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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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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18 (2011)/2011
20 May - 26 May
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Nu metal rockers Korn come to Kyiv with their latest album

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From THE EDITOR (18) - Editorial
The news this week is, there is no news. As you will all be well aware, Whats On is an entertainment magazine: were not into serious investigative journalism here. But we do try to keep you informed on some of the more serious topics, albeit in an entertaining manner. In our little Whats Up news section at the beginning of the magazine, we take the top stories and write them up in our own unique and humourous style. However, recently, were finding it more and more difficult to find the top stories. We know, for example, the government is doing some terrible things, but its not reported upon. We know there are all sorts of corporate raids going on, but theyre not being reported upon. Ukrainian news is just not showing up in the numbers it used to, or should be.


AI Activist Ordered to Undergo Psychiatric Examination - Whats Up?
This is the best one weve come across for a while an Amnesty International human rights activist has been ordered by a Ukrainian court to undergo psychiatric examination for his excessive awareness of his own human rights and militant insistence in defending them. 
This absurd news came to light in a recent Amnesty International report which states that the observance of human rights in Ukraine has seriously deteriorated under Yanukovychs administration. And sadly, many of the AI allegations are far more serious than the ludicrous example stated above. Restrictions on freedom of expression are on the increase, as are cases of torture and unfair trials.


Embassy of God Looking for Promised Land - Whats Up?
Nigerian preacher Sunday Adelaja has apparently realised land in Ukraine is a very valuable commodity and is trying to snatch as much of it as possible. Most recently an application for two square kilometers of land for a church appeared before the local council of Kotsyubynske near Kyiv.
After some discussion, the council decided that this land was a little much for a church.


Ukraine Talks Nonsense About Expulsion of Czech Diplomats - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has denied any connection between the expulsion of Czech diplomats and Prague granting political asylum to ex-Minister for the Economy, Bohdan Danylyshyn. Well, they would say that, wouldnt they, but in the statement made by Oleh Voloshyn, Director of the information policy department (interesting name for a department) at the Foreign Ministry, it seems either Pragues stance on Danylyshyn was a factor, or the diplomats in question are being accused of some serious spying or something of the like.


International Rally Championship Coming to Ukraine for the First Time - Whats Up?
Despite the idiots in power, Ukraine is proving more and more popular as a location for large events. Next year, we of course have the EURO 2012 football finals, but well before then, for the first time ever, a stage in the global Intercontinental Rally Challenge will take place in Ukraine. And if youre a fan of the sport you should get your tickets now as it kicks off in Yalta the first weekend in June.


Music to my Ears? Live v Electronic: Debate the Motion - Special Feature
Whats On enjoys a good fight, and there are few more contentious topics to fight about than music, especially electronic music. Love it or hate it, the arrival of electronic music changed the musical world forever, and technology keeps it evolving and progressing. Can live music compete? Is it better? We let two top performers from different ends of the musical spectrum fight it out.


The court is in session. Kamon!!! defends their identity - Kyiv Celebrities
Continuing our investigation of rumours and gossip about Ukrainian celebrities, we invited the band Kamon!!! to defend themselves and sort the truth from the fiction. Scandalous anti-glam singers Alice and Ksyusha were glad to come and take sweet revenge for all the dirt they hear about themselves.


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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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