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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.


What's On Archive 44 (2010)

44 (2010)/2010
26 November - 2 December
Things to do on the Long Winter Nights
Dont Stay in Bed, or Stay in Bed!

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From THE EDITOR (44) - Editorial
Last week my partner (business) and I took a trip out to Obolon to hit some golf balls at the driving range there, and I have to say that while its been over a year since I struck a ball, and the clubs I was using werent mine, I was very happy with the result. While there were numerous duffers leaving my tee, I struck some very good balls and was delighted to see many of them flying straight and true. But thats not what this is about. While we were there we got talking to the lady who owns the place, Olga Bondareva, and I was very happy to hear she is a regular reader of our magazine, and specifically these editorials of mine. I like what you write very much, she said, which made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.


A Soviet New Year - Whats Up?
Yanukovych and his team of galloots may well have just returned from Brussels where they tried to persuade EU leaders they are good guys, not at all in the pocket of Putin, and trying to promote the image theyre doing everything for the good of Ukraine. But it seems they just cannot let go of their Soviet roots as is clearly demonstrated by this year's incredible New Year decorations.


Whats Going on with the Weather? - Whats Up?
Weve all been enjoying something of a heat wave throughout the last month or so, and its good news for most of us that winter seems to be taking its time coming. Last weekend temperatures reached 19 degrees Celsius in Kyiv, the highest recorded November temperature since 1927.
As we write, temperatures are still hovering around ten degrees, and havent dropped much below that so far this autumn (which is a good thing due to the dodgy nature of the communal heating system, which appears to be particularly dodgy so far this year), when usually were experiencing temperatures well below zero by now.


Rebelling Against the New Tax Code - Whats Up?
If you didnt already know many of the countrys citizens are opposed to the new tax legislation, you would have got the idea if you were in Palace Ukraine last Sunday evening to take in a performance from the Vienna Strauss Orchestra. What should have been a sedate and cultured affair turned into pandemonium when it was announced Ukraines prime minister was in attendance. The whole auditorium erupted in whistles, hoots and shouts of Ganba (shame on you) as soon as Azarovs name was mentioned.


New Rules for Smoking - Whats Up?
We think even the most ardent smokers (our chief editor included) will be happy with this one new legislation is to be passed early next year banning smoking from all Kyivs cafes, bars and restaurants. Well, almost
What the new legislation currently being discussed by the Kyivrada says is that all Kyivs bars and restaurants will need to create separate smoking rooms. These smoking rooms should be completely separate from the rest of the establishment, and, it is also suggested, should be without tables or chairs making it somewhere people only visit to smoke.


Visa-Free Road Map For Ukraine - Whats Up?
Yes, at the EU-Ukraine summit on Monday, the EU has signed an action plan on visa liberalisation for Ukraine. But dont get too excited just yet. Its not going to happen tomorrow. And while Yanukovych is desperately trying to gain political brownie points from the agreement, saying, The key result of todays meeting was the presentation of the action plan towards a visa-free regime for Ukraine.


Running Ukraines Leading Electronics Retailer - My Kyiv
Uwe Klenk, from the Alps region of Austria, has 25 years retail experience, more than half of which was spent working for Walmart International both in Europe and North America where he was Chief Merchandise Officer in charge of procurement, sales, logistics, supply chain, marketing and private labour. Bringing all that expertise here to Ukraine (where it is badly needed) initially as a consultant, he is now the CEO of Foxtrot, Ukraines largest electronics retailer.


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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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