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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


An event got me thinking this week. After a long day in the office I finally made it home, unlocked the door to the corridor leading to my apartment and found myself in pitch black. Powercut? No. Electrical failure? No...
The answer, as I fumbled to unlock my door and reach for the nearest light switch, was simple. Someone had taken the light bulb. Its the third time this year. The first and second times, I dismissed, the third left me annoyed.
A quick poll of my Ukrainian friends proved it is a common scenario. Its our mentality, was the answer. What exactly is that mentality?
Because the post-Soviet Ukrainian personality has so many faces, its difficult to define. Security, stability, and conservatism were, in Soviet times, and still are, core values; but at the same time in post-Soviet Ukraine theres a lack of care about the future.

As a fill-in editor for two weeks (the boss is off to get hitched congratulations Lana!) I feel I shouldnt court controversy by being overly political. As someone who would like to keep my job, I thought (for the first week anyway) rather than get into matters of great social and political import, Id focus on something a little lighter and associated with filling this position the photo that appears to the left.
As a journalist since 2004, I railed against mug shots, these little pics that appear alongside your byline on a story, column, or feature. I had reason; I covered police and crime for seven years, went to court frequently and adhered to that journalistic rule of court reporters, which states, for their protection: remain anonymous. The downside is, I lack the ability to pose naturally for a camera.
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This is a big season for the PAN Publishing family, somebodys had a baby, somebodys getting married. I will be headed off to the Emerald Isle, the birthplace of my soon-to-be-husband, next week, which means youll be in the capable Kiwi hands of our copy editor Jared Morgan for a short while.
With plans for the wedding well under way, thoughts of love and all that entails have been at the forefront lately.

I once heard Ukraine compared to a child with Downs Syndrome the country was able to complete all of the necessary functions in life, but outside of feeding itself, and going to the toilet, there wasnt much hope for anything else.
There are many, many things wrong with this analysis. And I dont believe this to be true any more than I believe in flying leprechauns, however, it raises the point about how others see this great country and what it is capable or, in this case, incapable of.

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of sitting in the company of Hollywood film director Charles Matthau, son of the late Walter Matthau, beloved for various films, such as The Odd Couple, The Bad News Bears, and Grumpy Old Men. Matthaus reasons for being in Kyiv were two-fold: 1. To participate on the jury of casting a number of models in a few upcoming fashion videos by Paris-based fashion photographer Camilo Him (see details on page 24), and 2. To visit a country to which he has ties.

We are breaking for the summer, but dont worry we have left you with what we hope youll consider is some quality reading material, also good for wrapping fish once youve been through it cover to cover.
Speaking of fish, weve compiled a pretty decent list of restaurants here in Kyiv serving up the very best in fresh seafood. Ink and Barkus are just a couple of the eateries we recommend should you find yourself stuck in the city craving a little moreprodukty.

I am usually pretty blasé about events that come to town. So laid back in fact, my other half and I tend not to go to a lot of things, despite the tickets that are more than often thrown in our direction for some pretty cool things. There is one event this week, however, I will be sure not to miss.
Witness the Legacy is a show that is currently touring Ukraine, and brought by my zemlyaky, my fellow countrymen, the Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble and the Lastiwka Ukrainian Choir, I cant wait to sit in the audience and be a part of the magic.

The name of the man accused of terrorist attacks in the UK was released just before we went to print this week Pavlo Lapshyn. Apparently hes from Dnipropetrovsk.
This in itself says nothing of who this young man is. Unless you have lived in Ukraine, or know a little about its past as well as its present, at which point you start to connect the dots.

Pigs, garbage, the doughnut squad, rozzers, smurfs the police have got a bad rap everywhere in the world, not just here in Ukraine; though, they have certainly been doing their best as of late to win the award for worst national force. Accused of abduction, rape, assault, and thats just in the last few weeks, local lawmen have been reproached for all kinds of felonies from petty theft to first degree murder by people in various villages throughout the country. And its only the beginning.

Religion is something that seems to be getting a lot of press lately, regardless of where you live, what you believe in and where you think you end up when all is said and done. Having just celebrated Ivana Kupalo in this part of the world a sort of reluctant mix of Christian and Pagan traditions honouring the summer solstice, the theme continues in a story picked up by the local news this week that details what could turn out to be killings in the name of religion.

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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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