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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 47 (2013)

47 (2013)/2013
20 December - 26 December
So This is Christmas..

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From The Editor (47) - Editorial
Though the atmosphere has been more tense than festive in recent weeks, Western Christmas figures prominently this week, and we will certainly be partaking of all its goodies. While its a holiday that has become increasingly commercial, not unlike most holidays really, there are still lots of festive activities to enjoy without breaking the bank.
A few of my favourites include decorating the house and Christmas tree with coloured lights, making gingerbread cookies, and sipping eggnog by a fire, made all the easier this year with an abundance of Yultide logs adding to the excitement down on Kyivs central square.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
22 December 1833
Famous Ukrainian writer and translator Marko Vovchok (real name Mariya Vilinska) is born into the family of an army officer and a noblewoman. Vovchoks stories and novels are written mostly in the Ukrainian realism genre, most often devoted to the daily lives of the lower classes.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Na dvukh stiltsyah ne vsydysh!
It is impossible to sit in two chairs at once
This is another witty Ukrainian proverb that says no one can have a boot in two camps for any significant period of time. Rather, there comes a time when a decision must be made about which side you are on otherwise you might just be torn in two.

A Trip to Muskovy - Whats Up?
Viktor Yanukovych is back in Russia this week, to the relief of Vladimir Putin, who, its been rumoured is hardly enjoying all of the western diplomatic activity Ukraine has been receiving in recent days. The official party line is that Yanuk is going for talks on trade (agreements signed inlcude a deal to settle disputes in mutual trade, an agreement to jointly modify a Soviet-designed transport plane, a deal on industrial cooperation and a pact to design a bridge across the Kerch Strait).


The Fall Guy - Whats Up?
So, he needed a fall guy, someone to take the blame for his slip-up on 30 November in sending out armed goons to thrash at students quietly protesting his decision to turn away from Europe. But Kyivs City Council head? Cmon!
Yes, thats right, our president, Victor Vitya Yanukovych, isnt man enough to take responsibility for his mistakes not when hes got someone else to do that for him.


Opposition Stand Steadfast - Whats Up?
Accepting the first and only so far invitation to a round table by the Ukrainian President, Opposition leaders Vitaliy Klitschko, Oleh Tyakhnybok and Arseniy Yatseniuk sat down with the illustrious Viktor Yanukovych, and his chief henchman Mykola Azarov along with Ukraines three past presidents, a little poser for the Students UNI0N, along with a number of highly useful PoR representatives on Friday 14 December.


Elections a Farce - Whats Up?
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have stated the elections (or should we say re-elections) for the five seats deemed fraudulent in the 2012 governmental elections were fair, and that they showed the proper implementation of the electoral reforms implemented.
We, however, say they didnt look hard enough. Just looking at what happened in electoral constituency No223 in the City of Kyiv (Shevchenkivskiy district) shows huge cause for concern.


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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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