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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 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.


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.


Veronika Snizhko was one of those hot chicks working the Swedish Corner in the FanZone at UEFA EURO 2012 in Kyiv. She even made it onto one of our covers, featuring the big event (that very What’s On is pictured here). Finally making to the land which she so diligently supported, she spent a little time visiting friends, volunteering at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013, and stopping in at the sights – in this case, Stockholm’s Royal Palace.

What’s On: Read All Over the World (#6)
Andrey Kurasov starts us off this week, with his wife Lena behind the camera, with photos from a recent trip to the Low Countries – namely, the liberal and tolerant Holland and much more formal Belgium. Though the two sent in a number of great options, this one in front of Belgium’s Sacre-Coeur Basilica caught our eye.

What’s On: Read All Over the World (#5)
What’s On heads to Russia this week in the hands of Lesya Byba to visit the Peterhof Palace. This series of palaces and gardens located in Saint Petersburg were built on the orders of Peter the Great and are sometimes referred to as the Russian Versailles. With everyone in Sochi for the Olympics, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is likely to be abandoned for the month of February.

Alla Melenchuk is quite possibly this competition’s most oft-entered participant. Unlucky up until now, it was her eighth kick at the cat while taking in the Tour de France that secured her the win for January. Though a little camera-shy, she takes home two return tickets anywhere Ukraine International Airlines flies. Congrats! 

What’s On: Read All Over the World (#4)
Jean-Pierre Hilbert writes in again after being unlucky with his first entry with this stunning photo of his wife in Antelope Canyon, Utah, US. “Water from the many summer thunderstorms has carved this spectacular slot canyon over the centuries,” he says, “and it was hard to get What’s On correctly exposed.” With a background such as this however who’s looking at the magazine?

What’s On: Read All Over the World (#3)
Sergiy Aleksiev starts us off this week, with a photo from the eighth country he has visited in less than one calendar year (and the 19th overall) – Malta! The island’s capital Valetta is pictured in the background, which, thanks to various buildings from the 16th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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What’s On: Read All Over the World (#2)
We love our regulars, one of whom gets us started off this week with her travels to France last summer during the Tour de France! Alla Melenchuk gets in on the action of the 100th annual illustrious bicycle race throughout the French countryside, positioning herself along the last stage of competition: Versailles-Paris/Les Champs-Elysees.

Alyona Mishchenko is our last winner for 2013, taking home two return tickets with Ukraine International Airlines thanks to her little chat with Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark. Congrats Alyona, and keep up the good work Kyiv – there’ll be a winner for January announced soon!
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What’s On: Read All Over the World (#1)
The lovely Sofia Makaruk is our first entry in the What’s On: Read All Over the World competition for 2014! And a very worthy applicant she is as well, sending us numerous photos to choose from on her month-long trip across Europe with a group of friends last year. Visiting Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, France, Italy and Hungary, the travelling wilburys allowed their inner children out to run free at EuroDisney. Sofia stops in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle in this pic.

Face of Kyiv 2013
Age: 3-years-old
Occupation: Housecat
About Markiza: I’m a Siberian Forest cat, also known as Neva Masquerade breed. I have a strong character, but I’m a kind, fluffy, and faithful animal. I love my owners, think much of their care, but from time to time I show them who is boss. I’m playful and active, and like a bit of physical activity. Also I’m friendly, but being by myself is also not a problem. I come only if you call – kitty-kitty!

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Ukraine Truth
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

Pulling Strings
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.


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