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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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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|From THE EDITOR - Editorial|
History comes fast in Ukraine. In the space of the past twelve months we've witnessed the country's arrival as a European democracy, wide-reaching constitutional changes have been introduced, the villain of the Orange Revolution has returned to power, and parliament has declared the Holodomor an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people. Each of these momentous events will have far-reaching implicationsforthe country, but with developments coming in such quick succession it is sometimes difficult to take stock. In short, these are indeed formative years for the emerging modern Ukrainian nation. It has often been argued that the issue of a truly inclusive national identity is really just a question of time, and that when the first generation untouched by the Soviet experience emerges the country's woes will pass away with their predecessors. There is no doubt some truth in this, but I would add that the process is on-going, and there is already much of promise today beyond the well-published woes of corruption and criminality in modern Ukrainian society. The most striking single feature for me is that even amid the kind of social tensions Ukrainian society faces, with their rather global ethnic and religious undertones, the country has never once been seriously threatened by the menace of political violence. This is rarely commented on, but remains miraculous all the same. Which other country in the region could hope to muddle through as Ukraine has, without the situation deteriorating into bloodshed and Balkanisation? There are those who would profit from such an outcome, but it is to Ukraine's great credit that people across the political spectrum have consistently rejected such notions.
Happy New Year!
|Christmas Comes Early in Ukraine - Picture Perfect|
With a significant non−Orthodox christian minority Ukrainians enjoy a par− ticularly long festive season, stretching from mid−December on into mid− January. The party started even earlier for many, with these little terrors enjoying an international celebration on 18 December courtesy of the EBA and Gala Radio. The Ukrainian capital now boasts a number of main New Year trees, where kids can go and make a wish and meet with Ded Moroz himself, and if they’re lucky, his lovely assistant Snegorochka!
|Taras Shevchenko for New Ukrainians - Whats Up?|
A mega−expensive version of ‘Kobzar’, a collection of the best literature from Ukrainian national bard Taras Shevchenko, has been presented at the annual Kyiv Christmas Book Fair, with the first ever copy being handed out to the first president of Independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk. The two volumes feature gold bindings and jewel decorations while employing book−making techniques said to date back to eighteenth century France. Only a few hundred such copies will be made, mak− ing them the ideal gift for the local oligarch looking to improve his image as a good Ukrainian patriot!
|Drago’s Boxing Legacy - Whats Up?|
American boxing writers have taken the oppor− tunity presented by news of another installment of the Rocky series to reflect on the impact on the Soviet character in Rocky IV, the legendary Ivan Drago as an inspiration to a generation of world−beating post−Soviet fighters. Three of the four current world champs are former Soviet citizens, with many pundits favouring Ukraine’s Volodymyr Klitschko’s chances of unifying the belts, and as far as the Americans are con− cerned, it is all down to Drago. “He had all the best lines, like, ‘I will break you’, and ‘if he dies, he dies’. Rocky simply couldn’t compete, and look at what’s happened since,” offered one boxing follower on a Philadelphia website.
|Energy Mafia Links Probe - Whats Up?|
US officials are said to be investigating al− legations that one of Russia’s reputed mafia bosses may be central to multi−billion dollar natural gas deals with Ukraine. The investiga− tion focuses on Semion Mogilevich, one of the FBI’s most wanted men, who is suspect− ed of being involved through Cyprus−regis− tered intermediaries in the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to EU markets. The EU is currently getting a quarter of its natural gas from Russia, with most of it shipped via pipelines in Ukraine. Mogilevich has already been indicted by a US court back in 2002, but America does not have an extradiction agreement with Russia.
|Tiger Bites Drunkard - Whats Up?|
A south Ukrainian man was in hospital recov− ering last week after a classic drunken stunt at a local zoo went painfully wrong. The 33 year old is said to have climbed the bars sur− rounding the Mykolaiv zoo’s tiger enclosure to pose for souvenir photographs after polish− ing off a bottle of vodka, only to fall into the enclosure and disturb the resident tiger with her cubs. The tiger responded to the new arrival by mauling him and biting off an ear before scratching his neck severely. The zoo announced that they have no plans to put the tiger down, and officials commented that the big cat is now recovering from the shock of the incident.
|Distinguished Dane Bringing Fashionable Furniture - My Kyiv|
When textile kingpin Poul Yahn first stated visiting this part of the world Khrushchev was in charge at the Kremlin and Gagarin had yet to become the first man in space. Several years ago the affable Dane was thinking of retiring when he saw a gap in the Ukrainian furniture market. Enter Jusk, one of the world’s top furniture firms and an excuse for Paul to continue to visit a country which he has seen transformed.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.