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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 35 (2012)

35 (2012)/2012
28 September - 4 October
Real life is better than Fiction
Thats what girls on the new hit show Davai, Dopobachenya will tell you

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From THE EDITOR (35) - Editorial
Weve got an interesting issue this week, suitably highlighting just how eclectic Ukraine can sometimes be. On the cover, Vika and Olesya take to the streets with placards that read, Where are all the men and Well, goodbye. The second sign is the English translation of the name of a new show on television channel 1+1, called Davai, Dopobachenya. It gathers 30 single women from all walks of life, who are asked to judge a random gentleman about his dateability. 
While there are a number of well-established women in the mix, its highly unlikely youd find Maryna or Oksana on the show (both of whom also happen to be in the magazine this week).


This Week in History - Whats Up?
1 October 1871 
The Pavlo Galagan Collegium is opened in Kyiv. As a private male college, some of its graduates include scientists Oleksandr Bohomolets, Ahafangel Krymsky, as well as poets Mykola Zerov and Mykhaylo Dray-Khmara. Today, this same building, found off Khmelnytskoho, houses the Museum of Literature.


Ukraine Shocks Global Trading Partners - Whats Up?
Last week, Ukraine sent a document marked secret to members of the WTO, which wasnt kept secret for very long, as it was shown to Reuters and promptly reported upon. And rightly so, as, in the document, Ukraine informed its trading partners it wants to raise its maximum tariffs on hundreds of imported goods; a move Reuters claims could unleash protectionist forces that may possibly pose a threat to the $18 trillion global trade system.


Ukraine Agrees $3bn Loan-for-Corn Deal with China - Whats Up?
With the walls to the IMF tightly shored up and Ukraines trade deficit growing rapidly, the government is desperate to find money, and it appears theyre about to sign an unusual agreement with China in order to do so. 
The agreement, which is expected to be signed any day now, will give Ukraine access to $3 billion in credit in exchange for supplies of corn.


Marshrutkas are Dangerous! - Whats Up?
Head of Kyiv DAI, Oleksandr Pidshmarha, came out earlier this week with a new statistic showing an increase in road accidents involving municipal marshrutkas. Over the last eight months, marshrutka drivers have been found guilty of causing 68 accidents, resulting in 8 fatalities (there were only 2 in 2011) and 105 injured passengers.


Olympians Become Landlords - Whats Up?
Last week, Kyiv City Council voted 78 in favour (out of 120 deputies) of awarding our Ukrainian Olympians with a very generous gift for all their hard work. Athletes were heard complaining as of late (and rightfully so) about the conditions in which they were made to prepare before the Games, so we were thinking the city had gone in for a few upgrades to the Olympic training centre.


Kyiv Breaks Another Record - Whats Up?
Ukraines debt has reached massive proportions this year, and at the moment hovers somewhere around the $129 billion mark. While this is a rather large number, it is by no means a record for the country. The debt our capital city has racked up, however, is another story.
Deputy Head of Kyiv City Council Ruslan Kramarenko went on record earlier this month regarding Kyivs small spending problem.


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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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