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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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35 (2010)/2010
24 September - 30 September
Ukraines Top RnB Duo!
Tamerlan and Alena Omargalieva tell us all about the new music theyre making

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From THE EDITOR (35) - Editorial
Last weekend, some friends and I took a trip to Odesa where we luxuriated in the eclectic atmosphere, steaks from the Steakhouse, and a cold beer or two: its always a wonderful place for a short break. But thats not what this editorial is about, its about something else. On the way back we were listening to music from a memory stick when this frantic super-fast up-tempo fiddle and brass music blared from the speakers. Who is that? I asked. No one actually new, but everyone was impressed by it. After listening to numerous tracks, I finally googled what I assumed to be one of the titles of a song and found the band to be the No Smoking Orchestra, who style themselves as a gypsy-punk band from the Balkans.


Medvedev and Yanukovych: Boys in Boys Toys - Whats Up?
Taking a break from the hectic schedule of forming dictatorships (tiresome work, were sure), the presidents of Ukraine and Russia took part in a vintage rally at the weekend to commemorate a similar event organised by Tsar Nicholas II 100 years ago, before he was shot obviously. 
Little Medvedev and lumbering Yanukovych got behind the wheels of two vintage Pobedas and drove from just south of St Petersburg to Kyiv via Moscow.


Tymoshenko Complains About Security Services - Whats Up?
Weve not heard from her from a while, and were not sure whether this is because shes keeping a low profile, or because the government is censoring the press. We think the latter, but either way, ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has appeared in the press this week (albeit the Turkish press), complaining about intimidation from the SBU.
According to the report, shes accused Ukraines Security Service of pressuring members of her party and making threatening calls. Tymoshenko said that the SBU had summoned one of her party members, Oleksandr Turchynov, for questioning last Friday, denouncing the move as a strategy of intimidation.


Ukraine to Host Winter Olympics 2022? - Whats Up?
The unfettered sense of optimism displayed by many Ukrainians in positions of authority warms the cockles of your heart. Right as the country is in the middle of screwing up preparations for EURO 2012, head of the National Olympic Committee Serhiy Bubka has been visiting the Lviv region to view potential sites for hosting the winter Olympics in 2022.


Language Bill Could Split Ukraine - Whats Up?
A new bill currently under consideration by the Verkhovna Rada concerning the teaching of the Russian language in Ukraine could cause all sorts of problems if passed, says the opposition.
Since independence the debate on Ukrainian vs. Russian has raged on, and now our lovely pro-Russian government has come to power, its raised its ugly head once again. The new law under consideration demands that parents enrol their children in Russian language classes, and students will have to attend Russian language groups, and it will have the Ukrainian nationalists up in arms if it is passed.


Whats Happening to the Hryvnia? - Whats Up?
For months now weve all been treated to a very stable hryvnia. When the new government came to power, it gained a little against the dollar and has been sitting nicely at around 7.9 ever since. This has led pundits and journalists alike to view it optimistically and theres been many a recent article saying it should gain more ground over the coming months.


Follow Your Instincts - Special Feature
Life is full of temptations and enticements. And if you get the chance, you should take the opportunity to try every single one of them. At least when it comes to genuinely delicious pure Belgian chocolate.
While it may seem like this country should be higher up in the ranks, Ukraine currently sits at 13th when it comes to world chocolate consumption.


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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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