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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.


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38 (2012)/2012
19 October - 25 October
The Lady in Red Returns!
And she can be found at Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Days

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From THE EDITOR (38) - Editorial
With Ukraine Fashion Week just coming to an end and Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Days getting underway, I feel as though I should wax poetic about fabric, colours and textures. To spare most of our male readership from lapsing into a brief coma, I shall ask those interested in the fashion weeks occurring here in Kyiv to refer to pages 14 and 20. As for the rest of you, lets talk politics. 
Generally, I hesitate getting into long, drawn-out diatribes about what goes on in the political arena here in Ukraine. Mostly, because Id rather focus on the positive aspects about life here in Kyiv, but also because we have a publisher who 'provocates' so well (for those who arent familiar with his witty obsenations, turn to page 27).


This Week in History - Whats Up?
22 October 1835
Peasant outlaw Ustym Karmelyuk dies. Heading rebel activity against the Russian administration in the early 1810s, he is often referred to as Ukraines Robin Hood. Active for over 23 years, he and his merry men ransacked more than 1,000 mansions of Russian noblemen, giving all of the loot to the poor. So tricky were they, the Russians needed a special force just to catch and control them.  

23 October 1859
Kyivs first Sunday School opens. These schools were free, offering primary education to the poor adult population who could only study on weekends and holidays.


Evading Tax Evasion - Whats Up?
Yes, folks, thats right, Yulia Tymoshenkos back is acting up again, which means the former PM remains laid up in hospital bed, rather than in court at her most recent trial on 15 October in Kharkiv. Judges claim it is impossible to hear the case without Ukraines goldilocks, and have adjourned until 15 November.


GRECO President Warns about Merging of Economic and Political Interests - Whats Up?
When we first came across this story, we thought it was about something a little different, and for a moment thought of not writing about it. But then we thought the hypocrisy of it might give you all a little titter.
President of the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), Marin Mrcela, said on Monday the merging of political and economic interests in Ukraine is of serious concern.


New and Inspired Space to Play in Kyiv - Whats Up?
Kyiv kids favourite city centre park, Peyzazhna Alley, has been duplicated over on the left bank, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place earlier this week. Declaring the space open and available to all, the Park of Partizan Glory can be found over in Darnytsya, and features works by some of the same sculptors as the original playground. 
Huge birds and cracked eggs decorate the park, and will no doubt become this neighbourhoods calling card. The only fly in the ointment is that the space was apparently sponsored by one of the candidates and on the eve of the elections no less.


Real Men and Women According toUkrainians - Whats Up?
Alexander Motyl is an American pundit on Ukraine who can often be found on his World Affairs blog, Ukraines Orange Blues. Most recently, hes published a poll carried out by the local Rating Sociological Group, which endeavoured to find real men and women in Ukraine. The group went about asking 1,200 Ukrainians, 18 and older, who they believed fit this model. Considering some of the characters Ukraine is renowned for, the results in this poll may (or may not) surprise you.


The iPhone forHalloween - Whats Up?
Ukrainians have been on the hunt for the iconic iPhone ever since it hit the market back in 2007. Up until now, you had to go through your best friends uncles neighbours boss in Lynchburg, Tennessee in order to land yourself one of these little smartphones. It has just been announced, however, that the official iPhone 5 is coming to Kyiv, and just in time for Halloween.
It was the electronics retail chain Citrus that let the proverbial cat out of the bag recently, saying the Ukrainian State Centre for Radio Frequencies (Ukrchastotnadzor) has finally certified Apples newest generation.


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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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