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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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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Concert, UA Beach Club, Hydropark, 14 August at 23:00 Continuing
in the tradition of bringing you only the best performers and DJs, the
web-based promo portal www.Flaer.com.ua is celebrating it’s birthday and has got a surprise in store that will surely
astonish Kyiv clubbers. Well-known on the electronic world stage, Simon S. is
headed this way and at 24, already winning the hearts of club music lovers all
over the world, he has left literally no space for anyone else.
Ultra and Alai Oli (popwave and reggie), Art Club 44
(44 Khreshchatyk), 28 August at 22.00 Someone might think that Moscow started invading Kyiv
sending their bands to play here. But is it bad to make a high quality
concerts? Of course no, that why a new series of parties is to be launched in
art club 44 in the end of August. Every last weekend of the month the bands
from Russia will be playing here. For the opening party two Russian bands Ultra
and Alai Oli were invited.
It’s August, and that’s time for vacation for most people in Kyiv, and that include What’s On, because there isn’t really a lot on over the next couple of weeks. Whether your off home for a few weeks, going to some exotic clime on vacation, or spending time at your dacha in the country, the month of August is the time to do it as temperatures soar in the city and the place pretty much goes to sleep for a couple of weeks. I myself am heading to Crimea for a few days, and it will be the first time I’ve been there, which is embarrassing to admit when I’ve been in the country for three years. I have to say I am really looking forward to it, as I’ve seen the photos and the scenery looks truly breathtaking. After that I’m off to Egypt for a while, then home for a few days to visit the folks. It will be good to get a break. If you’re planning on getting away for a while this month, but you’re still pondering the options, we’ve got a special feature in this issue where we asks the stars of Ukraine where they’ll be going – it might give you some ideas.
First the man said: “Russia has to make some very difficult, calculated decisions. They have a shrinking population base, they have a withering economy, they have a banking sector and structure that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years, they’re in a situation where the world is changing before them and they’re clinging to something in the past that is not sustainable.”
Hold on a minute. Is Bush back? No, it’s Bush in reincarnation now known as Biden.
Ukraine investigators say they’ve found fragments of a skull they believe to be that of murdered journalist Heorhiy Gongadze. The find came just days after the arrest of former General Oleksiy Pukach who has been charged with the murder of the investigative reporter who exposed high level corruption within the Ukrainian government.
Those in charge of the investigation say that Pukach confessed to the killing when he was arrested last week.
They’re at it again, and as usual, it is all done in an oh-so-adult fashion. After Ukrainian police caught some Russian Naval folk in some dodgy goings on in Crimea and a bus full of Black Sea Fleet sailors were arrested, the government here decided to expel a Russian embassy diplomat in Kyiv in charge of the Black Sea Fleet and the Russian consul in Odesa.
The Russian government retaliated immediately with the expulsion of the Ukrainian consul in Saint Petersburgh, and an adviser in the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is analysing the document on Russia’s reasons for these expulsions, but the reason seems to be childish tit for tat.
As the Hryvnia slipped down below eight to the dollar last week, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko called an emergency meeting with Volodymyr Stelmkh, the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine. The hryvnia plunged below this psychological barrier despite efforts by the NBU to support the local currency through selling $100 million in interventions, suggesting the downward pressure was exceptionally strong indeed.
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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
Pulling Strings Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.