Vyzvolnyi Shliakh (Liberation Path) [«Визвольний Шлях»] – a monthly journal of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (Banderivtsi) [OUN(B)].
The journal was first published in January 1948 by the UK leadership of the OUN(B) and was initially intended only for OUN(B) members and supporters. Until mid-1950 it was reproduced manually using a duplicating machine. The first few issues were produced at a camp in the vicinity of Sherburn in Elmet, near Selby in Yorkshire, which housed former officers of the Galicia Division, and subsequently the journal was printed in London.
From May 1950 the journal was typeset and printed more professionally, and it began to be distributed within the Ukrainian community at large. From the spring of 1951 it was officially published by Ukrainian Publishers Limited (UPL). In 1954 the number of pages in the journal was increased from 48 to 112 (128 from 1955). In the same year it became an official mouthpiece of the central OUN(B) leadership, and the number of readers in other countries of the Ukrainian diaspora subsequently increased.
The journal contained articles on ideology, history, cultural, church-related and other topics, documents pertaining to the dissident movement in Soviet Ukraine, Ukrainian literary works, translations of literature from other languages, literary criticism, etc. Articles for the journal were written by authors from the UK and other countries. With the establishment of Ukrainian independence in 1991 the number of contributors from Ukraine increased significantly. From 1993 the journal was published by the Ukrainian Information Service (UIS), with which UPL merged in that year.
From 1995 the editing of the journal, including copy editing, was undertaken with the involvement of collaborators in Kyiv. In 2003 the UIS transferred responsibility for the journal to a newly-established publishing house in Kyiv (Ukrainska Vydavnycha Spilka; from 2007 – Ukrainska Vydavnycha Spilka imeni Yuriia Lypy), and from 2004 to the publication of the final issue in 2009 the journal was edited and printed entirely in Ukraine.
The journal’s editors-in-chief were Hryhorij Drabat (1948-1977), Stepan Halamaj (1977-1979), Illya Dmytriw (1979-1999), Stepan Oleskiw (2000-2003) and Andriy Hajdamacha (2004-2009).
Oleskiw, V., ‘Korotkyi narys rozvytku “Vyzvolnoho Shliakhu” i “Ukrainskoi Vydavnychoi Spilky”’, Vyzvolnyi Shliakh (London), 1962, no. 4-5, pp. 518-521, 526-528
Dmytriw, I., ‘Vystup vidpovidalnoho redaktora “Vyzvolnoho Shliakhu” Illi Dmytriwa na prezentatsii “Vyzvolnoho Shliakhu”, Ukrainska Dumka (London), 16 May 1996, p.5
‘Zavershennia odnoho etapu’, Vyzvolnyi Shliakh (London), 2003, no. 12, p. 3