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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.


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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By the time you read this, that weird US presidential race will be over, and well know whether Barack Obama or John McCain will, come January, become the Leader of the Free World, the Hero of Oppressed People Everywhere, All-purpose Global Superman and the other identities we Americans like to claim for the guy who claws his way to the White House. Locally, this generates the inevitable question: which man will be better for Ukraine? Ive heard people fight about this one, but whether they favour Obama or McCain, their argument is the same: My candidate will be better at protecting virtuous democratic Ukraine from the evil tyrant Russians, and in corralling Ukraine into the benevolent US sphere of influence. Obama, his supporters assert, is slick enough to outsmart the wicked Russkies;


Govt Uses Tax Money on Luxury Cars - Whats Up?
You know those sleek little Audis and Lexuses that nearly you run you down whenever you walk around Kyiv? Weve always assumed its just some rich dude out cruising around on his own time. But it turns out the driver could just as easily be a government employee in a government car on government time. Since the beginning of the year, a local news magazine has reported, Ukrainian officials have spent more than 100 million hryvnia on cars and plan to spend even more before the years out. For example, Army General Valery Geletey, head of the State Protection Services, has got his eye on a Audi ?8 4,2 Langversion Quattro, for which hell hold a tender next week. The going rate?


Scottish Charity Hero Returns Yet Again - Whats Up?
Scotsman Jim Gillies, whos in the running for Most Admired Foreigner Award here at Whats On, returned to Ukraine last week for his annual charitable giving trip. Readers of this magazine will remember that Gillies is the no-frills retired Scottish electrician who spends the year raising money for a childrens hospital in the village of Malin, in the Chornobyl zone, and travels to Ukraine across the continent by bus every autumn to distribute it. More precisely, he himself goes to Malin to buy much-needed food, clothing, furniture and medical supplies for the impoverished facility. Because he does everything himself, and has no overhead, you can be sure that every penny of his money is well-spent.


Parliament Brawls as Economy Careens - Whats Up?
The economic news just gets weirder. In October, the hryvnia dropped 17 percent against the dollar.  Last Wednesday, it dropped 15 percent in a 24-hour span before recovering somewhat, leading the National Bank to sell off another $500 million in reserves to prevent the hryvnias downward spiral and sate demand for the dollar. Even so, over the weekend one analyst suggested the hryvnia might reach 15 to the dollar by the end of 2009. Best case? Nine to the dollar. Ukrainians, meanwhile, have withdrawn $3.4 billion from the nations banks. All this in a country whose rate of inflation is among the highest in Europe. The currencys not the only thing going haywire. Ukrainian businesses that once relied on cheap foreign loans are out of cash.


Condemnatory Communists Castigate Kurylenko - Whats Up?
The Communist Party of Saint Petersburg and Leningrad oblast is miffed at Olga Kurylenko, the Ukrainian model/actress whos achieving superstardom as the Bond girl in the new James Bond flick, The Quantum of Solace. The Communists have posted on their website an open letter to Kurylenko accusing her of treason for taking up with the anti-Soviet Agent 007. The letter reads like a joke, but then, Stalinists arent famous for their senses of humour. Reads the letter: Soviet Ukraine and the entire Soviet UNI0N educated you, gave you medical care, brought you up, all for free, and no one knew that you would commit an act of intellectual and moral treason: that you could join the film circle of Bond, who, according to the movies, killed hundreds of Soviet people and citizens of socialist countries Cubans, Vietnamese, North Koreans, Chinese and Nicaraguans.


Arrogant, Ruthlessand Ukrainian? Leon Trotsky and Ukraine - Ukraine History
For a long time, Trotsky for most young Ukrainians was no more than a mythic, and often demonised, character in the story of the October Revolution. Then Trotsky appeared as a character in the hit movie Frida (which partly concerns his dalliance with the artist Frida Kahlo), and he seemed a funny old fellow, full of his own, perhaps crazy, ideas. More recently Whats Ons Kateryna Kyselyova discovered that Trotsky had been born in Ukraine, and grew curious about the man.
Appropriately, Lev Trotsky was born Leyba Bronshteyn on the day Communists now celebrate the October Revolution: 7 November, 1879. He was the fifth child in the family of Jewish landowner Davyd Bronshteyn in the province of Kherson (today its Kirovograd oblast). His parents hailed from Poltava, indicating that theyd been in Ukraine for several generations.


Russian Star and National Artist Will Play Ukraine Palace - Coming Soon
Anita Tsoy, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 24 November at 19.00
Russian pop singer Anita Tsoy was born in Moscow, where she studied before launching her professional music career in 1986. It wasnt till much later, in 1997, that she released her first album. Since then shes released four more, and in 2004 she became a National Artists of Russia, which must have made her parents proud.


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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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