|On the cover|
Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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 ¹ 6 (2008)|
22 February - 28 February
Bringing joy to Ukraine’s underprivileged children
Take me out!
|From THE EDITOR (?6) - Editorial|
What do young Kyivites do at the weekends? It's a question that I often find myself asking when looking through the photos for our Kyiv Clubbers page. In the UK, the young folk are particularly unimaginative when it comes to passing their free time, and almost everyone under the age of thirty there will be found in a pub or club drinking copious amounts of alcohol and trying to find a member of the opposite sex who will go home with them. I have to say, my first-hand experience of the club scene here is limited, but we do get the photos, and I do spend more time than I should in the bars and pubs, and none of them, apart from one or two exceptions, seem to be as busy as they should be. While the number of clubs and bars is growing in this town, there are still far less than you would find in an equivalent sized city in the UK, but the ones here still see very few clients, while their British counterparts will be full almost every night. Most of the clubs here are closed on weekdays, and even at weekends they can't seem to get enough people in through the door to break into profit. The result is many of them close down. Some reopen a few months later with a facelift only to face exactly the same problem they did before having had all that money spent on them. The simple answer is that most of Kyiv's young people just cannot afford to visit these places on a regular basis when they charge such exorbitant prices, and it seems the owners of these clubs and pubs haven't caught on to the fact that they might make more money by charging less and getting more people in. But this aside, the question still remains: what do young Kyivites do at the weekend? The answer is they have much more in the way of imagination when it comes to entertaining themselves at the weekend, and they consider options that would be unthinkable to most of their western counterparts. Young people here will go for a wander round an art gallery or museum, they will go to the ballet or the theatre (both of which, in exact opposition to the pubs and clubs, remain ridiculously cheap), they will gather together at a friend's house and talk, they will go to poetry and literary evenings, and of course, they will even hang around near certain metro stations and listen to a couple of guys playing guitars and singing songs. Therefore, Kyiv's high-priced nightlife may well be a blessing in disguise and go someway to creating an intelligent and creative youth with far more on their minds than alcohol and sex. And who can complain about that?
Neil Campbell, Editor
|Does Russia Have a Point? - Whats Up?|
It’s been a strange couple weeks for the relationship between Russia on the one hand and the European UNI0N and the US on the other – with Ukraine, as so often happens, caught somewhere in the middle. NATO ex− pansion and Kosovo’s planned declaration of independence from Serbia are the bones of contention this time around. As a Western−owned maga− zine that publishes in a Ukraine that officially at least has set its sights on EU and NATO membership, we might be expected to be unsympathetic to the Russian line on those issues – but the truth is, we can see where the Rus− sians sometimes have a point. Moreover, we can see where the solutions the West is offering might be flawed. Take NATO expansion. Ukraine and Georgia want in to a defense bloc that was ultimately conceived as a bulwark against Kremlin aggression.
|An EU Perspective On Ukraine’s WTO Accession - Ukraine Today|
Ukraine finally being granted membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has been big news, and many see it as the first step on the road to EU membership. This week we caught up with Ian Boag, Head of the EU Commission’s Delegation to Ukraine, to get his views on this big step forward for the country, and what the implications might be.
|Nordic-Baltic Group Helps Kyiv - Whats Up?|
Once again Ukraine is finding that it has some good friends in other more developed countries of the former Soviet UNI0N and Eastern Bloc. The lat− est development came when Ukrainian Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ogry− zko sat down in Brussels last weekend to meet with his counterparts from Nordic and Baltic countries and discuss how Ukraine could continue its integration with the European UNI0N. “All of our countries are doing quite a lot in terms of bilateral support to Ukrainian aspirations to move closer to the European family,” said Latvian Foreign Minister Maris Riekstins. He said that the meeting would “discuss ways how we can join forces and perhaps develop some re− gional projects.”
|Another Brawl for Shufrych - Whats Up?|
Just when Ukrainian politics started showing signs of being normal there was another Shufrych Explosion, as the (perhaps endear− ingly) loutish and bumptious Party of Regions Deputy Nestor Shu− frych was involved in another public outrage. This time he and two other Regions deputies got into a fight with SBU agents at the Boris medical clinic, where Mykola Rudkovsky, the former transport min− ister now on trial for corruption, was being treated. The pie−faced Shufrych and his mates objected to Rudkovsky’s being transferred back to prison after his stint at the clinic was over. Why Shufrych’s Florence Nightingale−like solicitude for the disgraced ex−minister, who, as a Socialist, isn’t even a member of Shufrych’s own par− ty?
|Free Trade Talks Begin - Whats Up?|
Free trade is the idea that’s in the air these days, with Peter Mandelson, the European UNI0N’s point man for trade issues, having spent some time in Kyiv this week to talk things over with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The EU has announced that it’s opening up talks to create a free trade zone with Ukraine, and that such a zone could exist by the end of this year. This is significant news for Ukraine coming in the wake of the country’s recent accession to the World Trade Organisation, and a sign that the country is slowly but surely reforming itself and making that “progress” that ev− eryone’s been talking about since the Orange Revolution. In recent years Ukraine has sent about 25 percent of its exports to the European UNI0N (its largest trading partner remains Russia). Needless to say, Ukraine imports far more from the EU than the EU imports from Ukraine.
|Controversial Ballerina - Coming Soon|
Anastasiya Volochkova, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska),10 April at 19.00
The former Bolshoi prima ballerina made headlines a couple years ago when the venerable theatre fired her for being too fat – apparently her male partners were having trouble holding her (her allegedly difficult personality was also cited). She looks fine to us though, and we’ll be at Palace Ukraine to see this solo performance by an outspoken and controversial dancer who just can’t manage to stay out of the gossip pages. For more information call 423−2020.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.