Prokop, Myroslav

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Prokop, Myroslav [Прокоп, Мирослав; pseud: М. Вировий; M. Vyrovy], b 6 May 1913 in Peremyshl, Galicia, d 7 December 2003 in New York. Lawyer, political activist, and publicist. For his activity in the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) he was imprisoned by the Poles in 1933–7. Upon his release he edited (1938–9) the student journal Students’kyi visnyk in Lviv and contributed (1939–41) to the publications of the Ukrainian Press Service in London. In 1942 he belonged to the home executive of the OUN (Bandera faction) in Kyiv and then to its leadership (1943–4). He helped edit the underground OUN organ Ideia i chyn (1942–4). He was one of the founders of the Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council (UHVR) and a member of its presidium, and vice-president of the External Representation of the UHVR. After emigrating to the United States in 1949, he served as vice-president of the Prolog Research Corporation and an editor of Digest of the Soviet Ukrainian Press (1957–77) and Suchasnist’ (1967–92). In addition to contributing articles to the Ukrainian press and entries to Entsyklopediia ukraïnoznavstva (Encyclopedia of Ukraine, 1955–84) he wrote Ukraïna i ukraïns’ka polityka Moskvy (Ukraine and Moscow's Ukrainian Policy, 1956; repr 1981).

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