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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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Editorial

From The Editor (46)

There are so many things wrong with what is happening in the country right now, exacerbated only by the greed of the majority of the current government: the beatings, all of them from the attack on students on the morning of 30 November to the horrendous use of force during what was a peaceful protest on 1 December;

the continued appointment of Minster of Internal Affairs Vitaliy Zakharchenko, despite his alleged (and here I have to use the word alleged, as opposed to a variety of other words that might better fit the situation, in the event we may be liable) connection with the ordered attacks of 30 November; the imprisonment and currently indefinite postponement of hearings of Maidans political prisoners; the titushki nothing more than paid thugs; the raiding of Batkivshchyna offices; the list goes on.
Among the absolute disregard for democracy and any kind of pretence of rule of law in this country, there is a group that has remained suspiciously silent. They have watched, waited and wondered, probably, at what might happen, happy to remain in the background where they are hardly seen and definitely not heard; at least not in public circles. Though they are few, they are the real rulers of this country, and they pull all the strings attached to Viktor Yanukovychs back, and any other appropriate appendage. They are the oligarchy.
Despite reported rallies in front of his £139 million house on Hyde Park, Rinat Akhmetov Ukraines richest man, is nowhere to be found. And where is Viktor Pinchuk? A man so intent on helping Ukrainian society, bringing in his famous friends to play concerts on the same square members of the same Ukrainian society stand and sleep in defence of their beliefs? Or what about Ihor Kolomoyskiy a one-time ally of Yulia Tymoshenko, hes supposedly a supporter of the UDAR camp, yet he too remains out of the picture.
Perhaps these men feel they have no responsibility or obligation to the Ukrainian people. Having shrugged off the old Soviet chains of socialism, they have embraced capitalism wholly and completely. Unfortunately, the money that has been made in this country has been done almost exclusively at the expense of others, and the Ukrainian market place is just as easily covered in blood, as it is kopeks.
What their lack of action in this latest response to the current governments latest inadequacies will mean, I do not know. What I do know is that the people who have been a part of EuroMaidan over these past three weeks are to be commended. They have stood up for their beliefs, and they have done so with their dignity in tact. With various court issuances demanding protestors disperse as we go to print, this may well be the end of EuroMaidan in practice, but not in principle.
And so, the credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

Lana Nicole
Editor in Chief

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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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