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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.


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8 September - 14 SeptemberCOMEDY QUEEN
Beauty Icon Turns Sitcom Star

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32_2006 - Editorial
I was planning to write a rather upbeat editorial this week to mark the anniversary of 9/11. After all, as the five year mark since those world-shattering terror attacks approaches Ukraine has yet to become engulfed in all the terrorism and ethnic division surrounding the Clash of Civilizations that has effectively dominated international relations since the twin towers fell. This is no small feat, considering that the country has one of the largest Muslim minorities in Europe (approx. 4% of the overall population) and in the Crimean Tatars a potential flashpoint if ever there was one. So it looked like being a time to reflect on the relatively easy-going attitudes within Ukrainian society towards religious and ethnic minorities and salute the general lack of xenophobia in this patchwork nation. Then I read the Sunday newspapers, and learned that Ukrainian mafia bosses and former government officials have sold missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to Iran (see Whats Up on page 4 for details). So in other words, while Ukrainian society as a whole has come through five years of global turmoil with much to its credit, the twin evils of organised crime and corruption have potentially thrust Ukraine into the very eye of the storm. No wonder the country has such a hard time trying to portray itself in a positive light to the outside world. Similar stories about the sale of suitcase nukes and high grade uranium were almost weekly occurrences throughout the Kuchma years, and the only saving grace in this instance is that the Iranian deal does indeed date back to the old regime, but nevertheless it should prove embarrassing to a country that just over a year ago was looking forward to fast track EU membership talks. At the end of the day we should all probably be thankful that Ukraine was bullied into giving up her not inconsiderable nuclear arsenal back in 1994, or God alone knows what the results would have been for world peace.

Peter Dickinson, Editor

Nukes to Iran New Ukraine Missile Scandal - Whats Up?
Leading British newspaper The Sunday Times has uncovered evidence suggesting that a former senior member of the Ukrainian security service illegally sold a nuclear missile system capable of carrying nuclear warheads to Iran two years ago. The paper reported that the deal was brokered by an organized crime boss, and is feared to have greatly contributed to the Iranian nuclear programme which is now the subject of a major international confrontation.


Kyiv Pop Princess Denies Via Gra Connection - Whats Up?
Diminutive diva Ani Lorak has denied that she is about to become the new member of ultra sexy Ukrainian girl group Via Gra. Rumours circulating in the tea cup that is Kyiv high society stating that the petite beauty was days away from joining the raunchy pop outfit have been quashed by Ani, one of Ukraines most successful and sought after recording artists. Ani Lorak will not quit her solo career read a statement from Loraks press attache.


Kyiv Outlet Shuns Political Correctness - Whats Up?
The good people of Ukraine would never let a little thing like political correctness get in the way of what they find amusing, and the Kyivite ability to shock left-wingers increased dramatically recently with the appearance of a new window display which can be seen on the downtown Pushkinskaya Street. Starring three dolls, the display shows a father apparently angry at his shocked looking wifes new child, a smiling black baby. Needless to say, both mother and father are white!

Women Cops Found to be Less Corrupt - Whats Up?
Russian authorities are setting-up a women-only police unit after a study found that female officers are harder to corrupt. The new ladies-only police unit will primarily tackle traffic offences, crimes which, so the study says, male offices have taken a historically corrupt line on providing the motorist is willing to hand over the roubles.


Kyiv Mayor Rallies Citizens for City Clean - Whats Up?
The spiritual head of the Kyiv City Administration, Leonid Chernevitsky, performed a miracle when he managed to attract 60,000 volunteers to collect rubbish around town 2 September. Subotnik, or voluntary labour days, were staples of Soviet life, with citizens giving up their free time in order to improve their immediate environment and avoid being carted off to Siberian gulags.


East Ukrainian Man Makes Giant Spoon - Whats Up?
Bored miner Gennady Ostanin has literally been whittling away his precious time, creating the worlds largest wooden spoon. The impressive piece of tableware is 2m 74cm in length and has a capacity of 5 litres which as Gennady pointed out, is plenty of borsch.


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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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