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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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From THE EDITOR (19) - Editorial
This weekend I was in Turkey in a beautiful 5-star resort just south of Kemer to celebrate the 40th birthday of my good friend and colleague, Stuart McKenzie, Managing Director of Pulse. The amount of people who made the trip is testament to just how respected not to mention well-loved this man is in Kyiv. There was a huge number of ex-pats and local businesspeople, and their partners there, and everyone had a great time. In fact, people flew in from all over the world just to be there. And to see how many different nationalities were represented from the Kyiv business community highlighted to me just how cosmopolitan and integrated this city has become. Stuart is a character of gargantuan proportions, and his energy and decency contribute greatly to ex-pat life here in town.


Medvedev Comes Wanting More - Whats Up?
Little Dmitry Medvedev, otherwise known as Putins Puppet, AKA the President of Russia turned up in town this week, once again wanting more from his Ukrainian counterpart. And in lightning fast time making it quite clear that the Russians are looking to screw as much as they can as quickly as they can, while they can, from their smaller neighbour.
Whats he wanting this time?


IMF Reopen Talks as S&P Raises Rating - Whats Up?
Standard and Poors raised Ukraines local and foreign currency ratings from junk to B+ and B respectively, giving both a positive outlook which could mean a further raise might not be too far off. Such a move could be possible, they said, if the country moves to a more sustainable financial position following the improvement in Naftogaz financing. 
At the same time, the IMF continued its negotiations on the disbursement of a further tranche of the $16.4 billion loan after the programme was suspended late last year after then president, Viktor Yushchenko passed a law significantly increasing social spending in the run up to the presidential elections. The IMF, however, have stated that fiscal consolidation and banking sector reforms were still areas of concern (politicians thievery was omitted from said list).


FEMEN Against Medvedev - Whats Up?
Yet again, the girls at FEMEN have been out on the streets protesting in their own inimitable style, and this time they were up in arms against the arrival of Medvedev, and, more specifically, the pro-Russian stance President Yanukovych is taking. Apparently they are concerned these moves might result in the total Russification of Ukraine, and their concern is so deep it moved them to exposing their breasts.


US Prosecutors to Audit Tymoshenkos Cabinet - Whats Up?
Now thats what you call opening a can of worms. People in glass houses shouldnt throw stones springs to mind too. But thats what the highly intelligent Yanukovych and his government are doing theyve hired the American firm Trout Cacheris to carry out a full audit of the financial and economic activity of state bodies in power in 2008 and 2009.
But, you big galumph, why only those years? What about the years you were prime minister? Why not get them audited too? Well, the answer to these questions, the big man obviously hasnt thought to ask himself.


A Peoples Charter for The People of Ukraine - Whats Up?
On Thursday 13 May, the People First Foundation launched a new grass roots from-the-bottom-up democracy campaign that they hope will result in a Peoples Charter for Ukraine. And thank God for that! Its certainly about time, as Yanukovych is busy selling the country to the Russians, while the rest of the lawmakers in the land are equally busy lining their own pockets.


Home Number Two - Kyiv Culture
Wanting to better understand just how far Ukraine has come, we here at ex-pat central thought we might ask some pertinent questions of those foreigners who have been here the longest. Youre all part and parcel of the Whats On readership and have seen many-a-thing on what many of you first considered a quick sojourn.


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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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