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7 (2014)
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 (9) - Editorial
It is more or less common knowledge in Kyiv that Telegraaf, the Dutch publishing company that has owned Whats On for the last few years, is pulling out of Ukraine and all its international ventures to consolidate its business in Holland. This may have left many of you wondering whats going to happen to Whats On. Fear not, loyal reader! Whats On has been purchased by PAN publishing, a joint venture between former Editor-in-Chief, Neil Campbell, and local businessman, Paul Niland. Over the next couple of weeks were going to be moving premises, taking care of some legal formalities, and more importantly working on modernising the design of the magazine and looking at ways of making the content better for you, our readers. This means the magazine will be taking a break for two weeks, but dont worry, when we return Whats On will be better than ever.


Pay for Parking by SMS - Whats Up?
From 15 March all drivers can breathe a little more easily. Now, once theyve gone through all the trouble of finding a space, they no longer need to rush around looking for a parking attendant, who arent always the easiest people to locate, to buy parking tickets. And youll no longer need to worry about your car being clamped or towed when you leave it for 5 minutes, because Kyiv Council is to introduce a new programme which will allow you to pay for your parking direct from your mobile phone.


Talking the City With Singer Kamaliya - My Kyiv
Kamaliya is the blonde pop singer who also won the Mrs. World pageant in 2008. Shes a household name in Ukraine, and for a while there her video was in constant heavy rotation on that big video screen above the intersection, across the street from the Arena complex. (Whether her presence up there caused a higher incidence of traffic accidents, we cant say.) Shes also a woman of substance, and we caught up with her to talk about the city she lives in.


State of Emergency and Presidential Rule? - Whats Up?
Last summer a source close to the government, who must remain anonymous, told Whats On that President Viktor Yushchenko was considering all options to retain power, including declaring a state of emergency and using this to impose direct presidential rule. This now does not look so farfetched as last week around 350 protestors took to the streets to demand just such actions be taken, and it wouldnt be a great surprise to anyone, knowing how politics work here, if the protestors had been instructed to do so by those close to the president.  The demonstrators gathered in Mariinskiy Park near the Verkhovna Rada waving banners with slogans saying things like We Demand Direct Presidential Rule and Crisis is Time for Presidential Rule.


Its (almost) Official: Cosmos is a Loon! - Whats Up?
So concerned are the powers that be about Kyiv mayor Leonid Chernovetskiys increasingly erratic behaviour, that a parliamentary commissions was set up to evaluate the man. And their findings? He should submit to psychiatric examination! The parliamentary commission was set up to investigate alleged violations of laws, the constitution and recent decisions made by the Kyiv administration. The final results of the investigation have not yet been released, but members of the commission voted unanimously to order that Chernovetskiy (or Cosmos as he is now better known due to his space cadet behaviour) should be forced to undergo psychiatric examination.


Tymoshenko Riles the Brits - Whats Up?
When writing something, it is always important to think of your target audience, but thats a fact that seemed to have slipped Yulia Tymoshenkos mind last week when she wrote a story for the British newspaper, The Guardian, in which she said that Europe should look to France for leadership in these troubled times. The article begins, Since the end of the first world war, France has consistently risen to the challenge of restructuring Europe in times of crisis, and ends, As at so many times before, now with all our economies in peril is a moment for decisive French leadership, and everything in between is an advert for what great diplomats the French are.


Putin Gets Clever as Kyiv Gets Stupid - Whats Up?
The ongoing gas crisis seems to have no end in sight, and Kyiv and Moscow continue to trade blows over whos to blame for what, but when it comes to managing the global PR on the issue, the latter is outdoing the former big style. While Gazprom continues to insist Ukraine is siphoning off gas meant for Europe and is threatening to reduce the volume transitted through here, Putin has rather cleverly put on his paternal care hat and offered kind words of comfort. Ukraine is not taking from us the contracted volumes of gas, and should pay fines, he said according to Russian news agencies.


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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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