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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 33

33/2006
15 September - 21 September

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33_2006 - Editorial
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There is much debate in Western Europe these days about the integration of minorities into society, with the massive waves of ethnic immigration of the past thirty years having led to the emergence of divided and segregated communities and, at its most extreme, homegrown suicide bombers and regular outbreaks of racial violence. The general consensus seems to be that everyone must be integrated for any modern society to function healthily, and few reasonable people would argue with that verdict. And yet have you ever seen a less integrated group of people than the average expat community? From their lack of language skills to their limited social circle and general disinterest in local realities the average expat displays all the characteristics of the terminally unintegrated. In the West such people would be held up as examples of why society is failing, but here this kind of behaviour is considered quite normal. In fairness this is not a Kyiv disease - it is mirrored all over the developing world, where many expats have a tendency to gather in their cloistered little world rather than engage in the wider community, resulting in a somewhat diluted experience akin to 'Ukraine Lite'.
The great irony here is that the vast majority of Western expats in Kyiv hail from exactly the kind of middle classes that have been parroting the benefits of cultural enrichment for decades, but nevertheless many still choose to live in relative isolation. This is not to say that all Kyiv expats are guilty of living in their own little bubbles, but I can't help wondering why anyone would want to come to a country as special as Ukraine and then shut themselves off from it. Even if you're here for a limited period or fixed contract surely that time would be more fruitfully spent as part of a wider community rather than regarding it all as some sort of exile.

Peter Dickinson,
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Ukraine Still Freest Former Soviet Republic - Whats Up?
Though theres still a long way to go, the political and social situation in Ukraine is better than the rest of the former Soviet UNI0N, according to a recent released report. Freedom House carried out an extensive investigation into the state of affairs in 192 countries dividing them into the categories of Free, Partly Free and Not Free. And despite power having fallen back into the hands of the boys from the Donbass the findings make relatively pleasant reading for Ukraine, which was listed as Free, the only former Soviet republic to be named so apart from the Baltic States.


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Ukrainians, Russians Europe's Worst Drivers - Whats Up?
Anybody who has ever attempted crossing a busy Kyiv street or taken a ride from one of the towns ever-obliging and ever-helpful taxi drivers will know that most Ukrainians follow a very different highway code to the rest of the world. This was confirmed by a recent poll carried out by KRC Research and Goodyear, which named citizens of the former Soviet UNI0N as the worst drivers in Europe.


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Bronze Age Pyramid Found in Donbas - Whats Up?
Archaeologists in Ukraine have unearthed what appear to be the remains of an ancient pyramid. Boffins carrying out excavations near the city of Lugansk believe that the structure predates the pyramids of ancient Egypt by some three hundred years. Though referred to as a pyramid, experts have pointed out the find is in fact a former complex of temples and sacrificial alters, which were laid out five millennia ago by Bronze Age animists who worshipped a sun god.


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Top Cars Stolen in Sexy Stripper Sting - Whats Up?
Opportunist thieves in Moscow made off with dozens of luxury cars after their fat cat owners abandoned them to watch three women strip naked on a beach. The tantalising trio took off their clothes and proceeded to bathe and rub oil onto each other at the man-made beach Balashikh on the Moscow River.


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Russian Firm's Terror-Proof Toilet - Whats Up?
Dvoinoi Dubl became the toast of the toilet manufacturing world recently, when it unveiled a terrorist proof toilet at the Sixth Annual World Toilet Summit in Moscow. Members of the World Toilet Organization cooed over the innovation, which allows users to have peace of mind while getting down to business in these troubled times.


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Slavic Beauty Stumps German Far Right - Whats Up?
A Cologne based magazine designed to attract readers to far right extremism was left looking decidedly foolish last week when it became clear that the girl used in its decidedly unimaginative 'German is Hot' advert campaign was in fact a Slavic beauty from the Czech Republic! Once the embarrassing error became clear the publication, 'Objektiv', replaced the image of the 20 year old student with a book cover.


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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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