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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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46 (2011)/2011
16 December - 22 December
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We get up early with the Guten Morgen team on M1

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From THE EDITOR (46) - Editorial
We seem to be addicted to Friends. Not the actual relationships one forges with others because of shared interests, values, goals (although were pretty keen on those too), but the ten-year running series highlighting the antics of six twenty-/thirty-somethings in New York City. Watching an episode or three earlier this week, I reluctantly unplugged myself from my TV drip after the one where Joey goes online to become an ordained minister so that he can marry Monica and Chandler.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
19 December 
The day Orthodox religions celebrate St Nicholas. At dawn, children look for gifts hidden underneath their pillows. Only those who have been nice get presents. Those who have been naughty are given a switch. 

18 December 1878 
Joseph Stalin is born. As the head of the Soviet UNI0N from 1922 1953, he is responsible for the massive repression of the Ukrainian intelligentsia and the genocide, which killed millions in 1932-33.


Yulia Behind Bars Indefinitely - Whats Up?
The media being the tool that it is in this part of the world, we have to wonder how much credibility there is in this latest story regarding our imprisoned former PM. Possibly none. Considering who is making the claims, and how the authorities have treated her so far in their selective application of the law, however, it could also possibly be completely true. Let us try to explain.


American Plastic Gets a New Look - Whats Up?
Theres a new Holodomor-themed credit card that has come out in the US. They are claiming 1% of all purchases made with the famine-themed card will go to a special charity fund, which will be used to build memorials throughout Ukraine. Reactions have been varied. Bohdan Korolenko from the Institute of National Remembrance in Kyiv says, Its another good mechanism to having Holodomor remembered. While political analyst Viktor Pirozhenko says, Buying groceries with a famine-inspired card is a blasphemy.


Ukrainian and British Wrestlers Getting it On! - Whats Up?
A very strange phenomenon is happening in Salford, UK in the run up to the 2012 Summer Olympics. According to reports in the British press, five British wrestlers have married five Ukrainians sent over to the countrys top training camp to help them prepare for the games. 
So far, four Ukrainian men have married young female British wrestlers whom they met at the training camp, and Yana Stadnik, one of the best female wrestlers in the world, recently got hitched to British heavyweight champion Leon Rattigan.


New Ukrainian Ambassador - Whats Up?
Thanks to the people over at UEFA promoting the big football championships this summer, the girls over at FEMEN promoting Victorias Secret, and the president over in parliament promoting his lack of awareness of all thats fair, right and moral, the world is becoming rather well acquainted with Ukraine these days. Found on CBS television every Monday night, there is another character weve come across recently who continues to familiarise the world with the Slavic ethos: his name is Oleh and hes a Ukrainian short-order cook.
The gig is a series called 2 Broke Girls and stars Skokie native Jonathan Kite, who flips burgers in Brooklyn while throwing out bawdy one-liners dressed with a thick Eastern European accent.


Ukrainian Official Behind Stolen Wheels - Whats Up?
We already know the Ukrainian government is a tad bit shady, but this story tops the lot. As reported by Germanys Der Spiegel earlier this week, a Mercedes, which was reported stolen in Germany, has allegedly been smuggled to Ukraine and become the official automobile of Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych. 
Apparently, two businessmen from Baden-Wurttemburg had been driving the 2009 Mercedes GL 420 and reported it stolen last year. During an investigation, police uncovered a scheme that involved the two men smuggling cars to Eastern Europe.


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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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