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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.


Ukraine Today

Honouring Defenders of Free Speech

The Ukrainian capital will soon play host to a new monument dedicated to Georgy Gongadze and all the other journalists to have paid with their lives for pursuing the truth in independent Ukraine. But while media freedom has widely been cited as one of the major gains of the Orange Revolution, there are worrying signs that the bad old days may be about to return.

The monument wil be located in a park on Red Army Street in between Palace Ukraina and Lybidska metro stops, and is to be chosen from a host of offerings put forward by some of Ukraines leading sculptors (see illustrations). The jury is due to make their decision in late December, with the statue itself to be unveiled in the spring of 2007. Meanwhile the court case of the police officers charged with the murder of Georgy Gongadze, the outspoken critic of former president Leonid Kuchma whose headless corpse was uncovered in late 2000 outside Kyiv, remains mired in delays amid claims of procrastination and corruption. More alarmingly, the International Federation of Journalists, an international watchdog that monitors press freedoms, has expressed concerns at what it says is a sudden rise in violent attacks on journalists in Ukraine over the past few months following the return to power of Prime Minister Yanukovich. As well as numerous cases of obstruction there have been reports of abductions and assaults coming out of the Ukrainian regions, with the director of the Crimean Foros Broadcasting Company recently the victim of a violent attack and correspondents of Nasha Radio taken from Kyiv city centre in broad daylight and beaten in woods close to the Ukrainian capital.

 Prior to the Orange Revolution the government would send out daily instructions known as temnyki to all Ukrainian media outlining what could be covered in that days news and the angle the government expected. Those who failed to comply could expect to feel the force of the regimes euphemistically dubbed administrative resources, or in extreme cases meet a violent death. Since the 2004 popular revolution the country has experienced a huge boost in media freedoms, but it is feared that a counter-revolution may be approaching.

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Journey | 15.01.2012 07:29

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    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.

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