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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.


Whats Up?

Pressure Mounts Before Summit

The European UNI0N had gone strangely quiet over the jailing and requested release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in recent months. However, various leaders are getting back on the human rights bandwagon with a recent visit by Irelands former European Parliament president Pat Cox and ex-Polish president Alexander Kwasniewski. The two were in town on Friday 4 October to specifically ask President Yanukovych, or as we like to call him, the big lug, to pardon Tymoshenko once and for all.

Its very likely to have come up at the party in Krakow earlier this week on Monday 7 October too, when our prized palooka met there with counterparts from Germany, Italy and Poland.
For her part Tymoshenko, the guiling gas princess who isnt necessarily as innocent as shed like everyone to believe, but has certainly been jailed in a completely undemocratic ploy for the current president to maintain power has said she would accept the offer to bugger off to Germany if only to ease the situation ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit, for the sake of a successful Vilnius and a successful Ukraine, for the sake of a historic and crucial agreement with the EU. Mighty magnanimous of her.
While nothing has been decided yet, the EU has warned Ukraine that it will not sign the landmark deal next month unless Tymoshenko is released from her seven-year conviction for abuse of power. There are serious queries over heavy tax legislation, torturous bureaucracy and rampant corruption among officials too, according to Reuters, on which some sort of agreement needs to be made before the anything gets signed in Vilnius.
So, the question remains, will the countrys presidential pinhead pay heed to the wishes of the west or will he feign powerlessness and leave Tymoshenko to rot in jail, imposing more or less the same fate for the country? Tune in next week folks, for more antics between the powers that be.

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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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    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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