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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 (38) - Editorial
Funny how things go. There was Viktor Yushchenko in New York City recently, being feted as a hero by a Ukrainian-American community that still hasnt grasped the extent to which his presidency has been either a disappointment or an outrage against decency. Yushchenkos popularity back West is an indication of the gulf that exists between Ukraines foreign supporters and local reality, and its a shame, because it gets in the way of doing the right thing. You can bet on it: Yushchenko puts on an embroidered shirt and mentions Shevchenko, and the North American Ukrainophiles will swoon. Meanwhile, other Ukrainians of the sort who wouldnt be invited to a certain type of North American function in a hundred million years are actually doing good work on behalf of the country.


Get Ready For Ukraines Post-Orange Moment - Whats Up?
If you read about the fruitful meeting between Prime Ministers Tymoshenko and Putin two weeks back, you could be forgiven a little confusion. It wasnt so long ago that the two seemed perfect enemies. As recently as last year, in an article in Foreign Affairs, Tymoshenko called for a new plan to contain Russian aggression. The Kremlin called the piece an anti-Russian manifesto, an attempt to draw new dividing lines through Europe and take the world back, at the least, to the atmosphere of the Cold War.


A Scottish Hero of Ukraine Returns - Whats Up?
Heroic Scot Jim Gillies will soon be back in Ukraine, making his yearly charitable giving trip. Over the years the retired Glasgow-area electrician has raised some 20,000 pounds for a childrens hospital in Malin, in the Chornobyl zone, that hes taken under his wing. The money has made a difference to a facility that receives only several hryvnya per child every month, and Gillies has, on his journeys here, made sure that the hospital had medicine, equipment and the like. Gillies rides the three-day bus here from Scotland to save money, then makes his way to Malin by marshrutka. There, accompanied by hospital staff, he visits stores with a wallet full of cash and buys whats needed. Theres no waste, no overhead.


Serduchka Set to Go Hollywood - Whats Up?
Its onward and upward with the Ukrainian arts, as everybodys favourite native drag act (sorry, Monroe) has reportedly been offered a role in a Hollywood movie. Other than that its a Warner Brothers production and that Verka will play a singer in a nightclub visited by the protagonists, there have emerged no details about the film: whos starring, whos directing, whos producing, what its about and so on.


Ani Lorak Finally Getting Hitched - Whats Up?
Word has it that Ani Lorak, whose classically Ukrainian kary ochi (dark eyes) stare out at you from nearly every advertising poster in Kyiv, will finally get hitched to her long-time beau, the dashing Turk Murat, sometime next year. Earlier this year, Lorak was seen with a ring on her finger after her 30th birthday, and the press speculated she would be married this December. The  star, never one to turn down a little press, offered up the actual date along with an explanation: Really, it wouldnt have made any sense for Murat to propose to me then, since he gave me his heart and his hand a long time ago, when we were first in Paris for my 27th birthday.


Sex Lives of Pop Stars Revealed! - Whats Up?
So it turns out Dasha Astafieva is quite chaste. The moments top Ukrainian sex bomb, Dasha is known for singing in the underdressed girl-pop group Nikita, doing naked weather reports on TV, palling around with Hef at the Playboy Mansion in L.A. and having herself photographed nude for a variety of outlets, including Playboy. But heres what she told the media recently: By nature I love one person only, and have never agreed to have for sex for one night. She added, I tend toward long affairs. I dont rule out that, if theres passion between people, that it can end up [in a one-night stand]. A phenomenon like sex for one night has a place in life. Just not in mine. Multi-time Whats On cover-girl and pop star Svetlana Loboda, meanwhile, announced, If its with a good partner, then Im for sex for one night. I had a couple situations like that, I liked it. Nastya Kamenskykh, the RnB singer, said, I actually  dont know.


A Native Considers The Ukrainian Diaspora - Ukraine Today
Diaspora Ukrainians: Theyre those emigre Ukrainians who kept the national flame going during the Soviet period. That gives them the status of real Ukrainians, right? A Ukrainian-born native investigates.
Ill never forget one thing a friend told me before I flew off for my first trip to the U.S.: Avoid all contact with the Ukrainian Diaspora. He promised me that contact with that community of emigre Ukrainians and their descendents overseas would lead to mutual incomprehension and perhaps even bad feelings.


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Ukraine Truth
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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