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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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Whats Up?

Rada Divas Get Spa Treatment Cash

Its the icing on the cake as far as goes the frivolousness of Ukraines legislators: Rada deputies will receive a total of $3 million for make sure youre sitting down summer spa treatments. Whats interesting is that the vast majority of the people in the Rada are so rich, their pockets so stuffed with money of dubious origins, that that $3 million sum will be petty change for them after its divvied up.


Tragically, it might not even be enough to pay for an evening of cigars, Dom Perignon, and hookers at the favourite elite club of the moment which we suspect is what spa treatment means to many of the local Solons. And, as news reports have indicated, a lot of the legislators dont seem even to be aware that theyve got the bonuses coming to them. Which raises the question: if theyre not going to notice it anyway, why not do something positive with the money? Fork it right over to, say, the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund, or the Lions Club, and watch every penny get spent efficiently for good causes. Meanwhile, a recent poll by the Sofia survey centre indicates that 82.6% of Ukrainians give the Rada a failing grade. News that legislators are spending their summer getting mud treatments and anti-fat massages on the public chit wont help these numbers much, we reckon.


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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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