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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 39 (2013)

39 (2013)/2013
25 October - 31 October
Zombies Take Over Kyiv
The city goes haunted for Halloween this week

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From The Editor (39) - Editorial
Halloween has always been a favourite holiday of mine. As kids, we would dress up as our favourite superheroes and go door-to-door begging for candy an act thoroughly frowned upon on any other day of the year. Even if the weather gods threw up ridiculously cold temperatures, necessitating winter coats, ski pants, scarves, hats and mittens (which was not uncommon), costumes would go over all of this winter wear, turning neighbourhoods across town into a breeding ground for little abominable Supermans and Rainbow Brights.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
31 October 1853
Ukrainian inventor and revolutionary leader Mykola Kibalchich is born. Jailed at the age of 22 for revolutionary activity, upon his release in 1879 he becomes a member of radical groups Freedom or Death and Peoples Will. He is arrested again and later hanged for an assassination attempt on Russian Tsar Alexander II.


1,000 Policemen Sacked in 2013 - Whats Up?
Interior Minster of Ukraine Vitaliy Zakharchenko has gone on record recently about his less than squeaky-clean police squad, saying that in 2013 alone approximately 1,000 officers were released from duty for negative reasons. This year, about 1,000 persons have been dismissed, 277 former employees of the Interior Ministry have been convicted, 12 of whom held senior posts, revealed the Minister.


Ukrainian Astrologer Discovers Potentially Dangerous Asteroid - Whats Up?
Ukrainian scientist Gennadiy Borisov made an alarming discovery at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory last week, citing an asteroid moving through the Camelopardalis or Giraffe constellation is making its way toward earth. Estimates calculate the size of the asteroid at 410 metres and coincide with reports of it possibly making contact with the earth in August 2032. I was watching the Giraffe constellation, monitoring it as part of our comet search programme, said Borisov about being the first to identify the asteroid. The first observations show that it moves quickly and is relatively close.


GDP Hits its Stride But Only with AA - Whats Up?
The Association Agreement seems to be the topic of the day, and has been raising regular coffee time chitchat to a new level of sophistication recently. Much of it is thanks to comments made recently by European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule. During a roundtable discussion in the Ukrainian Parliament earlier this month, Fule predicted that once the free trade regime between the EU and Ukraine was fully implemented, the latters GDP would increase at a rate of more than 6% annually.


Chanel Signs Model from Ukraine - Whats Up?
Confirmed in her permanent contact signed earlier this month, 19-year-old Evelina Samsonchyk is the newest addition to Chanels list of top models. Receiving an invitation from Karl Lagerfeld himself, Samsonchyk was part of Chanels Fall/Winter 2013/14 show at the Grand Palais in Paris on 2 July, and will continue to showcase Chanel fashions at Fashion Week in New York among other international events in the coming months.
Samsonchyk, a native of Uzhgorod, kicked off her career as the face of local French restaurant FanFan and was discovered in 2011 after participating in a beauty pageant as Miss Zakarpattia.


Do You Speak Latynka? - Whats Up?
In the lead-up to Ukraine signing the Association Agreement next month, various discussions over language are being raised. There are some who believe the country should switch over to a Latin alphabet as opposed to the Cyrillic alphabet currently in use. Attempts to turn Ukrainian to Latynka have been made many times throughout the years. The question is, is it a good idea? Let us know what you think at editor@whatson-kiev.com
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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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