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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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From THE EDITOR (25) - Editorial
It was the Kyiv Lions Club annual Kozak Night charity fundraiser on Saturday, and right up until a sudden torrential down pour right in the middle of the live auction, it was a beautifully warm and sunny day with a great entertainment programme, fantastic food, and lots and lots of alcohol all included in the price of the ticket. At one point during the course of the evening, I took a moment to stop and look around; it was great to see everyone laughing and chatting, and even when the rains came it didnt stop most people from having a good time. Not just a good time, but a great time. While I was watching, a thought struck me people having a great time raising money to help other people. Let me just say that again people having fun helping other people. It was way back in 1776 that the Scottish moral philosopher and pioneer of economics, Adam Smith, published his book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, in which he can be paraphrased as saying that the best results occur when everyone does whats best for themselves.


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Gambling Ban Enforced - Whats Up?
A temporary ban on gambling venues in Ukraine that has seen many casinos close, came into full effect last week as part of a highly controversial move by the government to protect Ukrainian families hit hard by the recession. The irony in this, however, is that over 200,000 people will lose their jobs, and that will mean that they and their families will be harder hit.
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is the key champion behind the ban, and, in what appears to be another knee-jerk populist move by which she has become legendary, she claims that gaming halls are demoralising Ukraines youth and sucking the last savings from families.


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Yushchenko Starts Political Rhetoric - Whats Up?
It has been announced that the Presidential elections will be held in January next year, and for the first time in months weve started to hear some political words from the man. Sadly, most if it is nonsense. Firstly, it was reported in local press that the pro-presidential Peoples UNI0N Our Ukraine had changed its name to the Political Party Our Ukraine. Spot the difference? At the same time, his party urged Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to resign, and not to run for president, saying: We demand that Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko either give up her presidential ambitions, or concentrate all efforts on the correction of mistakes, or resign.


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Russia Disappointed by Poltava Commemorations - Whats Up?
Poor little things. The 300th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava was commemorated last week by Russians, Ukrainians and Swedes alike, and the high-profile Russian delegation wasnt happy at all. Using the inauguration of a memorial to solders killed in the battle as a political platform, Kremlin administration chief Sergei Naryshkin said: After the Battle of Poltava, no one on the European continent could ignore Russias political will.
He then went on to express his disappointment at Ukraine for turning local Kozak leader Ivan Mazepa, who switched allegiance to the Swedish king immediately prior to the battle hoping to gain independence from Tsarist rule, into a national hero.


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Nigerian Man Shot Dead - Whats Up?
On Friday 26 June Julius Igbodunu Azike, a Nigerian citizen, was shot in the head three times outside his house on Tuluzi Street, in the Borshegovka district of Kyiv. He died before medical services could reach him. Married to a Ukrainian woman, he was the father of three children.
While at the time of going to press there were no further details on this brutal murder, it would seem that it was racially motivated, raising fears that racial hatred is still on the rise in this country.


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Pornography Banned! - Whats Up?
Article 301 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine clearly states that the import of pornography, which includes the distribution, production or transportation of any pornographic material, is a criminal offence. Anyone in violation of these statutes will be considered a criminal offender for which any number of punishments could be issued ranging from the minimum of a simple monetary fine up to a maximum of three years imprisonment.


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Look Whos Famous! And Ukrainian! - Ukraine Abroad
Whether born somewhere between our borders or elsewhere, Ukrainians are everywhere! Some are more prominent, some are less well known, but in almost every case, they are proud of their heritage. While theres a few in here were sure you know about, there may also be a few that will surprise you

Jack Palance (18 February 1919 10 November 2006)
Born in Hazle township, Pennsylvania to Ukrainian immigrants, he was given the name Volodymyr Palahniuk. He began a successful boxing career in the late 1930s and served in the Second World War in the Untied States Army Air Forces.


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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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