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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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From THE EDITOR (?20) - Editorial

Kyiv has a new mayor. k.Oh, hold on a minute. It doesn't. It has the old one back. You know, I hate talking about politics every week, and usually try to avoid it, but recently it's just been too good (or bad) to ignore. Over the last couple of weeks we've had the president trying to destroy the economy, the prime minister did her best to put a serious dent in inward investment, and now we have to watch on with a strange mix of humour and horror as Chernovetsky is re-elected to head the woeful administration of this great city. It all seemed to be going so well for a while - everyone banded together to oust the man accused of many a wrongdoing, and eventually managed to do so. But, as was sadly inevitable, once he was out his attackers started infighting and a list of potential candidates as long as a Tolstoy novel appeared. No one had a clue who to vote for, except, that is, for all the babushkas and dedushkas who love our grey-haired fiend (because they get a Christmas food parcel from him every year). Yes, the old folks (and a significant number of young folks) returned Chernovetsky triumphantly to the throne where he is once again in the ideal position to sell off some more of the city's prime real estate to his friends and cronies. The big question is, will he ever be able to tackle the real issues Kyiv is currently facing such as the ongoing and increasing traffic problem, rising crime levels, and poverty? Well actually, despite all his serious failings, just once in a while he is capable of showing some sense, and a bit of compassion for such issues. He was the man, just prior to his ousting, who promised to rid Kreshchatyk of its horrendous pavement parking and also said he'd increase train frequencies on the metro, which, while falling far short of solving the commuter chaos on the city streets, is at least a step in the right direction. Klitschko may well have been better suited for the job, especially after receiving tutoring from Giuliani, the guy who set New York straight just when it needed it, but, as is so often the case, he couldn't form a solid front with his supposed allies and suffered for it in the end. Will they ever learn? I doubt it.

Neil Campbell, Editor

Kosmos Back in the Saddle - Whats Up?

Leonid Chernovetsky has won another turn in Kyivs mayoralty with a resounding victory in Sundays election. The eccentric banker− turned−born−again−Christian−turned−politician won a full third of the vote, with Yulia Tymoshenkos main man Oleksandr Turchinov coming in second and heavyweight boxing hero Vitaly Klitschko taking a disappointing third place. The Party of Regions and Our Ukraine−National Self−Defense candidates fared miserably, taking single−digit shares of the vote.


Yushchenkos Kids Accused - Whats Up?

Watching President Yushchenkos political meltdown over the last few years hasnt been pretty, but now its entering a phase of sordidness, as his own children with his American−born wife Katerina are getting involved. Some might say that its his own fault. Yushchenkos newest game has been to play around with the idea of taking whatever remains of his Our Ukraine party and teaming up with the Party of Regions.


Whats Up With the Hryvnya? - Whats Up?

Its been a mind−spinning couple of weeks for Ukraines monetary policy, with factions in the National Bank apparently at loggerheads with each other over the question of strengthening or weakening the hryvnya. Last week saw National Bank head Volodymyr Stelmakh move to strengthen the hryvnya to 4.85 hrv to the dollar down from the official approximately five hrv to the dollar. No sooner had he done so, however, than the Banks own advisory council undercut him, demanding that he revise the rate upward, weakening the hryvnya.


Indiana Jones Does Ukrainian - Whats Up?

One of the offshoots of Ukraines higher profile these last several years is that the country gets mentioned in knuckleheaded ways in Western movies. The latest example is the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which Harrison Fords dashing archeologist faces off against some evil KGB agents, led by Cate Blanchetts Agent Spalko, whos so nasty that she was a protege of Stalin himself. Spalko sounds Ukrainian, no?


Truskavets to Host Coffin Bar - Whats Up?

The Eternity funeral parlour in the Lviv oblast town of Truskavets has outdone itself, building a gigantic coffin with the following propor− tions: Length, 20 metres; width, six metres; depth, six metres. Why did it do such a thing? Our first thought was that an Odessa gangster had ordered it, fixing to use the thing to smuggle weapons to the Congo. Or that the government was finally going to disassemble the Iron Lady, put all the parts in this big coffin, wrap it up with a ribbon and send the whole thing back to Moscow, where they dreamed up the crazy idea for it in the first place.


Chornobyl is a Natural Paradise Exclusion Zone as Wildlife Preserve - Ukraine Today

With summer almost here, what better place to escape the hot city than in what might turn into Ukraines newest, weirdest nature preserve: the Chornobyl Alienation Zone?
History is full of ironies, and one of them is that the Alienation Zone around the Chornobyl reactor might in some ways be among the countrys cleanest places.


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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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