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7 (2014)
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 45 (2011)

45 (2011)/2011
9 December - 15 December
4 girls, 3 violins, 1 cello
The electric embodiment of eroticism in music Asturia

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From THE EDITOR (45) - Editorial
I received an email last week. Actually I received a few. But this one was different from the rest in that it had christened me with a title. On the lookout for experts here in Ukraine, someone had somehow got my name. As I scrolled down to see just what it was they were seeking (or selling), I half choked when I came upon the bit about would I consider being a Ukrainian expert correspondent on men.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
12 December 1674 
The Kyiv-Pechersk publishing house publishes its first short history of Ukraine from ancient times up until the 17th century. The book is called Synopsis. 
15 December 1699 
Pyotr I introduces the Julian calendar from Moscow. Henceforth, the new year begins  on 1 January as opposed to on 1 September.

9 December 1863 
Borys Hrinchenko, Ukrainian writer, ethnographer, lexicographer and historian is born.


Offer Champagne At Your Peril - Whats Up?
As the 29th richest man in Ukraine, worth almost $500 million, Yevgeny Chernyak probably thought he could get away with almost anything. Not so. He was recently attacked outside a bar in the southern city of Zaporizhya. A group of men set about him and his two bodyguards with feet, fists and bottles. 
He says it was an orchestrated attempt on his life. Others say it was revenge.


Parliamentary Election or Popularity Poll? - Whats Up?
Our friends and neighbours to the north and east have just been to the polls to vote in a parliamentary election. As well as electing folks to sit in the Russian Duma, many have called it a popularity contest for Vladimir Putin, the man who has sat at the helm of the country for the last 12, long years. 
According to Golos, the only independent monitoring group in Russia, as many as 5,300 complaints of violations of one form or another were reported during the day, which sounds like some fairly widespread vote rigging and ballot stuffing.


Its a Race for Last Place - Whats Up?
Transparency International, a global civil society organisation, has published their annual report on world corruption, and one doesnt have to throw away too many guesses to figure out just where Ukraine fits on the whole slippery scale. Moving on down from 134th in 2010, the country has demonstrated itself as far more corrupt than last year, acquiring 152nd place out of 183 in terms of corruption.


Kyiv Pride - Whats Up?
While there are many things that are light years behind the times in this country, we are happy to say there are a few issues that continue to plough through the din, taking their rightful place up there on the podium of human decency. Organised by activists here in Ukraine, as well as neighbouring Belorussia, our beloved capital will celebrate Kyiv Pride for the first time ever this spring.


Business 101 - Whats Up?
Adidas has taken on severe criticism about its Jabulani ball from the 2010 World Cup and has come up with a completely new, completely redesigned ball for EURO 2012. The company recognises its livelihood rests on its reputation. Imagine if the Ukrainian government took on that approach.


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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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