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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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As of the time of this writing, I was in a state of keen anticipation of the annual turning on of the heating systems here in Kyiv. By the time you read this, the radiators will no doubt be so piping hot youll be propping open your windows, but the heating season seems to have been delayed this year. Day after day starting in mid-October, I began listening to my pipes for the reassuring gurgle of boiling water (centrally heated according to good, sound, inefficient Leninist principles heating your own water, after all, is so disgustingly bourgeois). It didnt come. I wondered: had some bureaucrat stolen the money that was to pay for the first week of heating fuel? Had the Russians, in a fit of bad temper, not sent the initial supply of gas? Whatever. To me, that first trickling in the pipes is a pleasant harbinger of winter here in Kyiv just as much as the November frost decorating the decaying leftover front-porch jack o lantern used to be back home.


Dasha Ditches Hef, Falls for Chervonenko - Whats Up?
If you read the local tabloids, you know that Dasha Astafieva, one of the two bombshells in the pop group Nikita, recently spent some time with Hugh Hefner out at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Hugh is so happy I came to America, she gushed. Every day we spend more and more time together. He says hell do everything so I dont get bored. Photos showed her in the nude, frolicking poolside with the great man. But Hefs already old news. Dasha is now angling for a local man: tycoon and racing fanatic Evhen Chervonenko.


Russia Relationship: Up and Down - Whats Up?
Usually the state of relations between Ukraine and Russia is easy to gauge. During the Kuchma era, they were, with some exceptions (like Tuzla Island), good. In the Orange era, they were bad. As that era fades away, though, its getting harder to say. Its as if people have their fingers in the wind, trying to figure out which way things are going. Take the little-noticed recent news report about the Russian Black Sea Fleet sailor who was beaten to death in Sevastopol by, allegedly, three construction workers. What was surprising about this story is that it didnt become an immediate international incident, with lunatics in the Russian media calling for a seizure of Crimea to stop the ongoing Ukrainian nationalist genocide of defenseless Russians. (The alleged killers might very well be Russian, but whos checking?)


Yulias Sidekick Might Be Oscar-Worthy - Whats Up?
Apparently Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov has some fairly serious writing chops. In 2005, while heading the State Security Service, he converted his novel The Illusion of Fear into a screenplay by the same name. The events of the script concern the difficulties of trying to create and run a business in the topsy-turvy eighties and nineties. According to the bald BYUT member, whos long been known as Yulia Tymoshenkos right-hand man, generating the script was no easy task: he had to rewrite it five times. The film was finally shot in December of 2007 by director Oleksandr Kirilenko, the man behind the movie Orange Sky, with the Russian actor Andrei Panin in the films central role, that of businessmen Igor Koroba.


How Much for that Monument? - Whats Up?
Lets see. What does President Yushchenko do these days? Beekeeping, were sure, and ironing his vyshyvanka, and petty one-upmanship with Yulia Tymoshenko - and, apparently, spending hundreds of millions of hryvnia on monuments. It seems that, in tandem with the Kyiv City Administration, the president has set aside 750 million hryvnia to build a memorial to victims of the Holodomor. The plans for the monument, which is to be completed in time for the crime against humanitys 75th anniversary, call for a museum topped by thirty-meter bell tower. The Holodomor is an important event, to be sure, and one that should be remembered and studied - but 750 million hrvynia is quite a lot of cash. At current exchange rates, thats north of $130 million, an amount that seems even more outrageous in the midst of a global financial meltdown set to hit Ukraine as hard as anywhere.


The Autumn Of Ukraines Discontent - Whats Up?
One grows tired writing about crisis and political folly, but what can one do? It would be more pleasant just to publish photos of underdressed pop-singer girls and be done with it, but duty calls: every week brings a fresh batch of reality-checking news. Here, for example, is Frances minister for European affairs last week, speaking about Ukraines (and Georgias) NATO membership: I think that it is not the right time for membership for the two countries, said Jean-Pierre Jouyet. It is not in the interests of Europe or its relations with Russia.


Filmmaker Lana Parshina On Stalins Daughter - Kyiv Culture
This year at the Molodist Film Festival, American movie producer and director Lana Parshina presented the European premiere of her film Svetlana About Svetlana. The movie, which consists of an interview with Stalins daughter Svetlana Allilueva, was part of the festivals Cinema Against Totalitarianism series.
At the age of 10, a certain Russian-American girl read the book Twenty Letters to a Friend, written by Svetlana Allilueva, Stalins daughter. She felt that the letters had been written directly to her, and she wanted to meet the writer of those letters. That girl was Lana Parshina, who later became an American movie producer and director. Almost 20 years after reading Alliluevas book, Lana did find Stalins daughter.


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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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