’s why I ask you now to help us.”

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