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7 (2014)
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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35 (2008)/2008
25 September - 1 October Ukrainian Hiphop
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From the Editor (35) - Editorial
Like spring, autumn is about new beginnings. School starts, the culture season kicks into gear, the first gurgle of centrally-heated water starts insinuating itself up through your heating pipes, and Ukrainians head out into the local woodlands to begin a new season of mushroom-gathering. There are other novelties as well. One of them, as I was reminded as I walked to work last week in the rain and my foot slipped on a slick cobblestone, is that within six weeks well be facing the beginning of that season when you fall down a lot in Kyiv. You know what I mean: as soon as the winter precipitation starts here, youve got to be pretty careful where you tread, as the combination of iced- and snowed-over pavements and Kyivs often steep hills can make for hazardous strolling. In fact, sometimes I approach a wide, slanted sidewalk in winter and it looks like a big, dirty hockey rink that someone lifted up at one end.


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Yulia Tymoshenko As Nasty Insult Comic - Whats Up?
Official Kyiv is starting to resemble a nightclub act by an insult comic, with Prime Minister Tymoshenko in the comics role and President Yushchenko as the hapless fellow in the audience getting abused in public. Last week, after the government coalition collapsed in a fit of vicious acrimony, Tymoshenko said this about her former ally Viktor: Since 2004, this president has managed to destroy everything: Peoples faith in the ideals of the revolution and faith in the president himself. She added that the president will leave a legacy of shattered remnants of orange promises and democratic coalitions, of his own team and even of his friends and his own political standing.


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Restored Golden Gate Shows Cracks - Whats Up?
That didnt take long. Kyivs Golden Gate monument seems to be falling apart again, not long after re-opening in the wake of a major restoration. Cracks fully the width of a hand are visible to the naked eye on the monuments facades and its feared that the whole structure could, sooner rather than latter, simply fall apart. If so, it would be an ignoble end for a grand piece of architecture, the former main entrance to the walled city of Kyiv.


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Think Tank Says No to NATO - Whats Up?
In a sign that the Western consensus view on Ukraines NATO membership could soon shift, an influential UK think tank is calling for the defense bloc not to expand. Said Dr. John Chipman, general director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) last week, The policy of NATO enlargement now would be a strategic error. He added, There is no case for accelerating membership for Georgia and Ukraine. There is a strong case for a pause. This is important, as the IISS is the sort of organisation to whom government officials and journalists turn for opinions and recommendations. Introducing the IISSs newly-released report on the global strategic picture, Chipman said, There have been major errors of presentation of policy towards Russia.


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Poll: Russians Want Better Relations - Whats Up?
Nothing warms the heart like fraternal friendship between nations, and thats exactly what Russians say they want according to a recent survey conducted north of the border by the Public Opinion Foundation. The survey states that 56 percent of respondents see the country as striving to improve relations with Ukraine and that that number shoots up to 67 percent when it comes to people who closely follow events in Ukraine. The survey comprehended 100 towns in 44 Russian regions. Meanwhile, 37 percent of Russians believe that Russian-Ukrainian relations have been deteriorating. Again, that number is higher among people who actually keep track of Ukrainian news 53 percent.


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Wizz Air Gets International Clearance - Whats Up?
Wizz Air Ukraine, the countrys first budget airline, has taken a big step toward offering service from Ukraine to other countries, last week obtaining the necessary documentation from the Ukrainian governmental organs. Now all they have to do is get the corresponding documentation from the countries to which they initially plan to fly. These are Italy (Wizz Air will go to Milan), the UK (London) and Germany (Dortmund).


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Ukraine Is An Art-Theft Capital - Ukraine Today
On 6 September, the custodian at the Uzhgorod Castle Museum arrived at work to discover that the gallery was missing four works by the leader of the Ukrainian Zakarpattya school of painting. The works estimated worth runs to hundreds of thousands of hryvnyas. The job was not hard to pull off the thieves climbed through the window on a day the museum was closed. Furthermore, that section of the castle was not equipped with an alarm system. Incidents like this are increasing, and proving that this is a good country in which to steal art.
Art theft happens so often in Ukraine, it hardly seems out of the ordinary. This spring a scandal enveloped an Uman gallery that lost 24 works by Ukrainian artists. Recently, at the Museum of Kyiv History, the staff lost over a hundred paintings and rare icons.


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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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