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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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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 (45) - Editorial
In all the recent anxiety (hrynvya lower than ever, NATO chances evaporating – although that’s arguably a blessing in disguise), it’s easy to forget to look, to paraphrase the bluegrass song, on the sunny side of life here in Ukraine. But I’ve been examining the list of people this magazine has written about recently and who we’ll write about soon, and I was reminded that, before Ukraine was an ex-Soviet republic with a weakening economy, it was a place of incredible heroism. At least it was to me, growing up as I did in the Cold War-era West in a family that had fled the Workers’ Paradise. Ukraine was the country whose political prisoners were the second-most unyielding before the Soviet authorities, according to Solzhenitsyn (the Chechens were first); it was the land of dissident heroes like poet Vasyl Stus (whom we profiled several weeks ago) and the indomitable Vyacheslav Choronovil, news of whose exploits filtered westward in the 80s.


Russian Priest Venerates Stalin - Whats Up?
The priest at a church up in Russia has added an icon to the premises over which he presides – an icon of Josef Stalin. The Father of Nations is depicted meeting the Matron of Moscow, a venerated Russian religious figure. The priest described the decision to hang an icon of the mass murderer in this way: “The feeling that Stalin is the Father of Nations, that he’s in part my higher father – that feeling never abandoned me throughout my whole life. Any attacks on Stalin are funny and disgusting at the same time.


Majority Doubt Clean Elections - Whats Up?
Some 77.4 Ukrainians doubt that the vote-counting will be honest during the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to a new poll carried out by the Fund for Public Opinion – Ukraine. More precisely, 44.3 percent of poll respondents believe that there will be insignificant cheating in the vote count that will not affect the election results, while 33.1 percent believe that the count will be thoroughly crooked. A mere 7.3 percent of respondents are convinced that the count will be clean, while 15.4 percent of respondents had a hard time making up their minds one way or another.


Loboda In Latest Aviation Disaster - Whats Up?
Following in the rough tradition of aviation in the former Soviet UNI0N, What’s On favourite Svetlana Loboda suffered her own version of an aviation disaster in Latvia last week. The (usually) fiery-tressed local pop icon already dabbles in other areas beyond music, displaying her photography around the city and designing clothes for her enigmatically, oh-so-charmingly and somewhat agrammatically-named clothing line, F--- the Macho. Up in the Baltics, she decided to throw a little astronaut training into the mix as well, volunteering to take a ride in one of those flight-simulator attractions in an amusement park. You know the type: you put on a helmet and a massive anti-aerodynamic flight suit and then get blown around by strong artificial wind currents above a giant trampoline.


Angry with Ukraine, Pleased with NATO - Whats Up?
In ‘commentary’ on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website, that body has expressed concern with goings-on in western Ukraine. According to the article, the “blasphemous” creation of a “pantheon” to the “Nazi stooges the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists/Ukrainian Partisan Army, [who are] guilty of the mass murder of Soviet soldiers and citizens” has upset some nearby Red Army burial sites. “In the guise of moving them, soldiers’ graves were barbarously dug up, and the remains of Soviet soldiers ended up tossed about a city park. Unfortunately, that soul-chilling scene is a daily reality in western Ukraine.”


More Rumours About Volodya’s Girlfriend - Whats Up?
Ukrainian boxing legend Volodymyr Klitschko’s girlfriend, high-profile Czech model Karolina Kurkova, is at the centre of a new spate of unusual stories. Earlier this year, the Western tabloid press briefly carried the absolutely unfounded and instantly debunked rumour that Kurkova (at that point still not tied to the younger Klitschko brother) was living in a menage a trois with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, even though Brangelina lives in L.A. and Kurkova spends most of her time in Europe.
The latest scandalous news bits involve Kurkova’s navel and weight, and the terms of her relationship with the legendary Ukrainian bruiser.


Beauty Queens Get Matrimonial - Picture Perfect
Last weekend saw Lviv, Ukraine’s gorgeous Galician capital, host the Student Queen 2008 beauty contest, which had the comely contestants hitting the stage in blinding white wedding attire. The young women also modeled Ukrainian native costumes and business wear and at least one of them took to the stage in a military costume. Another week, another beauty contest here in Ukraine, one of pulchritude’s world capitals.


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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t 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 – children’s 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. What’s 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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