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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 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.

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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.

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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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Active Kyiv
The sensation of freefall feels more like flying than falling, albeit clumsily. Yet, this is a freefall that requires no aircraft and no parachute; in fact, youre never far from the ground at all. Whats On goes into a freefall simulator here in Kyiv and gains an insight into why birds sing.
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What is a godsend for Kyiv residents during the sometimes oppressive summer heat? Hydropark! Only 10 minutes by metro from the centre of the city, which in summer turns into an oven, and you are in leafy cool shade riverside. As beach season opens on 1 June, in addition to the sand and taking a dip in the Dnipro, Whats On takes a look at some of the other sport and entertainment activities available at Hydropark you can take part in.

Horseback riding is quickly becoming a favourite pastime here in Kyiv, popular with foreigners and locals alike. In large part, its thanks to the growing number of facilities available. But as Alexsey Butenko, owner of the luxurious Butenko Stables points out, its also because there are no age limits or gender differentiations. So get out there and saddle up at any one of these local stables, where the perfect horse is waiting to take you for a ride.

Some say an hour of windsurfing is equal to three hours in a gym, thats not surprising when you consider it is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. As the swimming season in Crimea has already opened and with the usual run of May holidays conspiring with Orthodox Easter to give us a bumper run of days off work this year, we decide to test the waters in Ukraines best windsurf spots.

Thanks to Khreshchenya, that yearly cleansing ritual known in English-speaking parts of the world as Epiphany, many citizens of Kyiv, and much of the former Soviet UNI0N, are officially purified for 2013. For those who a) chickened out on dunk in the Dnipro, b) slept in that day, or c) think that stripping down to your skivvies to slip into the icy waters of our river is slightly less than sacrosanct, weve got a list of indoor pools that a) will help keep you in decent shape over these winter months and b) wont make you feel as though thousands of tiny needles are piecing your body (as one of our Epiphany participants in Issue 1 put it).

These kids can do anything. Theyre good at astronomy, sailing, sewing, and navigating a plane. They are prepared for any challenge or obstacle. And they learned it all through Plast, a Ukrainian scouting organisation that celebrated its 100th birthday this past summer.
Over the course of a year, Plast conducts more than 100 education camps which specialise in sports, swimming, sailing, diving, aeronautics, arts, skiing, mountaineering, archaeology, horseback riding, ecology and more.

Does your wife get on your case about that 6 oclock beer habit you and your boys keep once, twice, five times a week, while she struggles at the gym to maintain her size 5 figure? Tell her to worry about your beer belly no more, because the citys Velo Pub has the answer to all of man's after-work woes!

With the day of knowledge just gone, its time to focus on a very important part of knowledge languages. In the modern world we live in, it often separates the have-jobs from the dont-have-jobs and more, how much your salary is often depends on your English speaking/parle Francais etc. So, in the famously bi-lingual country of Ukraine, we take a look at some of the top language schools in the capital of Kyiv, and what they can offer you

People love to joke about Ukraine and Russia, noting our two main problems duraki and dorohi (fools and roads). While coping with the first can frustrate the bejeezus out of anyone, roads here since the EURO have improved immensely. Which makes it the prime time to pick up a pair of blades and get on rollin.
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Out on the streets, or the courts of Kyiv, tennis is becoming more popular all the time, with the numbers reaching for their racket rising every year. In order to give you the best information on Kyivs tennis courts, weve employed the services of professional tennis player Elena Jirnova, but before that we have a brief look at the aces and double faults in Ukrainian tennis history.


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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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