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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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From THE EDITOR (9) - Editorial
Whats On has a feature this week that takes a brief look at the law and legal system here in Ukraine. In actual fact, there seems to be a legal thread of sorts that strings together a number of this weeks stories on liability, expatriation and bribes. Weve even brought in a professor of law to try and untangle ourselves from the tricky and rotten to the core (as stated by our own Hennadiy Moskal, Member of Parliament and former Crimean chief of police) system of justice that exists in this country. Its not that it cant work. We know it can. Its based on civil law after all, which is a European system known to function in highly civilised countries like Germany and France. Even during Communist rule, the foundation of civil law existed.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
16 March 1917
A huge demonstration takes place in Kyiv called the Day of Revolution. While running a protest rally, Kyivites demolish the monument of Stolypin, Prime Minister of Imperial Russia, erected in central Kyiv after his assassination six years before.

17 March 1917 
Kyiv creates a Central Rada a council better able to unite all political, public, cultural, and professional organisations. Mykhailo Hrushevskiy is elected as Head of the Rada. Five days later they publish their first declaration to Ukrainians, announcing the Rada as an authoritative body.


Hornets and History - Whats Up?
Uzbek Director Dzhanik Faiziev has set a few angry hornets flying with his recent release of the film, August Eighth. Alluding to the attack upon South Ossetia by Georgian forces in August of 2008, the action film has been banned here in Ukraine and Azerbaijan, and will undoubtedly have limited screenings elsewhere.
The plot sees a woman heading to South Ossetia to pick up her son from his grandmothers house. As she gets closer, she realises she is stuck in the middle of the war with Georgia.


The Smell of Spring - Whats Up?
While the city of Kyiv should have been kept in check by a couple of organisations, youll remember that up until 2012, there was one man and one man only who ruled the city, Leonid Chernovetsky. Unfortunately, he felt the need to flee the country, and so the position was taken over by Head of the Municipal Administration of the City of Kyiv (KMDA), Oleksandr Popov.


The Truth Hurts - Whats Up?
Ever think you have a friend? That friend is behind your back, sure, but hes probably doing something friendly, right? Not busily engaged in sticking the knife in. Well, as for Ukraine and its partner in Euro 2012, Poland, the latter is exactly what has been happening. So, what have the Poles been up to? Well, only touting their own city of Krakow, which incidentally is hosting no games at all, as a host city for Euro 2012. 
England, Holland and Italy have chosen to base themselves in Krakow and, spurred on by this, Chief Operating Officer of the Poland 2012 organising committee, Wojciech Folejewski, has said he will promote Krakow as the countrys fifth host city. There are now firm plans for a fan fest for 30,000 people in the centre, and, where do the Poles expect these people to come from?


No Means Not Now - Whats Up?
In a confusing interview with the Mirror Weekly newspaper recently, Ukraines Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryschenko has appeared to say one thing and then something completely different. Discussing (once again!) Ukraines chances of joining the EU at any time in the near future, he first stated, "Today the EU does not have the desire... Nor the resources to see Ukraine as a candidate country," and then rounded off by saying, European integration in our case is a plan for implementing European success recipes on Ukrainian soil."


A Lavish Fest - Whats Up?
This years Kyiv Day will be one for the record books. Not only are there dozens of events planned for those of us here on the right bank, the left bank gets in on all the fun too with its own humble little festival complete with fireworks and a 3D-laser show! They are unlikely, however, to top the musical fireworks that will be shown in the centre, for which Chinese specialists have been hired!


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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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