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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.


What's On Archive 37 (2009)

37 (2009)/2009
9 October - 15 October
Kyiv Party Animals!
We talk to some of Kyivs top party goers who share their experiences

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Moon - Kyiv Kino
Directed by Duncan Jones
Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Great Britain 2009

Starring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Robin Chalk
As a faithful employee for three long years, Sam Bell (Rockwell) is nearing the end of his contract with Lunar Industries, which operates a mining operation on the far side of the moon. Using automated mining machines, the company mines Helium-3, a precious gas that holds the key to reversing the Earths energy crisis.


From THE EDITOR (37) - Editorial
Summer was long this year in fact it seemed to last right up until the end of September, and even into a little of October so we cant really complain that it is over. But it is over, temperatures have dropped quite sharply and autumn is well and truly upon us. That is kind of a depressing thought for many people, but I like autumn, and it is a good time here in Kyiv the parks are even more beautiful with all the red, brown and orange hues of the falling leaves (although many have gone quickly brown which has to be a result of all the pollution from the traffic), dodging falling chestnuts becomes an interesting pastime (have you ever been hit on the head by one? They come down hard!), the air is fresh and cool, the terraces remain open and it is nice to sit on them with friends wrapped cosily in blankets, the excitement of wondering whether the water in your morning shower will be hot or not has returned, a gentle rain falls occasionally adding a little variety to our daily experience, and theres plenty to do indoors when the weather turns a little off.


Ukraine Cyber Criminals Steal 300,000 Euros - Whats Up?
Theres no doubt about it, Ukrainians have a talent for computers, and even when they use that talent for nefarious purposes, they do it very well. Proving this, one gang of Ukrainian hackers has developed highly sophisticated ways of remaining undetected when stealing huge sums of money from internet banks, a new report declares.
According to the report from security firm, Finjan, a Ukrainian gang stole 300,000 Euros from German online banks using a sophisticated piece of malicious software which fooled banks anti-fraud systems as well as forging bank statements to hide the thefts.


Naftogaz Defaults on Eurobond - Whats Up?
Ukraines strangely impoverished state energy firm, Naftogaz, said it had not repaid a $500 million Eurobond by its maturity deadline, causing rating agency Fitch to downgrade it to restricted default. It is, however, seeking to restructure the loan, and a deal is expected to be struck soon.
Seen by foreign investors as a symbol of Ukraines failing fortunes, Naftogaz should be very wealthy considering it transports gas from Russia to Europe, and throughout the world, gas transportation companies tend to be hugely profitable. But instead it is in discussions with bondholders to restructure its entire foreign debt by swapping it for a new 5-year bond worth $1.65 billion with a 9.5% coupon.


Ukraine Vs England to be Internet Only - Whats Up?
The World Cup qualifier taking place this Saturday in Dnipropetrovsk will be shown live in the UK exclusively to subscribers on the internet who will have to pay a minimum of £4.99 for the privilege, according to a report from the BBC. It will be the first time UK viewers have not been able to watch England play live on TV.
Kentaro an international agency appointed by the Ukrainian Football Federation originally sold the UK rights for the game to Setanta, but when the pay-per-view TV company collapsed recently, digital sport specialist Perform was appointed to stream the match online instead.


Mother Appears in Elton John Adoption Plan - Whats Up?
Were we the only people wondering how long it would take for the mother of the little Ukrainian boy Elton John talked of adopting to appear out of the woodwork? Probably not, in fact, the big surprise to most people is that it took so long. She has appeared in an interview with the British Sun newspaper, appealing to Elton to drop his adoption plans. No need dear, hes already been refused.
She told the newspaper (using that term in the loosest sense of the word), that shes trying to get her life back on track so that she could get her son back from the Ukrainian orphanage where he lives now. I love him so much and desperately want him back so I can hold him, she said.


Odesa Plant Sale Collapses in Farce - Whats Up?
Corruption is endemic in Ukraine, and it starts right at the top, as can be clearly demonstrated by the collapse last week of the privatisation sale of the Odesa Port fertilisation plant. The State Property Fund, the agency that deals with privatisations, had said it expected around $1 billion from the sale, but at the end of the live-televised auction, officials declared the plant sold for only $624 million, at which point the broadcast went off air.
The whole debacle is another clear indicator of just how wide the rift now is between the president and the prime minister.


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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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