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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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29 (2010)/2010
30 July - 5 August
Backpackers and Trailblazers
A guide to Kyivs budget accommodation for independent travellers

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From THE EDITOR (29) - Editorial
I never buy clothes in Kyiv. I always wait til I go home. Most people I know never buy clothes in Kyiv. Even Ukrainian friends and colleagues always try and wait til they're abroad to buy clothes. Why? Theyre just too expensive here. But sometimes needs must when the devil needs to show a bit of leg, so recently, just prior to the Whats On Legs 11 party, I found that Id outgrown my shorts (yes, getting fatter every day) and needed a new pair. I tried various stores but found, despite this only being the end of June, many of them were already out of their summer collections and were full of clothes for autumn (another not great sales plan, but thats for another editorial). I was finding it hard to find a pair of shorts. Eventually, I happened to be myself past Marks & Spencers on Kreshchatyk and decided to go in and have a look.


Smile and the World Smiles with You! - Whats Up?
Most new comers to Kyiv comment that the locals often look like they carry the worries of the world on their shoulders frowns and stern faces are the most common expressions. Locals in turn say that foreigners look like idiots walking around smiling all the time.
In an attempt to change these stereotypes a group of young Ukrainians gathered on the streets of Kyiv this weekend to encourage people to smile.


Whos Killing theAnimals at the Zoo? - Whats Up?
For months this story has been making big news in the local press, and as usual, things are not as they seem. Slowly but surely, the animals at Kyiv Zoo are dying, most in very suspicious circumstances.
Last year we reported on the fun story about an army of foreign experts coming to Kyiv Zoo to cut the toenails of its showcase animal, Boy the elephant. But sadly, a few months later, Boy was dead, apparently the victim of poisoning. Now his friend Samka the Rhino spends most of her days depressed and lonely in her adjacent enclosure.


On Yer Bike Putin! - Whats Up?
After playing host to Anna Chapman and the rest of the spooks returned to Moscow last week, welcoming them as heroes, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin headed down to Sevastopil to demonstrate his masculinity and status as a cool dude.
In a move akin to that which we might expect of our Mayor Chernovetsky who feels the need to demonstrate his machismo on a regular basis, Putin straddled a large Harley Davidson and cruised around the town and the surrounding countryside with a crowd of tattooed bikers.
The mans approval rating slumped to the lowest level since he took over as prime minister, and perhaps he thought this show of masculinity might boost his appeal.


Home of the Worlds Best Hackers - Whats Up?
Stories of gangs of computer hackers being traced to Ukraine are plentiful these days, and now it has been acknowledged that the countrys hackers are the best in the world.
InZero, a US based web security company, set up a laptop in a secure room in Washington D.C. a while back with the intention of using the device as a honey pot for all the world's busy bee hackers. Once the device was in place with all InZeros security software loaded, the company made it known through the murky world of hacker online chat forums that there was a document on it that they would not be able to access.


The Mess of Mel and Oksana - Whats Up?
We covered the story when Mel Gibson got together with Oksana Grigorieva, the Russian-born-Ukrainian-raised pianist and songwriter, and we commented then that having previously been married to a Russian businessman, a wealthy British artist, and actor Timothy Dalton (with whom she had a child) it was probably safe to use the words gold digger to describe her.
And it seems like we were right. Last week recordings of phone calls between the two, who have now separated and are going through a bitter custody battle over their child, appeared on the internet. And guess what? Surprise, surprise!


On the Other Side of the Camera - Kyiv Culture
As one of the countrys most expensive photographers, and a favourite of Playboy, there isnt much Oleksandr Morderer hasnt seen. As such, it seemed quite natural for us to want to find out more about him. Unfortunately, a few years ago he suffered at the hands of a journalist who published some rather inaccurate information about the man. So while this sought after photographer was slightly reluctant to talk with us, we managed to win him over, and get the goods on his first earnings, whos after the nudies and why he prefers to be behind the camera, rather than in front of it.


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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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