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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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.


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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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From THE EDITOR (?19) - Editorial

It's almost Shakespearean in proportion. But then again, even the eponymous anti heroes of Macbeth and Richard III didn't set about destroying the countries they sought power over; they only killed off a few rivals. We all know the oft-quoted adage that the main aim of any democratically elected government is to remain in power, but I've never heard of one willing to take its country to the brink of economic collapse in order to achieve that goal, and yet this seems to be exactly what Yushchenko is capable of doing in order to oust his rival. The first three months of the year saw an horrendous 20% inflation, and it seems that Yuschenko was responsible, in part at least, by ordering that the hryvnya remain linked to the bombing dollar. Is Yushchenko really so desperate to hold on to power he would be willing to cause such major discomfort to the citizens of the country? It seems he would, and that has to be the final nail in the coffin of any Orange principles the people of the country risked everything for. While he's off ruining the economy for spite, Tymoshenko's been going about her own fire-starting campaign by cancelling the exploration deal with Vanco for what seems like much the same reasons. Now the Vanco bid may well have had a 25% stake from an Akhmetov-owned company, and it may not have been awarded under the cleanest of circumstances, but does Ukraine really need this sort of uncertainty regarding inward investment? She's quoted as saying that Ukraine can do it all itself. Really? Does it have the money or technology? Does it really want to take all the risk itself? I think not. I'm sure there are many that will defend her, saying her reasoning is honourable, and that may or may not be true, but in the process the damage she's done to the country's inward investment potential, never mind her own international reputation, is anyone's guess. It would seem the Orange Revolution is well and truly dead, and it was suicide, not murder. It would be easy to blame it all on Ukraine's youthful democracy, but all you have to do is compare the childish bickering between Yushchenko and Tymoshenko to that of the ruthless backstabbing between Clinton and Obama in the US presidential campaign to see that's not the case. American democracy has long since grown past acne-ridden adolescence and should now have reached a seasoned and wise middle-age, but the Democratic Party is killing itself while the Republicans sit back and watch with glee. Who in Ukraine is sitting on the sidelines quietly rubbing their hands? What's happened to good old Yanukovych these days? Will the Party of Regions rise up to fill the void the Yushchenko-Tymoshenko battle will create? Will it be headed, as some media sources are claiming, by Yushchenko himself (when at least he might not have to post his presidential speech on the internet)? Would that be the ultimate betrayal in our Shakespearean tragedy? Or can we all hope for a Hamlet ending?

Neil Campbell, Editor

Is Yushchenko Causing Inflation? - Whats Up?

Next time you walk into Furshet and see that prices have climbed yet higher, shake a fist in the direction of the Presidential Administration. Indications are that President Yushchenko himself is causing Ukraines crazy inflation. Okay, its not quite that simple. The whole world is seeing inflation right now, and largely its a result of the global food shortage and what seems to be a permanently straitened oil market. But it is being reported that Yushchenko is exacerbating the situation in a way that makes us wonder if he hasnt gone off the deep end.


Ukraine Finally Joins WTO! - Whats Up?

It took fully 15 years, but alls well that ends well, and on 16 May Ukraine pulled it off: it joined the World Trade Organisation as the groups 152nd member. This is quite a coup for the country one of the biggest successes that Ukraine has seen in years. The effects of membership in the bloc should be evident fast, and Ukraines steel and chemical industries will be only two of the sectors that will benefit.


Ukraine Gets Cannes Pavilion - Whats Up?

Getting WTO membership is fun. Hanging around with hip film−world types is more so, and thats just what Ukraine, so to speak, is going to be doing now that its got its own pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, the planets most prestigious film event. What this means is that Ukraine will have a space in which to showcase its movie industry, and that industrys products, during the festival in the French Riviera city.


Tymoshenko Cancels Akhmetov Deal - Whats Up?

In a move that startled the community of foreigners doing business here in Ukraine, Prime Minister Tymoshenko last week cancelled a Black Sea oil− exploration project led by the Houston−based oil company Vanco Energy. Why? Because another one of the four partners in the deal was none other than Donetsk tycoon (and Ukraines richest man) Rinat Akhmetov, through his Donetsk Fuel and Energy Company outfit.


A Capital Transformed Tracking Kyivs Changes Over 17 Years - Kyiv Culture

People in a position to compare Kyiv today with Kyiv as it looked at the dawn of the independence era often cant believe its the same place. Our Natalia Marianchyk considers what changes the last 17 years have brought to her hometown.


Dancing Works off the Fat - This Week

Free Fat Dance Festival, Chayka aerodrome, from 24 May at 21.00 till 26 May at 6.00
The organisers of the Free Fat Dance Festival, a big dance blow−out, want to bring Ukrainian dance culture to a whole new level and create a bash capable of representing Ukraine in the European dance world. The festivals date coincides with Kyiv Day, so it should be packed to the rafters and slamming. Everything will be tip−top: the sound, the laser show, and of course the mix of Ukrainian and foreign DJs. Such famous guys as Kruder & Dorfmeister, Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Planet Funk, Skye (Morcheeba), and the Stereo MCs are expected. Want a crazy weekend? Come to the fest.

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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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