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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 16 (2009)

16 (2009)/2009
1 May - 7 May
 Living Together
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From THE EDITOR (16) - Editorial
This week, our Deputy Editor, Ksenia Karpenko, is having a look at how we perceive each other, Ukrainians and us ex-pats, in a no nonsense, sometimes brutal, manner, and its something that I often find myself pondering. I first arrived in Kyiv as a travelling man, and as a writer I was so fascinated by the attitudes of people here on the street that I decided to hang around for a while. Having travelled around over a dozen Eastern and Central European countries where people had been friendly and helpful, I was amazed when I first stepped off the train at how difficult it was to find someone who would point me in the direction of the hostel in which I was staying. Everyone I asked fobbed me off with a brusque gesture and a gruff comment. While the writer in me wanted to find out why this was the case, I have to admit that I also found it rather unpleasant.


Ukraines Banks Record $909 Million Loses - Whats Up?
In the first quarter of this year, Ukraines banking system recorded losses of 7 billion hrv ($909 million) compared to a profit of 2.1 billion hrv for the same period last year according to a recent report from the NBU. It is the first loss recorded in the sector since 2000, when banks reported a loss in the second quarter of 145.8 million hrv, but only 30 million for the year.
The results for the first quarter of 2009 show a negative result of 7 billion hrv, which, in the first instance  is linked to the significant rise in funds set aside for reserves totalling 17.3 billion hrv, the report said.
But its not all doom and gloom, as the report went on to say that, despite the crisis, shrinking credit portfolios and an outflow of deposits, the income for all banks actually rose 68.1% in the first quarter. However, it was expenditure that did the damage, rising 2.2 times in the same period.


Serial Killer in Kyiv - Whats Up?
Police are hunting a serial killer whom they believe is responsible for at least five murders, and possibly many more. In all cases the women were subjected to violent sex attacks before being murdered and their bodies dumped in remote woodlands.
A further 120 cases of rape and murder are being re-examined amid fears the killer has many more victims. According to a senior investigator, two survivors describe the man of being aged around 35 and looking like a young Elvis Presley. He is also thought to dress in a police uniform or a priests cassock in order to lull his victims, who are aged between 19 and 70, into a false sense of security.


British Newspaper Uses Chernovetskys Photo For Paedophile Story - Whats Up?
Here in Kyiv, the photograph of Kyiv Mayor, Leonid Chernovetsky, taking a lie detector test is a popular one in the local press, but British Newspaper, the Daily Mirror, wasnt aware of this fact, nor did they think to do a little research on the subject either. Instead, in a recent story about paedophiles having to face lie detector tests, this British bastion of investigative journalism pulled the first photo they came across in a photo bank, and it just happened to be the one of our mayor.
Poor old Chernovetsky, the Willy Wonka of politics, has been accused of many things in his time massive land sell offs, corruption, cocaine use and even insanity but child molestation has never been one of them. Of course, the chance of anyone knowing who he is in Britain are about the same as a Ukrainian knowing the face of the mayor of Santiago, but nonetheless, poor old Lenya-Cosmos has taken enough of a battering these days, and this is one gigantic step too far.


Wage Arrears At 897 Million Hryvnia - Whats Up?
In the current economic climate many people here in Ukraine think themselves lucky if they are in a job, but it now seems that having a job doesnt mean youre guaranteed to get paid because Social Policy Minister, Lyudmila Denisova recently announced that wage arrears in the countrys economically active enterprises totalled 897 million hrv.
She said that 300 million hrv was owed by state-run enterprises, over 100 million by municipally-owned enterprises, and the rest was owed by enterprises of other forms of ownership.
Donetsk region, with a debt on wages of 319.8 million hrv, owed the most, followed by Kyiv with a debt of 138 million hrv. Denisova stated that enterprises of the Ukrainian Industry Ministry were the largest non-payers of wages, but added that the wage arrears of state-owned enterprises were falling.


Ukrainians Responsible for Massive Hack Attack - Whats Up?
The FBI are currently launching a massive manhunt for six Ukrainians believed to be responsible for one of the biggest computer hack attacks in history. Earlier this year, between February and March, the gang used spam containing hidden programmes to take control of 1.9 million PCs, putting together one of the largest botnets (PCs secretly controlled by hacker attacks) ever seen.
A computer security firm discovered the botnet earlier this month, and the FBI and other police agencies managed to track down the server controlling the botnet and take it offline.


May-Day, May-Day! Weve got Holidays Ahead! Easy Excursion s outside Kyiv - Ukraine Travel
May Days are fast approaching bringing with them an extra long weekend. What to do? Get out of the city! To make the decision process a little bit easier, weve compiled a list of a few fascinating destinations that wont take you too far out of the city centre but far enough to feel like you have had a proper break.


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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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