Valeriy Vasylyev is a Leading Researcher at Institute of History of Ukraine of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He explores the functioning of the communist dictatorship and the repressive policy of the Kremlin in Ukraine. He has also wrote a book "Political leadership of the Ukrainian SSR and the USSR: the dynamics of relations between the center and the sub-center of power. 1917-1938". At Stanford Hoover Archives he plans to continue his research on political leadership with focus on 1939-1953 years.