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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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.


Ukrainian Culture

Oligarch Brats

Every parent is proud of his or her children, but can you imagine how proud Ukrainian politicians and businessmen are of their offspring, many of whom have climbed the career ladder much faster than their parents? Those fortunate few who grow up in astounding wealth have access to the best education and resources in the world. But what do they choose to do with it?

We dug up the dirt about the progeny of Ukraines wealthiest and most powerful. It proved a difficult task when we discovered that the powerful hold their heirs even closer than their wallets, but we managed to unearth some interesting facts about those whose main profession is: son or daughter. 

Viktor Yanukovych Jr
Profession: Deputy of Ukraine, since 2006
The youngest son of the most powerful man in Ukraine seems primed to replace him. Junior has toiled away in the Verkhovna Rada for 6 years now, learning the ins and outs of Ukrainian government. But did he work his way up to the top? Well, Junior did receive his Masters Degree in business economics in 2003. After that, the fresh-faced college graduate held management positions at companies with vague sounding names like Regional Centre, a construction company named Engineering, somewhere called Elbox, and another called Alarm-Service. 
He declared a modest 4 million hryvnias in income before he was even elected to the Verkhovna Rada. Today, the 30-year-old dynamo appears to have got the hang of how things really work in the Ukrainian government. He rarely goes to VR meetings, none of his legislation drafts have been signed into law, and he has taken to threatening to sue anyone who says a negative word about him. Little Vik may be the kind of parliamentarian only a father could love, but it sounds like hes ready to apply his steely work ethic to a loftier assignment. 

Oleksandr Yanukovych 
Profession: Businessman
Unlike his baby brother, the eldest son of our beloved president has shied away from politics. According to various sources, Sasha originally wanted to pursue a career in medicine, but somehow (nudge, wink) ended up a successful businessman instead. He achieved everything himself with no nepotistic help, of course, even though his speedy trajectory to the top looks suspiciously like his fathers. According to various Ukrainian press sources, charmingly Oleksandr owns no less than five major companies, including the All Ukrainian Development Bank. 

Eugenia Tymoshenko 
Profession: Entrepreneur
There are a lot of things to say about Eugenia, whose mother is languishing in prison for crimes she may or may not have committed. Eugenia studied in London, married a rock musician, started a number of modelling and restaurant businesses in Kyiv and was invited to join, improbably enough, the supervisory board of Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Plant. Then, her life took a turn for the worse: her mother, Yulia Tymoshenko, was thrown in prison on (arguably) trumped up charges, and she divorced her rock star husband. In April, media sources linked her to Artur Chechetkin, but theres no recent word on whether the young romance continues. At least Eugenias three current businesses (restaurants Ciros Pomodoro and Zolota Rybka and spa Sanjeevni Ayurveda) are doing well. 

Vitalina Yuschenko
Profession: Charity Activist and Model
With her modelling and charity work, Vitalina is a perfect caricature of what the airhead daughter of an influential person should look like. People say that former president Viktor Yuschenko created the National Philanthropy Council Warm a Child with Love as a vehicle for his darling daughter, since she acted as president and face of the organisation before Yanukovych shuttered it in 2010. Other than that, Vita is busy cultivating a modelling career and even took part in Ukrainian Fashion Week 2006. 

Olena Lytvyn 
Profession: Entrepreneur
The daughter of Verkhovna Rada chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn seems happy to stay out of the political sphere. Theres nothing eyebrow-raising on her biography except for one item the opening of luxury multi-brand store, Villa Gross. It seems that Lenochka opened a high-end clothing store with unnamed Italian partners in 2007 in Kyiv. She insists that they put up the initial investment, but no one knows who they are. The stores ledgers remain shrouded in secrecy, likely to protect her fathers pristine image as a humble man of the people. 

Damir Akhmetov 
Profession: Unknown 
Oligarch Rinat Akhmetov works hard to keep his personal life under wraps and there is just as little information in the media about his 22 year-old-son, Damir. Some reports say that he is studying abroad in the UK, while others whisper that he is looking for a wife. In any case, were pretty sure hes not losing any sleep over his financial future. 

Vadym Mishkoriz

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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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