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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.



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Revolutions are happening all over the world, though you wouldnt know it necessarily from international press. Here in Ukraine, as we go to print, we are on day 55 of EuroMaidan, and there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon.
Our Turkish neighbours to the south are also facing a bit of unrest, with demonstrators coming out against the corruptive practices of their current ruling leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Shortly before the turn of the clock into 2014, a few thousand demonstrators turned out on Taksim Square again. According to one woman on the square, demonstrations were peaceful. Unfortunately, that had little bearing on the police whose aim it was to disperse them by nearly all means possible. With gas masks donned, Turkish law enforcement officers used water cannons on the crowd, then rubber bullets, all the while attempting and failing to hide themselves from the prying lenses of cameras everywhere. Not unlike Ukrainian coverage in international news, these events were given very little airtime, despite the fact that nearly 90 journalists currently languish in jail over reporting on the unrest since its start back in the spring of 2013.
The degree to which events occurring in Turkey and Ukraine are so similar is fascinatingly alarming. Not unlike Viktor Yanukovych, our own little despot here in Ukraine (try your hand at the quiz on the following page), the Turkish have had enough of Erdogan, their increasingly authoritarian leader, as equally embroiled in his own little corruption scandals.
According to various sources, the chief executive of a state-run bank was found to have $4.5 million tucked into shoe boxes after a series of early-morning police raids. Then there are the offspring of three cabinet ministers who were also found amassing hundreds of thousands of the countrys money under their mattresses. And lets not forget the billionaire construction magnate with close ties to the prime minister. Sound familiar?
Despite uprisings against their corrupt and crooked leader, which began on 28 May of last year, revolt in Turkey has been slow and steady, and there has been no real result with the exception of demonstrations of discontent against the authorities. Erdogan blames a sinister foreign hand, and has started locking down the country from outside influences, including tightening controls on the Internet.
Yanukovych on the other hand has no one to blame but himself for Ukraines discontent and he knows it. The revolution continues, as his already tenuous grasp slips even more.

Lana Nicole
Editor in Chief

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    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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