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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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Provocations & Observations (#2)

Publishers Provocations
With increasing reports of police from various cities around the country stating they do not want to come to Kyiv and go against the people, and the army staying away, I am for the first time in several weeks feeling optimistic about the current political situation in Ukraine. But for this to end in the manner we all hope it will, the people of Ukraine need certain things...

Firstly, they need a leader. The opposition, with its largely inactive figureheads, have lost all respect. Klichko, Yatseniuk and Tyankhnybok have been hugely disappointing. Klichko is the only one thats shown any leadership and preparedness for action, but sadly even he falls well short of the mark. Its time someone with some authority stood up for the people and lead them to victory.
Secondly, Europe, the US, and Canada need to stop being deeply concerned and instead start taking some action. This gang of thieves would collapse like a house of cards if personal sanctions were taken against them. But those sanctions need to be all-inclusive, and cover the president, the prime minister, all Party of Regions deputies, and the oligarchs that support them. And their families!
Many of these people have huge investments in Europe and the US, and they love to spend time there hobnobbing with the rich and famous. While they suppress the freedoms of the Ukrainian people, these freedoms should be removed from them. This would hit the oligarchs the hardest, and they would quickly drop their support for the regime.
Europe, the US and Canada, you promised the people your support, and now you must deliver on those promises!
Finally, the interior forces of Ukraine need to lay down their arms and walk away. It is not your job to protect criminals, it is your job to protect the people of Ukraine from them.
And, to get back to my secondly, this is the message the opposition should be sending to these young men. The vast majority of them are apparently deeply unhappy about the predicament they are in, but are concerned about what the protestors will do to them if they change sides. The opposition should be assuring them they will be hailed as heroes and no negative action will be taken against them. But if they stay where they are, defending the indefensible, then that will lead to some very serious repercussions in the not too distant future.
Its my humble opinion that the writing is on the wall for the regime, and one way or another it will fall, but it could be made to happen a lot sooner and a lot more peacefully if the above three things come about.
So come on people, lets find a leader, lets do everything we can to pressure the west into taking action, and someone somewhere should be talking to as many police as possible.
Slava Ukraini!

Neil Campbell

Kyiv Top Five
The term Big Brother is watching you, seems pertinent in Kyiv with new government controls on the use of the Internet becoming law. Sadly, sometimes fiction becomes reality, so should you be unable to Facebook or VK at any time soon, heres a few books that saw it all coming.

1.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury books are outlawed and firemen burn any that are found
2.  Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm by George Orwell both depict a country not unlike the Soviet UNI0N or its successor Russia
3.  The Trial by Franz Kafka a man arrested and prosecuted by an inaccessible authority is not told of the nature of his crime
4.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley describes a future where rich people are turned into emotionless slaves
5. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami a harsh fantasy about what might happen to a country led by a dictator

Tweets
Switching sides, press freedoms, praising police, and a lame joke. You guessed it: Ukrainian protest dominates the Twitterverse in our tweets of the week.
Andrew Robinson (@AndrewNorval) poses a good question:
When will some of the Berkut youngsters begin to cross to the side of the people? That should be the objective. #euromaidan #kyiv #ukraine
Site Maidan.Org.Ua (@sitemaidan) is watching media freedom evaporate:
Allegedly several journalists working this morning on Hrushevskoho Street in Kyiv were detained and beaten by police force. #Euromaidan
Jeffrey Chapin (@jeffchapin) dishes out some rare praise for police:
Ukrainian police deserve huge credit for not using live fire. Its the difference between Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Haha (cough) Kevin (@bandit_kevin):
Im surprised that the Ukrainians are rioting. I thought they were all Chicken in Kyiv

Whats Hot
Apocalypse Now
We cant say we condone the violence, but the fact the raft of new laws designed to curb EuroMaidan backfired spectacularly, bringing tens of thousands to central Kyiv in sub-zero temperatures, illustrates the gritty determination of Ukrainian people. The new legislation signed into law by Yanukovych on 16 January bans unauthorised installation of tents, stages, or amplifiers. It also prohibits protesters from covering their faces or from wearing construction hats. Demonstrators were having none of it, wearing medical, ski, and carnival masks in defiance of the new regulations. Others had kitchen pots and colanders on their heads...And then it got ugly.

Whats Not
Post-apocalyptic
It literally looks like a war zone on Hrushevskoho Street the scene of a pitched battle between protesters and riot police in a standoff that continues as we go to print. Police used shields to place themselves in formation like Roman soldiers as Molotov cocktails, paving stones and other projectiles rained down on them. Wars finally started, wrote one opposition lawmaker. Laws dont apply anymore. Watch this space.

Kyiv Cartoon
A man walks into the district committee of the Communist Party and says, I wish to join the Party. Where should I start?
The official responds, Visit a psychiatrist.

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Franck | 29.05.2014 14:14

There is some problem in our wine inrudtsy.When I came to UK, there was a lot of different brandy tastes there. But in this country you should pay sth. like 500 000 UAH to get a license for a wine of horilka production. It is the way to make some corruption schemes to be an ordinary way for business. So, you should like Masandra wines. Some of them are really good. But if you like dry ones, you have no real choice in this country.


 
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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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