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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 3 (2013)

3 (2013)/2013
1 February - 7 February
Cooking up Beats with Godskitchen
German trance DJ Markus Schulz promises a sizzler 

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From THE EDITOR (3) - Editorial
What is it about losing your sense of common decency, humility, and general respect for others time the moment you become the least bit famous? Its a question I often ask myself whenever were faced with the prospect of working together with a well-known name in the industry. The answer, an acceptable answer, unfortunately, continues to elude me. 
Working for an entertainment magazine, we are a privileged bunch we get to communicate with some big stars, we get tickets to their concerts, heck, sometimes we even get to meet them. But there are a few who have their heads buried up a very deep and dark place, making them very difficult to like.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
7 February 1483
The first book by a Ukrainian author is published. Its an astrological calendar by Yuriy Drohobych, a philosopher, astrologer, writer and medical doctor at the University of Bologna. The book is published in Rome. 

7 February 1963 
American astronaut of Ukrainian descent Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper is born. In 2006, she becomes the eighth woman of NASA to complete a spacewalk. A year later, she pays a visit to villages in the Lviv region where her father was born becoming a near celebrity.


Pukach Guilty of Gongadze Murder! - Whats Up?
Or at least, thats the conclusion the Pechersk District Court has come to, and sentenced former police general, Oleksiy Pukach to life in prison for the murder of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze in 2000.
Because he did it all off his own back. He decided to kidnap the journalist who exposed high-level corruption in the Kuchma regime and murder him, leaving his decapitated body in a forest. Why? Well Because Eh


Serduchka Splashes Out - Whats Up?
Okay, so Serduchka may not have won the 2007 Eurovision competition, however, you gotta know youve made it in the world when you can afford to buy a £74,600 luxury car that once belonged to one of the biggest rockers of all time. Thats right, the Ukrainian Cinderella, as he is so often called, attended Autosport International car show in Birmingham a couple of weeks back and decided he might want to splash out a little.


District Heads Slip Up - Whats Up?
Freezing rain poured over Kyiv on 21 January turning the city into nothing short of an ice rink. Urgently instructed to respond to the situation, the circumstances did not prove dire enough for the three lazy district heads of Golosiivskiy, Svyatonshyn and Podil, who may well lose their jobs over inadequate management.


Ukraine on the Verge of Default? - Whats Up?
Dont you just hate scaremongering? Yeah, so do we. But there are quite a few people in the know speculating on whether or not Ukraine can see out 2013 without defaulting, and a report released by the Finance Ministry doesnt make for good reading.
In December 2012, the sum of state and guaranteed debt of Ukraine grew by 13.965 billion hryvnia ($1.747 billion) to 515.405 billion hryvnia ($64.482 billion) mainly due to state guarantees granted for loans, the report reads. According to information found therein, in 2012 the state debt rose 8.9%, or by $5,266 billion from $59,216 billion, and total domestic debt rose by $4,085 billion (18.8%) to 25,836 billion while the total foreign debt grew by $1,171 billion to $38,645 billion.


Life in Ukraine isGetting Better atLeast for Akhmetov - Whats Up?
Bloomberg published a fresh new list of the worlds richest people recently, and occupying 26th place, is Ukraines own oligarch extraordinaire, Rinat Akhmetov! Leaving all of Russias moneybags in the dust, including biggest and baddest Alisher Usmanov, who now sits way back in 39th place, Akhmetov has worked his way up and is said to be worth a staggering $22 billion. 
Its a tremendous leap for the President of Systems Capital Management who occupied 38th place on the same list just last year. That said, Bloomberg, it seems, doesnt put a whole lot of clout behind the sources of Akhmetovs income, as he gets only three out of five stars in the trustworthy department.

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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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