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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 (5) - Editorial
What has to be Kyivs biggest ever charitable ball took place at the weekend, and with 1,000 guests this years Carnavalia was a real spectacle. Many people were slightly confused at first when they heard it was to take place in the central railway station, but upon arrival it turned out to be a very good location. Entering on a red carpet through the main station foyer with guards and a mass of people looking on, one was made to feel at least a little special right from the start, and the Blue Ballroom upstairs was more than I am sure most people were expecting with its classic design and luxurious feel. From then on it was a whirlwind of entertainment as guests were taken on a trip around the globe from France to Africa and from India to Austria, and of course, some excellent music and dance from Ukraine.


Lutsenko Speaks Out from Prison - Whats Up?
Former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko has spoken from inside his prison cell, saying he is not facing any particular hardships, but that hes really missing his family. The conditions I face are standard, he told Kommersant Ukraine in an interview. A nine-square-metre cell for three people with iron bunks. There is a brick desk, a brick chair, a concrete floor, a washbasin and a last-century lavatory pan, a TV, a kettle and a light bulb.


Sale of Ukrtelecom Almost Done and Dusted - Whats Up?
Vienna-based Epic investment house has agreed to buy a 93% stake in Ukrtelecom for $1.3 billion dollars after all rivals were excluded from the tender process under very dubious circumstances.
Many top European telecoms companies who had expressed interest in the sale including Deutsche Telekom and Norways Telenor were prohibited from taking part because theyre more than 25% government owned. And then, on a somewhat contradictory ruling, other interested parties were excluded from bidding because they have more than a 25% share of the Ukrainian market.


Visa-free Travel to Israel - Whats Up?
Weve been keeping a close eye on this story, and finally the good news has arrived: Ukrainians can now travel to Israel as tourists without a visa! The agreement signed between Israel and Ukraine now allows for visa-free travel for both countries, and both countries expect the agreement to increase tourism.
Israel expects to see a 40% increase in Ukrainians visiting the country this year.


Ukraines Top Earning Pop Stars - Whats Up?
Segodnya newspaper has published a list of the top-earning Ukrainian pop-stars, and while none of them are making the billions some global stars make, theyre still earning amounts that might make your eyes bulge, at least a little.
Top of the list is the sixty-three-year-old Sofia Rotaru who earned a not unsubstantial $4.76 million last year alone. You might not have heard of her, because she rose to stardom in the 70s mostly due to her collaboration with Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Ivasyuk. But she remains very popular, still looks pretty good for her age and commands 55,000 euros per performance.


Chernovetsky Returns to Work - Whats Up?
Has anyone missed him? Has anyone even noticed he wasnt there? Well we here at Whats On certainly did, because he was a constant source of highly entertaining stories for us, with his spacecowboy-like antics. But then, almost as soon as Yanukovych came to power, and without elections, our very own cosmonaut disappeared and Oleksandr Popov was made head of Kyiv City Administration, first as acting head, and then, in November last year, he was the made the official head: again, without elections.


Ukraines Veritable Vernacular - Ukraine Today
We have a couple of themes in the magazine this week, not least of which are special days dedicated to special things. One of those special days namely 21 February just happens to be the International Day of Mother Language, and while it would be easy, especially for Whats On, to put together some trivial feature about the ways in which our mothers insist on speaking to us, regardless of how old either party gets, what we are talking about has to do more with the native language each of us speaks depending on where we were brought up.


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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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