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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 (46) - Editorial
In a crisis come opportunities, goes the cliche, and this financial crisis thats spreading its fingers across Ukraine  across most of the world, yes, but especially across Ukraine is no different. My early New Year wish is that the crisis will hit a chastened native political and managerial class in the same way an icy stream of water hits a drunk guy in the face when you push him into a cold shower: it smacks some awareness into him. It should become obvious by now that you cant run a massive country of 46 million people in the absence of a functioning government for several years at a time. And you especially need something like a functioning government at times like this. The International Monetary Fund, for example, has been making noises to the effect that Kyivs political brawling is making it impossible for the relevant Ukrainian institutions to put the IMFs money to good use.


Minister Refuses to Speak Russian - Whats Up?
Give that man an Order of Stepan Bandera medal, or whatever honour they give out around here to Ukrainians who really, really go out of their way to infuriate the Kremlin. We have in mind Ukraines Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ogryzko, who, at a NATO-related briefing in Brussels last week, refused to answer a question in Russian, even though the question was poised by Russian journalists. I think that you can find a way to translate, said the linguistic patriot in Ukrainian, no doubt making brains melt with rage up in certain Moscow precincts.


Militia Gives Advice on Not Getting Ripped Off - Whats Up?
The Interior Ministry is disseminating information on how not to get robbed or scammed by criminals these days, as robbing and scamming become more common courtesy of the financial crisis. The helpful ministry is advising elderly people who keep their money at home not to believe people who show up at their homes claiming to be from the pension fund or from social services units, or who claim that theyre there to change old money for recently-printed new money, or other nonsense. The authorities are also giving people the following advice: if unknown people come up to you on the street or knock on your door with some sort of proposition, even if it doesnt involve money, tell them to go away.


NeAngely Star Discusses Love Life - Whats Up?
Slava, one of the two girls from the Odessa-based star pop duet NeAngely (No Angels), has been discussing her sex life in the media, in the great tradition of modesty that post-Soviet pop stars always follow. Once we performed in Odessa, Slava told a local tabloid. After the concert my boyfriend and I went to a gay club and had sex in the toilet. Then we had sex in the car. Slava, who along with her NeAngely partner Vika has been accused of being a man dressed up as a woman (the absurd rumour is obviously baseless), also said that she prefers having sex with a man whom she loves, and for whom she has strong feelings. Asked what ruses she uses to seduce a guy, she said, I take my beloved to a restaurant where I make him eat oysters, although even without them we dont have problems in bed.


Russian Card Launched for Ukrainians - Whats Up?
Up in Moscow, Russian legislator Ilya Ponomarev is working to introduce to the Duma a motion to create a so-called Russian Card (karta rossiyanina) for citizens of Ukraine. The card would allow holders to go to Russia without a visa, attend Russian postsecondary schools and find work up in Russia, just like Russian citizens. Says Ponomarev, The laws aim is to avoid the painful action any government undertakes when its citizens receive a second Russian citizenship. We want to avoid dual citizenship, which is forbidden by Ukrainian law. But our noble parliamentarian is concerned not only with the Ukrainian government, but about all those Ukrainians who long to live in their more autocratic northern neighbour: Many Ukrainians are afraid that if Ukraine joins NATO, visa-related or other barriers will appear between our countries.


Putin Talks Ukrainian As World Powers Posture - Whats Up?
Russian Prime Minister Putin is making energy-related threats in Ukraines direction, but look on the bright side: at least while doing so hes spoken Ukrainian, a language that probably hasnt come out of the mouth of a Kremlin leader publically since the days of Khruschev, who liked to show off his knowledge of the language of the land where he was born.


Standing Up For Kidnapped Sailors - Picture Perfect
Last weekend witnessed the so-called Rescue Action event up there in front of St. Michaelss a rally in support of the Ukrainian sailors who have been captured by Somali pirates. The feminist group Femen, which typically protests sex-tourism and exploitation of women, and not pirates, had a hand in the event, which, in typical Kyiv style, turned into a party. Any excuse to have a good time around here, right?


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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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