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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.


What's On Archive 13 (2009)

13 (2009)/2009
17 April - 23 April
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From THE EDITOR (13) - Editorial
Much to everyones relief after a long dark winter, spring is well and truly springing, and the signs of it are everywhere perked a little by the sun and warm air, young folk are finding it hard to keep their amorous urges at bay, and can be seen sucking the faces off each other all over town from the parks to the busy thoroughfares, completely unconcerned about passersby; smiles and bright eyes are starting to etch themselves onto the faces that for the past few months have been distorted by grimaces and furrowed brows; and gone are the heavy winter coats, hats and scarves, and now the beautiful women of Kyiv are blossoming like the buds on the trees (why isnt there a holiday every year to mark this transition? Its worth celebrating in my humble opinion).


Stalin Resurrected in Video Game - Whats Up?
Who said video gaming couldnt get more sick than Grand Theft Auto? A new video game soon to be launched has Stalin as one of its central characters, and that in itself seems to beat all other gaming titles hands down when it comes to inappropriate content. Stalin vs. Martians has been developed by three studios Black Wing Foundation, Dreamlore and N-Game all of which are based in Russia and Ukraine, and this continues to show the warped fascination this part of the world has for the mass-murdering dictator. The game is a real time strategy game that pits the Russians, led by Stalin, against Martian invaders.


MS Live Search Could be Called Kiev - Whats Up?
Microsoft have apparently been spending a lot of time, not to mention money, on developing the branding for their new Live Search, and the name sitting at the top of their pick list is Kiev, which would be kind of nice. Others they are considering are Kumo (ancient Manchurian people we think) and Bing possibly after Cosby or Chandler from Friends. If they choose Kiev, of course theyre going to come under fire from local nationalists saying it is actually Kyiv, or even ????, which could cause them all sorts of problems, especially for those who dont have Cyrillic on their keyboards.


Car Imports Down 70% - Whats Up?
This might be good news for the greenies whove been moaning for years about the traffic-clogged streets of Kyiv and all the exhaust fumes, but it isnt good news for the car manufacturers nor the economy. Car imports in Q1 2009 have fallen a staggering amount compared to the same period last year. In Q1 2008 car imports to Ukraine totalled 79,000, and this year they are down to 23,500, a drop of over 70%. According to Anatoliy Makarenko, head of the State Customs service, this has had a massive impact on the national budget.


World Bank Turns up the Heat - Whats Up?
Last week the World Bank said that Ukraine will plunge into deep recession and its economy will shrink by 9% this year. On a slightly more positive note, it foretold of a 16.4% inflation rate this year, down from 22.3% in 2008. World Bank Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Martin Raiser, in a recent interview decided this was the time to put a little pressure on the government, and rightly so. Ukraine should take anti-crisis measures without waiting for presidential elections, he said. And it should reach a political compromise in tackling the crisis and restoring economic growth. He went on to say that this was not the time to delay taking into account external misbalances and the absence of access to capital markets.


Lazarenko to Stay in Jail - Whats Up?
And thats good news for anyone who thinks the countrys politicians, who have systematically raped the country, should all be in jail. A U.S. appeals court last week upheld eight of the 14 charges of money laundering and conspiracy on which Lazarenko was convicted in May 2004, and that means he should stay in jail for a good few years yet.
Former prime minister, Pavlo Lazarenko, was head of the Ukrainian government from May 1996 to June 1997 and during this period prosecutors said hed siphoned off at least $200 million from the countrys coffers through elaborate schemes of extortion, cronyism and kickbacks.


Crisis. Another word for Evolution? - Ukraine Today
If we were to consider the current economic crisis in terms of a businessman (one who profited from doom), and compared it to those in the past, calculating the amount of effort it has already expended, and its result, it would probably already be enjoying the cool breezes off the shore in St. Martins and sipping Mai Tais relishing in its new billionaire status. And much of that billionaire status would, according to many, be due to its PR people, and in reality owes them a lot of extra days off and a big bonus too boot!


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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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