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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 39 (2012)

39 (2012)/2012
26 October - 1 November
Never too Tied Up For Halloween!
Where will you be celebrating the witching hour this year?

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From THE EDITOR (39) - Editorial
Its 07.00, Tuesday morning, and my alarm rings. It rings at that time more or less every morning sometimes I heed the annoying little noise and sometimes I hit dismiss. I couldnt do that this morning, because its Tuesday. This particular day of the week is special its the day the magazine goes to print, which means its the last day to add or delete any stories or features, its the last day to make any last minute changes, and its the last day I have to write my editorial (if it hasnt been written already). 
While some may claim this last point is the result of procrastination, the reality is I like waiting until the eleventh hour as it were before I sit down and proffer my soul to the city.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
26 October 1819
Mykola Tereshchenko one of Ukraines greatest entrepreneurs and benefactors is born. Having prospered in the sugar industry around the end of the 19th century, he donates money for the construction of orphanages, schools, hospitals, etc. He is also famous for his interest in art, or more specifically the collection he, his brothers, his sons and his son-in-law Bohdan Khanenko, amass. This collection is now found in various museums such as Kyiv Museum of Russian Art, the National Art Museum of Ukraine and the Khanenko Art Museum.


HSBC: Hryvnia to Drop 10% by Year-end - Whats Up?
Most people have been speculating on a drop in the hryvnia since the date for the elections was set, with most street pundits guessing the government would keep propping up the currency until after the vote had taken place, and then let it slide.
That view has now been backed by HSBCs chief economist for Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, Alexander Morozov, in an emailed report, according to Bloomberg.


This just in - Whats Up?
Tymoshenko will vote! Well, did anyone really have any doubts..?! 
She's been added to the list of voters at a polling station in the Kachanivska penal colony, and Bronislav Raikovsky, member of the Central Election Commission, has said, She must vote at this polling station. Apparently, a portable ballot box could be brought to the former PM should she remain in hospital on 28 October.


Ukraine Has aNew Official Representative - Whats Up?
Ukraine has got a new Miss Ukraine-Universe and her name is Anastasiya Chernova.
Born and raised in Kharkiv, the stunning 19-year old is studying to become a teacher. She loves pets and yoga, and her favourite actor is Can you guess? Thats right, its Jean-Claude Van Damm of course! 
The muscles from Brussels, as hes known, made a guest appearance at the pageant. However, this is not the first time hes been seen hanging around competitions such as this one. On the contrary, hes an oft visitor to Ukraine, and has been frequently spotted around town at various events which boast beautiful women. But back to Anastasiya


Ukrainian Man Makes a Fuss at 30,000 Feet - Whats Up?
Imagine this: Youre flying at 30,000 feet. The pilot comes on and asks everyone to buckle up and prepare for landing. You heed the advice and a multitude of clicks ring throughout the aircraft. You close your eyes and in your head run through the reUNI0N with loved ones as soon as you land. All of a sudden, you are jerked awake the wing of the plane is on fire!
You look out the window on your side of the plane no fire. You look out the window on the other side of the plane no fire.


NAMU Staff Get Serious - Whats Up?
The National Art Museum of Ukraine has been in the news a lot lately, and not just for the Sleeping Beauty installation, which the Russian Orthodox Church is calling slanderous. Theyve also been in the news regarding its current acting head, Tetyana Mironova. Mironova is a respected gallerist in the community. Shes been making waves recently, however, regarding a few slanderous remarks and false claims about the staff in a recent blog post.


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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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