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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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.


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From THE EDITOR - Editorial

Kyiv with its vast expanses of parkland and wide tree-lined boulevards is a wonderful city in which to wander. Personally, I love to spend time getting lost in the town, or strolling through the parks and weather permitting I walk to work every morning which is a real pleasure especially in the summer. For some time in April and May, however, my morning constitutional was spoilt due to the vast army of paid demonstrators brought to the city by the Party of Regions to protest against what they claimed, ironically, were unconstitutional decrees from the President. Not only did these people fill Mariinsky Park to bursting point, thoroughly ruining my favourite part of the walk, they caused widespread nuisance through drunkenness and unruly behaviour that forced many businesses to close during their visit and raised the ire of local residents to a critical level. Eventually the demonstrators packed up and left, much to the relief of myself and countless others. Imagine my horror then, when last Tuesday I met with masses of flag bearing protestors again as I passed Arsenalna Metro station and had to force my way through huge crowds once again. Yes, they were back! Of course, no one can blame the people themselves as they are only trying to earn themselves a few extra kopeks, so we thought we'd chat to a few of them and find out exactly what was going on (see page 14). Luckily, this time round the protestors were only there for one day, but there is a disturbing constant much worse than the nuisance of the paid demonstrators that not only lessens the enjoyment of my walks to work, but poses a serious threat to life and limb for all those who walk the city's streets. Yes, you've guessed it, I am talking about the increasingly reckless behaviour of drivers in the city, and with recent statistics showing that Kyivites are buying more cars than in any other European capital (page 4) the problem is sadly only going to get worse. It can't be much fun driving the choked Kyiv streets and frustration levels can reach breaking point, so why not leave your car at home tomorrow and stroll to work through the beautiful boulevards and parks of this wonderful town?

Have fun!
Neil Campbell, Editor

Ukraine leads Europe in new car sales - Whats Up?

It's official: car crazy Kyivites are the car-craziest folk in Europe. According to recently released statistics Ukraine is putting more new cars on the road than any other and cars sales are growing 40% percent each year. Until the Soviet UNI0N fell apart Kyiv had a mere 150,000 registered cars; now it has around 800,000 according to reports. And that estimate is conservative. The real number could be upwards of a million, since foreign cars, embassy cars and even some native Ukrainian vehicles slip past the official bean-counters. Indications are that at least 300,000 new cars have hit the city streets since 2001, and that 70 new cars are being purchased locally every day. None of this will surprise increasingly fed-up Kyiv residents.


EU Finally Unites Against Russia - Whats Up?

Last weekend at the European UNI0N Summit in Lisbon, EU Foreign Ministers were unanimous at last: we have to treat Moscow less kindly and more firmly, they said. "We can't expect anything new before the change of power in Russia," said Carl Bildt, the Swedish Foreign Minister. "Russia should behave like a responsible state if we have to co-operate," added his British colleague David Milliband. 'Our Eastern neighbor creates a political problem," said Bernard Kouch-ner, the head of French diplomacy.


The Real Cost of Food in Ukraine - Whats Up?

In yet another indication of how peculiar the current economic situation is here in Ukraine, news reports claimed the people here are spending as much as half of their incomes on food. To put that in perspective, Brits only spend about 10% of their earnings for the same purpose. This new statistic highlights rather clearly how inflation is outstripping salary increases by some margin meaning that in real terms the average Ukrainian is becoming poorer. The report followed that fact up with some others, noting that the massive outlays for mere sustenance were forcing Ukrainians to economise on other things. For example, three quarters of families can't afford to buy a refrigerator, two thirds can't buy a washing machine and half can't buy that new television set they're longing for.


Say Goodbye to Kyiv - Whats Up?

Kyiv's krushchovkas, the five-story apartment buildings that are a feature of the Ukrainian capital as they are of so many former Soviet cities, will start being replaced this coming January. That was the announcement from the deputy minister of Ukraine's communal property fund, who said the government has come to an agreement with the US-based Education Development Relief Foundation Inc. about investing 6.3 billion euros toward building new dwellings on the old buildings' sites. The ubiquitous krushchovkas were built under the watch of (and named after) Soviet premiere Nikita Krushchev in a response to the Soviet UNI0N's housing crisis, which was always critical but was particularly bad after the Great Patriotic War demolished huge swathes of the Soviet infrastructure. In the hierarchy of Soviet housing, the hastily-constructed khrushchovkas have traditionally occupied a middle position.


Kyiv Metro Heading for Major Expansion - Whats Up?

Good news at last for all those Kyivites getting tired of the city's increasing traffic congestion and risking life and limb every day crossing the street or even strolling down the pavement: Kyiv's metro system is set for major expansion over the five years leading up to 2012. $3 billion is to be spent on upgrading the public transport system including 20 new stations and at least one new line. And improvement of the system won't stop there with the proposed plans including doubling the number of existing stations by 2030, lengthening existing lines and adding two new lines.


Charity Group Holds politician doll auction! - Kyiv Culture

On 18 September Arena Entertainment will host Political Doll Parade 2007, Ukraines second charity doll auction. Its being organised by the Modus Vivendi Womens Charity Organisation headed by Eugenia Gubskaya, known for establishing the Kyiv health club Favorit and a number of charity programmes for kids. Whats On talked to Evgenia about the idea behind the upcoming event.


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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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