Andrii Chernousov: “I thought it could change the way of decision making”

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Stanislav Kuvaldin: “It was the time when many roles seized to exist”

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Andrii Chernousov: “I thought it could change the way of decision making”

“When I saw a ballet on TV in August of 1991 I thought that something went wrong. Because in that period of the day actually there were news or whatever else but not a ballet! And than these four guys came on stage and started speaking that there was a kind of rebellion or some sort of revolution and changing power. And I saw that we are on a refresh of a new era! So things will change. But how and what will happen, I had no idea. I think it was the first time that I started thinking that things might change. But about what would happen we were afraid. All the soviet society I’ve learnd in school and than in post soviet, early Ukrainian… I can tell you: It is still much soviet in formal education!  So we all knew we have another government, we have all the secretaries and all this stuff. And they are to decide on our problems. And at that moment I saw the ballet and these four guys I saw that maybe it could change the way of decision-making. And of course we were afraid, because we had no idea what will happen!”

Andrii Chernousov, NGO Kharkiv Institute for Socail Researches, Ukraine

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Stanislav Kuvaldin: “It was the time when many roles seized to exist”

“I think that I began to think profoundly about the 90s was several years ago. I feel that I don’t have nothing that was garanteed for sure in the 90s. As I remember in the time of the 90s I remember them rather negatively. But the reality around me was something…well it was the best period for all of us. But now I fell I missed the feeling of carnival. That was the time about. It was the time when many roles seized to exist. So you can do something you want. There were no more moral strict restrictions. A kind of mentorship. So I think it was a great asset for our generation to feel independently. Several years ago I noticed that our reality is now defined by other values.”

Stanislav Kuvaldin, Journalist, Russia

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

 

 

Aleksandra: “Now our vote was counting”

“I was still young when it was 1989 and after. But I remember that earlier it was not right to say what you really thought. So you had to support things that you were not sure of or you pretended to support a statement you really disagreed. And then you had the chance to say what you really wanted to say and to think of your own, to vote in real elections. And your vote is counting. That was something interesting that we could discuss in school whom we really wanted to vote, of course is was the opinion of our parents. But still we were convinced that we wanted to support certain people, a certain president. It was an interesting moment.”

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Maryna Minova: “Open borders and international cooperations are possible now”

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Marta Sykut: “The change was more natural”

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Tengiz Gualli (Akhmedov): “Old documents or database were missing, stolen or burned”

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Tengiz Gualli (Akhmedov): “Old documents or database were missing, stolen or burned”

“One significant moment that really changed my life somehow was when I was allowed to change my (Russian) sir name into my original sir name. And I figured out that this was very complicated and very odd. It’s actually not possible because of all these old documents and database, that was somehow the prove of the history were all these people were living, were just burned. Some of them were stolen, some of them were missing. And we didn’t have anything to prove our identity, our roots. Our original surnames were very good and powerful. I mean Georgia would be much different, if all these surnames and identities would remain…”

Tengiz Gualli (Akhmedov),  Analytical Center for Interethnic Cooperation and Consultations, Georgia

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

 

Marta Sykut: “The change was more natural”

“At the time when the change actually happened I was very little. So I have very few memories from that time. So I think by the time I became more aware the things were already new. I think you could gradually see like more TV channels available and color TV. Toys that you have heard of in TV programs became available. I think it was like this realization from the level of consumption really than any sort of political awareness. Probably around 1991-1992 I have more memories from that time. For me I don’t think there was this visibal change because my parents kept the same jobs they had. I changed schools around that time. From kindergarden I went to elementary school. So I guess the change was more natural. I really didn’t see a sudden difference between what happened and what will happen next.”

Marta Sykut, CEO/Centre for Civic Education, Poland

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.