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Tunnelling Towards Hope


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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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What's On Archive 16 (2008)

16 (2008)/2008
2 May - 8 May

Ukrainian Rock Chick
Alyona Vinnitska talks about her Via Gra past and how a solo career is much better



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From THE EDITOR (?16) - Editorial

A good thing, or a bad thing? It's almost as big as that question, "to be or not to be". A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the budget airlines being desperate to get into Ukraine, and it looks as though they are going to achieve this sooner than we expected. Dirk Schuebel at the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine reckons that nego-I tiations on a common aviation area between Ukraine and the EU could be completed by the end of the year (see page 8), and that is just what the budget carriers are waiting for. In fact, one of the big players in the market, the Hungarian-based Wizzair, isn't waiting for Ukraine to adopt an open skies policy with the EU, announcing last week that it will be commencing services from Bo-ryspil Airport on 11 July 2008. Don't all cry out in joy (or anguish) just yet, because it will only be offering domestic services initially, but you can rest assured it won't be long before they start operating international routes, especially when an open skies policy is adopted. And it won't be long before Ryanair and the like follow suit. So back to the big question - a good thing or a bad thing? It's a hard one. Budget airlines have opened up Europe for everyone with their low-cost no-frills service that allows people to travel regularly regardless of their income, and in many aspects it can only be a good thing for Ukraine as tourism will increase dramatically. And it will allow us all to travel more cheaply. However, every silver lining has a cloud, and as someone who has spent time in other central and eastern European centres such as Prague, Riga and Krakow, I have seen first hand the cloud they bring to these places, and it is a big dark- it is the British lager lout (and loutess) on tour. It is a sad fact of life that there is a small but sizeable minority of British citizens who travel to these places with the sole purpose of getting as drunk as humanly possible, and once in that condition they show little regard for the culture, habits or peoples of their guest country causing all sorts of mayhem even to the extent of violence. This, of course, will have a detrimental effect on the ex-pat community, and the sad thing is that such behaviour is going to reflect badly on us all. As we pointed out in our article a couple of weeks ago, Kyiv may be saved to some extent by its high prices, but it will not miss out on this disgusting phenomenon completely. Maybe we should consider forming a volunteer ex-pat police force and rent a space that can be used as a drunk tank where all offenders can be held until sobriety returns. Answers on a postcard (or email us at the address below).

 Havefun!
Neil Campbell, Editor
n.campbell@tmu.in.ua


Khreschatyk Hosts Easter Egg Map - Picture Perfect

This year right before Easter a very nice map of Ukraine indeed appeared on Khreschatyk. The kicker was that it was made of Easter eggs. Some 17,000 boiled eggs went into this great artistic/patriotic feat, and on Easter week− end everyone could take and eat the eggs, thus contributing to higher protein health among the population. The map itself included places of historical and cultural note St. Sophia Cathedral, the Kamyanets−Podilsky fortress, the Kodak Cossack fortress in Zaporizhya, the Vorontsov Lighthouse in Odessa, the Swallows Nest in Yalta, and the Pysanka museum in Kolomya, all made of eggs. Nice idea for this holiday, no?


Here Comes Paul McCartney - Whats Up?

The Rolling Stones might have cancelled their big Republican Stadium concert last year and played a show in the Czech Republic instead, but now Kyiv can start getting ready to welcome another titanic rock act Paul McCartney. Yes, its true, Sir Paul is coming to play on Independence Square on 14 June of this year, courtesy of the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation. Good for you, Viktor!



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Yulia Promises Inflation Fix - Whats Up?

Prime Minister Tymoshenko last week claimed that there will have taken place by mid−summer what a lot of people in Kyiv have been waiting for an end to the mad inflation that in some cases has doubled prices in stores over the course of the past year. Tymoshenko pointed out that her government needed time to deal with this complicated issue and denied that the committee to combat inflation is interfering in the market by dumping cheaper goods in the stores. Her strong denial of government interference is a holdover from her first term as prime minister, when she attracted criticism from liberalisation advocates that shed been managing the economy, socialist−style.



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Racial Beating with a Difference - Whats Up?

A racial beating occurred last week in the southern town of Nikolaev and its a strange one. A resident of Nigeria was found unconscious and with a busted head near a dormitory at the Nikolaevsky Shipbuilding University, where he is a student. He was brought to the hospital, where medics determined that, besides having been knocked around he was very, very drunk. Now heres where the story gets unusual.



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Journalists Slam Officials - Whats Up?

In an initiative thats crucial if Ukraine is to expand the gains its made in freedom of speech in the last couple of years, Ukraines National UNI0N of Journalists has published a list of 16 officials who are restricting press freedom in this country. The prime offender on the list is Yury Hrytsa, the judge of the Ivano−Frankivsk economic court, who banned the showing of a documentary film that exposed alleged corruption and wrongdoing on the Ivano−Frankivsk city council.



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Fight Clubs Spreading - Whats Up?

Chalk this one up to the influence of Hollywood in independent Ukraine: the rise here of fight clubs inspired by the 1999 US movie The Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Readers will know that that movie described a secret club in which young men gathered to beat the stuffing out of each other for fun, motivated by a disgust for their soft yuppie lifestyles, and that it inspired the rise of copycat clubs all over the United States and the world.



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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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