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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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My Kyiv
Steven Fisher is, quite literally, a man of the world. His work with Citibank, which hes been a part of for 26 years, has taken him to New York, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Czech Republic, England, and Russia. Hes lived and worked in each one for several years, giving him the chance to experience the culture and way of life of all these countries. Hes been in Ukraine for almost a year now, and ranks it amongst the best.

Dane, Kasper Ditlevsen, has been a very well known face on Kyivs social scene since he first turned up in Kyiv in 2006, but we wondered if theres a serious side to this man who loves to party. We found the answer is a definite yes, and in fact his work these days takes precedence over his social life.

Uwe Klenk, from the Alps region of Austria, has 25 years retail experience, more than half of which was spent working for Walmart International both in Europe and North America where he was Chief Merchandise Officer in charge of procurement, sales, logistics, supply chain, marketing and private labour. Bringing all that expertise here to Ukraine (where it is badly needed) initially as a consultant, he is now the CEO of Foxtrot, Ukraines largest electronics retailer.

According to Olivier Dufour, proprietor of Kyivs premier French wine boutique Vinolioub, there is no one definition of wine connoisseur. How we taste wine depends on our personality. Im curious to find out what that means for Mr Dufour.
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Leigh Turner arrived in Kyiv as the British Ambassador to Ukraine a little over two years ago, and since then hes made quite an impact on the diplomatic and social scene. The life of an ambassador might seem like a good one, attending all those functions (which one would think would actually become rather tiresome), but theres a lot of hard graft involved (if attending all the functions isnt), especially when youre the ambassador to a country finding its democratic feet.
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Roy Nygaard first headed east way back in 1993 as a young student looking for experience. His first port of call was Moscow, but he knew Kyiv was the place for him the very first time he took a look at Maidan Nezalezhtnosti. In 2004 he decided it was time to try and settle down to a normal life back in the states, but as so often is the case the quiet pace of life there did not suit him. Now he is back as Head of Opel for Ukraine, and he, like the rest of us, is enjoying his time here.
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Eric Franke, Director of Volia Cable, has been around these parts for many years now, and as a man who knows that happy customers are good customers, hes helping Ukrainian businesses understand the importance of keeping their clients happy. And for that alone, we thank him!

Having arrived for our meeting on time and being asked to wait for one of the richest men in Ukraine to show up, I take the opportunity to look around the office of this personality whose name is often taken for an IT brand in Ukraines busy business world. What I find is a huge space with its very own garden of green out on the balcony; a very small part of Oleksandr Kardakovs 60,000 square kilometres of real estate property. When he arrives, he is wearing a Top Shop shirt, jeans and a pair of sneakers, and the question, "How has this man who started his business in the turbulent 90s managed to build an IT empire?" just sort of sits in the air. Our conversation begins with the answer...
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Maarten Durville is a Dutchman whos been working for Philips for 18 years. Married with two children, hes been in the country for almost two years now as the General Manager of Philips for Ukraine and Moldova. Arriving before the crisis hit, hes experienced good times here, and some not so good, but hes got a very positive view of the future.
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Ladies love cosmetics, and Ukrainian ladies especially, so if youre the head of the Ukrainian arm of one of the worlds biggest cosmetic companies, then the ladies, more than likely, are going to love you too. Philippe DHave is the General Director of LOreal for Ukraine and other CIS countries, but whether that makes him popular with the ladies or not he declined to comment. However, he did have some very interesting things to say about his life here.


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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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