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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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VIP Tourism

Around the World With Pop Star Masha Fokina

Pop star Masha Fokina, whos been on the scene since her album Proud came out in 2007, is famous for her strong and occasionally melancholy voice and her massive pop hits like Beemer and I Will Never Forget You. However, the fresh-faced beauty is also known for her scandalous pranks, such as inviting a male stripper, dressed like a policeman, onto the Ukrainian reality show Star Factory 2, to entertain the housemates with whom she was living as part of that televised exercise in voyeurism. (The incident ended in an impromptu striptease contest among the apparently inspired other residents of the house.)

And, like any young woman whos curious about the world and has some money to burn, she loves to travel. Whats On caught up with the singer and got her impressions about her favourite vacation spots and what sort of places inspire her to write her music.

1. Exotic Islands Are the Best Places to Unwind
I adore them! Visiting such places in the tropical parts of the world turns out to be the best way to unwind, relax and spend some time alone, so that you can rejuvenate yourself and recover your inner strength. Spending time in such locations is also an excellent opportunity to generate new artistic ideas and absorb new impressions for your creative work. I like exotic islands more than anything else. When you go there you find yourself in a completely different world. Their culture and the behaviour and manner of thinking of the people there - all of that differs completely from what were used to in Eastern Europe. An island like that is a virgin oasis, untouched by globalisation.
 
2. Almost All the Continents Are Accounted For
Ive been to places all over the planet by now: India, Greece, Egypt, Thailand, the Maldives, Turkey and many others. My dream is to visit Mexico, Brazil, New York and Africa.

3. This is What Paradise on Earth Looks Like
The ocean in Bali: when you gaze upon that, youre gazing on a vision of paradise on earth. The waves were immensely calming when I was last on the beach in Bali, and their beauty and the soothing sounds they made gave me inspiration to write a bunch of new songs. When I visited Turkey, on the other hand, I was impressed by the spirituality of the locals. Once I woke up because of the loud prayers emanating from a mosque on the street outside the place where I was staying. I was really afraid. India, while a fascinating country, shocked me with its dirt. People in that huge country live on the streets and many of them are ill. But I can say with honesty that it was Bali that impressed me the most in the end. When I first stepped onto that island, I immediately understood that this is what heaven must look like. 

4. Time Passes Slowly In Villages, and People Smile More
When I sang in a choir in the past, we travelled a lot all over Ukraine to give performances. At that time I visited many cities and villages in Ukraine. I like the countrys small towns because time in those places seems to pass much slower there than it does in the countrys big cities. The atmosphere is calm and peaceful in places like that. People tend to be more polite and kind, and its immediately apparent after youve been among them even for a little while that they smile a lot more than do people in the big cities. Thats not to mention that there are more parks and green places, more untouched oases of nature, and all that helps to relieve your stress and alleviate your fatigue and lend inspiration.

Vadim Mishkoriz

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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.


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    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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