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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 (47)

Though the atmosphere has been more tense than festive in recent weeks, Western Christmas figures prominently this week, and we will certainly be partaking of all its goodies. While its a holiday that has become increasingly commercial, not unlike most holidays really, there are still lots of festive activities to enjoy without breaking the bank.
A few of my favourites include decorating the house and Christmas tree with coloured lights, making gingerbread cookies, and sipping eggnog by a fire, made all the easier this year with an abundance of Yultide logs adding to the excitement down on Kyivs central square.

Though the snow has yet to really tuck us in with a blanket of snow, you can always head west to the Carpathian Mountains, where Bukovel, Drahobrat and a number of other ski resorts will be more than happy to help with your winter adrenalin fix. Not to mention all of the fabulous chalets in the surrounding areas where you can warm up after a long day out on the slopes.
Or, for those homebodies who might prefer staying closer to the capital but still want to enjoy all of the events of the season, why not strap on a pair of skates and head on up to the Arch of Friendship (probably best if you do that in the revers order), where a skating rink has been built along with a little Christmas village, complete with Santas residence and reindeer to boot. This Arch of Gifts (small announcement on page 13) will undoubtedly see me at some point in the following days: Ive not done a lick of shopping yet, and the countdown is on. That said, I dont think Ill have any problems besting the list of worst-ever Christmas gifts some of the Whats On staff have received in recent and, I hope, not-so-recent years (see page 27).
Sticking close to Kyiv with all thats going on, and enjoying the winter wonderland EuroMaidan demonstrators have created, means I wont be making it home to celebrate with family this year. But as a professional ex-pat of more than a decade, one of the things I have come to love about Ukraine is the family I have amassed here. We may not share the same passport, and sometimes we may not speak the same language (Scottish, especially, is a hard one to master), but were here for each other through thick and thin, and I look forward to spending time with those of you remaining in Kyiv over the holidays.
With that in mind I would like to take this moment to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. Whether you celebrate on 25 December, 31 December or 7 January, may the festive spirit be a part of your days and nights, most especially during this tenuous time in Ukraines history. Merry Christmas!

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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