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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 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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Its getting harder and harder to find DVDs with the original English soundtrack on it these days, and nearly all the new releases are coming out with only Russian dubbing and Ukrainian subtitles (apparently something to do with prevention of privacy, so if youre as frustrated as I am over this move by the movie companies, try thepiratebay.org where you can download everything for free), but on Friday my local video store had a couple of new movies with the original soundtrack, one of them being a new Jim Carrey film called Yes Man. Im not the biggest fan of Carrey, but I was in need of some light relief so thought Id give it a try. In the movie, Carrey plays a man who has shut himself off from the world since his wife left him, and is always saying no to every invitation from friends and colleagues. Then, encouraged by an old friend, he attends a self-help seminar at which he makes a covenant to always say yes to everything.


Queen + Paul Rodgers to Release Ukraine DVD - Whats Up?
Queen + Paul Rodgers were so impressed by the venue and audience at Freedom Square in Kharkiv on 12 September last year, that they have decided to release the show on DVD. Entitled Live in Ukraine, the DVD will include the full live performance, and showcase just what a great party crowd the Ukrainian people are quite incredible for a show that was thrown together right at the last moment.
The band was asked to include Kharkiv as a date on their The Cosmos Rocks by Ukraines AntiAids Foundation to help get the Dont Let Aids Ruin Your Life message across to the countrys youth. It seemed there was too much to do, and too little time to do it, but because it was an important message for the band, and the tour was due to kick off with a two night stint in Moscow, they decided that it wouldnt be too big a problem. It meant everyone had to run very fast, very suddenly, but then most of the great and worthwhile things in life are a little dangerous, they said at the time.


IMF to Release Second Tranche - Whats Up?
After months of deadlock (and idiocy on the part of the countrys politicians), recession-battered Ukraine is set to receive a much-needed boost as the IMF mission chief to Ukraine, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, has declared she will recommend that the second tranch of the loan agreed last October will finally be released. We have agreed with the authorities that we would propose to the IMF management that the next disbursement will be of 2.8 billion US dollars, she told reporters after the talks on 17 April.
Pazarbasioglu went on to say that she hopes the staff-level agreement with Kyiv, demonstrated the funds willingness to adapt to country-specific needs amid deep world recession, and she hopes that the IMF board of directors will approve the second payment by the middle of May.


Oh No! Not Yanukovych! - Whats Up?
In a sad indictment of the Ukrainian political classes that speaks volumes on their corrupt machinations, Viktor Yanukovych is set to become the next president according to a recent poll. The weekly poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology now places Yanukovych well at the top of the ratings with 25.6%, miles ahead of nearest rival Yulia Tymoshenko with only 14.4%. The only other serious contender is former speaker with Arseniy Yatsenyuk with 13.6%, and he could take second place soon because while Tynmoshenkos ratings are falling, his are rising rapidly.
It was been over four years since the good people of this country risked life and limb in the mass protests now known as the Orange Revolution that ousted Yanukovych from power and made Yushchenko president. However, the latters ineptitude and constant lack of decisiveness has forced his ratings down to the point where he now polls less than 3%.


British Man Kidnapped inOdessa - Whats Up?
A 25 year old man from Bromley, London, was kidnapped on 7 April in Odessa and was beaten and tortured while in captitivty. The man, Eren Parker, allegedly went missing upon leaving a casino in the city in the early hours of the morning. According to his family, they paid a $5,000 ransom but the mafia holding him demanded more. It is thought the Parker family may have paid a further $11,000 for his release.
The horrendous and frightening ordeal ended on 16 April when the thugs who had abducted Parker returned him to the hotel where his father and sister were staying, and he flew home shortly thereafter. His cousin, Erol Kesen, said: We paid the ransom and he was released. He has cuts and bruises where he was beaten and tortured.


Ukraine Guaranteed a Team in UEFA Cup Final - Whats Up?
After two startling victories last week, Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk will play each other in the semi-finals of the UEFA cup, meaning that one of them will go on to the final. On 9 April, Dynamo held Paris Saint Germain to a 0-0 draw in Paris, and then thrashed the French team 3-0 here in Kyiv, securing the Ukrainian side a semi-final spot. Dynamo highlighted their intentions right from the start, by including Bangoura, a substitute in the first leg, alongside Artem Milevskiy upfront.


The Man Who Bought Bessarabka? - Kyiv Culture
Well, apparently not. Recently, the local press has been writing in outraged tones about the demise of Bessarabka market, as apparently the city administration went out to tender to sell the place off to a supermarket chain. These impassioned articles declared that all the vendors would be put out on the street and the city would lose forever one of its great institutions. The reality of the situation is somewhat less dramatic.


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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.

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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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