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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 34 (2013)

34 (2013)/2013
20 September - 26 September
All the Things They Said Running Through Our Heads!
We catch up with the girls of t.A.T.u. ahead of their Kyiv gig

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From The (Acting) Editor (34) - Editorial
As a fill-in editor for two weeks (the boss is off to get hitched congratulations Lana!) I feel I shouldnt court controversy by being overly political. As someone who would like to keep my job, I thought (for the first week anyway) rather than get into matters of great social and political import, Id focus on something a little lighter and associated with filling this position the photo that appears to the left.
As a journalist since 2004, I railed against mug shots, these little pics that appear alongside your byline on a story, column, or feature. I had reason; I covered police and crime for seven years, went to court frequently and adhered to that journalistic rule of court reporters, which states, for their protection: remain anonymous. The downside is, I lack the ability to pose naturally for a camera.


Ukrainian Basketball Team Makes History - Whats Up?
It wasnt expected to make it past the second group stage, but Ukraines national basketball team is through to the quarter-final round of Eurobasket 2013 to be played Thursday 19 September.
The advance to the tournament round comes not from a win in the Slovenia-hosted competition, Ukraine was defeated 70 63 by Lithuania in a nail-biter game on Sunday 15 September, but courtesy of Belgiums win against Latvia earlier in the day which took away the opportunity for Latvia to jump Ukraine in the standings.


Trashing Kyiv to Carry Fines - Whats Up?
From early 2014 we all may have to take a little care about where we flick our cigarette butts, allow our dogs to leave their doggie-doo, and where we often indiscriminately park our motors. Thats according to the Deputy of the Kyiv City Administration Oleksandr Puzanov, who promised a clamp-down to clean-up the streets of the capital on 16 September.


Ukraine is not a Brothel Screens - Whats Up?
A new documentary by Aussie debutante Kitty Green about the highly controversial Ukrainian feminist group, FEMEN, raised a storm at the Venice Film Festival and has grabbed the attention of many throughout the world.
Spending 14 months with the group, Kitty got very close to the girls whove grabbed headlines throughout Europe with their unique form of protest which includes partial nudity along with high levels of aggression.


Ukraines Population Continues to Fall - Whats Up?
The capacity of Kyivs Spartak Stadium is 5,000 people, admittedly, a small number compared to some of the larger arenas across the capital or wider Ukraine. However, consider the latest data released by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine on Monday 16 September shows the countrys population fell by almost 5,000 people in the space of a month enough to fill the stadium. According to the statistics, between 1 June to 1 July Ukraine shed 4,895 people.


Shell Signs Another Deal to Explore for Gas - Whats Up?
Last week Anglo Dutch company Royal Dutch Shell singed a $500 million deal with the Ukrainian government to explore for gas in Ukraines Yuzovska deposit. Ukraines Energy and Coal Industry Minister, Eduard Stavitskiy, made the statement that Shell and Ukrainian company Nadra Yuzovskaya signed the deal which calls for Shell to spend $500 million on surveying the field with an expected additional $10 billion to be spent in developing the site and infrastructure.


Extraordinary TV Stars - Ukraine Today
They allegedly have abilities that set them apart from the rest of us mere mortals. A sixth sense that allows them to communicate or perceive by means other than the physical senses, and whether you are sceptic or believer they make for good television. Whats On profiles four participants of the 12th season of Ukrainian smash-hit show Bytva Ekstrasensiv (Battle of the Psychics) soon to be launched on STB channel. Will they predict our questions?


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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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