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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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What's On Archive 29 (2009)

29 (2009)/2009
31 July - 6 August
In Bed with 4 Kings
Finding out what its like to be a boy band in a country of girl bands


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From THE EDITOR (29) - Editorial
A little while ago some friends and I were having a beer on the terrace of Dom Bergonie, and after a few cold ones the conversation, as so often happens, turned to the future of Ukraine and its people. During this discussion someone mentioned Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, saying that the majority of people in this country had now achieved levels one and two, and were now trying to find their way in the higher levels. For those unaware of the concept, Maslow achieved fame for stating the obvious saying that human beings had 5 fundamental needs that had to be met in order for them to live a full and happy life physiological (food, drink and shelter), safety (personal and financial security), love and belonging (friends and family), esteem (respect amongst peers and self-respect), and self actualisation (to understand what one is and become everything one is capable of being).


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Ukraine to Host Poker Tournament - Whats Up?
It should be shouted from the roof tops as a bit of a coup the PokerStars.com European (EPT) Poker Tour has announced that its Russian Open scheduled for August has been cancelled and the venue will be switched from Moscow to Kyiv but theres a mild smell of hypocrisy about it all. A recent change in Russian law banning gambling has forced the organisers to look elsewhere, and they are coming here, renaming the event the EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship.


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Reforms to Gas Sector Imminent - Whats Up?
It seems that the countrys desperate need for money right now is forcing the government to make changes in certain sectors it should have done ages ago. First came the amendments to the countrys banking legislation necessary for the receipt of the third tranche of the IMF loan valued at $3.3 billion, and now it would appear that Ukraine is close to agreeing gas sector reforms international lenders have demanded before they will extend a $4 billion loan the government has asked for in order to prevent another gas crisis.


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Ukraine Donates Food to WFP Efforts - Whats Up?
Charity is not a word that translates well here in Ukraine, but the government led the way last week with a, quite frankly, astounding show of generosity when it donated $580,000 of wheat to Ethiopia as part of the UNs World Food Programme. The 1,000 metric ton shipment is a massive boost to the efforts to feed close to 5 million people in need of emergency relief as the country once again suffers from horrendous famine and drought.


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Banking Law Amended at Last - Whats Up?
Just when you thought some members of parliament would rather see the whole country bankrupted than let go of their petty-minded bickering for a moment, the bill making the changes to Ukrainian banking legislation the IMF has been demanding for months was finally passed last week giving the country a far better chance of receiving the third tranche of the loan.
The changes, which include empowering temporary administrators of troubled banks and clarifying procedures for recapitalisation, were passed by 322 of 450 deputies who sat in an extraordinary session. And this time the yobs from the Party of Regions actually took part instead of physically blocking the parliament as they had been doing for weeks.


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Gongadzes Murderer Confesses! - Whats Up?
On the night of 16 September 2000, journalist Heorhiy Gongadze was kidnapped outside his home in Kyiv. Two months later his decapitated, dioxine-drenched body was found in a forest 70 km outside the city. Nine years later, and former senior Interior Ministry official, General Oleksiy Pukach, was arrested for his murder. Authorities have been seeking the general for some time in connection with the case, and eventually they tracked him down to a small village in central Ukraine where he gave himself up without trouble on 21 July.


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Meeting Royalty is Any Girls Dream - Cover Story
Theres probably not a girl in the world who didnt dream in her early teens (or late teens, or even twenties, thirties or forties) about being whisked away by Prince Charming on a white charger. Well, I am likely to be the envy of every girl on the planet because I had the opportunity to spend half-a-day in a suite of one of the most upmarket hotels in Ukraine with not just one Prince Charming, but with 4 Kings!
Leading up to the meeting I was a little nervous, because I had no idea what to expect, but I was wrong to be concerned because we spent the afternoon chatting and laughing. Heres what I managed to ferret out of the four very cute kings when I got them alone without their queens around.


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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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