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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 36 (2009)

36 (2009)/2009
2 October - 8 October
Stylistic Art  On Show in Kyiv
An exhibition of paintings by top Ukrainian artists Olha Radionova and Dmytro Shlykov opens this week


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From THE EDITOR (36) - Editorial
I recently drove from Kyiv to Odesa (absolutely nothing to do with the boys trip to Odesa on page 12, pure coincidence), and I have to say it was an interesting experience. The Kyiv-Odesa highway is the best and most modern road in the whole of Ukraine, and while it is long and a little boring to drive, it could almost be considered up to European standards, apart from two things. Firstly, the road surface on the first half of the highway from Kyiv is very uneven and in much need of repair, and secondly, the whole thing seems designed from top to bottom specifically to allow the police to extort bribes. Incredibly, you have to drive about 300km before you even see a sign designating the speed limit. On top of that, even if you are aware that the speed limit is 110km/h, it is constantly changing and not usually marked. For example, if you enter a town the speed limit is reduced, but to what?


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Ukraine Talent Becomes Youtube Favourite - Whats Up?
Kseniya Simonova, winner of the hit TV show Ukraines Got Talent, is well on the way to becoming an international sensation, notching up more than four million hits on youtube a quite remarkable number for a foreign clip.
During the show, the shy 24-year-old from Yevpatoria, Crimea, had the audience and judges in tears with her amazing sand art. Using a light box full of sand, Kseniya drew pictures, deftly and rapidly depicting a specific period in the countrys tragic history accompanied by sombre violin music. Everyone watching, including the hard-nosed judges, sobbed throughout.
Kseniyas sand story portrays the human loss after the German invasion in 1941. The opening scene shows a couple sitting on a bench under a star-filled sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated, to be replaced by crying faces.


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Kyiv Court Bans Anti-Tymoshenko Advertising - Whats Up?
According to reports in local press, the Pechersk Court in Kyiv has banned all unfair advertising regarding Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko. According to the ruling, it is now prohibited for any natural or legal persons to place on billboards or any other outdoor advertising media, radio, television or the Internet any unfair advertising regarding the activities of Yulia Tymoshenko.
Apparently, this has been tagged onto some unfair advertising legislation, but, if true, the nature of this ruling is really rather worrying. Surely it cant be possible that one of the countrys leaders is trying to restrict freedoms of expression, especially political expression?


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Klichko Wins Again in LA - Whats Up?
At 38 years old, he may be an old man as far as boxing is concerned, but the towering Vitaliy Klichko shows no signs of letting up. Last Saturday he retained his WBC heavyweight title with a 10th round stoppage over the previously unbeaten Chris Arreola in Los Angeles.
Arreola, who at 28 is a full ten years younger than our man, failed to come out for the 11th round having been well and truly out punched by his opponent who takes his record to 38 wins and two losses.


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UK Backs Cadogan Petroleum - Whats Up?
The British government has stepped up to bat for Cadogan Petroleum, the quoted oil explorer involved in a dispute with Ukraine that has pushed it to the verge of liquidation. This month, the Ukrainian government revoked five of the companys exploration licenses, and this was another huge blow for the company already struggling to deal with a management scandal and a previously lodged legal challenge to its exploration rights. The revoked licenses are just about all the company has to work with right now, and puts the future of Cadogan Petroleum in serious jeopardy.
The Ukrainian decision was made public by a posting on a government website. Coming without warning, the decision prompted a joint response from both the British Ambassador and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an investor in the company.


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Kyiv Council Plans Hotel at Babi Yar - Whats Up?
Anger erupted last week when members of the Kyiv City Administration loyal to mayor Leonid Chernovetsky approved a plan to build a new hotel at Babi Yar, site of the biggest mass murder by shooting during the Holocaust.
In late September 1941, the Jewish citizens of Kyiv were ordered to gather at a Jewish cemetery on the outskirts of the city, close to a ravine known as Babi Yar. They were told they were going to be resettled, but instead they were machine-gunned in small groups.


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Back in Wonderland - This Week
Analog Sound and EMMC (Post-Rock, Math, Nu Jazz), The Cheshire Cat (9 Sklyarenka), 2 October at 20.00
Coming from Moscow to cheer up those experiencing symptoms of seasonal disorder, Analog Sound has a sound of its own playing a mixture of math, post-rock and nu jazz with little glimpses of downtempo. Their purpose, they say, is to change or switch those ever-annoying principles of life with their music and on the 2nd, with the help of EMMC, or simply the Easymuffin Midnight Melodies Collective, they should be able to accomplish just that.


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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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