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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.


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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13 May - 19 May
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From THE EDITOR (17) - Editorial
On Monday, after a couple of cold and pretty miserable days, the weather turned warm and sunny once again, and we (thats the royal we) headed out for a walk. While meandering meaninglessly through Mariinskiy Park I suddenly found I needed to relieve myself, and as there arent any public facilities in the park (at least, not that we could find), we headed to the road to look for a café or something similar. Walking down a side street, we found one and entered, whereby we were immediately greeted by a booming voice and a big smile. This little café was kinda cool on the inside, with a small bar on the far wall, wooden tables and chairs laid around in a pleasantly haphazard manner, and a simple but pleasing décor.


Tymoshenko Case: Making a Mockery of Law - Whats Up?
They say there is no rule of law in Ukraine, and theyd be right. Especially when two masters of evasion and abuse of law are pitted against each other. Last week the Prosecutor Generals Office finally launched a criminal case against former prime minister Tymoshenko for abuse of power during the gas contract negotiations with Russia in 2009.
After that, it all gets kinda blurry as one might expect. First of all, Yulia demanded that she be represented by Serhiy Vlasenko, a law maker from her own party.


Ukraines Ambassador to the EU Hits Out at Europol Report - Whats Up?
Ukraines Ambassador to the EU, Kostiantyn Yelisiyev, has responded angrily to a recent report from Europol, the EUs crime-fighting agency, which states that the bid by Romania and Bulgaria to join the Schengen zone and proposed visa exemptions for former Yugoslav countries, Ukraine and Moldova could increase the threat of organised crime.
The report issued by Europol, entitled Organised Crime Threat Assessment, was based on more than 70,000 pages of intelligence collected from member police forces over two years.


Victory Day Celebrations Turn Sour in Lviv - Whats Up?
As President Yanukovych gave his traditional Victory Day speech in Kyiv, declaring: The victory of fascism is the festival that unites the Ukrainian people, people in Lviv were going at each other over that very victory.
It all kicked off as about 100 people, among them WWII veterans, gathered at the Hill of Glory memorial in the city along with members of the Russian Unity and Motherland parties.


Norway Denies Asylum to Gaddafis Nurse - Whats Up?
Were not quite sure how she managed to get away from the evil tyrant, but the Ukrainian nurse whos been tending to Gaddafis personal needs for several years now turned up in Norway at the weekend demanding political asylum.
The Norwegians said: Eh, no, in response to her appeal, and rightly so as the SBU said it had no plans to take action against Halyna Kolotnystka as she was not in violation of Ukrainian law.


The Danger of Self Treatment - Whats Up?
Weve all done it here in Ukraine: feel something a little wrong, look it up on Google, and decided were dying of cancer or a brain tumour. Certainly, when you come from a country like the UK where absolutely every drug is controlled and only available under prescription, then theres no other choice than to go and see your doctor when theres something wrong. And, of course, theres a tendency to trust said doctor and his diagnosis.


It Wasnt My Fault! - Ukraine Today
Given that the phrase Ya ne vinovat! (Its not my fault!) is one of the first that an expat would be advised to learn in either Russian or Ukrainian, todays unofficial holiday, International Blame Someone Else Day, seems especially appropriate.
Falling on the first Friday the 13th of any given year, this under-celebrated and most human of holidays and the concept underlying it come under the Whats On spotlight.


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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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