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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 (44) - Editorial
Russian knucklehead Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the slob politician who can be a good barometer of herd opinion up in Mother Russia, is mouthing off again, this time about the Holodomor. The 1932-33 terror famine, orchestrated by Stalins regime during its psychotic attempt to collectivise Ukraines farmland, was, or so Zhirinovsky says, actually no ones fault it just sort of popped up by itself. Certainly no one in the Kremlin, this philosopher opined, was responsible for the millions of deaths that the nightmarish event caused. Yushchenkos attempt to present the Ukrainian Holodomor as an act of genocide is a provocation, declared Zhirinovksy. He also called it an attempt to create the impression among young Ukrainians that Russians are their enemies. Zhirinovsky is dumb as paint, but the fact is that the Yushchenko circle might not be handling the Holodomor issue as well as it might.


Are the Roads Really Getting Safer? - Whats Up?
Officials reported last week that Ukraines roads really are getting safer, as the new regime of radically higher fines has drivers perhaps just a little bit spooked. All varieties of road violations fell by 64 percent since the new regime went into effect this fall, with traffic injuries and fatalities down by a full third. Ones first response to such news is to think that its too good to be true, but then, maybe thats what happens when you raise fines from the five-to-15-dollar range to the 40-to-80-dollar range. Thats a lot more money. Last week, in fact, the State Automobile Inspection, the agency that puts all those traffic police on the streets, said that it had collected over a quarter million dollars in fines during the new regime. Could a safer driving culture be coming to a city thats become famous for crazy monster-truck-style traffic?


Kyiv City Govt May Get Its Own Rada - Whats Up?
Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky is turning his wisdom toward the question of boosting the level of popular input into the city government. The new idea coming out of his office is that Kyiv should now have a sort of local mini-parliament made up of two chambers. Heres City Administration guy Viktor Goncharuk describing the upper chamber: [It will be a] council of elders. That is, of respected people with high public profiles and who are experts in this or that aspect of public life. The city head, Leonid Chernovetsky, will personally appoint each of them. The majority of them in the past worked for the mayoralty and have the status of respected citizens of Kyiv.


Shufrych Allegedly Punches Out Rival - Whats Up?
Party of Regions bully-boy Nestor Shufrych cant stay out of trouble. This time he allegedly beat up disgraced former Transport Minister Mykola Rudkovsky, recently out of jail for corruption. Rudkovsky, who liked to take local beauty queen Sasha Nikolaenko to Paris on the public tab (thats Sasha pictured did you expect a photo of Shufrych or Rudkovsky?), typically wears a self-satisfied smile, which Nestor seems to have knocked off his face. Last week Rudkovsky showed up at his local Interior Ministry station in Pechersk with a busted lip and filed charges against Shufrych. Rudkovsky says Shufrych came to his offices on Ivana Mazepy in a state of nervous agitation and punched him several times in the face.Rudkovskys press secretary testified that Shufrych entered Rudkovskys office, from which was audible a conversation in raised tones.


Unemployment Could Hit Eight Percent - Whats Up?
The unemployment rate in Ukraine in 2009 could rise as high as eight percent, said Vladimir Galitsky, the director of the states labour bureau, last week. Of course, that would be the official rate, and the unofficial rate would be higher. Contributing to the spike in joblessness would be the fall in demand for business partners here in Ukraine, the fall in export prices (steel, Ukraines most important export, is not so much in demand these days, as no one is building anything, anywhere) and a jump in import prices. All in all, gross domestic product could fall by four percent next year.


Get Ready for More Winter Gas Woes - Whats Up?
It sometimes seems like part of the winter ritual here in Kyiv, like dusting off the boots, wading through the late November rain and slush or waiting for the radiator to begin to rattle: the renewed battle over gas prices with Russia. This time around, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has asked Gazprom to ask Naftogaz to repay an apparent $2.4 billion in debt. As usual, the demand comes as the temperature begins to slide and people start to worry about heating costs (there have been rumblings that the state would raise utility bills in December, though President Yushchenko cancelled any such move last Friday).


Ukrainians Mourn the Victims of the Holodomor - Picture Perfect
On 22 November Ukraine commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor, and to honour the memory of the innocents who died in the 1932-33 terror-famine, Ukrainians all over the country and abroad placed candles in their windows. In Kyiv, citizens braved the years first snowstorm to bring candles to the Holodomor Memorial on Mykhaylivska Pl. This year, a new Holodomor Memorial opened on Ivana Mazepy as well.


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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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