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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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21 September - 27 SeptemberOctober fest
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From THE EDITOR - Editorial

Its election week, and as you would expect, the political leaders have been working over time attempting to trip each other on the way to the finish. Yulia, as usual, has taken a very direct approach by attacking anyone and everyone. In attempting to set herself up as the woman of the people who is going to right all the countrys wrongs, she appears to be willing to alienate herself from all other political forces. In an hour-long address last week she promoted herself as the last remaining upholder of Orange values, implying that all others, including Yushchenko, had betrayed the cause. Yushchenko sadly returned to the wishy-washy ways he had become renowned for prior to him finally taking a stand against Yanukovych in April moaning about the constitution and even resurrecting the issue of his poisoning in the run up to the elections which may well switch many voters off after they rallied behind him earlier in the year. Yanukovych on the other hand has been smiling a lot, and actually managing to make this facial expression so unfamiliar to him look almost sincere. He visited Western Ukraine last week meeting with local authorities and PRing all over the place in a bid to win votes in the part of the country where his appeal is at its lowest. Late runners, the Kuchma Party, are showing surprising results in the polls, and may even, according to some, come out on top in the 30 September elections. While Kuchma himself is not officially a party member, his name is being used in an attempt to persuade voters that these new kids on the block will return the country to the good old days of his presidency. This seems a rather questionable platform on which to stand, but it seems to hold some weight for many voters. As the waters get muddied, and the question of whom to vote for gets harder, we thought it we would try and clear things up for you and give you a simple rundown on what each party is actually promising to do (see page 6). Of course, if all the electioneering becomes too much for you, you always have Whats On to fall back on where you can track down the best events happening during the week and escape from it all for a while with some live music, dance, theatre or art.

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Neil Campbell, Editor

EU Calls for Fair Elections - Whats Up?

At the 11th Ukraine-European UNI0N summit on 14 September, EU leaders emphasized that the conduct of free and fair elections and the quick formation of an effective and stable government would be the best evidence that Ukraine was looking to develop stronger ties with the EU. The 30 September elections is the product of a hard-won agreement between President Viktor Yushchenko and his arch-enemy Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, and, the EU is hoping, they will put an end to the stalemate that has all but paralised the countrys politics. Speaking at the end of the summit, EU foreign and security affairs chief Javier Solana urged that a new cabinet be formed quickly and that a repeat of the March 2006 elections when it took lawmakers 4 months to form a government not be repeated.


Ukraines Global Warming Future - Whats Up?

A group of local scientists have released the results of a multi-year study detailing what will happen to Ukraine in the event global warning continues, and the conclusions are enough to give pause to people who would like nothing better than to see this country get balmier. The experts say that the mean temperature in Ukraine should rise by about .2 degrees Celsius over the next ten years, although its possible it could rise even more. Such a rise would lead to a serious fall in atmospheric pressure, which in turn could lead to more hurricane-force winds, precipitation and flooding in Ukraine. Eastern Ukraine, on the other hand, will experience more high pressure, meaning that during the summer its going to get even hotter on those sun-baked steppes.


English Words Sneak Into Russian - Whats Up?

A British newspaper last week reported a story that will ruin the sleep of the likes of Vladimir Putin and Natalia Vitrenko: English words have started to seep into vocabularies of young Russian-speakers. In Russia and Ukraine, kids are sending text messages to their frendy, going out for drinki and insulting each other with the epithet luzer. Its the Russian version of Spanglish or Franglais and its even got a name, Runglish, which was originally invented by Russian cosmonauts to describe the hybrid gibberish they used to communicate with their U.S. colleagues during a joint mission in 2000. Russian was of course protected from the influence of degenerate Western languages by the existence of the Soviet UNI0N, but since 1992 the number of English words entering the language of Pushkin has jumped. The most obvious reason for this is that American English in particular is the language of the global market; an only slightly less obvious reason is that its the language of the Internet.


Whom to Vote For? A Whats On Guide - Ukraine Today

The elections are upon us and for the main political parties its a final sprint for the finish. The conventional wisdom is that four forces Party of Regions (PRU), the Our Ukraine-Peoples Self-Defense (OUPSD) bloc, the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (BYUT) and the Communist Party (CPU) are strong enough to pass the 3 percent vote threshold and enter the Rada.According to the results of the last Monitoring Centre poll, some 27.2% of voters are ready to pull the lever for the PRU, 26.8% for BYUT, and 10.9% for OU-PSD. The CPU is expected to barely squeak over the vote threshold. The Volodymyr Lytvyn bloc, with its centrist strategy and its debatable Ukraine needs Lytvyn slogan, is a long shot for inclusion in the next legislative session. Worryingly for many, late runner the Kuchma party is gaining momentum at a frightening rate, and some recent polls already have them out front. Heres Whats Ons breakdown of the four main forces platforms.


Andriy Voronin of Liverpool FC - On the Sofa with...

It was a sad night last Wednesday when Ukraine lost 1-2 to Italy in the Euro 2008 qualifier leaving them only a slim chance of getting to the finals. This week Whats On managed to track down star player Andriy Voronin and ask about his love for the game, how he is finding playing for the historic Liverpool FC, and what he thinks Ukraines chances are for Euro 2008.


20th Anniversary Show from Top Russian Dance Troupe - Coming Soon

`Todes` dance troupe, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiiska), 11 November at 19.00
In this part of the world you would have a very hard time trying to find someone who doesnt know of the famous Moscow dance troupe Todes headed by Alla Dukhova. Not only do they have an incomparable style thanks to choreographer Dukhova, but the shows they put on combine music and theatre providing audiences with a complete experience unlike any other. The troupe has performed all over the world with its unique combination of modern dance, exotics and vaudeville. For booking call 501-25-20.

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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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