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Stanislav Tsalyk

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Stanislav Tsalyk
Born (1962-07-23) July 23, 1962 (age 56)
Kyiv, Ukraine
OccupationWriter, screenwriter, essayist, historian
Alma materGerasimov Institute of Cinematography (1996)

Stanislav Tsalyk (Ukrainian: Станісла́в Микола́йович Ца́лик; born July 23, 1962) is a Ukrainian writer, an essayist, a local history expert, and a BBC history writer.

He has been a member of the National Filmmakers Union of Ukraine (screenwriter) since 1997 and a member of the Association of European Journalists since 2013.

He is a winner of Kyiv City Ivan Mykolaichuk Award (Film Arts, 2016).

A member of the Ukrainian Film Academy since 2017.

He has written several books and published 1,000+ articles and historical non-fiction essays in the leading Ukrainian media. His stories reveal unknown pages of Ukrainian and Kyiv history and life of famous historical figures.[1]


Stanislav Tsalyk is a native Kyivan. He attended Secondary School No. 48 (1969–1977) and Technical High School No. 178 (1977–1979) and holds two university degrees: one in Economic Cybernetics from the Ukrainian Agricultural Academy (1985) and the other from Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (Scriptwriting, prof. Valentin Chernykh, screenwriter of “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” - Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1980).

Literary work

Stanislav Tsalyk specializes in documentary/nonfiction writing. His primary field of interests is the history of Kyiv, the history of ethnic minorities and unknown pages of the Ukrainian history. He explores daily life at different historical times rather than political or military conflicts and actively works with published and verbal memoirs, archived documents, newspapers, and photos.

He developed his unique literary style – finding exciting or unknown pages of the past, exploring understudied aspects, giving the exact chronology, and presenting unexpectedly convincing parallels and cascades of events. Full of various intriguing facts and surprising details, his publications are thrilling detective stories built on the principles of dramatic composition.

Publications and books

Stanislav Tsalyk has been published since May 1992. Over his professional career as a history writer and journalist, he wrote history columns in many printed and online media. Today he is a BBC history writer ( His publications are in English, Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian. Many articles are available online.

His historical guide "Евпатория: Прогулки по Малому Иерусалиму" (Yevpatoria: Walks in Little Jerusalem, in Russian) (2007) was republished several times and became a bestseller in Crimea. The updated revised edition was published in 2012. The presentation took place in Kyiv on September 4, 2012 at Baboon Coffee House.

The book "Таємниці письменницьких шухляд. Детективна історія української літератури" (Secrets of Writer's Drawers: a Detective Story of the Ukrainian Literature, in Ukrainian) (2010, 2011, co-writer) was on everyone’s lips and became one of the most interesting events in the Ukrainian literature in 2010–2011. The book was presented on November 4, 2010 at the Ukrainian National Literature Museum.

The book "Киев: конспект 70-х" (Kyiv: Summary of the 1970s, in Russian) (2012) has been the first publication entirely focused on the daily life of Kyiv and its residents in the Soviet 1970s. The book hit the shortlist and won The Book of the Year Award at the 14th Ukrainian National Rating (2012). The presentation took place on March 31, 2012 at Ukrainian House.

 Video presentation:

The book "Інший Київ" (A Different Kyiv, in Ukrainian/English) (2012, co-writer) is an alternative guide to today’s life of Ukraine’s capital – city of Kyiv. The book was published in a bilingual format (Ukrainian/English). Stanislav Tsalyk wrote the chapter entitled "Місто багатьох барв" (City of Many Colours) as a self-guided walking tour about the history of ethnic communities in Kyiv. The guide was presented on May 21, 2012 at Baboon Coffee House.

The book "Veni, Vidi, Scripsi: Де, як і чому працюють українці" (Veni, Vidi, Scripsi: Where, How and Why Do the Ukrainians Work, in Ukrainian, 2014, co-writer) is a selection of top ten literary reportages written by Ukrainian writers and shortlisted by Samovydets All-Ukrainian Literary Reportage Contest. Stanislav Tsalyk’s reportage "Геракл відпочивав давно. Хроніки довоєнного відпочинку" (Herakles Had Rest a Long Time Ago: Chronicles of Pre-War Summer Holidays, in Ukrainian) is about Crimea and its people shortly before Russia’s annexation. The presentation took place in September 2014 at the 21st International Book Forum, Lviv.

His most recent book "Наш Крим: неросійські історії українського півострова” (Our Crimea: Non-Russian Stories of the Ukrainian Peninsula, in Ukrainian 2016, co-writer) is a collection of the best Ukrainian history journalists’ writings about Crimea. The book covers the period from the establishment of the Crimean Khanate to Ukraine’s independence in 1991. Stanislav Tsalyk contributed three articles: “Решилися Мы взять под державу Нашу полуостров Крымский” (We Decided to Take the Crimean Peninsula under Our State, in Ukrainian) “Росії заборонили мати флот на Чорному морі” (Russia was Prohibited to Have its Fleet on the Black Sea, in Ukrainian), “Дерев'яний паркан відділяв чоловічий пляж від жіночого” (A Wooden Fence Dividing Men’s Beach from the Women’s One, in Ukrainian).

 Video presentation:


Stanislav Tsalyk wrote 30+ film and TV scripts and consulted many TV projects as an expert in Kyiv history.

In 1994–1995, he worked as a scriptwriter and a TV presenter for "Фильмоскоп" (A Filmstrip Projector), a TV show about movies at UT-3 Channel.

In 1994, he was a scriptwriter of the full-length feature film "Judenkreis, або Вічне колесо" (85', directed by Vasyl Dombrovsky, Dovzhenko Film Studio, 1997).

 Link to the film:

In 2013, he was a scriptwriter of the full-length documentary film “Hollywood on the Dnieper. Dreams from Atlantis” (89', directed by Oleg Chorny, Directory Films, 2013). The premier screening took place in July 2014 at Odessa International Film Festival.

 Film review in The Hollywood Reporter:
 Wikipedia:Голівуд_над_Дніпром._Сни_з_Атлантиди (Ukrainian)

In 2015, he participated in “Golos: Ukrainian Voices”, a full-length documentary film (70', directed by Dolya Gavanski, Thea Films, 2015, UK) by contributing archive materials for the film.

 Film’s website:
 Film’s trailer:


Being fascinated by the past of cities and towns, Stanislav Tsalyk travels a lot in Ukraine and other countries. He particular likes Kyiv and guides his original historical walks discovering unknown pages of the past and people living in the city. He collects artefacts of Kyiv’s history of the 20th century which he actively uses as illustrations to his publications and books.


  • Best Film Script of the Year Award by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine (1994)
  • Winner of the 1st Ukrainian Journalistic Competition "Mass Media for Ethnic Tolerance and Social Cohesion" (2005)
  • Kyiv: Summary of the 1970s won The Book of the Year Award at the 14th All-Ukrainian Rating (2012)
  • Certificate of Recognition from Samovydets (The Eyewitness) Second Literary Reportage Contest (2013)
  • Kyiv City Ivan Mykolaichuk Award (Film Arts, 2016).


  • 100 великих украинцев. – Москва: Вече, Киев: Орфей, 2002 (соавтор) / The 100 Great Ukrainians. – Moscow: Veche, Kyiv, Orphey, 2002 (co-writer)
  • 100 найвідоміших українців. – К.: Автограф, Орфей, 2005 (соавтор) / The 100 Most-Known Ukrainians. – Kyiv, Autograph, Orphey, 2005 (co-writer)
  • Куля в Максима Рильского: Невідоме з життя літературніх класиків. – К.: Перше Вересня, 2005 (співавтор) / The bullet to Maksym Rylsky: Unknown Pages in the Life of Literary Classics. – Kyiv, Pershe Veresnia, 2005 (co-writer)
  • Kyiv. Travel Guide. – Kyiv, Uniwell Production, 2005
  • Евпатория: Прогулки по Малому Иерусалиму. – Симферополь: Оригинал-М, 2007 / Yevpatoria: Walks in Little Jerusalem. – Simferopol', Original-M, 2007
  • Таємниці письменницьких шухляд. Детективна історія української літератури – К.: Наш час, 2010, 2011 (співавтор) / Secrets of Writer's Drawers: a Detective Story of the Ukrainian Literature – Kyiv,: Nash Chas, 2010, 2011 (co-writer)
  • Киев: конспект 70-х. – К.: ВАРТО, 2012 / Kyiv: Summary of the 1970s. – Kyiv, VARTO, 2012
 More information about the book:,___ili_pronzitelnyy_konspekt_1970-h-100067.html
  • Different Kyiv. Alternative Guide to Kyiv. – Kyiv, CCA, 2012 (co-writer)
 The e-version of the book in a pdf format is available at:
  • Евпатория: Прогулки по Малому Иерусалиму. Новое издание. – Симферополь: Бизнес-Информ, 2012 (издание расширенное и переработанное) / Yevpatoria: Walks in Little Jerusalem. Updated Edition. – Simferopol', Business-Inform, 2012 (expanded and revised edition)
  • Veni, Vidi, Scripsi: Де, як і чому працюють українці. - К.: Темпора, 2014 (співавтор) / Veni, Vidi, Scripsi: Where, How and Why Do the Ukrainians Work. – Kyiv, Tempora Publishing House, 2014 (co-writer)
  • Наш Крим: неросійські історії українського півострова. - К.: К.І.С., 2016 (співавтор) / Our Crimea: Non-Russian Stories of the Ukrainian Peninsula. - Kyiv, K.I.S.,2016 (co-writer)


  1. ^ "The (Post)socialist city. Let's talk!" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-05-18.

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