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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 14 (2011)

14 (2011)/2011
22 April - 28 April
The Amazing Spoon Bender
The incredible mind of Uri Geller is soon going to be on display in Ukraine

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From THE EDITOR (14) - Editorial
Two things of note happened at the weekend Brian Bonner was sacked from the Kyiv Post for allegedly publishing an article when hed been told not to (see page 4), and I went out to a local steakhouse for dinner on Saturday night. Now, these two things may seem unconnected (and Id like to make it absolutely clear that the latter was not a celebration of the former) but there is a basis for bringing the two of them together in this article. You see, the interview that supposedly led to Bonners dismissal was with the Minister of Agriculture, Mykola Prysazhnyuk, in which he was asked some very difficult questions about grain quotas and the newly formed Khlib InvestBud (which seemed to get more than its fair share), while the price I paid for the steak seemed to me excessive.


Plastic Surgeon Convicted - Whats Up?
For the first time in Ukrainian legal history, a plastic surgeon has been convicted of malpractice, opening the door for many others whove been mutilated at the hands of some very unprofessional surgeons.
Having said that, its taken a long time, as the claim was first brought against the surgeon five years ago. The woman who brought the claim, named only as Oksana, had simply wanted to remove the bags from under her eyes and reduce her nasolabial folds, but upon awaking from anesthesia she discovered the surgeon had lifted her whole face. As a result her face had lost its symmetry, and, much worse, it was covered in little scars. In addition, the surgeon had damaged her trigeminal nerve leaving the unfortunate woman with a permanent twitch.


Closer Ties Between China and Ukraine - Whats Up?
How the world is changing! While almost all countries in the West are struggling under massive debt and gargantuan trade deficits, China is, somewhat ironically, raking it in. Sitting on huge sums of cash adding up to trillions of dollars, and having recently recorded a terribly low trade surplus of only $6.5 billion, it is in an exceptionally powerful financial position.
And its offered some of that financial clout to Ukraine at exceptionally good rates. According to Prime Minister Azarov, China is ready to issue credits to Ukraine under conditions more favourable than those offered by other partners.


Kyiv Cars Switch to Gas - Whats Up?
Kyiv car owners are having their vehicles converted to run on Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) due to the rocketing (excuse the pun) price of petrol in the country. With a litre of A-95 topping the dreaded 10hrv price mark for the first time, a huge number of Kyivites are having their cars fitted with the LPG cylinders in the hope of saving some kopeks.
The conversion is a simple one, and a car fitted with LPG will run just as well on petrol for those times when propane cant be found. And while fuel consumption is around the same for both petrol and propane, the cost of the latter is currently about 50% of the price of the former locally, offering massive savings. Its also a much cleaner fuel to use.


A Cure for Cancer? - Whats Up?
This week, scientists from the Lviv Institute of Biology claim to have discovered an enzyme thats capable of killing cancer cells. They claim to have discovered a micro-organism called Argenina which attacks cancer cells, and have been able to isolate the active enzyme, with which they're producing a drug called Argenaze.
This treatment is very similar to enzyme therapy, discovered by British scientists, but the geniuses in Lviv claim their enzyme can be produced for a seventh of the cost.


Kyiv Post Editor Dismissed in Censorship Storm - Whats Up?
A furore erupted within the ex-pat and media communities on Friday when it was announced on facebook that Mohammad Zahoor, Publisher of the Kyiv Post, had dismissed the Chief Editor of the English-language newspaper, Brian Bonner, because hed refused to pull an interview with Agriculture Minister, Mykola Prysyazhnyuk.
A facebook page apparently created by journalists at the Kyiv Post dedicated to the reinstatement of Bonner as chief editor claimed that during a late night call between Zahoor and Bonner, Zahoor had asked Bonner to pull the story because the minister in question did not like it.


Messing with Your Mind! - Kyiv Culture
A few weeks ago I was scanning through channels on my TV when suddenly I came across Uri Geller, his voice dubbed over in Ukrainian. This was a man Id first seen on television when I was only seven years old, and back then Id been mesmerised by him bending a spoon simply by gently rubbing it. And now here he was on Ukrainian TV! A quick email to his website got us an almost instant response, and a few days later I was on my way to meet him in the Hyatt, and I have to admit I was quite excited by the prospect.
Uri Geller first shot to fame in the early seventies with his amazing spoon-bending act. Since then he has drifted in and out of the spotlight as one of the worlds leading mentalists, as a close friend of the late, great Michael Jackson, and various other reasons.


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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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