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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.


Picture Perfect

Lifes a Beach, and its Free!

Dont worry if all your friends are going abroad in August and youre stuck in Kyiv, because as you know the city is one of the few landlocked places in the world with its own sandy beaches. And now, apparently, theyre all going to be free to use! According to Khvicha Meparishvili the head of Pleso, the state-owned company in charge of looking after the Dnipro River and all recreation spots in its vicinity, it is illegal for anyone to charge people to access any of the beaches.

Meparishvili added that if one is asked to pay to enter a beach club then one should inform the police (whom, we guarantee, will do absolutely nothing about it) because all land within 10 metres of the river is communal property and everyone has the right to use it. So there you go folks, if youre in Kyiv in August, according to this man, you should be able to have as much fun on the beach as the kids pictured without paying a penny. Good luck with that!

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Grizzly man | 09.08.2010 10:48

It's just amazing how funny Kyiv authorities can be, just amazing sense of humor.. or just no shame whatsoever and responsibility for tax payers money..
The head of Pleso definitely played a great joke making such statement, taking into account the fact that the newly built Havana (or something like that) club charges 50 UAH for entrance in the middle of the public entity of kyiv beaches! And dont try to convince me Pleso doesnt know about it since it's been there for more than a year!!! In addition they had to receive permissions from Pleso to be there.. which means somebody made money of kieviens again..

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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.

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