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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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7 December - 13 December
Party it up on Congo Square 
Get down and boogie with Ukraines most successful hip-hoppers TNMK 

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From THE EDITOR (45) - Editorial
"Oh, Kyiv is full of strip clubs," I answer the question being, what is there to do where you live?. It was part of a conversation I had a few days ago with a man seated in 1A after a quick little jaunt across the border (numerous borders actually). I wasnt on the run from the law, or anything remotely so James Bondish, just a 5-day trip home, of which more than two of those were spent either in the air, in an airport or on the way to/from one.
While it wasnt necessarily the ideal traveling situation, it did allow for some reflection such as the difference between European and American airports, the former being chock full of high-end luxury branded shops such as Dolce & Gabana and Prada (youll find a feature on luxury goods and their place here in Kyiv in an upcoming issue) while in the latter, you cant walk 20 feet without being bombarded with some greasy, albeit delicious-smelling, fast food joint.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
12 December 1674 
The Kyiv-Pechersk publishing house releases Synopsys Kyivsky the first text chronicling Ukraines rich history. Republished 30 times, the book traverses from the time the first Slavs settled in the territory of Ukraine to the middle of the 17th century. The author remains unknown, although some scholars speculate Prussian-born Ukrainian historian, political and ecclesiastic figure, Inokentiy Gizel, to be behind the work.


The Return of the IMF - Whats Up?
Ukraine is already up to its ears in a quagmire of debt, and slowly sinking deeper. Next year, the country is due to pay $9.1 billion in principal and interest to foreign creditors, more than $2.5 billion more than this year. As the largest portion of that debt, $6.4 billion, is owed to the IMF, they are really the only organisation that can hold a branch out over the quicksand Ukraine is sinking in, hoping pulling it to safety.


Whiskey Still in Kyiv - Whats Up?
A week does not pass without news of some new and innovative monument appearing in Kyiv. This week, its a bronze whiskey still, standing two metres high out front of the Whiskey Corner Restaurant (Sofiivska 16/16). Anyone up for a drink?

Tymoshenko Back On Solids - Whats Up?
Imprisoned ex-prime-minister Yulia Tymoshenko has begun eating again, after an 18-day fast starting 29 October. Protesting the massive falsification and forgery in the most recent election, she refused both food and medical treatment for two and a half weeks. 
It was German doctors who persuaded Tymoshenko to cease her fast and allow treatment on her back to recommence.


NBU Chairman Says Hryvnia toStrengthen - Whats Up?
Stinks of wishful thinking, but thats what the man said in an interview with Kommentarii this week. According to Serhiy Arbuzov, head of Ukraines central bank, the local currency could, despite all reports to the contrary, strengthen over the next few weeks due to the fact exporters must sell half of their foreign-currency revenue.


Powerful Ukrainian Women - Whats Up?
As another year draws to a close, you can guarantee the usual lists, year-in-review type articles to dominate publications. Ukrainian weekly news magazine Focus is no different, offering its rankings of the top-10 most influential women in the country. 
Despite languishing in jail for more than year, Yulia Tymoshenko dominated the poll. Second and third places remained unchanged from last year, with Iryna Akimova, first vice-chairman of the Presidential Administration, and Olena Pinchuk, founder of the ANTIAIDS foundation and wife of millionaire Viktor Pinchuk named respectively.


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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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