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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.


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14 (2008)/2008
18 April - 24 April

Marilyn Monroe Performs in Kyiv
The real blonde bombshell, and the imitation arrive in town

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From THE EDITOR (?14) - Editorial

Spring doesn't half come fast here in Kyiv, so fast you almost wonder if it merits being called a season at all. Every morning when I awake, my first action of the day after I stumble out of bed is to make myself a cup of coffee, take it out onto the balcony and sit quietly sipping and watching the world go by. My apartment is on the fifth floor and there is a beautiful chestnut tree sitting right outside, the branches so close I can touch them. This week, my morning coffee on the balcony has been a fascinating experience for me as every day the branches on that chestnut tree have gone from the nakedness of winter to the fully clothed of summer in a remarkably short period of time. On Monday the branches were completely bare, and then on Tuesday little buds had appeared on their tips. By Wednesday morning the little buds had grown significantly and there was already plenty of green showing, and on Thursday the infant leaves were already visible. On Friday they had grown, on Saturday they had already started to unfurl, and on Sunday they were searching for the early morning sun almost fully formed. It was then it struck me that spring had sprung in a week! This, for example, is far shorter than it happens in my home town of Glasgow, where the poor buds, along with the tulips and the crocuses, can stick their little heads out sometimes as early as the end of February only having to duck them back in due to a sudden drop of temperature or days of heavy rain. And thus it goes on for most of March and April and often well into May. Here, I have to repeat, it happens in a week! I think that has to be a record, and I am currently in touch with the Guinness Book of Records about it. The wonderful thing about this short spring I discovered a little later because after my Sunday morning cup of coffee, I showered and dressed and went out for a walk. During that walk, I very quickly noticed that the women of Kyiv had, in the same short space of time, done exactly the same as the trees had done, but in reverse, and that's enough for anyone to welcome the coming of spring with exuberance!

 Have fun!
Neil Campbell, Editor

Russia Growls Some More - Whats Up?

Only an idiot would deny the glories of Russia and its civilisation, but one thing that Russians have never got used to is that Ukraine is yes, lets all repeat it aloud now a separate country. This seems like a crazy thing to say, but talk to even the best−meaning Russians for long enough about Ukraine and youll almost always reach a layer where theyre very leery of the idea of Ukrainian nationhood. Its surreal to them; they cant wrap their minds around it; it negatively affects their sleep. In our experience, this tendency is across the board if wed met even such a humane, heroic foe of imperialism as, say, Andrei Sakharov, wed have expected to hear, at some point in our conversation, that Ukraine doesnt exist.


Yulia Squashes Forest Theft - Whats Up?

Ruining the future plans of tycoons all across this great land, Prime Minister Tymoshenko and the Cabinet of Ministers have suspended the common practice of what the media is calling parceling forest resources for private property also known as claiming gorgeous plots of Ukrainian land as private property, or stealing. This has been a favourite pastime of well−connected types in recent years, noticeable all over this beautifully−wooded country but perhaps especially in Crimea, where concrete bunkers (also known as beach houses) have been thrown up on whats technically protected land along the magical Black Sea coast.


Kids Getting Dirtier Faster - Whats Up?

A UNICEF study released last week indicates that Ukrainian children have become worldly very fast when it comes to sex, drugs, and alcohol. Goodbye to the chaste, sheltered childrens life of the repressive Soviet era. Some 25 percent of those aged 15−16, the study shows, drank alcohol before the age of 13, and 40 percent of kids aged 11− 12 have drank it. The median age at which kids start to drink booze is going down, and more and more girls are getting in on the fun. Some 20 percent of sixth−graders report having been drunk and up to a quarter of 13 to 16−year−olds have taken drugs.


Coffee Houses Make Media Splash - Whats Up?

Kyivs proliferating coffee−houses made a dent in the media last week, as the UNIAN newswire carried a highly touristic English−language article about the citys caffeine culture. The piece mentioned that coffee shops are located as often as once every 30 metres apart in the capital and cater to dirt−poor students, comfortable housewives and their husbands disposable incomes, coffee snobs, the filthy rich, the kopeck−pinchers, the sweet−toothed, and even a chap just wanting a proper feed, but not a restaurant.


Swimming News Both Good and Sad - Whats Up?

Is Ukraine seeing the emergence of new native swimming stars as the Beijing 2008 Olympics approach? It could be, as Ukraines Ihor Borysik swam his away to a championship record in the 100m breaststroke at the World Shortcourse Championship in Manchester, England last week. Also at the Championships, Ukraines Kateryna Zubkova won a silver in the 400m individual medley. A great new face on the swimming scene would be useful right now, because it emerged last week that Ukrainian swimming legend Yana Klochkova might not make it to Beijing this year. She might just retire. Yana has worked for eight years without a rest, her trainer said. Machines break in that time, not only people. Physically she can no longer take the load. She wants to produce good results, but she cant. She added, I can see that its very hard for her, and I cant do anything about it, and that the competition in swimming at the given moment is simply insane. Apparently Klochkova thought about hanging up her goggles after the Athens Olympics in 2004, but decided to give it one more try. And if it doesnt work out, theres no shame in it for this great champion.

Easy Easter Excursions Holiday Day-Trips Near Kyiv - Ukraine Travel

Easter is approaching, bringing with it a long weekend. What to do? Thats right: Get out of the city, but without getting too far. After all, you dont have that much time. Heres our list of six interesting destinations that arent too far from Kyiv, so that you can make the most of the Easter holidays.


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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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