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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.


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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 (11) - Editorial
Last week it was announced, finally, that criminal charges had been brought against former president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, for his involvement in the murder of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze back in 2000 (the news breaking just after wed gone to print on the last issue!). Now it should be made clear hes not been charged with murder, but with exceeding his authority and abuse of power. Even so, the question has to be asked, why? After all these years, why has the current administration levelled these charges now? Well, Ive been asking this question over the past week, and the answers I received were very interesting, and humourous. This is a country where conspiracy theories actually have grounds to exist, and I heard many.


Fairest Man in All Ukraine - Whats Up?
The Person of the Year event took place at the weekend, and people fell off their chairs when Serhiy Kivalov was announced as Lawyer of the Year, and it was said he was the most fair-minded man in the whole of Ukraine.
Kivalov was head of the Central Election Committee during the 2004 elections that were declared a fraud and led to the mass street protests known as the Orange Revolution.


The End of Permanent Residency Permits - Whats Up?
In a shock move, the government called for the cancellation of permanent residency permits for foreigners. Instead, as of 1 April, those foreigners who currently hold or have applied for such permits through marriage or by fulfilling other criteria will not have to become Ukrainian citizens and carry full Ukrainian passports. 
Under Ukrainian law, duel citizenship is not allowed, so this also means they will have to forfeit citizenship of their home country if they wish to continue to have the benefits of living permanently in the country.


iPhones Blocked in Ukraine - Whats Up?
Its a well-known fact that iPhones are not legally sold in Ukraine, but that has not stopped them becoming the most popular smartphone in Kyiv. Until now that is.
After a complaint from Apple, as of 1 April 2011, all mobile telecommunications service providers have been instructed to block iPhones from their networks. The result will be that as of this date, iPhones simply will not work on any Ukrainian mobile network.


Ukraine Loses EURO 2012 to Moldova - Whats Up?
The countrys worst fears have been recognised, and after last weeks announcement by the president that the completion date for the reconstruction of Kyivs Olympic Stadium has once more been postponed (now until autumn), UEFA has decided enough is enough. In a public announcement on 1 April, a spokesman said that Ukraine has been removed from the picture, and now Moldova will co-host the EURO 2012 football finals along with Poland.


Walking Over 100 Kilometres For Chornobyl - Ukraine Today
Long distance walks have in the West been used as a way to bring attention to particular causes and raise money for them for many years now. But to our knowledge nothing of the kind has happened in Ukraine, until now, that is. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear accident, Lee Roberts of the British Embassy here in Kyiv came up with the harebrained idea of walking all the way from the centre of Kyiv to Chornobyl, all 110kms (over 68 miles). We caught up with him and some colleagues hed roped in last weekend as they attempted their first practice walk to find out what its all about.


Banking on a Positive Future! - My Kyiv
Steven Fisher is, quite literally, a man of the world. His work with Citibank, which hes been a part of for 26 years, has taken him to New York, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Czech Republic, England, and Russia. Hes lived and worked in each one for several years, giving him the chance to experience the culture and way of life of all these countries. Hes been in Ukraine for almost a year now, and ranks it amongst the best.


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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.

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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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