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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 2 (2013)

2 (2013)/2013
25 January - 31 January
Creativity Found in Some of Kyivs Quirkiest Corners 
Whats On checks out the WCs of the Ukrainian capital

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From THE EDITOR (2) - Editorial
I started out this year on a high note, writing last week about my hopes for Ukraine, its people, and even a few for myself. Trawling through all the negative news this week, however, I cant help but feel a bit ostrich-like, with cravings to do little more than bury my head in the sand. Its not the easiest thing to do at the best of times, and with the ground frozen at the moment, its an even more daunting task. As such, Im just going to hop over the most pressing story this week Yulia Tymoshenko and her implication in the murder of Yevhen Shcherban, a prominent and influential businessman and parliamentarian (read: however you like) back in 1996 and pontificate a little about another news story that first hit the media in early December 2012, and has just resurfaced in the Jerusalem Post, featuring none other than our illustrious Svoboda Party.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
27 January 1860 
The full edition of Taras Shevchenkos book of poetry, Kobzar, is published. Its publication is thanks to Platon Symyrenko, well-known Ukrainian entrepreneur and Maecenes, who donated a substantial sum to this aim. That same year, the first translation of Kobzar is also published in Russian. 

30 January 1868
The Glier Kyiv State Higher Musical College is opened. As one of the oldest musical colleges in the country, it is also one of the most popular among musicians, composers, singers, etc. Among the glorious graduates of the college are eminent pianist Volodymyr Horowitz, and composers Revutsky and Mayboroda.


American Family Gets New Member - Whats Up?
An American couple in Louisville USA has done a wonderful thing they have adopted a 16-year old girl from a Ukrainian orphanage, made doubly unique because she gets to reunite with her best friend, also from Ukraine!
Becky and Roger Williams are already the proud parents of eight of their own children. But that didnt stop them from starting the process of welcoming in one more.


This just in... - Whats Up?
In addition to a seven-year sentence for abuse of office while negotiating a gas dela with Russin in 2009, Ukraine's former prime minister has been named as a suspect in the 1996 murder of Ukrainian businessman Yevhen Shcherban and his wife. We, along with every other intelligent person, think the Ukrainian authorities' intention behind this case is crystal clear keep her in jail as long as possible.


Chernovetskiy Back Again! - Whats Up?
We turn ideas into money! thats the slogan former mayor Leonid Chernovetsky has recently come up with regarding his newly-created investment company, Chernovetskiy Investment Group.
Yes, thats right folks, Cosmos is back, and wants to work with you! The question is: who is going to be crazy enough to turn to him for money? 
The idea is this: give him an innovative, ambitious and interesting business idea, and hell support it financially.


Siberian Cubs Born at Yalta Zoo - Whats Up?
Its easy to focus on the negatives sometimes, but Ukraine has a whole host of attractions that, with better PR, could make this great nation a real tourist hotspot. And that list has just had a big addition in the form of two Siberian tiger cubs born this week in Yalta zoo. 
Born to a Bengal father and a Siberian mother (does that make then Siberian?


Ukraine Caves on Consumer Gas Prices - Whats Up?
As we write, the IMF is on its way to meet with our illustrious leaders, and said illustrious leaders seem a little more desperate for their assistance, as theyve finally started to talk about raising the price of gas to consumers.
Prime Minister Azarov explained to a small group of Western journalists on Friday that the government could raise the price of gas for wealthier citizens, but wouldnt cave on all the IMFs demands as it wasnt desperate for loans and was seeking funding on international markets.


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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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