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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 (3) - Editorial
Just when winter starts getting me down, Mayor Chernovetsky the greatest mayor since Washington DCs 1980s-era chief executive Marion Barry, who was caught on videotape smoking crack raises my spirits. First it was purchasing a new Rolls Royce worth a million dollars, so he could tool around the capital of a country in deep financial crisis. Then he started flying around the city in a helicopter because thats what players do, right? And now hes taken the step of offering to pay for the burials of all the Kyivans who expire in the foreseeable future. The stunt seems to be part of the mans offensive to appeal to the citys geriatric constituency, who are lavished with respect by politicians in compensation for the fact that they live in a dismal poverty that no one plans to do anything about. Reports have it that the minimal cost of getting buried in Kyiv costs 1,669 hryvnya. Given that thousands of Kyivans die every month, the mayor could be running into some serious money there.


Lilias Divorcing, But For Real? - Whats Up?
What looked like one of Kyiv societys most durable marriages is on the rocks, as Olympic gymnastic legend Lilia Podkopaeva is divorcing her husband Timofey Nagorniy. But heres the thing: rumours are spreading that the divorce is a fake, intended as a stunt that in some complicated way will help out Nagorniys business holdings, which are faltering during these days of financial crisis. If this is really a scam, which we dont believe for a minute (Lilia always seemed a solid, honest sort), how exactly would it work?


Minister Says Ukraine a Go for NATO - Whats Up?
A place in NATO is looking less and less likely for Ukraine these days: last week, new U.S. President Obama backed away from the Bush-era hard line toward Russia, and Vladimir Putin seemed to acknowledge the concession. None of this meant anything to President Yushchenko and company, of course, who unleashed Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko to explain the speciousness of the idea of Slavic brotherhood and Ukraines plans to join the alliance all the same. The time has come to get rid of stereotypes and stamps of brotherhood, historic unity and other things. We are two sovereign states and we should build our relations on the basis of the international law.


Czechs Still Support NATO Bid - Whats Up?
The world has changed since late summer, but President Viktor Yushchenko and his circle dont seem to have realised that. Theyre still acting like its 2006, and an economic boom based on cheap credit will indemnify them from the effects of their questionable policies. Number One among those policies is, arguably, attempting to get into NATO, a move that outrages the Russians even as it offers only questionable protection to Ukraine. (Are the United States, France, Canada, Iceland, etc., really going to send ground troops to protect Luhansk?) Given the perhaps revolutionary transformations in the world order that might be coming up, youd think that Ukraines NATO aspirations might be dead in the water for now, but Yushchenko has at least one eager supporter in the bloc: Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, who, now that the Czechs have assumed the rotating EU presidency, has declared that Ukrainian membership is in NATOs fundamental interest.


Politicians Blame Each Other for Everything - Whats Up?
Does Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko ever let up? As the countrys economy continues to disintegrate, she told a local paper that President Viktor Yushchenko and his inner circle were planning to let the whole thing fall apart completely so that he and his cronies could effect a coup detat. Explained the premier: Various options were discussed. One of them is to bring the country to default and introduce a state of emergency, which parliament would have to adopt in this situation. According to the Constitution, elections in the country cannot be held during a state of emergency.


Nadia Returns to ViaGra, Rival Canned - Whats Up?
In the opinions of many local connoisseurs of Slavic girl-pop and Slavic pop-girls (and such connoisseurs are legion: just take a look in the local ex-pat bars), ViaGra, the post-Soviet regions hegemonic girl-group, just hasnt been the same since the departure from it of Nadia Meikher, aka Nadia Granovskaya. If you looked at a television in Ukraine or Russia before 2005, when the singer left the risque collective, to use the local jargon, youll remember Nadia as the charismatic brunette in the group, the one who generated the most attention.


Television Humourists Take the Stage at Top City Venue - This Week
Nasha Russia in performance, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 11 February at 19.00
Nasha Russia is a Russian comedy sketch show that burst onto television in 2006 and got big fast, thanks to the talents of former KVN stars Sergey Svetlakov and Mikhail Galustyan. The premise, borrowed from the British sketch comedy show Little Britain, involves poking gentle fun at the foibles of Russian and post-Soviet culture. At this performance at Palace Ukraine, the four best skits from the show will be performed. Laughs will result.


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Ukraine Truth
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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