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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.


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20 April - 26 April
Kyiv Sizzles with Salsa!
Look inside for a number of Latin-inspired venues to tantalise your taste buds and tease your feet into action

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From THE EDITOR (14) - Editorial
A few weeks back, I sat down and had a look at the Ukrainian judicial system as it exists today. Examining some of the nuances, I connected a few dots between our current system and the one put in practice during the days of the Bolsheviks. I think I may even have alluded to the idea that the structure Ukraine had been using was based on a sound foundation, with a few tweaks and twists here and there that highly favoured those on top. Id like now to revoke that first analysis. After careful deliberation of the new Criminal Procedure Code, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on Friday of last week, there was nothing sound, sensible or just about the Soviet-era Code at all. Ten major changes have been introduced, each and every one of which is long overdue.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
21 April 1597
Leader of the Ukrainian Cossacks, Severyn Nalyvaiko, is executed. Supporters of Nalyvaiko hand him over to the Poles in exchange for their own lives. He is brought to Warsaw in a cage and publicly quartered. There are also versions about him being crowned with a white-hot iron crown or boiled alive in a copper cauldron.


New/Old Problems for the Euro - Whats Up?
Yet again, problems and controversy arise surrounding the EURO 2012 football tournament (co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland from 8 June 1 July). This time, hooliganism and racism are being denounced by Theo van Seggelen, secretary general at FIFpro, who has openly expressed his fears concerning the safety of footballers and visiting fans alike.


The Annihilation Along Andriivskiy - Whats Up?
Road works along Andriivskiy Uzviz have been ongoing for months now. What people thought was your average upgrade of infrastructure and drainage systems, has actually turned out to be much more. Ukraines richest man, Rinat Ahmetov, had his eyes set on a glitzy business centre. And while he hadnt intended to take down one 19th century building, and another built 40 years ago in mock 19th-century style, thats exactly whats happened.


Flower Power - Whats Up?
The Pechersk Lavra Park is a place where citizens and guests of the city can enjoy a walk through the lush green gardens, as well as the annual show of flowers, taking place each and every year. It opens this season on 28 April, with an exhibition of tulips. Make sure you get down to check out the sweet-smelling masterpieces when you can.

Just in Time - Whats Up?
The Death Match of 1942. Its a bedtime story every Ukrainian has been told a hundred times by their parents, who were in turn told by their parents. Its about Ukrainian footballers taking on the Nazis, and winning. Last week, however, it was banned from Ukrainian cinemas, authorities claiming the film might ignite explosive emotions.


Jour Fixe - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian President hasnt received his official invitation to Vladimir Putins inauguration yet, and hes starting to get a little hot under the collar. Planned for 7 May, we cant help but wonder whether Putins playing a little cat and mouse with Yanukovych. Wouldnt be the first time, and were sure it wont be the last.

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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.

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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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