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7 (2014)
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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35 (2009)/2009
25 September - 1 October
If You Get Tangled  Up Tango On!
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From THE EDITOR (35) - Editorial
We moan a lot about the implementation of the visa regulations here in Ukraine, how complicated it is to be able to reside in the country for a long period of time, and the contradictory information provided by the various governmental bodies involved. But we should think ourselves lucky we dont face the problems Ukrainians face when trying to travel abroad. At the start of the year, the EU and Ukraine agreed a new visa facilitation process that was supposed to make it much easier for local people to get a visa to visit an EU country. However, many still face rejection. Recently Ive had the chance to speak to two young Ukrainian women who have had their visas rejected. Coincidentally, both had applied for visas for Italy. Both women are in good, stable jobs with strong connections to Ukraine, and wanted to go to Italy to see the country and visit long term family-friends or relatives. Both had their applications rejected without explanation.


Church Says No to Elton John - Whats Up?
While their reasoning may be wrong, theyre probably right in saying Elton John shouldnt be allowed to adopt the Ukrainian boy he has his heart set on. The churchs reason for saying no is that Elton is gay and only married couples should be allowed to adopt, but the reasons they should be quoting is that the aging pop star is renowned for his petulant tantrums, his self-centred narcissism, and the fact that hes 62 years old.
A man close to retirement age would generally be expected to act in a mature manner, but Elton is better known for his baby like hissy fits.


Tymoshenko Launches Tourist Police - Whats Up?
Well, she talks about it at least. But it sounds like good news doesnt it a police force to protect tourists and visitors to the country? Thats usually what is meant by the term when theyve been launched in countries such as Mexico where foreigners are often targets for corrupt police forces. For a minute there we were thinking wed have someone to complain to when spotty youths have stopped us on Kreshchatyk and demanded a fine because we dont have our passports with us.
Wishful thinking is the category that thought falls into, because what this new police force will actually be doing is the thoroughly worthwhile job of checking that tour buses are parked correctly, tour guides are properly licensed, and, youve guessed it, checking tourist documentation.


Ukraines Economy Hits Bottom? - Whats Up?
According to investment bank Rennaisance Capital, Ukraines economy has hit the bottom, and macroeconomic fundamentals indicate a recovery. However, it qualified this statement by saying that the biggest remaining risk facing the country is the disorderly devaluation of the currency.
This risk cannot be dismissed out of hand due to continued capital account pressures and inconsistent policies of the National Bank of Ukraine, but remains unlikely, the bank said in a statement.


World Bank Approves $400 Million Loan - Whats Up?
While Yushchenko moans about the IMF, the World Bank announced it has approved a $400 million loan to try and give Ukraines struggling banking sector a bit of a boost. With the people of Ukraine having been stung in the past, deposits in Ukraines banks plunged by 30% from September 2008 through to May this year as customers rushed to withdraw their savings and put the cash into something more solid and tangible. A senior official at the NBU said that panicked Ukrainians withdrew a total of 50 billion hryvnia ($5.8 billion) during the crisis. The flagging currency has also contributed to continuing the trend.


Yushchenko Attacks IMF Leniency - Whats Up?
President Viktor Yushchenko has accused the IMF of being too lenient on Tymoshenkos government, according to a report in the Financial Times. In the report, Yushchenko repeatedly accused the prime minister of pushing populist policies, citing her failure to raise gas prices for households and an unrealistic budget for next year, while failing to address the real issues needed to bring the country out of recession.
Neither the World Bank nor the IMF did the work that had been foreseen to shift the government towards reform, Yushchenko is quoted as saying. Tymoshenko, to no ones surprise, launched a counter attack saying that Yushchenko was trying to sabotage her presidential bid and her efforts to pull the country out of recession.


Moscow Holidays, Act II - This Week
Mezzamo and Pro100Maria (Electro Clash, Synth), Art Club 44 (44B Khreshchatyk), 25 September at 22.00
Every year more and more young bands appear on stage with sounds that are energetic and fresh and never heard before. One of this years breakthroughs in Russian pop music is a band that, exploding with enthusiasm at the Stereoleto Festival in Russia, has come now to Kyiv to play for you. Supported by another Russian/Ukrainian pop band Pro100Maria, together, Mezzamo is planning on conquering you with their electro clash and synth rhythms.


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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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